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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Im going to ride it like this for a while. Its so damn comfy and does 42 which is perfect for Miami streets. Its the worst looking moped Ive ever owned but oh well.
I rode El Revival Numero Uno the other one today and decided that Im going to button that one up and make it cool again. Its been through hell and back so it deserved so new stuff (kit, reeds, shocks, chain, tire).
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I love the bulky frames of the revival and streetmates. They also come with hydraulic front ends and disk brakes. The geometry also isnt bad and they make for a comfortable ride. The first revival I did was free so I pretty much ghost rode it, jumped it, blew it, and kicked it before deciding to make it a top-tank and daily driver. The second one Im working on now I bought but it was running and it was perfect.
Revival Numero Uno
I got a call about this moped. The guy said it was a tomos that he took apart and he doesnt know how to put back together. He wanted 50 dollars. I go look at it, say its a POS, and get it for free. It came with a powdercoated alukit!!!. Here is how it looked when I got it.
After a few hours of wiring, grinding, cutting, and finding a pipe and some bolts to work, here is version 1.
I actually rode this beast in this form for 4 months. doing random stoppies and ghost riding it. lol.
Then I got this vision of a top tank. So I found some fence tubing and went to town. Here are the pics. Ill try to put them in order.
Get a tank.
Figure out where i want it
Expose same metal after marking it off.
Go to town with your cutting wheel and angle grinder to get the angles right for the top tube. Somehow, I got pretty close... close enough to weld.
Now clean off the tube and weld like crazy. Im not the best welder but I get the job done.
...test fit the tank and see if you failed or not.
now go inside, grab music and liquids, and figure out how youre going to mount that therrr tank ya got. Here is what I figured out after some hammering and painting and banging.
Now strip it all down and move on to the seat.
the gas filler tube is in the way. damn. Wait, we're not using it anyway! Cut the filler tube off and lay your seat close to where you want it to go.
I dont have pictures of the brackets I made for the seat but I drilled a hole on each side of the seat supports and pretty much made "L" brackets to hold the seat up. Its about 1.5 inches off of the seat support.
and as you can see, I mounted the LED light directly to the seat for convenience.
Then I moved on to the motor which ran but not the best. I put a new set of rings on it and ported it. Also, I had a few Jcams setups around so I threw one of those on as well.
Then I put it all back together, started it. It ran great... for about 250 feet and then the crank journal bearings sheared and locked up everything. All of that work to go 250 feet!!! but, I never give up. I have a bunch of a35 motors with good cranks so I pulled the motor off.
Then I burned something in anger. I cant remember what it was but its gone now.
Then I thoroughly cleaned the motor, did some more porting and case matching, and replaced the crank. I replaced all of the seals and relined the clutches too. Slapped everything back together and went for a ride. Did 52 gps'ed the first time out. this was it after it was cleaned up
After a friend indian-gave the GT-80 tank, I had to call around and try and source another tank. My buddy Buk (Chris) had this ol' Yamaha tank so I put it on for a minute.
I know I know, it looks horrible but I still rode around like this for while. Then another friend said he had a magnum tank for me so that's what went on next! Also, I liquidated my shop, orlandomopeds.com, and any project bikes I had and moved to Miami.
Here is a picture of what it looks like with the magnum tank and I moved the seat back 3 inches.
El Revival Numero Dos
This is day one before removing all of the chrome-plastic useless-ugliness from the factory. Its running perfect and its so stock. 30mph gps'ed yo.
I ripped off some of the chrome stuff and removed the crash bars.
Although I love how a stock Tomos feels, 30mph is dangerously slow. I had this old Aprilia RS50 pipe laying around and it has a Simonini-esque chamber on it so I decided to chop, cut, and weld it up to the tomos since that will probably be what Ill be using for the final build. I also hoped that it would perform well and also be sort of quiet.
I totally forgot to take a before picture I chopped it up but it had the weirdest bends and angles. Here is the semi-finished product. Excuse my ashy toes son.
It tucks in nicely and clears the pedals and kickstand. The bike started right up and was no louder than stock. HELL YES! The first ride impressed me. I didnt have much room to get it going but it got up to 36 pretty much right away. Later on, I took it out and reach 41 on the GPS. The pipe hits around 33 and pulls all the way up. Definitely not a low-end pipe but I dont mind... Im in Florida.
More to come as the weeks go by....