I mentioned this museum, Vintage Moto(closed in 2013) in a post after my last trip to Denver. A few days ago, a local Denver TV station did a story on the owner Jim Dillard. He has an amazing collection of small displacement Italian motorcycles from the 1960s. You can see an article about Jim at the following link.
I got an email this past week from Graham, talking about how he and a friend were streaming mopedand scooter racing on the on the internet. Anything with a tech bent always catches my eye so I started to look into what they were doing. They were using Mogulus a very reliable video streaming and archiving service that adds chat to the stream. It is one of the streaming platforms, like Stickam that seems to always get good reviews. But when I saw the high qualify moped racing video that Graham and Harold had put up on Vimeo, I was convinced. I needed to talk with these guys.
There are a few die-hard moped riders here in Richmond and even though I have a 50cc bike myself, I have always thought of them as under powered. The PoliniUSA Cup races feature mopeds and other bikes including scooters that have been modified, mostly with Polini aftermarket parts. These things scream! Listen to the podcast with Harold, then look for the streaming video at mopedracing or poliniusa the first weekend of each month starting in May. Don’t miss the kitted pocket bike races featuring little spitfires packing 4bhp. They do the knee-sliding like the superbikes do.
Yes it looks pretty good, but it won’t start. You might remember that I began this restoration over a year ago. Tonight I went back and looked at the pictures I took before starting and I wondered how I ever thought it would be possible to bring this thing back to life. I am a persistent twit and haven’t given up and I won’t. The spark is weak, so my next move will be trying to locate a new stator. My repair of the old one was a little dodgy, as it looked salvageable, but may not have been. Enjoy the all the before and after pictures here and in the photo album. I will let you know more about bring it alive as soon as I track down some new electrics.
SHOW NOTES: Have you noticed that scooting makes for a nice diversion from everyday life? I have been riding as often as possible and with every other spare moment running out to the garage or down to the paint booth I built in the basement to work on my Ducati moped. Marcel has made several comments about the amazing transformation of the little bike, from rust bucket to a shiny ride.
I canâ€™t tell you how many times I have gone back to the digital pictures I took before dissembly. This was especially true in reassembling the gear-box, putting the carburetor together and even setting up the frame. Before you start make a note to yourself “bag all the parts and label them.” As you can see by the pictures, this allows you to systematically lay all the parts out and decide what to keep and what to replace. IÂ replace all the ball bearings in the headset and in the wheels. Another suggestion, get an original parts manual. My conclusion is that it would be a nightmare without one since I am working on a moped that is over 40 years old.
Last, know your limits. I had fancied the idea of a few pin stripes on the tank. I went were we all go for expert instruction, Youtube. It didnâ€™t take long for my masterpiece to turn into an ugly swirl of black lines and mismatched brush strokes.Â As you can see from the picture I did recover from this monumental blunder, but skipped the pin striping the second time around. I may develop pin striping skills in the future, just not anytime in the next few years.