Thursday, May 27, 2010


sorry i haven't updated. trying to move into a new house is using up moped time. all you need to know is the magnum ran. then it didn't. and i'm trading the sebring for an mb-5.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

busted polini...

I took off the top end of the sebring to discover I fell victim to ring sticking, which explains my less than impressive compression. The jug still appears in good shape. Hopefully I'll be able to remove the ring somehow; if not, i'll have to look for a whole new piston. Single ringed top ends are the bane of my existence.

I dug out the stock top end and looked it over. The previous owner soft seized it and busted off an exhaust stud. I drilled it out, and tapped the wimpy m5's to a more manly m6 thread. It didn't look too far gone (I had an a35 top end that was soft seized more than once and still ran 35+) so I wasn't too concerned.

Oh yeah, I made a seat for the magdumb out of plywood, duct tape, staples, and an old burlap coffee sack. Surprisingly comfy:

Also-does anyone want a free korado frame?

Oh yeah, click on the ads on the side so i can get cash to blow on more parts.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

rain rain go away

45 degrees and rain, in the middle of May. Sounds like Northeast Ohio to me.

I started working on the ratty magdumb yesterday. Switched out the forks, shocks, and swingarm. I also hit the gas tank a few times with a hammer. Today I threw it out in the rain to get all nice and rusty. I'm not too sure if I'm digging the mini magnum look yet; I'll have to see how it handles.

Green is the new black! Finished with duplicolor grabber green. I really hope this doesn't look too ridiculous. I'm actually impressed with how well it came out.

I'm still trying to figure out the sebring. Threw on a whole new stator and flywheel from handybikes which fixed my spark issue. Fixed some potential air leaks which bumped the compression from 90 up to 130 psi. My stock single ringed a35 was pushing upwards of 150 psi, and cobrapipe's e50 had 220 with a dual ringed metrakit. Anyone know what the compression should be for the M1 polini? Now the PHBG clone is giving me trouble; no fuel in the bowl. I might just throw a SHA on to get it to run.