Small Pistons Moped Touring 2019

We are back from yet another moped holiday. The whole trip was in the mainland this time, no long bridges or ferrys. Our goal was to go as far north as possible in the time we had. We went to Silkeborg as our turning point, the area there has some of denmarks tallest “mountains” with over 140 meters, lots of lakes and beautiful nature.

The weather was ok most of the time, Saturday was a wet and windy disaster, but that didn’t bother us too much. We couldn’t find an empty shelter, so we called a friend in the region of Esbjerg and slept in his workshop. A huge thanks to Michael! 🙂

Lots of pictures here:

Video:

Vespa Cross Bravo

I will be competing in a cross event later this year, a two hour moped cross event held by me and my friends from the Small Pistons. Our goal is to ride machines that are restricted in a way that they are close to a stock moped. A small class with a maximum of 50 ccm and mostly stock parts and original engine cases. That’s the one i will compete in.

I had an old Bravo frame in my pile of moped parts, and a lot of other surplus parts.  I only had to buy a cylinder, airfilter and other smaller bits. So it was an easy choice to make.

There are only two 50 ccm tuning cylinderkits available, one from DR and one from Athena. The latter seemed to be the best choice, but both are pretty mild.  Since i’m using the stock engine case, a 13 mm carburettor will be the largest i can fit. It will be driven by a fixed pulley transmission, as variomatics aren’t allowed in this class.

Check the build progress of the frame, from start to finish here:

The engine build can be seen here:

The bike is running as it is now, but i will do more tuning of the cylinder and further adjustments of the clutch and gear ratio.

A quick video of the first test drive:

Vespa Super Bravo 1996

A new moped in my collection, again a friend that had bought more than he could handle. I can’t get enough of these Piaggio mopeds, so i had to buy it.

It had a broken subframe and gear reduction, other than that only minor repairs and maintenance.

The engine got my standard treatment, DR 43 mm, SHA 13 mm and adjusted case and crankshaft.

Lots of pictures and comments in the picture gallery.

Engine:

 

Frame:

Piaggio Moped Clutch

Everything you need to know about the Piaggio clutch, as found in many single speed Piaggio / Vespa Mopeds. I.ex. Bravo, Ciao, Citta, Si, Grillo etc.

I’m explaining how the clutch works and how you take it apart to service it.

Small Pistons Moped Touring 2018

This year was the hottest summer in history, we caught the last days of heat and sunshine in the start of august. 25-30°C the first three days, riding in shorts and t-shirt, amazing.

We started our trip at home, as usual, crossed Jylland up to Kolding where we slept the first night. On the second day we took the partially closed bridge over the “Lillebælt” and rode along the northern coast of Fyn. A short trip past Odense brought us to our second location, a modern shelter in Munkebo.

On the third day, we crossed Fyn from Nyborg to Bøjden. Like the other days, amazing roads and nature. Bøjden is the city where the ferry goes back to Jylland, here we also found our last shelter.

Please enjoy the pictures in the gallery, and the comments below. And of course, video footage from the whole trip.