My newest touring moped, a Yamaha DT50MX – with an RD80 engine, lets just call it an optimized DT50MX, or DT80MX? As usual, pretty rough state. I invested a lot of time in the frame and engine, but close to no cosmetic repairs. I use it to haul lots of luggage and the paint would just get ruined anyways. The engine is a five speed with 79 ccm cylinder that i have ported to get a little power increase. I used a low hung Simson moped exhaust to get more space for panniers. The ignition is a modified HPI 2-Ten from a newer DT model, so that i have nice 12V light and a little battery to power my phone. The ignition curve gives me lots of bottom end torque. The whole thing is fed by a classic Dellorto PHBG 21 mm.
When i was 12 years old, i got a Honda Camino, my second moped. It’s always been on my mind, so i thought that i had to get one again. I got a really trashed one and saved it from its doomed state. Used lots of hours and money on it. But never fell in love with this moped, and sold it again. That’s how it goes sometime…
But still, lots of pictures from the restoration – maybe you like it more that i did:
Just a quick restoration of an Italian Gilera CBA. The rims, fork and rear frame where a bit bent. We think it has been in a crash at some point. We straightened it and gave it a quick mechanical restoration and an engine tuning with a Malossi 43 mm cylinder kit.
My buddy Jesper needed a cheap reliable moped, he threatened to buy a cheap scooter – so i had to act fast. I bought a big lot of Vespa / Piaggio parts some weeks ago, and there where nearly enough parts to build a complete Bravo. Nice to get these parst on the road again, instead of collecting dust in someones shed.
This year our trip was planned early. Due to travel restrictions, nearly all shelters where pre-booked already in february. So we had to find a date quick and make some reservations. But to no complaint, the weather changed to dry and hot just as we started our trip.
We drove along the german border to Als, where we took the ferry to Fyn. Took the southern bike route and back to the westcoast inland. From there over to Jylland again and back home. The weather really had a great impact on our mood, but the routes where amazing too.
We had some new members with us, with partly unrestored mopeds. They where the cause of many repair stops, broken clutches, ignition problems and loose exhausts. But that just adds some fun to the trip.
Enjoy some pictures below, a video will come shotly after.
Yet another moped speed calculator, specifically for Piaggio/Vespa/Gilera belt driven mopeds, like the Ciao, Bravo, Si etc.
My own testings show pretty accurate results, you typically need to input a little higher tyre size, because the rim size isn’t measured at the furthest point of the outer edge. Cross check with the tyre circumference. The pulley diameters should be measured on the outside of the belt, so wrap one around your pulleys and measure the diameter with a caliper. In some pulleys the belt sits lower than the outer diameter.
You need MS Excel, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, GDocs or similar to open the file.
I bought a Piaggio / Vespa Grillo some years ago at a moped market, got it very cheap and it ran. But it was filled with defects, but i planned to restore it anyway, as i tend to do. The plan was to use it for my annual moped holiday, so it had to have more storage space and a variomatic system to climb larger hills with all the added weight.
The frame wasn’t in a good shape, by coincidence i found a nearly complete one for cheap, with an ok original paintjob and lots of good parts on it. So i made the best moped out of all the parts.
The engine got some small upgrades to carry all the weight, and maybe a little added fun 😉 Watch the galleries below and check the descriptions for further details.