I'll join in and invite you to check out the attached photo to see me on my brand new Targa LX, sans stupid decals.
Great looking bike Wal! I love those top-tank models! I bought one for parts that resembles it.It WAS a top-tank but thieves ripped off the tank and some ignition parts and the cylinder jug and head.I think it's a `96 though.I bought it for the great mag wheels and engine,along with all the other stuff(electrical and beautiful seat and all).Really,a guy like Ree could fix it up easy,I'd say.YOUR bike REALLY makes me want to try,I'll tell `ya. Happy `peddin,Man!
Very nice bike, Wal. And you're right, it looks great w/o the decals. Looks very...oh, i dont know......European? Don't even ask me what that means....it just looks good.
How'd you remove the decals?
Wal, your Targa looks great! I have never liked the look of Targa top tanks, but yours looks sweet! I thought it was the top tank, that I didn't like, but I guess it was the decals, all along....they suck! : ) Nice moped Wal. Swarm and Destroy!
I used a bottle of adhesive remover and pulled VERRRRRY SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY. I must emphasize that point, PARTICULARLY ON THE PLASTIC SURFACES because the paint is liable to go with the sticker on the plastic painted surfaces, hence leaving a big black unpainted spot where the sticker used to be. I had to leave one of the "2 Speed Automatic" stickers on the bike because as I started to remove it, I looked underneath and noticed that the paint was going with the sticker. Ouch! Luckily, I had only pulled a couple inches off, so I was able to reaffix the sticker.
I'm actually a huge top-tank moped fan. I think that step-thrus are a dime a dozen, and having a top-tank 'ped is such a wonderful rarity, it just makes your already unique vehicle (the moped) become even THAT much more unique. I love when people point and say, "Hey, is that thing a moped? It looks like a regular motorcycle." I like standard, classic motorcycles anyways, but I also enjoy the simplistic machinery of the moped, so top-tanks are a logical choice.
Yeah, I like the "Euro"-ness of it too. Well, it oughta look like a little European motorcycle considering the fact that Tomos bike are designed and manufactured in Slovenia (former region of Yugoslavia), home to the nation that brought us the ever-so-reliable and rather European lookin' Yugo car! :-)
The reason I an not a big fan of top tanks, is because of the motorcycle look. The step through design is much more stylish in my opinion. I don't want people to think that I ride a crotch rocket around. :) Your top tank is the best one that I have seen, but I'm sticking with step throughs! Swarm and Destroy!
Chris,once you get used to a top-tank,with it's great cruising range between fill-ups and it's motorcycle feel,(yes,there is a different feel)and like Wal said,people curious as to why it's NOT a motorcycle,you'll probably soften as to their looks.I own several of each type and the top-tanks are the prettiest and `meanest' looking by far in my opinion.But to each his own.
The blue and gold look great together. It's a shame about the one sticker pulling paint. I didn't have any trouble with mine, but then I had it 5 years before I did it. I work around detail shops, and they use a heat gun to soften them up on cars. I heard a good hot hair dryer works well too. I bought a new truck last year, and I peeled the dealers sticker right off after the hot afternoon sun had beated down on it for while.
Good luck and enjoy!
Ghost in the machine again, I notice this OLD 02 thread popped up here w/ out anyone posting in it . b-4 yours.
What is this a history lesson?
Never even noticed, it was at the top of the forum this morning. I just assumed it was a new post. I do remember none of the posts had 'new' next to them, but when I went over to the Performance Tuning and Repair, those had 'new' next to them. Maybe I had a brain fart?
Wal must be Juan Pablo Montoya's missing twin brother.
Hey, I'll take that as a compliment! He's a handsome dude.
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