Yamaha Towny

Hi, I was given this moped this weekend. It has been sitting in a barn for a few years so I’m going to need to restore it. Looking forward to this little (big) project. I am completely new to being a moped owner, so I am very glad to have found this forum and the knowledge you all have!

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I love the towny, really awesome bikes. Check out Treatland.tv, alot of qt50 bits like cables, brakes, levers ect will cross over. I put one of those $38.00 ebay 60cc cylinder kits on mine, and it is super quick. Stock they do about 40 on the flats with the fuel/air mix corrected. They are super rich from the factory.

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^ what mix do you recommend? Open the air cleaner up?

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Jimmy Cincinnati /

That towny has the harder to find 2 speed on it, good find! I too am running one of those cheap $38 kits on my QT50 and it really helped out low end torque. Not much gain on the top. The bike looks complete so it should make for a good running.

FYI be prepared for the "its not a moped" thing coming soon. They call them nopeds here. They have the soul of a moped but barely missed the mark with lack of pedals. Very much welcome here and there are many that ride nopeds on this site.

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Hello Kristen and welcome to the site. This site is a plethora of information.

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Ive just out a high flow Bing filter on mine when it was stock and it really woke it up in the top end. With the kit I've got a 92 jet in it. Surprised how well these things wheelie.

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Brandon Weiss (Detective brandon to you) /

Now i want a towny

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Everyone should own a towny.

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Jack Rutherford /

the Yamaha Towny in Yamaha Yellow no less. I was selling a white Towny and indicated in my ad that I had two and didn't need one. A buyer contacted me and he inquired about my other Towny as well. He wanted to know what color it was. I told him it was yellow but I didn't really want to sell it and it needed a few things.

He paused and then replied, "Yamaha Yellow, huh?" I didn't even know the paint color was called Yamaha Yellow but I replied, "It sure is."

He was an hour away but said he'd be in town that Friday. Sure enough he showed up Friday morning. I had the white one out and he asked if I could bring out the yellow one to show him. I brought the yellow one out and explained that it didn't have a battery, probably needed a new turn signal relay, and I'm sure there were other things including my reluctance to sell it.

He shrugged it off and said, "Gotta have that Yamaha yellow. It's worth an extra hundred to me."

I paused and quickly made the decision to part with the Yamaha Yellow Towny.

"Well, do you want to start it up."

He replied, "No, that's ok. I'll take it."

Now I had put a pretty liberal number on the price tag to begin with because it took me two years to find my first Towny. He couldn't get the cash out of his pocket quick enough, loaded up the Towny and was gone.

Somewhat bewildered, I decided to investigate further. Turns out the buyer was the owner of Hale's Yamaha dealership in Mansfield, Ohio.

Just goes to show ya, you never know who's going to come out of the woods. (edited)

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Angry Hipster /

I have a QT50 that needs a top end and I was thinking about going the ebay niche cylinder route, but there has been a lot of talk on facebook about them overheating? What's the secret to keeping them running?

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Jack Rutherford /

> Thomas Davis Wrote:

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> I have a QT50 that needs a top end and I was thinking about going the

> ebay niche cylinder route, but there has been a lot of talk on facebook

> about them overheating? What's the secret to keeping them running?

My experience is

1. luck of the draw. You might get one from a batch that is fine. You might get a clunker.

2. I experienced air leaks from the head gasket for sure and maybe the base gasket which indicates that the mating surfaces of the head and jug aren't ideal. It's been awhile but I sanded the head down flat and still had problems. The secret would be identifying and getting rid of all air leaks.

3. If I recall, the ring gap was almost out of spec or out of spec at install (too large). I put the expansion ring in and tried to run it but no luck.

4. I didn't measure it but since the ring gap was out of spec, I assume the piston to cylinder wall clearance was too great as well - which is a huge over-heating issue. And this is probably why, you hear others saying, "I ran that thing pig rich and it still seized up on me." If the rings aren't sealing, you can probably run it as rich as you want and it won't matter.

I returned it despite their return policy stating that the parts must be unused. How are you going to determine whether there's an issue unless you install and run the top end?

I've seen that niche kit for as cheap as $30. Shipping included, right? Allow for some profit and what do these things cost from the factory? less than $10? sometimes you get what you pay for. (edited)

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Jimmy Cincinnati /

I have a QT50 that needs a top end and I was thinking about going the ebay niche cylinder route, but there has been a lot of talk on facebook about them overheating? What's the secret to keeping them running?

Currently mine is a mostly stock bike with the exception of a this cheap kit and a MLM exhaust. Yeap still rocking oil injection and stock air box. I drove it all over Ohio, parts of Iowa, and Alabama with no issues. Granted i cleaned the kit up before installing. Ring gapped, smoothed out piston / port edges, etc...

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I seized mine twice the first day while jetting it, barely got it warmed up before locking up on me. I replaced the head gasket with a puch one I had laying around just to be sure I fixed the leak I probably had there. Has been totally reliable since getting the jetting squared away.

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