Maybe someone can tell me why most of the Moped Army thinks Tomos are such "good" bikes after this little dittty:
I got my Targa on Monday last. So we're talking 5 days at this point. The schlep that put the damn thing together left the rear wheel loose so shifting was quite difficult on the way home. Hey...we're all human. Tightened up the wheel and it started to shift like it was a Mack truck on Pike's Peak OR... like every other Tomos I've seen.
By Thursday it was a hard starter despite sitting in a 76 F comfort zone (known as my living room) overnight. But I did get it started. Rides great for about 10 minutes then winds out and bucks like crazy with some difficulty downshifting. It's fine, however, if I'm going uphill and pedalling.
If the world was a 10 degree climb, I'd have a Rolls-Royce.
MEANWHILE...I've been noticing that my mileage is being significantly inflated...about 35% inflated. I check it against the odometer in my car and against a map of my town. The map and my car match but the Tomos is way off. IT'S ABOUT AS OFF AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MILE AND A KILOMETER !! What a coincidence. Couldn't have been a mistake at the factory, right?
Today (Saturday) I want to change the gearbox oil because of the hard downshifting and my increasing suspicion that the dealer put some crap in it (I think it's "B&M Trick Shift" that's supposed to be "universal") to start with.
10 minute job, right? I drain the gearbox and screw the oil plug in BY HAND and it strips the threads in the aperture ! Never done that with an oil plug in my life ! Now this sounds really STUPID, of course. But wait a minute. This is an 8.8 mm hex plug -- which is supposed to be equivalent to a 5/16" hex. But in reality it's not. It has metric threads. Now are all those former Bolsheviks at the factory on the same page when they make the inlet and drain plug AND the engine cover? Maybe the threading machines are about as off as my odometer.
Personally, I think the engine cover was made from a bad batch of metal. To use a tap to re-thread the opening was nothing but a waste of time. The metal just crumbled. And we're not talking about replacing a bolt on a boiler on the USS Enterprise. All it has to do is hold oil not steam. I've never seen anything so fucking cheap in my life. While I was wiping out the inside of the engine cover with a soft damp cloth the paint started to come off onto the cloth.
And, of course, I'm using the same pidjun English shop manual that the rest of Tomos America is using so I shouldn't be surprised if anything is JUST a little off! And I'm only talking about a little in-house engineering job -- making something metric into something in the English system for the American market -- and they can't even do that.
And with a little luck I'll find a used right engine cover in the next few WEEKS! Between the odometer and the wait for parts my warranty will be gone.
This whole fucking mess reminds me of THE All-Time Monument of Reverse Engineering. The Russians copying "bolt for bolt" the B-29 Superfortress. Stalin ordered them to do it in metric, probably so he could have a few engineers shot when they took too long.
Why not just make the tools to match the plane as it was designed in the US, instead of the plane to match the tools?
That way, every time they shot one down one of OUR planes, they'd have all those spare parts that'd actually fit!