>>you should come visit Kalamazoo and ride w/ the Decepticon Moped Army sometime.<<
Oh I intend to, believe it.
When I am done with this Targa though, any contest of speed is gonna be pretty unfair, having over 16yrs of experience with Tomos products (and other 'peds too, but Tomos is my all time fav) and knowing how to push it far past specs to begin with, well...a speed kit is just coup de gras.
I rode it back, yes, in the friggin snow, and I'd like to throttle whoever put the tires on this thing, they are that near-slick, diagonal street tread, which is like, nutz to have on yer 'ped in michigan to begin with...I mean, look at the streets, I'd be half-tempted to put street/dirt tires on a CAR if I had one.
So imma go with some Cheng Shin PR4 16X2.25 Street eaters, if I can find em, they look like street tires, but they have an 'interrupt tread' and it's a deep tread, plus it goes way down the side of the tire for grip...handy for folks who lay the 'ped way over in turns, like me, and due to the interrupt and how deep the tread is, it hooks up pretty good on snow or dirt as well.
The exhaust baffle was, predictably, clogged up solid, but I just pulled it...and to hell with bangin it out and puttin it back in, especially since a Bi-Turbo two-piece is goin on there soon as I get the kit....I was surprised the brakes were in good shape though, most used peds need a brake job, cause that's about the time most kids get bored with em and sell em off, it being too much like real work to replace them.
As for reliable, well, this puppy was sittin around the sales floor for a while, and the day I picked it up they left it out in the cold out front all morning, yet one gentle kick and she fired right up - that's Tomos for you.
Oh, One big difference I noticed between the A3 trans which runs 10w30, and the A5, which runs ATF...is that when it's cold, you are NOT getting into second gear with an A5 any time soon...the A3 warms up faster by a longshot.
Also, I gotta manual with it, with the Misprint, it still calls it an "A35" Engine, which is a misnomer.
Found out a little more about that, actually....and it breaks down this way.
A3 = Original Bullet Engine, Hexagonal Cylinder, A3 Trans
A35 = Targa Engine, Hexagonal Cylinder, A5 Trans with A3 Pistonarm assembly.
A5 = Targa Engine, Square Cylinder, A5 Trans
That's about the only way I could figure it, and Tomos never actually made any A35's, they went straight to the A5 Series...and therein lies the problem.
The A3 Pistonarm assembly and the A5 Pistonarm assembly are of different size.
And THAT, in combination with a speed kit, is what'll kill your moped.
If you hook that speedkit up to the A3 Pistonarm, you're lookin at major problems, but not right away...it'll get you sooner or later though.
But what I wanna know, is What fuel mix, What jetting, and what Spark Plug heat range has worked for you guys when you tried a speed kit, I want a base to begin with instead of playing it wholly by ear.