i’ve finally finished this semester and the weather’s good and i’m able to get to work on my 59 motobecane riverside av88 ( this one )… it seems to mainly need some adjustments/tuning, and not so much part replacing – at least, i hope that’s the case as my first few searches on mopedwarehouse.com and mopedjunkyard.com didn’t seem to come up with anything for models made so early.
a few questions…
1) there’s a fuel leak – from around the fuel valve, the previous owner said he thought it was an o-ring problem. are the fuel line parts on a 59 av88 the same as those on a 70s model?
2) i’m a bit clueless as to some of the main functions of the bike… sort of embarassing, but i need help anyway. i understand these things have clutches… but are you actually changing gears? the manual seems to imply that it does this automatically…
3) from what i understand, when you start to pedal the drums on either side of the engine should start spinning, yes? on mine, the belt catches on the variator but that doesn’t make the drums spin. they only barely start to try to spin, you can hear some scraping when this happens, but they don’t even make one full rotation. what should be happening, and how can i make it happen?
4) anyone have any tips on tuning this thing for a bit more speed? i’m not looking to go crazy on it or anything, but it would be nice to be able to go faster, like 40 or 45, or at least to get to 35 quicker.
geez… sorry for so many questions, i just want to get this thing running and learn as much as i can about it in the process! thanks to anyone who will offer any answers/advice.