during my ride to work just now I lost the round black plastic piece from the exterior of my carburetor. AFAIK that's the air filter? but I never understood how it could be filtering much because it was just empty black plastic. Anyway, is there some reason I absolutely cannot do the 10min ride back home today without it? I have -.75¢ in the bank until tomorrow afternoon and would rather not leave the bike in this neighborhood.
This is the carburetor I've got:
and attached is the only image i have of the piece from when I was asking about a different issue.
Thanks in advance y'all!