oh the trials and tribulations of mopeds. fsck. oh sachs monsters, why do you misbehave so..
monday and i went on my first 'real ride' on this bike. georgetown to ballard, ballard to moped monday, moped monday to the west seattle bridge and then to home.
i got my first taste of sachs clutch problems. already i need to take my clutch apart and rebuild (my clutch grabs like crazy awesome but isn't really into letting it go, which occasionally means the death lurch at stops and fighting to get the clutch unstuck). 30 weight motor oil was suggested and is probably where i will be going with this.
exhaust problems which springs will fix quick. i knew this was going to be a problem. thankfully the spring mounting brackets had already been added to the exhaust when it was modified.
the coaster brake bar that goes from the crank to the rear wheel hub rattles against my exhaust and makes the bike sound like it's going to crumble. ha.
strange headlight problems resulting in surges of bright-dim-no light-bright-bright-dim (bad connection? where is it?). i'm thinking i'll do the battery thing instead of running the light off the bike for this one. one less electrical thing to worry about.
beginning of the day was fouling plugs dirty, dirty black. i should have kept with that. end of the day and my plug is grey. lean. too many different carb adjustments done in one day and not enough trial and test runs. changes that were made; needle was set to the lowest setting (per tim p's suggestion) and i had lowered the jet from an 88 to an 86 a few days prior. airfilter was changed. all at different times. tweaks here and there on the mixture and idle screws. brain on verge of exploding. i think i will raise the needle back up to where it was. rich.
i must admit though, this thing rips and accelerates fast once it gets off the line and is pretty damn fun. i zipped past quite a few people when i wasn't keeping in time with amy. i fear the vibrations though. it cracked a good portion of my sparkplug boot off. ha.
sadly, i don't really plan on touching this bike until the end of august when i have time and sanity again.
back to the drawing board.