There seem to be several advantages to me of running the kit with the stock pipe, without messing with the variator:
# I can't port anything without hurting its reliability - I'm just not experienced enough. The kit comes with good porting and larger displacement, so it gets around that inability of mine.
# The stock pipe is quiet and hides unobtrusively below the side covers. My bike is mint and beautiful - I don't want it to be loud and aftermarket looking
# The process of removing, messing with, and replacing a motobecane variator without hurting it looks difficult and time consuming. Plus, the stock one works fine.
Yeah I know if I just ported my stock cylinder, split my variator and removed two of the balls, and put an aftermarket pipe on it I could get to the same place (or even faster) . . . but it would take awhile and I think I would fuck something up. So my thought was, slap on the kit and tune the carburetion a bit, and cruise around 35, with two people, even. Does that sound reasonable? If anyone can tell me, or has any idea about what size carburetor would be optimal, I would appreciate it so much!!