Hey Le Tuners,
I just bolted a Parmakit AV7 setup to my beloved first ped, Penelope. Anyway, I just finished the majority of the bike, trouble shot some electrical, and started it up. After a short test run, I have a few fears that I would like to dispel before I do any serious blasting. I own a few mobys, but this is the most aggressive frenchie I have built other than a serious av10 build that is in the early stages of construction. That said, I want to make sure some of what's happening is typical and/or okay.
-av7 Parmakit w/ stock head
-varplus w/ 6 med. weights (I think)
The sources of concern:
1). The sound of the pipe has me freaked out. It sounds normal until I hit about 10 mph, then it sounds like pure death by chainsaw and it is 10 times more obnoxious than any other moped pipe I have heard. Also, after a few minutes of riding, there was some dark speckles of fuel around the ball joint and on the cylinder. This sounds and looks like an exhaust leak. Is that pipe just loud as fuck? Also, is the ball joint a necessary evil that will always leak slightly? By the way, I used a crush gasket and red locktite, and did not use that coupler thingy that came with the pipe (I just used the balljoint, hooks, and flange for hooks). I am hoping that that didn't dick it by leaving that coupler off. I will greatly appreciate any advice, encouragement, scolding, or tips.
2). My other concern involves the level of vibration I am experiencing. I probably haven't taken it over 35, but at about 20 it starts to vibrate like no other (like, arms start to fall asleep). I used Peter's urethane motor mounts which have always worked great on my stock bikes. However, I remember reading a post were someone was bitching about them causing vibration. Could that be it? Is this normal? Any input or troubleshooting tips?
Thanks in advance homies.