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I use BLUE duct tape on my Yamaha XT225 dual sport bike. About 3 layers of it. It is super tough. It's what asbestos abatement contractors used to use back in the day to hold up 6 mil plastic sheeting. The adhesive doesn't bother me, it's a dirt bike. Gasoline will dissolve the adhesive if you really want to get rid of it. I put the tape all the way up against the rim on both sides,
I used to know someone with a 1983 Aero 125. it's a one year only model. Honda HATED 2 strokes. Not sure why they made that one. The weak point on them is the oil injection. Yamaha had a wonderful oil injection system, Honda's was just the opposite. They did work when new, but after 40 years probably not. Being 40 years old and a one year only model makes them rare as hens teeth, and vi
You couldn't give me a battery powered moped, motorcycle, car, or any other battery powered vehicle. Even my R/C cars are nitro powered. I might go for a 4 stroke moped if it was carbureted. I don't deal with computerized vehicles either. I have 2 mopeds, 4 motorcycles, and three cars. Every single one of them is carbureted. To me that's what it's all about. I have zero interes
In my state (AZ) turn signals are requires for all motor vehicles at night, and eye protection is required for all motorized 2 wheel vehicles, including home made motorized bicycles. My Free Spirit doesn't have any turn signals, and I have been riding it at night, because it's too hot to ride in the daytime. But I strictly stay on 25 mph residential streets, where getting stopped by a co
I paid $900 for a really nice 200 mile '79 Free Spirit Deluxe on Craigslist. I won't go anywhere near Facebook or any other social media site. I remember paying $1500 for a new Tomos back around 2007. I sure hope people are hanging onto those mopeds that were around 20 years ago and they are not getting scrapped. A 2 stroke anything is becoming more and more valuable due to their rarity
It's easy to enjoy a Solex. All you have to do is get over the speed thing, which I did some time ago. A Solex is like a bicycle that you don't have to pedal, yet it uses an actual engine, not a battery. It will go faster than most people can pedal a bicycle for any length of time. It's not a thrill ride, it's a relaxing ride. Maybe it's something you have to be old to und
Thanks Brian. I can't believe I let it sit for over 12 years. It is amazingly fun to ride. And it is going to be a lot more fun when it finally cools down here in AZ. I will need to stay close to home. Since it is not a registered vehicle, my road service plan doesn't cover it. But the way my area is laid out, you can ride for hours through residential streets. I've been taking off
Back around 2003-2007 I rode 300 miles a day for 2 days many times, riding on the shoulders of rural roads, where bicyclists ride. I never tried camping. I had the mopeds loaded with 3 gallons of premix, tools, and parts. I would spend the night in a Motel 6. That was on bought new Tomos mopeds with the oil injection removed. I don't think I'd try it on an old moped, at least not without
Since about 2002. I remember about the time I found this site a place called Cosmopolitan Motors was having a fire sale on Kinetic TFR mopeds with super low prices for members of this site. I immediately bought one, followed by two Tomos STs and a Sprint, along with a couple of Puchs. Then I went over 10 years without a moped.
If you want a reliable and practical vehicle, get a Toyota Sienna minivan. They are the ONLY minivan that does not have transmission issues. They can be a nightmare to work on, but fortunately they almost never need to be worked on. Pretty much any front wheel drive vehicle is going to be harder to work on compared to a rear wheel drive. My transportation car is a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis, and i
Compression gauges do work on mopeds. This includes the ones with a hose and those without a hose that you just press against the spark plug hole. If you are using one without a hose, then you will need someone to hold it against then head while you use the pedals to turn the engine over. Throttle must be all the way open. On ones with a hose, make sure that there is a Shrader valve in the end of
I just finished a complete restoration on my Solex.
I am not a fan of small 4 strokes, but I wouldn't chop up that Indian. It may be slow, not the best quality, and a few other things, but it is unique. And it's old. And to me that kind of makes it a classic. There probably aren't many of them left, especially ones that run.
I put a Puch Newport in the back of my 1972 Pinto wagon. I had to remove the front wheel and handlebars, but otherwise it went in easily. I love the looks of the P/T Cruiser, and thought about getting one as a transportation car, but they are just too hard to work on.
The frame was made in June, 2001. But it looks like it may have been pieced together out of more than one bike. Not that that would matter. The TTLX used the same parts for several years, as did the Sprint and ST.
If that's it, I'm pretty sure I saw that a few years ago. I found Dairyland to be quite a bit cheaper than anything else. I have 9 bikes insured with them, minimum liability only, no extras, I'm the only rider covered, and I have a perfect record. $430 something a year for all of them.
No ethanol free fuel in CA or AZ. Ethanol will cause damage to a bike even if it is used on a daily basis. It rusts iron and steel, it corrodes aluminum and brass, and it melts rubber and plastic. Glass is about the only thing it won't damage. But, I have been running bikes on ethanol ever since nothing else was available. At least 20 years. I have had to replace rubber/plastic carb parts, fu
This is what ethanol does. This is a carb from a 1985 Goldwing I bought for next to nothing about 12 years ago in non running condition. It's pretty obvious why it wasn't running. I have seen damage like this to several bikes and cars, though this is probably the worst. The carb on my recently purchased '79 Free Spirit was almost this bad. It was unsalvageable. All that white stuff
Not familiar with the Scorpion, but if it is in good condition, and does not have some design issue that makes it unreliable or impossible to get parts for, I'd go for it. Decent mopeds aren't cheap anymore, and never will be again. With the exception of Tomos, most of them haven't been made in 40 years. Many were butchered up and many just rusted away. They are relics from another
IMO, the Indian moped was one of the best looking mopeds made. That one is what I call a 'rainbow Indian" I preferred the red Indian with the Indian name in script on the tank. I remember looking at those back when they were new. I had a Peugeot 103 that I bought new in 1975. Back then you were supposed to use only "moped oil" in them. So I went to a local moped dealer (there w
Always nice to see more mopeds. REAL mopeds. When I saw this post I thought it probably meant those battery powered abominations. TWO STROKES FOREVER!!!
The climate in rural AZ is the same as it was 50 years ago. I was here then. Yes, it has changed in what are now big cities, but didn't used to be. Phoenix was once a small city, and everything was fine. Now it is a HUGE city, and it's an absolute nightmare. Not only because of a lack of natural resources, but it's just a miserable place to live. I live close to Lake Mead, and have
Mopeds are some kind of rarity in some places. I doubt there are more than a handful in my state. Some states like Ohio and New Jersey seem to have millions of them.
Obviously people are going to believe what they want to believe. I learned not to believe the government (any government) a LONG time ago. Plus I have seen no evidence to support human caused climate change (they are also blaming cows) The late astronomer Carl Sagan once said "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and I'm still waiting for someone to show me some of t
The DT50 is a motorcycle. It is a dual sport, it's already street legal. It doesn't fit into the 49cc moped/scooter exemption some states have, because it has a manual transmission.
Lots of people with money pay crazy amounts of $$$ for things that are worthless to me. Maybe some older person that had one back when they were a teenager? It may be one in a million, but if you wait long enough, they just might show up. Just a few months ago I was willing to pay a fairly high price (not THAT high, but then I'm not rich) for just about any really nice Puch or Tomos. I wound
Yep, it's the World Wide Web. I don't think there are any Puch specific forums in the U.S. either. Used to be a Tomos forum, but it disappeared a long time ago.
" They probably got hired hoping they would work on modern bikes, not some outdated technology"Outdated technology is what makes life worth living. Crude, primitive, visceral, but it needs to be made well so it is reliable, while still being simple enough to be easy to work on. I've spent my whole life working on and playing with outdated technology and loving every minute of it.
I have a '79 Free Spirit "Deluxe". For some unknown reason, it came with a 13 tooth front sprocket. I replaced it with a 15 tooth sprocket, which is what it was supposed to have, but the speedometer was still showing 25 mph. The needle is not bent, I don't believe it has ever sat out in the sun. It only had 200 miles on it when I bought it a few months ago, and looked brand new