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Thanks for your help everyone!
Hey guys,Hoping you can help my dad and I solve a mystery. We're trying to figure out what this bike is. They claim it is an early moped, but I don't think so; the picture is pretty lousy, but I don't even see pedals. Any information is appreciated.Thank you!
I'd have to say the Ciao also, just because it's the moped I'm most familiar with. It's pretty easy to work on, and it's the moped I primarily ride around. I would happily get a second one if the price was right.
Figure I'll join in the fun and post mine!
Looks like a cheap Chinese scooter. Probably interchangeable with other parts from other Chinese scooters with the same engine size.
Thanks for all the advice! I just picked up 2 gallons of vinegar today; I think I'm going to try the salt + vinegar route.I've actually used kerosene to remove rust from an old bike chain back when I first got into mopeds. Is there any reason why you couldn't clean the rust out of the tank by filling it with kerosene? I know they even make some without dye that you can buy by the ga
Crazy, there was almost the exact same bike in Fulton last weekend for $85. Someone just barely beat me to it.Regardless, it looks like it's in great shape, and I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it. Nice find! :)
I'm willing to bet almost anything you picked this up in Fulton NY for a steal. Lucky dog, I was going to buy it if you didn't. Glad to hear it went to a good home though. :)
Ever since I got my Vespa Ciao, the tank has been rusty, and has had some plenty of junk at the bottom. Every year I do my best to clean it out, and I go through 4 or 5 fuel filters each season combating the problem.I'm finally ready to try solving this for good, so I'm trying to find a good kit for cleaning out the tank and coating it. Someone in a different thread had recommended I us
Modern scooter design is not nearly as easy to work on as a traditional moped. Way more panels, and the engine is tougher to get to.
Actually, I should mention that I have the PA50I model; the red and white one that tops out at about 20 MPH. Reading the Wiki, it looks like I might have the wrong plug. Would this be the source of my problems?
Finally got around to playing with the Hobbit today. I did test the compression with the HF compression tester, figured it could be better than having nothing. It came out at just under 50 PSI, even with the length of the hose.After my first attempt starting it today the plug seemed to be covered in oil, although it wasn't until I pulled it that I realized it wasn't tightened all the way
Wow, very helpful, thank you Buddy! Rusty tank is something I have been fighting with ever since I got the Vespa, and I usually end up replacing the fuel filter several times each season.Does anyone know if the Treats sale is still going on? I had an email from them, but must have deleted it by mistake.
Haha, I definitely did it right then; I got myself in the eye several times! I used the red straw to spay cleaner into ever hole I could find.Thanks for the tip Pat; I'll make a note of where the idle circuit is for next time.Should I worry that the back tire spins while it's idling when it is up on the kickstand? I don't want to wear out the clutch shoes when I'm idling at a s
I think the clutch is engaging; the rear wheel spins when idling up on the kickstand. It's not enough to move it when I'm sitting on it though.Any advice on how I can check/clean the idle circuit? My carb looks totally different from the one shown in the wiki. (Mine is a Dellaroto) I sprayed carb cleaner in all the holes I could find, and cleared all the rust and dirt I could find out of
So adjusting that idle screw definitely helped. Will raising my idle affect my performance while riding? I live in upstate New York, so there are a lot of small hills around here and I would hate to lose a lot of speed going up them.
Hey Terry,What do you suggest I check?
That sounds exactly like what I need to tweak. Should I turn it clockwise or counterclockwise to help keep it running while idling?
Hey everyone,My Vespa Ciao has been stalling out when idling recently. It's usually pretty easy to get it started again, but it's kind of embarrassing at stoplights and stop signs when there are other cars behind me. I have also noticed it takes a bit more effort to get it started when I first take it out than it used to.There is some rust in the gas tank, and I've done my best to c
Hey guys,I have a Honda Hobbit, and it is a pain to get started. I usually have to take the spark plug out, spray starting fluid, put the plug back in and pedal like my life depends on it. I have to go through this ritual 3 or 4 times before it will idle, but it is usually fine after that.I've checked to make sure I am getting a fuel, a spark, and air flow. After reading the wiki page about c
I did about 40 miles in a day around Dryden NY. Nothing really to do there, so I just rode around. 1981 Vespa Ciao.
You were right; the whole thing did just press fit together. Thanks man, you saved me about $15!
Hey guys. I was cleaning my gas tank, and it appears my petcock fell apart when I was putting it back in. Is this normal/fixable, or am I just SOL and have to buy a new petcock?
$50 for this thing if you can pick it up in the next week. Otherwise, it goes in the shed with all the other projects I'll never be able to finish. I'm located about 10 miles outside of Ithaca NY, an hour South of Syracuse. Not interested in shipping it or parting it out.
Hey, my first moped was a Ciao with no chain! I was able to get it started just by running next to it; I'd never thought to use a drill with a socket to start it!I agree with Dan though, that you should clean the carb; it will help the bike run (or run better), it'll give you a chance to become more familiar with your new moped, and it will give you something to do while you wait for you
Bring it to a police station. They can run a VIN check on the bike to see if it has been stolen. If it has been previously registered, they'll be able to tell you what year it is. Bring it to your local police department though; I find that State Troopers give me a hard time about it. (Here in Upstate NYS, anyway.)At the very worst, use the Vermont Registration trick to register the bike in V
Hey guys, just picked up a '78 Hobbit from a buddy of mine, totally stock. It ran a little rough at first, but it's going pretty well now. I was out riding it around today, and got it going about 25 mph downhill before the engine started cutting out on me. It almost stalled out, but I was able to keep it going by pedaling it. I rode about 5 miles back home without any trouble.Do you guys
How much for the sweet lookin' camper that you put all your stuff on?