r.i.p. ciaociao v1.0
October 2, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: cdi, clutch, fail!, frame, kit, pinasco

at the creature rally ciaociao was taken down by a rental van. more about that later. let me get you up to speed before that story.

last update was after i destroyed my fan (again) at moped monday, which actually lead to a pretty good soft seize. the piston was smeared over the rings!
i was able to pick the dike ring out of the top grove with no issues, the ring was perfectly fine.
the second ring, however, was a bit more buried. after probably fortyfive minutes of picking at the thing, the ring was finally starting to wiggle and come out.. in my excitement i broke the damn thing. bummer.
with the rings out, i was able to clean up the piston with some 400 grit sandpaper and clean up the ring grooves as good as new.
problem was, i was down one ring.. and no pinasco kits in the country.
so i went through all the polini kits i had at the shop and find one with a ring of the same width and height! only it was a bit bigger around. after probably 40 more minutes of filing with a tiny pencil file, checking every now and again with the cylinder and feeler gauges, i was able to whittle the ring down to proper size, and even hand filed some notches in it to clear the stop peg!
the cylinder cleaned up with hardly any work and i was ready to go.
i really wish i had taken pictures of all of that, but i had left my camera at home some how, and didn’t want to wait.. it’s too bad, i was actually quite proud of myself for finding a close enough ring and hand filing it to fit. it’s been running perfect with that ring ever since!

as mentioned before, that moped monday ride destroyed my plastic tfr fan.

lucky for me, i had an extra one found on moped army, so i went back to mikemike’s to once again lathe out the back of the fan and figure out a better way to attach it.
what i came up with is so simple, i hate myself for not going this rout to begin with.

pop rivets!
i used a lot of them to make sure they had enough grab to keep from tearing out of that plastic. i used 1/8″ alum rivets to clear the coils underneath, so the heads were pretty small. so far it’s holding strong, and i’ve got a lot of miles on it!

i forgot to re-time the motor before throwing it back together. i didn’t think it would have untimed it’s self, but i was going to do it anyway. too bad i didn’t, it was running like ass the night before leaving to sf and i didn’t have time to mess with it. first thing i did when i got to cali was pull the motor and time it. ran awesome once it was back together!

so ciaociao did most of day one without a hitch, it was blasting pretty freaking hard for never being open more than 1/2 throttle.
then came the night city ride. i probably got about 6 miles before the inside nut on my clutch decided to spin off, taking most of the threads with it.
i didn’t notice until i felt a loss of power. i looked behind me to make sure i wouldn’t be cutting anyone off as i merged to the right, and that’s when i noticed all the smoke..
when i looked at the clutch, it was BILLOWING a TON of smoke out of the bell! way more than at blood drive when this exact thing happened! it was also shooting a ton of sparks, what with the inner pulley cheek now resting against the frame..
so i pulled over and waited for the rescue truck.
the next day, i went to rufu’s work shop and he welded the fucker up!

i won’t be getting that yellow malossi spring back, but it won’t be falling apart on me anymore, either!

so now that i have that all taken care of, ciaociao was ready for the long, awesome sunday ride.
other than a few little hiccups (clutch bell nut nearly fell off, belt stretching making it hard to start), the bike was running awesome.
i flew across the golden gate bridge at half throttle (wanted to open up all the way, but decided i would wait for the trip home, didn’t want to blow up before the awesome ride!), was ripping up every hill, passing bikes left and right.. so much fun!
until i went into a semi-steep, super sharp right hand blind corner, hit a patch of pine needles/dirt/something and had the bike slide out from under me, into the oncoming lane and under a van.
CRUNCH!, the bike stopped running..
i rushed over, dragged it out of the street and up the inside wall as best as i could and waited for all the other mopeds to go by. once they had, i dragged it to the next driveway a little way up the street and waited for the pick up truck again. fuck.

the frame is toast.
it could have been a lot worse, i could have been ran over with the bike, but some how i lucked out.
poor ciaociao did not! sad.
the pipe now has a few dents in it, i snapped the 3rd mounting point off the malossi case and broke another float bowl, but other than that everything seems fine.. there is some oil on my tranny, but that might be from the over-flow hole from when it was on it’s side. i need to tear into it and inspect it better.

so the ciao’s off the road again. lamecity. i’ve been trying super hard to not cut up green ciao to make ciaociao v2.0, but it’s sooo tempting.. currently i’m searching for a new frame so that i don’t have to destroy a beautiful stock ciao to satisfy my burn-out-wheelie cravings!

ciaociao will be back, and soon. so keep watching this space!


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awe man, balls!! poor ciaociao. She will be missed. Keep posting shit, I’m learning tons man. Thanks. I almost made it down to sf with the cutters. Next time.


Comment by rob

NOOOO! Man, ciaociao was awesome. I met you at Treats, I have an orange ciao. I had been looking forward to getting blasted by you on the long Saturday ride. Just riding over to ’77 I could see that thing some serious balls. I’ve got a one speed frame here in San Francisco I could let you have for a song. I was going to sell it on craigslist, but you’re helping allot of people with this blog, myself included, so i’d give it to you super cheep.


Comment by Paul

Bummer dude…., sorry to hear this.

Good luck with the next one!

Comment by Ed Deepfry

I was worrying that since it was almost done we couldn’t expect updates anymore! Lots of updates to come now, as you start over!

Comment by Responsible Jon

oh man rj, i wasn’t even close to finished.. this ciao will evolve for years to come. crazy h20 scooter kits, custom fabbed pipes, kart clutch adaptation.. so much stuff in store.. plus i never got to paint it like spaceman icecream!

Comment by terrydean

What is the deaner made of? Unstopableness. Please make a tall ped, we need to put all of these Sachs frames to use!

Comment by jhusteen

this is a tragedy! an outrage! i’m sure the next version will be even better though. nice to see ya at the rally. one day i will have a ciao that works too.

Comment by rufus

Please don’t cut up the green Ciao in haste, there has to be another frame out there that could be put to use. Lots of 20mph Ciaos that seem to have been sold. Is that frame really toast or could it be repaired by welding in new metal? If so it may be worth doing if only to beef it up to handle the extra power.

Comment by Arran

[…] thing i decided to take care of was my clutch bell. at a creature rally forever ago i had to weld the nut on the back of my clutch because it had stripped out and left me kinda screwed. that fixed me up good enough and, other than the pulley being a little […]

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