ciao updates!
November 3, 2013, 4:05 pm
Filed under: belt, brakes, carb, clutch, cosmetic, dellorto, frame, intake, lighting, new parts!, transmission, variator

i did a three parter update about old ciaociao over on did a bunch of maintenance work and a few little things that i’ve been meaning to do for years but never had. go check it out! and stay tuned over there for more ciaociao!


July 12, 2010, 8:55 pm
Filed under: bars, cosmetic, fork, lighting, new parts!, variator

got the stupid $15 piece i needed to put ciao back on the road! that dumb pulley back!

still need to address the collapsed rear spring.. only one of the coils still functions. i ran it last race like this and it did ok, i just had to lighten up the weights a lot.

there being only one coil of the spring actually functioning, the rear pulley likes to bounce. it’s hard to explain in text, but the same thing will happen with a french bike if you have the spring too soft.. the weights will cause it to variate quick, then the spring will push back and you’ll have your motor bouncing on the spring. on a french bike the belt can come off when that happens, on a dual variated bike it’s mostly just annoying. still usable, though!

man, it’s weird to be back on the ciao. i’m not used to it anymore at all!
i swapped out the drag bars for some bmx lookin things that rafter gave me. i had to weld about a half inch to the ends to make them wide enough for my grips, but that wasn’t a big deal. not sure how i like them. more comfy, for sure, but dunno if i dig the look.

those forks have always bothered me, too. they are too long. digging through the pile of trashed forks, i found an old set of ebrs that clamp the fork tubes up top and bottom, like the more expensive ebrs do. the forks are trashed, but the top plate appears to be good! except the chrome is rotten as hell, but whatever, i’ll just sandblast it.

i’m sure it’ll look stupid with the fork tubes sticking out the top, but whatever, i’ll work it out in the end.

anyway, more later! i’m going to build a battery box/license plate holder/tail light thingy here pretty soon! it’s gunna be neat!

aaand we’re back! well kinda..
July 8, 2010, 9:42 pm
Filed under: electronics, lighting, malossi, new parts!, variator

hello everyone, did you miss me? no? oh.

anyway! ciao is sitting at the shop and i’ve started converting it back to street use. that pretty much just means i’m putting lights on it.

i’m using magnomos’ old headlight because that’s what i happen to have laying around. besides, the terry dean edition mf headlight sticker suits ciaociao.

if you’ll remember, i’ve got some dinky little cdi system from a kids dirt bike powering the bike, so no lights. once i get my battery back from alan, i’m going to build a little battery box and mount it back by the rear wheel.. i’ll take pictures that better explain it as i’m doing it.
not sure what i’m going to use as a tail light just yet.

also, here’s a better picture of the damage done last time ciaociao ran..

i’ll never use malossi variator bits again! well, except weights and rear springs i suppose..

anyway, that’s all i’ve got for the moment. now that ciaociao’s going to be my daily rider, i’ll be changing a lot about it, so there should be more fun times ahead. new pipes, new bars, maybe new paint.. watch and see!

failed experiment
October 20, 2009, 1:58 pm
Filed under: carb, fail!, frame, intake, new parts!

so remember how i said i was working on stuffing a 24mm mikuni carb into my ciao frame? well i pretty much gave up on that idea.
thanks to tony s., i was able to bust out a super nice intake plate to get the carb bolted up to the motor without much trouble.

problem is, there is no room for the carb in the frame!
i would have to loose the pedals all together and chop a huge chunk out of my frame to make it fit in there, and i’m not about to do either of those things.
there might still be a 24mm carb in the future for ciaociao, but it will be a smaller carb that will fit in the bike easier. no need to cut up the frame for a mikuni when there’s other, smaller carbs that will get the job done just as well!
polini cup 5 post coming soon! with pictures!

ok, a couple pictures for you
September 22, 2009, 12:54 am
Filed under: carb, fork, new parts!, variator

i was able to grab a couple photos with rafter’s camera the other day, so i can show you some of the stuff i’ve done.
first, tony was nice enough to take my variator to his lathe and rid me of that big ring that’s part of the polini pulley cheek.
it’s actually part of the cheek (the part of the pulley the belt rides on) but it’s too high up to be used, at least by my current setup, so it was nothing but added weight to me. i also had him mill .5mm off the back of the cheek so that the variator would close up further, giving me more top end! that was the idea anyway. not sure how well it worked, i did so many things all at once that it’s hard to say what’s doing what!

pro work done a pro dude, thanks tony.

and here’s a blurry picture i took of the brake stop peg i had to weld in to work with this wheel and brake plate;

rafter has a fancy super camera and i don’t really know how to use it. i miss my crappy point-and-click deal with the built in flash.

i finally got around to making a fork brace for the bike, too. i was going to put it way down close to the tire, super tight tolerance like, but i decided to leave some room in case i go to 17″ wheels later on.

not the prettiest brace on the block, but it gets the job done quite well.

also, i’ll be going up to a 24mm mikuni from my 21mm dellorto, hopefully before next race!

it’s going to be tricky getting it in there, but i think i’ve got it covered. thankfully nate of motomatic mopeds and tony are both super skilled at welding aluminum! i’m running out of time, though, and both are busy with their own stuff, so we’ll see if it happens before october 3rd!

inside the cylinder pictures will probably have to wait until after the next race. no time to pull it apart!
anyway, there you go!

forky forkerson
August 21, 2009, 5:28 pm
Filed under: bars, fork, new parts!

some pics of what’s been going on! i installed the ebr forks on ciaociao and they are much stiffer than the bouncy ball bravo forks i’m replacing. those bravo forks were great when the seals were good, but they blew out and now they are horrible. these new ebrs should be rad for now.
all torn apart and in rafter’s way, making him grumpy.

when i converted my front wheel to sealed bearings i went to a much larger axle than stock, so i had to dremel out the dropouts on the forks to fit.

when i had the fork off i noticed my bottom bearing cup was way loose in the frame. i was worried the frame was ovalized, but it turns out the cup was bad. nate found me a replacement and now everything’s better.

now that the forks are on, i’m presented with a few new problems. the brake plate i modified to work with the ciao/bravo forks won’t work with these forks, so i’m going to have to get clever there again. also, these ciao ebrs don’t come with any way to attach the bars to them. ebr assumes you’ll be using your stock parts with their forks, and as you may or may not know, stock ciaos have quill stem style bars. i have a couple pair of clip-ons, i’m thinking about throwing a pair on to try them out and see if i hate them, but i think i will.. so i’ll probably end up drilling four holes in the top tripple tree plate and using the bravo fork’s u-bolts and riser thingys like i was running on the old forks. we’ll see.

i’ve also did some variator mods, but i’ll save that for next time. i need to go get some work done. later taters.

July 21, 2009, 10:03 am
Filed under: belt, carb, dellorto, general, intake, malossi, new parts!

ciaociao is already down in sacramento waiting for me, i left it there after the reno rally.
by the way, my “reliable” bike seized a main bearing at the reno rally, so i did the rest of it on ciao and ciao had no issues whatsoever! it has became my most reliable moped!
the belts i ordered from malossi direct showed up, plus the one from treats i’ve been carrying around with me, i should be good on belts for a little while. those malossi belts are awesome, but the shred apart after a while. the one i’m currently running is starting to fray a little, so i think i’ll be replacing it soon.
i also need to pull the carb off the intake plate and put some loctite on the threads of the mounting bolts, the carb likes to start to wiggle loose after a while. it doesn’t even seem to notice the air leaks, but it’s something that needs to be addressed.
anyway, more to come when i’m in sacramento! goodbye for now, seattle!