here we gooo
August 15, 2009, 3:54 pm
Filed under: cdi, fork, kit, motor, pinasco, port timing

i’ve started pulling ciaociao apart to get it ready for the next polini race.
apparently i’ve been running around with a huge head leak and i had no idea. i guess i should have looked under my bike, the motor is covered in oil! the nuts holding the head on were like hand tight? no idea how that happened. oh wait! i just realized i bet it’s because my triple layer of base gaskets compressed! doi. that’s why you use metal to make thick base gaskets, kids.
everything’s looking good inside the motor. the 3rd mount on the case snapped off again. it broke right along the weld ray did for me. nate says he can do a better job, so hopefully it’ll be fine after that.

also, the aluminum spacer i was using to keep my fan rivets from dragging on my ktm50 coils wore itself out and i have some wear showing. it’s because, even when super tight, my fan will slip a tiny bit when i really get on the gas. the torque is just too much for it. rather than replacing the spacer with a steel one, i just took a big punch and hammered the back of all the rivets flat. it clears nicely. lucky for me, the rivets didn’t do any serious damage to the coils. just some grooves in the plastic.

you can see the flattened rivets there.
sorry for the dark photos, i’m at motomatic using their camera and the light is low.

tony will be around next week and he’s going to help me figure out the best plan of action for this kit and then i’ll get started cutting stuff up.
also, i’m going to try and get some forks on the way for the ciao before next race. i do want to eventually finish my mod to the stock forks and run those, but i don’t have the time right now.. i still gotta get magnomos back on the road by september 11th!
anyway, in the meantime, i plan to run the vespa ebrs. they are pretty stiff and should work well for the track, at least better than these pogo stick bravo forks i’ve been running.

that’s it for now. more posts and pictures soon to come! and maybe a video? who knows!


June 8, 2009, 12:20 am
Filed under: fail!, kit, motor, performance, pinasco, port timing

so this weekend was a total bust. none of the other hry kids could go racing, and it left me with no ride. it was a little too last minute for me to cobble something together, so i decided to have a drunk weekend at the shop in seattle hating atwater. it was a shitty weekend.
on top of not getting to go, i some how misplaced/dropped in the street my wallet, containing $300 cash, my id and both my debit cards.
but hey! this isn’t a blog about my life, it’s a blog about ciaociao! so enough of that shit!

poor ciaociao did not see the race track this weekend like it really wanted to. i did, however, take it for a few rides!
now, i haven’t really ridden ciaociao in the street since la rally, just on the track, and i was riding around with slow bikes rather than race bikes, so it’s really hard for me to judge what kind of performance gains i might have obtained with my exhaust porting. i was really hoping to get a feel for that on the track. ah well!
however, now that racing is done until september, i think it is time for me to pull that cylinder back off and finish up my porting. larger transfers, two new transfers, and more work on the exhaust. plus i still need to mill the other 1mm off the top of the cylinder and build the 2mm spacer to lift the whole thing up. and i really want to work the head, the pinasco head seems kinda crappy for how rad that kit can be.

so yeah! hopefully after i do all of this the thing will still run and will be competitive next atwater!
in the meantime, my actual race bike build is now underway, but that has nothing to do with anything here, so i’ll not talk about it much. you can catch pictures of it every now and again on my mopedsmofun tumblr photo blog if you’re interested!

oh boy, back to the dremmel!

pinasco 46mm port map
May 16, 2009, 3:01 pm
Filed under: kit, motor, performance, pinasco, port timing

well, firstly, the 2nd race went really well. i chopped two seconds off my lap time, and while i placed 6th in both races, i was faster and rode much better than the first race and i’m stoked on that!
if you want to read a better write up, check out the hry website. it’s still being worked on a lot, so it doesn’t really look all that great, but there’s rad photos and stuff over there.

on to ciaociao.
i decided to start playing with the porting in my pinasco. i haven’t really jumped into hacking at it just yet, but cuffs and i made a port map of it and did some measurements and i think i have a plan.

my map only shows one of the transfer ports because i’m going to focus on the exhaust port for now.
i’ve always known the exhaust port in this kit was pretty weak, so i’m going to be opening it up some and probably lifting the whole cylinder a bit and mill the difference off the top.

i’m still trying to work out what i’m going to do exactly, and the next race is coming up pretty quick so i gotta get on it. once the math is over and i start milling and hacking at it i’ll be sure to get a bunch of pictures for yous guys.

until then!

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!

it comes together!
January 23, 2008, 12:50 am
Filed under: cosmetic, crank, intake, kit, lighting, malossi, motor, new parts!, paint, pinasco

so after installing the bearings on the crank, i had mike mike take the big case half to his shop and press the crank in.

tonight i pressed the other half on, but i don’t think the crank is completely seated proper.. we’re going to take it to his shop again and make sure it’s pressed in completely. you can see the bit of gap that worries me here;

it should go the rest pretty easily.

i bolted the 13mm intake on (a custom 19mm one is in the works) to keep the reed block from getting messed up kicking around my room, and so that i wouldn’t loose the bolts or anything.
besides, it looks cool!

now i need to finish filing the ports out on the pinasco, polish up the exhaust shoot and bolt the rest together!

it’s coming together! once i have the motor all bolted together in one piece, i can stick it in the frame and figure out the clearance i’ll have for the custom intake. and mike mike can machine the parts for the sweet cdi, and i can order the carb and pipe, the motor will be ready to go!

also, i ordered the stem, bar ends and pedals the other day, and tonight i ordered the bars and the headlight.
the cdi will not have a lighting coil, so i’m going battery powered.
i was lucky to find a niterider minewt.x2 set up for way cheaper than i should have! this is rad, because it’s small, way brighter than your moped’s headlight, and i can transfer it over to my road bikes super quick style when i get unlazy and seattle gets uncrappy out!

ok, that’s it for this update! i have decided to go with paint rather than powder coating the frame and wheels. powder coating would have been tricky with the paint scheme, and it’s probably going to cost a lot less to paint, even if i go pro, but i might just do it in my garage.
it should look rad when it’s done.

the goods
January 18, 2008, 11:44 pm
Filed under: kit, malossi, motor, performance, pinasco

sneak peek!

i was planning on a large update with lots of pics tonight, but i don’t have time to do it just yet. that’ll have to hold you over!

in other news, bought a .net for this blog. i plan to expand the domain and turn it into a place for all of my projects, but for now it belongs to ciaociao.! i know, right? you’ll see!

why i don’t eat anymore
January 6, 2008, 8:44 pm
Filed under: carb, dellorto, kit, malossi, motor, new parts!, performance, pinasco, pipe, simonini, wheels

i am tempted to put up the list of parts i have bought for ciao, and the remaining parts i need to buy (pipe, carb), but i would really like to wait until i have my hands on them before i start talking about what “i have”, you know?
such as those wheels i posted before. fred found them for me, but i ended up spending the money on engine parts and so will have to wait on the wheels. i feel bad because i already said i am getting those wheels, and i still will, but it will be further down the road than i originally though it would.

but at the same time, it’s really hard not to show you guys what i spent my money on! haha. after all, they are on their way already, so why not, right?

ok, here’s what i have on the way;

malossi crank case, cdi version. 4 pedal reed valve! sweet action!

malossi crank 10mm pen. stuffed and needle bearings all over the place!

pinasco 46mm (80cc) cylinder.
i was torn between the pinasco 46mm and the malossi 46,5mm (80cc), but all of the .nl kids i have been talking to recommended the pinasco. it’s aluminum, which will aid with the cooling as this will be a high rpm bike (the malossi is cast iron), and i’m told it out performs the malossi as is. the malossi has more potential apparently, but as this is my first kit ever (i’ve always been a make-my-50cc-haul-ass kind of guy) i decided to go with the kit that would require less work to reach it’s potential.

i will have to match the case to the kit, and add some boost port passages to the case, but that’s no big deal at all.

as for the pipe, i have decided on the simonini calibrata.

there are a few of these pipes floating around the u.s., but not many. i decided to build a ciao in the first place because it was the first moped i really wanted (though it took me forever to finally get one), and because i wanted to do something different. i was a little turned off on the calibrata at first because of the fact that they are out there already, but that’s a silly reason to not want the best high rpm pipe available (well, according to my sources).

besides, the point of this blog in the first place is to try and inspire others to perhaps build a sweet vespa, and it would be retarded of me to not want more tuners to have the good parts, just because i want my bike to be one off! haha.

as for the carb, i am still undecided. i would love to use a “racing edition” dellorto phbg (either 19mm or 21mm, still working that out) for the ease of tuning the carb over the standard phpg’s, but they don’t come in the “clamp on” style, which is what i think i’ll need with my limited space. i’m waiting until my parts show up so that i can figure out what i have to work with as far as that goes.

so anyway, that’s where i’m at. as i said, the crank case, crank and cylinder are on their way, so they are as good as mine. the pipe i will be ordering once benji gets one in for me.

as for the electronics, i have some stuff in the works. i have to wait until the case shows up so that i can see what will work, so i’ll save that for another day. 12v cdi is almost a certain, though, that much i can say.