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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by ToPointsUnknown, May 14, 2013.
It's about 1.5 feet longer than stock, I'll measure it later today.
At this point I'm working way too quickly to take many pictures. What did I skip up to these photos...
* Hours of carb cleaning, jetting and syncing. I removed the airbox (obviously) and went with an air filter. The Ninja ran like crap when I got it so it took a long time to get it running "ok". It still takes forever to warm up to a stable idle but once it's warm it's good.
* Ordered clutch and throttle cables. MotionPro did a double take when I tried to explain to them that I needed a set of Ninja cables but 83 inches long. Got them and they worked!
* bought a custom cut aluminum rear sprocket. There was no way I was going to find a 35T 420 sprocket for these wheels. I want to get a steel one but I'll wait until this wears out and I'm sure I'm happy with the size. I used the chain that came with the Ninja for now (it was in pretty good shape) just cut off about 10 links and lubed the hell out of it.
* Lot's of little doodads and odds-and-ends (spacers, bolts, etc) to get the pieces to fit together.
Got all of that mounted, stuck a rusty Lambretta seat on it, "borrowed" a taillight from another guy at the garage woking on a CB of some vintage (returned it after the weekend) welded a nut onto the bars to mount a mirror. Threw together a mount on the headlight cowl to attach a HID for the ride.
Got about 6 miles of test riding in the night before we're supposed to leave, that should be a good enough test to go 150+ miles, right?
Made it to NJ! (through the Holland Tunnel anyway) Only lost the plastic around the headlight so far. The white Lambretta belongs to a very patient friend of mine, why he accompanied me on this trip!
The mirror fell off a couple miles later (oops). The bigger thing was that the rear sprocket started coming loose! Not the sprocket itself but the part of the wheel that the sprocket mounts to. I tightened it as best I could on the side of the road but couldn't get the tools in there enough so it was getting loose after about 10-15 minutes. Found a tire center that would let me use a jack, got some ne bolts from an autoparts store and some locktite, 20 minutes later we were back on the road!
We made it! Taking some of the backroads, stopping for a couple repairs and getting pulled over once (no ticket, thankfully) it took about 7 hours. Not bad though on my GS I could do it in about 2.5
A couple money shots
One interesting thing, it rained like heel the first night down there. That lightly rusted metal hadn't seen moisture in probably a decade so the next morning the entire bike changed color!
The ride home was pretty uneventful, made it back it good time, parked the scoot and went to sleep. I left the project for the next 6 months. To be continued in the winter! (last winter, more pics coming soon)
This is sick and twisted and I love it.
You asked in the begining where it belongs, while it might fit in battlescooters, it definately belongs HERE.
My Dad was a Lambretta lover from long ago. He's had three over the years of my childhood. My little brother and I pretty much totaled one of his when he went to Vietnam.
So I've got some Lambretta experience. Loved to pop wheelies and just ride it against the rear bodywork until it wouldn't keep the wheel in the air anymore.
I was going to buy and restore one for my Dad 13 years ago, to replace the one we tore up, but couldn't find a decent one to start with. Sadly he died in 2001 and I shelved the ide.
Now, here's what I'm wondering. Why didn't you stick with the hand grip shifter? All it would have needed was some longer cables and linking up some short ones in series would have been easy. I've often thought of making a grip shifter for my KLR so my buddy with the artificial left leg could ride it too. Shifting Dad's Lambretta was always cool because I always knew what gear it was in.
If you've got any hand shifter parts in the scrap pile your going to toss let me know.
Now you've got me wondering how hard it would be to put my spare KLR motor in a scooter.
One last question. How does that radiator get any air across it under there?
Whatever happened with this scooter madness? Was this the ECC Rally in Wildwoods 2013?
Wow how did I miss this? I'm not a scooter type by any stretch of the imagination, but this...this is clearly the work of an evil genius, congratulations sir!
Curious, how does it do at speed? I couldn't tell you had a fan on the radiator, does it overheat at all?
That was a lot of fun to watch,thanks for sharing.