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  1. The BSA Dandy. Possibly the worst bike ever built, a massive failure and rightfully despised as a prime example of shoddy engineering, poor build quality, penny-pinching design, and failing to address known issues. Few in number, gross, and only admired by weirdos. I've got 3 of em... 1 complete blue and red one, suitable for restoration/unreliable 2-smoke pesting. 1 green thing with most bits, incl engine, suitable for a frankenbuild. 1 grey frame, mostly there, suitable for parts. So tentative plan is to restore the good'un (painted similar to above), bang a jappa-knees engine in one, and make an electric one. All 3 to be used on one plate, if things ever get that far. (Cant be bothered getting my good one out for pics so here is some background and pics of what they should look like): What is the Dandy? The 70cc Dandy ‘scooterette’ was originally a unit construction, 45x44mm two-stroke single, riding on 15in wheels. It included the scooter virtues of weather protection, some concealed mechanicals – the carburettor was out of sight behind a slotted cover in the crankcase – and a step-through frame. It was female-friendly, and BSA’s publicity invariably featured lady riders in skirts. Its many ingenious features for novices included (to spare footwear) a hand starting lever down on the left, but after a journalist broke a prototype, production models featured a left-side kickstarter. For compactness, the rear swinging-fork was attached to the backward-facing, horizontal engine unit. Brackets joined the crankcase to the right fork’s pivot position on the pressed steel frame, with the single cylinder forming part of that fork. On the nearside, a further steel pressing mounted on the gearbox formed the left fork arm. The front forks were leading link, and the brakes four-inch front and rear. The gearchange was equally innovative, featuring a two-speed pre-selector. Turning the left twistgrip towards you for first, as shown on a metal indicator next to the grip, and nothing happened until you pulled in the clutch, and released it to move away. For second you twisted the grip all the way forward and repeated the procedure, with neutral in the middle. Electrics were via a flywheel mag located in the middle of the crankcase, along with the points. The Dandy weighed in at 115lbs, claimed 130-plus mpg, and had a top speed on test of 33mph. What went wrong? The original design specified a heat-dissipating alloy cylinder with a chrome bore, but the production barrel became cast iron, and hot running meant that piston seizures were far from unknown. However, the real problem was the buried points. To get at them (a common maintenance task in the 50s) you had to remove the rear shocks, the electrical connections and the clutch. Then the bike wouldn't stand up, so you had to 'hang it from the rafters'. On the clutch there’s a set of fingers that engage with the flywheel. You had to separate them and move the flywheel to get at the points. 'It’s a half-day job. The desire to meet advertised costs also meant shortcuts were made (the stand is a bit of bent wire) and none of the known issues were addressed. The concept was sound, but it took the Japanese to do things properly a decade or so later where they revolutionised personal transport and sold millions of small, reliable, cheap runabouts... [TLDR] a good idea, ahead of its time, fucked up by British engineering and cost cutting, so essentially a bloody terrible thing, possibly the worst bike ever built by Britain, hence the attraction...
  2. Brought home 2 trailer loads of death/Honda/toys today, with the reputation that at least one of them has, I may have found exactly how I am going to die haha 1st off the one that's supposedly too dangerous to ride 1985(?) Honda ATC125m trike, looks mostly complete, told it was running a while ago, but the gearbox mucks around and it's got no brakes, will try and get it going tomorrow. That frame thing in the corner of the trailer is a home built/modded go kart He's dropping the axle and bearing blocks etc off next week. 2nd trailer is where it gets a bit more fun in my mind 1990 Honda Gyro X, 49cc with the correct amount of strokes, looks like it was regged as a motorcycle rather than a moped, so hopefully I can get it on a moped rego!! Also to share the death, Aaron got a Honda powered kart out of the deal Carb clean, oil and fresh gas and away it went! Clutch slips a lot though and I need to find a brake disk for it as well as get the caliper mount welded back to the frame, he's very impressed with it though lol He got a bit braver after a while. Gyro only needed fresh gas and a jump start to get going, so we gave it a half ass wash and I took off on it, got 5k from home when it died and then would only run at less than 1/4 throttle, managed to ride it home feathering the throttle at a blistering 7kph. Quick squirt of carb cleaner and it was away again, it's a fucking hoot to ride, tops out at 45 but shit it feels like it's flying and yeah I think I'm in love. Got several thumbs up from random people too haha. Shit I hope I can get it on moped reg!!! If I can't it'll be a tidy up and on sell Otherwise I'm thinking 70cc kit, big carb, custom pipe, 12x10 or 10x8 ATV rims from eBay with stretched scooter tyres on the back, 10" or 12" Dio front end with disk brake etc, the stock 8" front 6" rear wheels with tiny drums leave a lot to be desired! Something like these but rougher and cheaper
  3. So now that I had swindled my way into getting a scooter I thought what better than find one for Beth to ride. So I was on the hunt for a bigger and better scooter for something for @Mrs 64valiant to learn to ride on and maybe something I could ride on weekends also. But mainly so Beth could come riding with me on our lame ass adventures. (gives me an excuse to buy a scooter) so while talking to another guy about what he just brought I mentioned I liked a fr50 on trade me. He said oh I have one of them. Pretty average condition but all there. Well a deal was struck and he brought it into town. It sat in the work shop for a day and when Beth was in the next day I sprung it on her that I had brought her a Xmas present.... Which she said you better have not brought a bloody boxer puppy. (always tagging her and threatening that I'm going to just buy one) she was happy it wasn't a dog. But also wasn't happy it was a scooter....... This is it. Well this is what it did look like and what it looked like when I got it. The plan is to get it going and Beth can shoot into work from my shop to her office on the days she works in Hamilton. Also a bigger and easier bike for her to learn to ride on. It some what looks like this is my work shop atm. @flyingbrick has taken the front forks away to weld up some rust and make a base plate for some new handle bars. Few things will need to be purchased to make it great again. But we will get there.
  4. I swapped a bucket seat for this bike a few years back and it's been sitting in my Dad's shed ever since. I had no information about what it was or when it was built, all I knew was that it was a badass 50cc motorbike that I needed. I assumed it was an FS1E. It's time to do something with it, so I picked it up on the last trip to Palmy and send the engine/frame number to www.yambits.co.uk to figure out what it was - they came back saying it's a 1974 Yamaha FS50 (newer than I expected). The frame has a small amount of rust, but it's easily fixable, and there are a few other things that need sorting - stripped spark plug thread, possible points issues and it sounds like the rotary valve is out of time. I'm in two minds about what to do with it. Most of me says modify it into a small cafe/brat style bike and another small part says restore it back to normal... What do y'all reckon? Inspiration:
  5. SATURDAY 20TH OF JANUARY Cost is 10 dollars. Covers stickers and recovery vehicle gas. Please message me or @MopedNZ regarding spots. Going to cut it off at 50 people. 1st in 1st served. (allows us to monitor people coming making sure they are gcs and will fit in) right. scooter rides are happening all over the show now days and id like to have a ride around the waikato to showcase that we aren't really a hole of a place and we have cool things in a days travel. so here it is. 210 kms roughly. heading to matamata via some nice back roads which will lead us to te miro mountain bike track. maybe a couple of you could have a little hoon around, or not. sweet little dam there also. from matamata we would head to Tiraui, could get a photo infront of the big sheep and dog, also a common pub close by that all bikes stop at for lunch we could maybe stop there have a lol at all the big bikers. from there we head over arapuni dam which is kinda cool to look at, also a rad swing bridge there too. maybe go do some bombs as im keen on some swimming. next would be pironiga where if we wanted maybe stop for another beer. next place would be lime works loop road, another sweet location for some bombs and a cool erm uh yeah tooth brush fence? from this location maybe we could head to brent shaws place if he would be keen to make a track for us and we could race on his paddock. and then nosy back into the beginning whic is going to be @Archetype place just out of whatawhata. im super keen. thats right SATURDAY 20th of JANUARY. now Brent has said we are able to camp at his place been a long day, all welcome to bring food, booze, tent and we will party till the nights young. brent has a nice sized lawn for racing on and tenting at. here are a few pics for attention needed to use the times he got stuck in vehicles for scale.... so far we have : @64vauxhall PAID @Shakotom PAID @MopedNZ @chris r PAID @Archetype @Raizer plus one @Geophy plus one PAID X2 @Truenotch plus one @Shewolf ? yet to be confirmed @flyingbrick @Firetruck Julio D Andrew Swinton @Zeubin Kass PAID @Tumeke Cam Walker @cletus @peteretep Via @sentra will add paid once i receive payment.
  6. Right, well. Story goes I was driving back from up north, checked trademe, saw this Yellow gem and picked it up on my way back home. Gave @GuyWithAviators a call and him and @Shakotom showed up and collected me sitting on it on the side of the road. The lad was like 75 and bought it new, so I have OG purchase docs from CHCH in 1974. It had a bit of a tumble at some point so the front forks are bent, one indicator is smash and the headlight housing is broke. After about 10 mins of Tom touching things in the driveway (and the scooter) it came to life and it dorts around pretty happily. Plan is learn to drive it without crashing into walls (yes, I learned it goes where you look). Reg it, tidy it up and use it for bottle store runs/fun stuff. If anyone has spares I'm looking for the mentioned pieces.
  7. THE BACK STORY: This story goes back a little further than most threads, but it is important to understand the significance of such a piece of history. It all starts, with the English navigator Captain James Cook sighting New Zealand on 6 October 1769, landing at Poverty Bay two days later. He drew detailed and accurate maps of the country, and wrote about the Māori people. Most of us are aware of the HMS Endeavour, that was used to circumnavigate the perimeter of Aotearoa. However Cook also did a lot of inland exploring too, and, until recently very little has been known about this. I decided to take it upon myself to do some further investigation. FACT: On his way South, Cook visited his old mate Soichiro Snr in Japan. Soichiro was a bit of a tinkerer with a soft spot for Double Brown Saki. After a few months, and quite a few Doubro's, he invented a futuristic metal horse that he insisted that his mate Cook took with him on his travels. Cook agreed on the provision that no one knew of the wizardry of the machine. Researching deeper, I found some of Sydney Parkinson's (Cook's Artist) more unknown paintings and sketches which backed up this theory. Cook arriving in the East Cape of New Zealand Although the resolution isn't high, if you look closely in the above sketch, you can make out what appears to be Soichiro's metal horse. FACT: Word quickly spread within the Maori communities of the great dorts and much skids of Cook and his men. The people affectionately named the metal horse the 'Cooks Transport 90'. The 90 was in reference to the swept volumetric area of the internal combustion area that Rangi and Whetu at Raizer Motu-mechanics calculated while replacing the rings for Cook during a visit to Whakatane. The machine was abbreviated to Pakeha iwa tekau, or, in English The CT90. Further proof, it seems, has been under our noses the whole time. The Humble Fitty cent coin. Solid evidence of Cooks Transport 90. Most of us don't pay particular notice to any currency less than Hunnitz, however after zooming in on this coin of Cook's Waka, It appears there is indeed a machine between the two masts. FACT: Cook left New Zealand a few months later, however it seems quite hastily after an altercation with a local chief called Hone Danger. In his haste, Cook peeled out of the harbour in Endevour leaving the CT90 hidden in a Mcdonald's car park in Porirua. Not much is understood about what happened to Cook's transport over the next 80 years. Further research is indeed needed, however on occasion throughout the history books it appears that the machine was noted. I hope to find more examples of this over the next little while. However, I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever in the fact that I HAVE FOUND COOK'S ORIGINAL TRANSPORT. Treaty of Waitangi Signing in 1840 CURRENT DAY The Real Deal. Cook's Original bike as found by me this year: Cook's Own Transport - The original, one and only. Please join me over the next few months, while I take time to preserve this historically significant machine. I hope to bring you a restoration sympathetic to what James Cook what have wanted before being murdered in Hawaii for giving too many prossi's syphilis. Stay tuned. Subscribe. This is a journey you won't want to miss. #cookstransport #eastcape2018
  8. Picked this thing up with the help of @GuyWithAviators few days back. Lowest KM Passola out. 33 genuine KMs from new in 1983. The original owner bought it, drove it 5kms and crashed it. The grandkids did a couple laps of the property on the grass then it was parked away for 34 years. Fast forward to now. We got it running day one, but it has a few gremlins, which I think are mostly attributed for sitting so long. Some hoses are buggered and the float was letting all my fuel out. Anyway, here's two quick pictures as I'm still angry at it after getting a literal ear full of fuel - fuck me that burnt, and is still stinging.
  9. RotaNate

    Suzi FA50

    Havnt done one of these in a long time and with summer coming up I’ve been seeing a lot of builds I follow pop up with updates as they edge closer to completion. This got me to thinking...I’ve been tinkering with something trying to get it ready for summer, why aren’t I documenting it! So here I am This is my 197something Suzuki FA50 Bit of history on how I ended up with her... I always had the mentality of ‘scooters are for fags, why don’t they get a real bike!’ But after being taken out on my first ‘scooter mish’ with a few of the lads, that perception all changed! It was a blast! Cheap to run (I think I spent $7 on petrol for the whole night), no WOFs to worry about and cheap registration. Not to mention you can practically go anywhere on them. From there I was hooked. I owned a couple of newer scooters I bought off mates (it’s how I have most the things I have...cheers boys!) and now we get to here. i was in the process of buying the bad boy pictured below...A Suzuki SJ50QT I hadn’t yet payed for it when the FA50 popped up for sale from the brother in law and at a price I couldn’t resist! Loving almost anything pre 80’s I had to have it! i had a chat to my mate I was buying the SJ50 off and we ended up coming to an agreement. He didn’t want the hastle of selling so said if I sold it over the price I was going to buy it off him for I could keep the profit for my self So I sold the SJ50 for $150 more than I bought it for from my friend and that was just over what I needed to pay for the FA50. So esstianlly through a few GC’s I pretty much got the FA for free!
  10. I picked up my C50 on the weekend, complete with a rego.. lookin forward to a summer of no wofs!
  11. Hi all, Abarth with his v50 mentioned I should post my build on here. I was an oldschool member in 1994 and now back. In a late night, can't sleep, trademe purchase I picked up a rough, farm raised yamaha 1979 ty50. It is a small framed trials bike, quite popular in the UK. It is Not in "mint" condition. Even missing a few parts. Attached are pics of it fresh from the farm. Suspiciously with a working speeds and only 5000km on the clock. Currently in the mid rebuild and looking to get it road registered. Will post more progress soon. Anyone else got one?
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