Monday, April 21, 2014

Grounding Vespa SI brake lights, this applies to most Italian mopeds.

So if you didnt already know, Vespa mopeds (and most Italian mopeds) have some finicky wiring. They can experience weird issues resulting in loss of spark. It all has to do with your rear brake light bulb being blown out or losing connection. If your bike cuts out when you pull the brakes or has intermittent spark, this is probably your problem. Some mopeds came with a safety feature that killed your spark when your brake light was burned out. It is debatable if that was really a good idea if you own a Vespa lol. On one hand, it is good to have the brake light to be seen but then on the other hand it compromises the reliability of the bike. I say this because I am fixing my girlfriend's Vespa SI and I really dont want her to have to carry tools and extra bulbs on her and have to fix it if it burns out.  With the setup I am explaining you can ground out the brake light and just have a run light on at all time. Also with this setup, your bike will still run even if all the light on your bike burn out. There are more in depth ways to do this but the way I do it leave the bike open to having the brake lights hooked up later and it only takes about 15 mins!

 First thing is you need to make a 3-5 inch wire with a male connector and a 6mm circle end.
 I love shrink wrap.
 Looks nice.
 Blue wire = Brake light. Green wire = Run light.
 I use files to make sure all my grounds will be good.
 Looks ready. Also note that this was painted factory Green over the factory Orange.
 The Black wire is the stock lighting fixture ground. Put the new ground wire you made on the same ground bolt as the Black wire. 
 What the ground wires look like with the taillight assembly installed.
 The very bottom male connector gets grounded and the top male connector gets the Green wire connected to it.

 Using the ground we just created, we connect the Blue brake light wire to it to ground it out. I like this way because you dont have to cut the original wiring harness.
 Everything wired up properly. 
 Brake light becomes your run light.
Done and now the electrical system is more reliable.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weeks of pics, M11, Derbi T.T., Vespa Polini Porn.

Welcome to my blog, prepare yourself for a wild ride. My mac charger finally came from Chile and it only took 3 weeks! It was TOTALLY worth saving $10 dollars, let me tell ya.  In the last few months I have been moving all my stuff to my new apartment in Bridgeport. I really love Bridgeport! I live by some rad mopeders, HNRZ Tony lives a few blocks away, Dougie Fresh lives around the corner and the DRC Kinetic gang lives down the road. The neighborhood is awesome and has a lot of critters to watch scamper down the street. Moving into an apartment from the Castle has been a humbling experience moped wise. To have no garage and not being able to rev bikes out at 3 am is a real bummer! But domestic moped life is fun too, just a little tricky at times.  Here is a few things Ive thought were worth a post in the last few weeks.

This is what I tell people my blog URL is.
 Working on the Moby M11. I'm doing every free mod I can first. I bored the intake out to 13mm and found a 12mm Del sha for the 10mm Gurtner replacement. I couldnt go larger with the boring because I got bored.... Jk actually the intake has a weird bend and was super difficult to bore deeper than 2 inches in. 
It doesnt look like a big difference but hey Im splitting hairs here.
 Fit in well with a Derbi Del sha air filter. 
Hack and weld mild Honda pipe and it sounds great. Went riding but was was seemed to be like fourstroking with a 52 jet..... even without the airfilter. I think I'm going to mess with the timing. No real difference other than the fourstroke... :(
Picked up this bad boy from Tony/Josh HNRZ. Vespa 50cc water cooled Polini W port kit. HOLLER! What should I put it on? The Citta or a TFR? L.A.M.F.
 "So that's whats gong on inside there"
W port in full boner effect.

I'm going to widen this a tad to match the ports better.
 Moped apartment problems. 
 Hey it worked dudes! New clutch installation, removed the Malossi contra spring (gained 4mph) new rear brake shoe, and "realigned" my rear wheel on the Grande. This bike will not die, it is such a great little moped.  I was riding the otherday and the rear brake line snapped, and got wrapped up in the rear varo, I skid to a stop, it was rad.
 Derbi T.A.T. Acerbis tank install and Im still working on the engine.
Been playing this a bit, getting ready for the Moon Level of the Derbi T.A.T.
 Derbi gears sent from the Derbi angel Steve Brown. 
I still owe Ryan Nash $100 bucks for this. Gianelli HI-boy looking great. Guys FYI just because it is called the Hi-Boy doesnt mean I will be high when I ride! MOPED HIGH, PEOPLE DIE.
My newest art piece, called Lan Party Swag. $420 dollars for sale on Esty.