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#661 OFFLINE   UltraWomble

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 04:26 PM

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 07:00 PM

The bits of mobylette action on this thread have really piqued my interest!

 

I spent loads of time in the rural South of France as a sprog and used to pass my summers lusting after the mopeds they had at the time. For the most part they were made up of either MBK (Motobecane) 51's and Pegeot 103's. They could ride them on the road at 14 over there, had no legal requirement for basic things like numberplates or helmets and generally razzed about in gangs racing and trying to out do each other. You couldn't go to a local swimming pool, bar des jeux or café without finding doesens of them parked outside.

 

The great thing was that each of them would be totally different.... Pedals were taken off to fit bolt on foot pegs, 80cc cylinder kits were installed, carbs were upgraded from the standard (14mm?) items to full blown 21mm beasts, exhausts with big expansion chambers were fitted, liquid cooled conversions were all the rage as well as a plethora of styling bits such as drop handle bars, cowls and the like. There were a host of aftermarket parts suppliers catering to this market, IIRC Bidalot, Ninja, Leovinci, Polini and Gianelli being the major players.

 

Machines that had started out with pedals and a shopping basket on the front regularly ended up looking like this...

 

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It was very much akin to the Max Power phenomenon over here, the roads were full of them, the stink of 2 stroke constantly in the air. I remember it being like that from the late eighties right the way through until the early nineties when I was old enough to be left at home and stopped going.

 

I didn't visit rural France again for a long time, by the time I did it was mid noughties and things had changed drasitcally. Teenagers seemed to be using Japanese scooters on the whole, perhaps the internet had opened the doors for them to see what was going on elsewhere and put an end to their insular mobylette modifying and racing micro-culture. Ten years on and only the odd step through French moped could be spotted here and there. Sad really, it's a dry climate so they all must still be there somewhere, probably languishing in barns.

 

I never did buy a moped, by the time I was of an age I'd discovered girls/cars/nightclubs and the bikes I'd wanted desperately as a spotty 14 year old held no appeal anymore.

 

One day maybe I'll get back to France and buy a sorted one to bring back and blast round the doors on, who knows?

 

Either way, apologies for the massive thread de-rail, this is a great topic and I've had lots of fun reading through it all :)


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Posted 14 October 2018 - 10:18 PM

Bought this. 80cc of 2T fun*

Off to Somewhere near Alton Towers in a week to ride it back to Preston.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 04:15 PM

So I bottled out of riding it home I lobbed it in the boot of the pickering wagon
Repatriated it to Preston from Cheadle near alton towers
Quite how it ended up there is anyone's guess but all the last owners were Preston based and last mot done in chorley.
Spotted a visa rally car o. The way home and those chevrons I was stuck behi d through 18 miles of bloody smart motorway roadworks really pussed me off.

Bike is well shonky with every panel held on with old bits of wire. But runs OK and gets my lardy arse up to 45.
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Its done genuine miles

 

13300 genuine miles - MOT Hx shows its been around the clock at least once.

 

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 10:14 PM

And the latest orphans to be welcomed at the Preston Home for Shonky Mopeds.

 

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The NVT has a V5 but only half an engine - the Novio has an engine but no paperwork and lots of other bits missing - I feel a FRANKENMOPED coming along.....


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Posted 29 October 2018 - 10:33 PM

When a 4 stroke bike does a long wheelie, or like that bloke who did the whole of Brands Hatch on the back wheel , why doesn't it seize up ? Does a bike have an oil light ?


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Posted 29 October 2018 - 10:37 PM

When a 4 stroke bike does a long wheelie, or like that bloke who did the whole of Brands Hatch on the back wheel , why doesn't it seize up ? Does a bike have an oil light ?

Bike engines are designed to be operated at all sorts of angles, consider lean angles especially in racing. Some bikes however like the SV650 are prone to seizing when performing extended wheelies.

They do have an oil light, but if it's lit it's usually too late

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:22 AM

Love these Hondas, they're just the most 80s thing ever.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 01:44 PM

I think you made the right decision not to ride that NH80 home - I had one a few years back to buzz to work on, and it had a top speed of 43.  Would have been a loooong ride home.


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 01:51 PM

The bits of mobylette action on this thread have really piqued my interest!

 

I spent loads of time in the rural South of France as a sprog and used to pass my summers lusting after the mopeds they had at the time. For the most part they were made up of either MBK (Motobecane) 51's and Pegeot 103's. They could ride them on the road at 14 over there, had no legal requirement for basic things like numberplates or helmets and generally razzed about in gangs racing and trying to out do each other. You couldn't go to a local swimming pool, bar des jeux or café without finding doesens of them parked outside.

 

The great thing was that each of them would be totally different.... Pedals were taken off to fit bolt on foot pegs, 80cc cylinder kits were installed, carbs were upgraded from the standard (14mm?) items to full blown 21mm beasts, exhausts with big expansion chambers were fitted, liquid cooled conversions were all the rage as well as a plethora of styling bits such as drop handle bars, cowls and the like. There were a host of aftermarket parts suppliers catering to this market, IIRC Bidalot, Ninja, Leovinci, Polini and Gianelli being the major players.

 

Machines that had started out with pedals and a shopping basket on the front regularly ended up looking like this...

 

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It was very much akin to the Max Power phenomenon over here, the roads were full of them, the stink of 2 stroke constantly in the air. I remember it being like that from the late eighties right the way through until the early nineties when I was old enough to be left at home and stopped going.

 

I didn't visit rural France again for a long time, by the time I did it was mid noughties and things had changed drasitcally. Teenagers seemed to be using Japanese scooters on the whole, perhaps the internet had opened the doors for them to see what was going on elsewhere and put an end to their insular mobylette modifying and racing micro-culture. Ten years on and only the odd step through French moped could be spotted here and there. Sad really, it's a dry climate so they all must still be there somewhere, probably languishing in barns.

 

I never did buy a moped, by the time I was of an age I'd discovered girls/cars/nightclubs and the bikes I'd wanted desperately as a spotty 14 year old held no appeal anymore.

 

One day maybe I'll get back to France and buy a sorted one to bring back and blast round the doors on, who knows?

 

Either way, apologies for the massive thread de-rail, this is a great topic and I've had lots of fun reading through it all :)

I still have my ex-La Post AV89 which I bought when I was 16.  It ended up being fitted with a later kick-start engine from an MBK Hard Rock, a larger Polini carb and a Ninja Carte Noire expansion exhaust (technically non-road legal).  I kept it looking completely standard other than that though - so it still looked like something a 1980s postie would pootle around on, but it would sit at 50 on the flat - which surprised a few of the kids at school on their fancy scooters who used to LOL at it.

 

It no longer has the expansion exhaust sadly - that got lost in a house move some years ago.  I was on Frogbay not long ago looking at potential replacements, but unfortunately it appears that Mobylette / Pug 103 tuning bits now attract some serious scene tax.  :roll:


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 02:05 PM

When a 4 stroke bike does a long wheelie, or like that bloke who did the whole of Brands Hatch on the back wheel , why doesn't it seize up ? Does a bike have an oil light ?

 

I think a lot of the proper wheelie bikes have a modified oil pick up that goes right to the back so it still gets oil when on the back wheel. I suspect it still doesn't do the cams etc much good as the oil will run off rather than pool where designed.


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 06:06 PM

^^ The blokes name was Dave Taylor. He did the TT course on one wheel too IIRC. 


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:03 PM

I still have my ex-La Post AV89 which I bought when I was 16.  It ended up being fitted with a later kick-start engine from an MBK Hard Rock, a larger Polini carb and a Ninja Carte Noire expansion exhaust (technically non-road legal).  I kept it looking completely standard other than that though - so it still looked like something a 1980s postie would pootle around on, but it would sit at 50 on the flat - which surprised a few of the kids at school on their fancy scooters who used to LOL at it.

 

It no longer has the expansion exhaust sadly - that got lost in a house move some years ago.  I was on Frogbay not long ago looking at potential replacements, but unfortunately it appears that Mobylette / Pug 103 tuning bits now attract some serious scene tax.  :roll:

Surely an expansion chamber from some other similar sized engine could be adapted? Or you could go properly MacGyver and knit your own.


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Posted 04 November 2018 - 02:34 PM

Had to be done.
I know. I know.
I'm 48 not 4.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:36 PM

Jr Womble passed his driving test today - a feat that in itself seems unremarkable, but Jr Womble has autism and finds many every day activities a bit of a challenge so this is pretty damn good going I feel

He drove me from PR5 to Cavmads back door the other day via the Mersey tunnel and did very well.

 

Passed his theory on Thursday - Practical today - looking for a shit box as I type ( he has his eye on a 1.1 Badermatic Pug 106)

 

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:46 PM

Congrats! That's awesome, well done to Womble jnr.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:47 PM

Jr Womble passed his driving test today

 

That's cracking news mate, you must be made up!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:12 PM

That's great news!
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:25 PM

Smashing young man, great news that he passed.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:08 PM

Smashing young man, great news that he passed.


Agreed, but surprised that you haven't tried to sell him a car yet
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:30 PM

Agreed, but surprised that you haven't tried to sell him a car yet

Possibly could be interested in a Westfield mower if it can be made road legal.......

 

At the mo until he finishes college and starts work of some description his own car if probably out of the question due to £KERBLOODYCHING insurance costs - putting him on my policy alone will cost me another £500 but might be the way forward for now - he can use the Picasso when he needs to and I'll use the NH80 of much doom and shiteness to pop to work on.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:13 PM

Jr Womble has now gone on my policy, its costing another £380 till Feb but curently seems to be the only way forward till he gets a job or something - oddly expensive cars = cheaper insurance for new drivers - I can get a policy FC for him on a 5 year old 5000 car for £700 , but on a 12 year old £500 car that policy goes to £2500.

This means that on occasion Im now commuting flat out at 38MPH on the NH80.

 

It possibly doesnt help that the rear panels are off and so streamlining isnt as great.... Or maybe its struggling with 20 stone of fat wap.


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