VMA1T 1966 Blue Badge Restoration 788.94370
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65´ GL 150, 66´ Blue Badge x 2, 71´ Rally 180, 79´ P200E
Joined: 05 Jun 2019
Posts: 3
Location: Greenville, SC
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:01 am quote
I have a 1966 Sears Blue Badge which I am planning to restore for my girlfriend who just recently passed her license.

It is pretty much in original condition and has ~1030 miles on it. Engine does turn over and after cleaning the carb, flushing the tank + adding new gas I rode it round the block for approximately 10 miles.

As soon as I put it in neutral, it idles higher which lets me believe that there is a crack in the engine case, but I am not sure yet ...

My plan is to install the Malossi MK III Sport tuning kit + vespatronic ignition. I am unsure if I should go with this first or maybe invest a little more and get a bigger carb (28 - 30mm) + race exhaust right away.

Since this is my first restoration, I am sure that I will need a lot of help and maybe there is somebody closeby who wants to discuss / philosophize while having a beer.

Any recommendations / ideas about the setup are highly appreciated.

Thanks,
Markus

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73 Rally, 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 63 Li125, 65 Li225 Silver Special, 86 Elite 80, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
Joined: 18 Jan 2012
Posts: 3149
Location: Oceanside/ SF
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:12 pm quote
Are you sure this is for your girlfriend? 30 mil carb, race exhaust and Malossi kit is pretty serious for someone who just got their license.

I went with a stock ET3 setup with a Malossi exhaust for my girlfriend when she passed her license. A few years later, we switched to a Polini kit, 24 mm delorto with a SIP lightened flywheel. She needed something to keep up with everyone else on 200s.

Ok enough rambling, nice score man. I just sold my stock blue badge. I kept it original since it was in beautiful shape cosmetically but it was too slow for everyday riding. What are you running in your other bluebadge? Stock or kitted?

As far as the high idle I wouldn’t assume it’s cracked cases. You definitely have an air leak somewhere. Start looking at the carb, clamp, felt ring, manifold, and exhaust.
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65´ GL 150, 66´ Blue Badge x 2, 71´ Rally 180, 79´ P200E
Joined: 05 Jun 2019
Posts: 3
Location: Greenville, SC
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:04 pm quote
Yessir

Were you quite happy with the Polini setup?

Thank you for the advice, I will start looking for potential air leak sources on the weekend. I was actually thinking about getting the SIP EVO engine case and start building the new engine from scratch.

The other bluebadge is completely stock and does currently sit in my living room. Here is a picture of it together with my Rally 180

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73 Rally, 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 63 Li125, 65 Li225 Silver Special, 86 Elite 80, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
Joined: 18 Jan 2012
Posts: 3149
Location: Oceanside/ SF
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:39 pm quote
Very happy with the polini setup. Went all polini on the kit, reeds, and manifold. Everything bolts together nicely, gets on the pipe nicely, high quality stuff and its been reliable.
Hooked
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Joined: 19 Jun 2007
Posts: 438
Location: California
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:44 am quote
looks like a fun project.
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