Accursed Caramba-virus has DMV offices closed to in-person transactions. They tell me I first need to get Safety Inspection - $7. 00 in Tejas. I ride Illegally to my 08:00 appointment - plate expired in 2018. Inspector takes my Proof of Insurance and mistakenly copies my OTHER Vespa's VIN. He didn't ask, I didn't check. Gave him a $5.00 tip and emailed the stuff to the DMV. They call back and say the VIN is wrong, and ISO has not been inspected in their records. Another ride to the Inspector's to obtain an amended form. No tip this time - they didn't even apologize!
Anyway rode back this totally-stock 2003 (tires date-stamped 2004) via the 75MPH bypass. Indicated top speed into a 5-10MPH headwind was 62. Came home to work on the stripped Kickstarter - see other post(s) - and install the Malossi Variator with the white spring. That belt cover was ON there. Plus my clutch bell splines appeared to be nearly seized. Sorted that out and a short down-the-street check ride was a REVelation. This engine can REV! Acceleration from a standstill? No comparison. Have to wait for a plate/sticker to see what happened to Top Speed, but it's feeling better already.
2001 Honda SA 50/72 Flash9. 2010 S50/78 Punkin. 2003 ET150 (ISO). All 3 can run near 60. Which one will soon go faster?
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