Mon May 31, 2021 7:12 am

Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
 
Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Mon May 31, 2021 7:12 am linkquote
So the scooter bug has grabbed ahold of me.

I picked up a 2005 Typhoon 50 as a "Parts Scooter" to help with my 2006 Typhoon charging system issue. https://modernvespa.com/forum/topic172156

I was told it previously ran but had "Compression issues" and the seller had taken it apart (bodywork, side case, exhaust, airbox, seat all removed).

Got it home and wanted to see if I could throw it back together enough to test if it runs (so that I could check charging system and then steal parts for the 2006).

Well I removed the NGK BR7ES spark plug and replaced with an NGK BR9EYA, filled it with some gas and oil, put back side case, airbox, exhaust and charged up the battery. Cranked over a couple times and she's alive. Even better is that the charging system puts out proper voltage so I can "steal" the stator/flywheel for the 2006 to see if that's the issue.

I took if for a quick ride (no seat or panels meant a standing ride).and I don't think there is any compression issue as she moves along nicely.

My plan for this one is to first get the 2006 sorted with this ones parts and then build this one up as maybe a "Mad Max" type build since the panels are all fairly trashed, cracked and scraped up. Since the 2006 will be for the wife and it's still pretty, this one will be my toy so will likely see a 70cc kit on it.


Bringing her home a little naked.


2 full bins of parts.


Sort of back together...Enough to run and ride test in the back alley.

Mon May 31, 2021 5:45 pm

Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
 
Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Mon May 31, 2021 5:45 pm linkquote
So going over the scooter I noticed it has a suspension spacer. Looks like it lifts up back end by about an inch. What is the purpose of this? Thought maybe it was to clear the aftermarket exhaust but looks like there would be lots of room without it. Right now it just seems like it makes the center stand unstable because now it doesn't lift the wheel off the ground.



Mon May 31, 2021 6:55 pm

Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 1530
Location: Toronto
 
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 1530
Location: Toronto
Mon May 31, 2021 6:55 pm linkquote
Cool project! I am interested to read how it goes!
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:13 am

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2010 gts 300 super. 09 MP3 500 lite
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 901
Location: tampa
 
Addicted
2010 gts 300 super. 09 MP3 500 lite
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 901
Location: tampa
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:13 am linkquote
guy near me has two of these for sale. very clean low mileage units. I really like the body style on them.

also just saw the latest model is again two stroke and euro 4 compliant. interesting

https://offerup.com/item/detail/917539829?q=piaggio
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:41 pm

Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
 
Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:41 pm linkquote
Did some work this weekend with my nephew helping me. Checked rear drum brake as thought pads were toast. Once wheel came off a lot of built up brake dust but drums still had lots of meat left, got cable properly adjusted and now they work great.

Also noticed that the rear brake lever had been replaced (likely after going down on the left side as plastics indicate it's been down) and had lots of "slop" up and down. A few well place washers and it's now solid. While working on brakes also found the rear brake switch was broken also but that's a quick $3 part now on order.

Took off the instrument cluster and now know why the seller said the speedo didn't work. The plastic end of the cable is broken so it doesn't hold it up in place in the cluster. Have one on order as doesn't look like JB Weld would work in this situation.

Not much else other than finding some big cracks in the front tire (likely original 2005 tire) and the back one looks brand new so bonus there.


Nephew helping out his Uncle. This will eventually be his in 2 years when he can legally ride it. So he gets to help fix it and design the colors/graphics for it.

Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:22 pm

Member
Trying to Decide - Currently have a 2016 Zuma 125
Joined: 05 Jun 2021
Posts: 32
Location: Suburban Chicago
 
Member
Trying to Decide - Currently have a 2016 Zuma 125
Joined: 05 Jun 2021
Posts: 32
Location: Suburban Chicago
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:22 pm linkquote
Baumer18 wrote:
Did some work this weekend with my nephew helping me. Checked rear drum brake as thought pads were toast. Once wheel came off a lot of built up brake dust but drums still had lots of meat left, got cable properly adjusted and now they work great.

Also noticed that the rear brake lever had been replaced (likely after going down on the left side as plastics indicate it's been down) and had lots of "slop" up and down. A few well place washers and it's now solid. While working on brakes also found the rear brake switch was broken also but that's a quick $3 part now on order.

Took off the instrument cluster and now know why the seller said the speedo didn't work. The plastic end of the cable is broken so it doesn't hold it up in place in the cluster. Have one on order as doesn't look like JB Weld would work in this situation.

Not much else other than finding some big cracks in the front tire (likely original 2005 tire) and the back one looks brand new so bonus there.
Nice uncle!
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:04 am

Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
 
Enthusiast
2005 & 2006 Piaggio Typhoon 50
Joined: 13 Sep 2020
Posts: 53
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:04 am linkquote
Did a little more work on this unit with the nephew this weekend.

Got the carburetor stripped down, cleaned and reassembled.

Replaced the fuel and vacuum lines.

Rebuilt the clutch with a Polini blue contra spring and evo slider. Pads, bell housing, drive pulleys all cleaned and scuffed lightly. Cleaned and regreased inner clutch rotating assembly.

Installed Polini hi-speed variator with 5.7gr rollers.

Runs nice an smooth. I think we are past the mechanical work and onto body work. Any recommendations on how to repair broken/missing fairing mounting tabs? I was thinking fiberglass but haven't worked with it before.


Old contra spring.


clutch cleaned and reassembled with new variator shown


Working hard to earn the bike in a couple years.

Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:19 pm

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GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 984
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Addicted
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 984
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:19 pm linkquote
Your nephew will love servicing the scooter when he takes ownership of it. A great picture.
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