Monday, September 22, 2008

Norwegian Moped Drag Racing?




Yes, it sounds like a joke, but there really is a Norwegian Moped Drag Racing Association, with rules, races, and more. Here are the rules, for the curious:


  1. Det skal brukes moped motor/blokk (Fri fuel/trim/ccm utover det, det er ikke begrensning på 50ccm)
    (Blokken må være fra en moped som har vært, eller har vært mulig å registrere for gatebruk i Norge.)
  2. Kjøre tøyet skal ha 2 hjul
    (Dispensasjon kan gis ved eventuelt handikap eller lignende)
  3. Nødvendig sikkerhets utstyr er påkrevd
    (All kjøring skjer på eget ansvar, og ikke i beruset tilstand)
  4. Mopeden kan meldes på med en fører og ett startnummer pr. race
    (Det skal ikke være flere sjåfører pr. moped pr. race)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another TS50... or is it?



No sooner does Barry find his TS50 than another one shows up on Craigslist, this one for $525. But the details don't seem right.

The color is a bit of a puzzler. The styling puts it at before 1979, when the look was modernized to more of a contemporary look, and the upswept pipe says it's a 74 or earlier, but after that identification gets more difficult. The style of the stripe on the tank and other details suggest it's a 71, but all the brochures show only yellow bikes that year.

And there's a bigger problem: The pipe is on the wrong side, and is routed over the engine rather than under. Engine is pretty small, but it looks a little bigger than the TS90 engine photos I've found. I'm wondering if this may actually be a TS70. Still a fine bike, but 20cc over the limit for this blog.