I've got a healthy handful of scooters, but the two that I favor (besides my wife's Kymco People 50) are the Marshin Area 51's. I really like these scoots, because they are lightweight (compared to many on the market) and they are very easy to modify!
I would like to post these under the "Scooter Showroom" but to be truthful, I don't have enough detail on them yet for me to feel right about posting them there. Instead, I will post the scooters, and then give a general rundown on what I am going to do with each of them.
The bike that I favor is the black one. I will be building this for race use. I plan on taking it the drag strip, and I hope to be able to get a big enough group together some day to justify renting a track for the local chapter of Scooter Invasion.
So far, I have done only a few things to this bike, as I am slowly saving for everything that I want for it. I have cut and modified the subframe to allow me to fit an MHR inlet manifold (which is installed). This manifold redirects the carb to face the rear of the bike, and positions the air filter over the back tire and fender. I will get a good photo of that soon and post it here.
I have also purchased a water pump and an oversized radiator from Metrakit.
I've got a 24mm OKO carburetor and a K&N air filter, but I think I'm going to try and find a Keihin carb instead... I really want a diaphragm carb that will work, but I haven't seen one for a good price yet.
I have cut the rear mudflap, because it's ugly.
I used black wheels off of a Marshin Predator, because I like the "black and chrome" kind of look. Don't get me wrong, I like the 'nightrider' or 'streetfighter' look better than I like the 'bling', but I think I'm going to end up mixing elements a bit on this one.
Future plans for this scooter:
- Polini Evolution Cylinder - Ported, Exhaust Port Polished, bridge narrowed, squish clearance as tight as possible without detonation, etc...
Polini Evolution Crankshaft
Polini Evolution Exhaust
VForce Reed Valves
Polini 2g Clutch
Malossi Overrange (seems to be the more popular choice over Speedcontrol, even though you have to get a special vario ramp to make it fit right...)
Carbon fiber handlebar kit
Hydraulic rear brakes
Powder coat block, CVT cover, shock spring, etc
That's just the start of the list. I have also removed everything pertaining to the electric start system -- I don't recommend leaving these components in a higher revving machine as the one way clutch will break apart. I've seen this happen a few times... It's also a little less weight!