Malaguti Spidermax - Personal Log

After 2 years of no use I retired my faithful Malaguti GT and will keep her for spare parts for the RS. On her last ride in June 2017 to her resting place she was running like on her best times with the Dr, Colt conversion and the slimmer washer for extra rpm. She was a very good bike what only once let me down with a new battery and an oxidated contact on the battery what was my fault and not hers. Why retire that good bike, you ask?

The 10 month in hell in Charco del Palo, Lanzarote destroyed a lot of the exterior the paint faded like crazy the black plastic parts turned gray and you can scratch the surface away. (2 cars also got major roof and hood paint damage.) The brakes need a bit too long to stop her even with bleeding the lines for bubbles. The front shocks leak and are badly corroded on the topside so that when ever the fork dips full, the seals get a bit more damaged. The driver seat was easy to redo but a large part of the seat behind is just going bad and that tot make new is work I can not do by myself. All my modifications are still in good working conditions and some are just transfered to the RS. The engine and the transmission who started leaking a bit oil into the belt box are still in good shape and the weep-hole leak did fix itself.  If I could had her out of the sun the last 5 years, She would be still in good condition.


Malaguti Spidermax RS - log

Year 1 - Observations and Modifications
2015-01 - arrival
- changed to Dr. Colt Conversion
- lost oil and oil filter
- motor is overheating
- fixing the overheating problem
2015-05 paint job
2015-05 mounted new trunk - trunk broke off - fixed battered trunk
2015-05 engine cuts out on occasion.
2015-08 check engine light comes on for a while

Piaggio 500 cc weep hole check mod

1 minute mod to see if you water pump seal is still good
If you have not read my post about a wet weep hole and the problems what can come with it, see here.


Malaguti Spidermax - Honey, I Shrunk the Mercedes

While I liked the 40 something liter Givi top box on my Spidermax GT, it always looked a bit to big for my taste. There was no real harmony of the lines with the Spidermax rear design.
Looking for something new, the contemporary top boxes looked pretty much the same to me.

When I discovered the "Honey, I Shrunk the Mercedes" top box, I had to have it.
You have to see it to believe it.
Well, here it is:
the "Honey, I Shrunk the Mercedes and converted the rear into a top box"


Malaguti Spidermax - Orange Caramel

The 30 Euro paint and a few hours work transformation
It all started with PSY and the most played clip in YouTube history Gangnam Style.
I discovered K-POP.


Spidermax RS loosing oil filter disaster

Sunday afternoon, after a nice ride through some local hills, on the way home disaster strikes...


Piaggio Master 500cc - 5 Years / 55000 km (34000 miles) with the 4 roller Colt conversion

the truth about my crazy experiment III
I started my Colt conversion experiment 2009.8.10 at 19.000 km, now 2014.09.02 five years and at 74.000 km. So 55.000 km (34.000 miles) later it is still working without problems, did not kill the engine or drove me to the poor house.
Read the story from the beginning just follow :



2 Years with the Malaguti Spidermax 500GT

I got her used with 18 months and 4000 km for 3000 Euro, that was a marvelous deal.
Let´s see what happen to my Spidermax in the last 2 years.