Originally Posted by GasX
Today I removed the "lawnmower cowling" from the engine. Looked 1000X better but I needed 3 spacers so the pull start wouldn't rattle about. Started it up, removed the pull start and rode up to the hardware store. 3 nuts for $0.33 each and I was out the door. I fixed her back up in the parking lot and rode home.
On th way home there was a long downsloping straight and I was WOT when a car pulled up next to me and the guy flashed 3 fingers at me then 5 and then the thumbs up before zooming away. 35mph - nice!
I agree that motor looks way better without the plastic shroud. There's a thread on the subject which goes into some detail. There are different opinions, but I have found no adverse effect from running mine without it for a couple of years now. I made a small cover for mine to protect myself from possible mishaps with the flywheel blades... made from part of a large size coffee can which is just the right diameter.