he TS1 Cylinder is an all aluminium casting with Nikasil plated bore, reed valve induction and a bridged transfer layout.
he manufacture of the cylinder is carried out by Gilardoni Spa. With some 40 years of experience producing aluminium cylinders with plated bores for the motorcycle industry their reputation for top quality is outstanding. The majority of their business being the supply of standard cylinders to many Italian motorcycle manufactures. Nikasil Plating (nickel silicon-carbide plating) was originally developed by Mercedes for the plating of their rotary engines, and is still used by Porsche in their top performance cars. Nikasil is now in common use in two stroke aluminium cylinders. The coating has outstanding wear resistance with exceptional oil retention and heat transfer characteristics. This gives the TS1 cylinders the remarkable durability they have become so renound for. Impressive for a plating that is only 0.003’’ thick.
The Pistons used in both of the TS1 kits are produced by Asso Werke. Their reputation is second to none; they produce performance pistons for the likes of Ferrari, and have been providing standard pistons for the lambretta engine since the 60’s. Rayspeed asked Asso Werke to produce the pistons for the TS1 based on their track record and knowledge in the field. The results have proved exceptional.