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Forum: Old's Cool 07-07-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By hugemoth
Last summer on a 9,000 mile Alaska trip the...

Last summer on a 9,000 mile Alaska trip the aftermarket regulator on my 81 GL500 Interstate failed which caused the voltage to swing from 11 to 17 volts. Could have left me stranded had it damaged...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-02-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 39,375
Posted By hugemoth
My understanding is that the auto clutch on the...

My understanding is that the auto clutch on the cub type bikes is not so much for inexperienced riders as it is for keeping the left hand free to hold shopping bags, babies, ladders, pigs, etc.....
Forum: Battle scooters 06-30-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 467
Views: 129,921
Posted By hugemoth
The cub frame is smaller than the CT200 but I'm...

The cub frame is smaller than the CT200 but I'm not sure by how much. The CT200 frame is roughly the same size as the CT90/110 but I believe the stamped steel part is narrower.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-30-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 467
Views: 129,921
Posted By hugemoth
The Cubs, Passport, CT70, and I'm pretty sure the...

The Cubs, Passport, CT70, and I'm pretty sure the CT200 differ from the CT90/110 in engine mount width and mounting hole position. Also the CT90/110 frames are larger than the original Cubs. Lifan...
Forum: Equipment 06-29-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,311
Posted By hugemoth
I wear glasses and an open face helmet mainly...

I wear glasses and an open face helmet mainly because that's what I've always done. Full face helmets were a new idea when I started riding and modulars weren't invented until much later. Will...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 467
Views: 129,921
Posted By hugemoth
The 67 and 68 years of CT90 (and possibly the...

The 67 and 68 years of CT90 (and possibly the CT200) had a taller gas tank than the later models, thus the distance between seat and foot pegs is greater. They are more comfortable for longer legged...
Forum: The Garage 06-27-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 141,182
Posted By hugemoth
750 watt inverter Item #66817, PASS. On sale now...

750 watt inverter Item #66817, PASS. On sale now for $39.99.

http://www.harborfreight.com/750-watt-continuous-1500-watt-peak-power-inverter-66817.html

Unlike some cheap inverters, the fan only...
Forum: Road warriors 06-26-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By hugemoth
I like the Deluxe version better than the Custom,...

I like the Deluxe version better than the Custom, mainly because of the bigger gas tank.
Forum: Equipment 06-26-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By hugemoth
I use a tiny 12V fan based pump that plugs into a...

I use a tiny 12V fan based pump that plugs into a cig lighter socket on the bike. It makes quick work of a large air mattress. Picked it up at Harbor Freight a bunch of years ago.
Forum: Road warriors 06-25-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By hugemoth
The traditional London dispatch bike, CX500.

The traditional London dispatch bike, CX500.
Forum: Trip Planning 06-24-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By hugemoth
I always carry a new tube for each wheel (if...

I always carry a new tube for each wheel (if they're different sizes) because I've ripped the valve stem out making the tube unrepairable.
Forum: Hacks 06-24-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,110
Posted By hugemoth
The CX/GL650 does indeed have less ground...

The CX/GL650 does indeed have less ground clearance than the CX/GL500 because of it's oil sump. The GL500 has a bit less than the CX500 because of the suspension, but the air suspension is nice. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-19-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 612
Posted By hugemoth
I've bought a couple Lifan engines from Larry...

I've bought a couple Lifan engines from Larry Hooper and would recommend him.

http://www.hooperimports.com

The 110 is a sweet, smooth running engine with about the same power as a Honda CT90....
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,304
Posted By hugemoth
81 Honda GL500I. Cheap, reliable, low...

81 Honda GL500I. Cheap, reliable, low maintenance, comfortable, 50+ mpg.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a583/QDM2/DSCN1736s1_zps726de119.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By hugemoth
Since the TT350 has an oversquare engine (86 х...

Since the TT350 has an oversquare engine (86 х 59.6 mm) it should have no trouble with high revs. It needs those revs to make power.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-18-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 612
Posted By hugemoth
I'd recommend the Lifan 125cc with auto clutch....

I'd recommend the Lifan 125cc with auto clutch. The 125 is better than the 140 or 150 for street use, and much more powerful than the 110 largely because of the bigger valves.

The 140 is great...
Forum: Equipment 06-15-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 11,768
Posted By hugemoth
I've been happy with http://www.zennioptical.com....

I've been happy with http://www.zennioptical.com. Low prices and quick shipping.
Forum: The Garage 06-14-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,701
Posted By hugemoth
Michelin Commander II tires last a long time but...

Michelin Commander II tires last a long time but I'm not sure they make them in your size. So far 18,000 miles on the set on my GL500I and it looks like they could go a few more thousand.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-14-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,330
Views: 71,630
Posted By hugemoth
I'm in. I've ridden all the gravel roads around...

I'm in. I've ridden all the gravel roads around there on dual sport bikes but this time I'll be on my old street bike. Tent camping. No meals required.
Forum: Trip Planning 06-09-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,858
Posted By hugemoth
I carry a 1 gallon Arizona Tea bottle because...

I carry a 1 gallon Arizona Tea bottle because they're very tough and I like the tea. When more water is needed I carry the plastic bag out of a 5 liter box of wine. Pretty tough too as long as it...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-06-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 592
Posted By hugemoth
Your best bet is to take a ride along the Cascade...

Your best bet is to take a ride along the Cascade Lakes Highway from Bend. Lots of great campgrounds next to lakes with snow covered mountains in the background. Other options are Trillium Lake or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-06-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,325
Posted By hugemoth
A couple years ago I went from a Goldwing to a 33...

A couple years ago I went from a Goldwing to a 33 year old Silverwing Interstate with 50 hp. Just love the way the old CX/GL500s run, and the power and load carrying capacity is adequate for around...
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 34,407
Posted By hugemoth
Drop me a PM if you need anything when you get to...

Drop me a PM if you need anything when you get to Oregon. I'm an old time Vespa tourist including a ride to Alaska in 1978 on a Vespa 200. Also worked for Piaggio for a few years back in the 70s.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-05-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 345
Posted By hugemoth
Wink I was on Whitehorse Rd last week visiting the hot...

I was on Whitehorse Rd last week visiting the hot springs. Good road except for a few sections of washboard. I wouldn't hesitate to ride it on my street bike.
Forum: Old's Cool 06-03-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By hugemoth
Tapered roller head bearings were relatively new...

Tapered roller head bearings were relatively new when the CX/GL500s were new. They did use them on the old Goldwings though because of the weight. Definitely better than ball bearings for headset...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By hugemoth
http://cx500forum.com/

http://cx500forum.com/
Forum: Equipment 05-13-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 155,495
Posted By hugemoth
I needed a lower deck height so I could load my...

I needed a lower deck height so I could load my PPC (ultralight aircraft). Also wanted to use larger wheels and in case of a flat, use the spare tire from my Toyota pickup. My solution was to make...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-08-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,962
Posted By hugemoth
Anything below 35F and there is apt to be patches...

Anything below 35F and there is apt to be patches of ice where I live so I stay off 2 wheels. Used to commute year round on a hack in all weather and temps. Coldest commute to work was -18F. Not fun...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,679
Posted By hugemoth
I made a shelf like you're talking about for my...

I made a shelf like you're talking about for my old CX500. Didn't use dry bags, just put my gym bags inside plastic bags when riding in the rain. It worked very well and I've been thinking of getting...
Forum: Road warriors 05-07-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,246
Posted By hugemoth
I hope HD does well with the new bikes. I like...

I hope HD does well with the new bikes. I like the more modern liquid cooled engine design. The review I read from India says the 500 puts out 33.5 HP, is that correct for the US model too? Seems a...
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,091
Posted By hugemoth
You're not going to fall over with a sidecar...

You're not going to fall over with a sidecar attached but you can roll it over easy enough. Sidecars are very weird to drive, and I've owned several. Brake to help turn left, accelerate to help turn...
Forum: Hacks 05-03-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,091
Posted By hugemoth
I currently ride a GL500I and have had a couple...

I currently ride a GL500I and have had a couple CX500s in the past. I absolutely love the CX/GL bikes but they're very top heavy. When one falls over it's more difficult to pick up than a Goldwing...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-03-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By hugemoth
You can probably get the broken stud out by...

You can probably get the broken stud out by placing a nut over it then welding inside the nut with a wire welder.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-29-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,637
Posted By hugemoth
Only way to avoid hitting a dear is to go slow....

Only way to avoid hitting a dear is to go slow. Deer whistles don't work. I know because I hit one with a car that had deer whistles installed. Last summer I hit a moose (largest of the deer family)...
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By hugemoth
Don't know if the 1100 has a centrifugal advance...

Don't know if the 1100 has a centrifugal advance but if it does it could be sticking.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 97,765
Posted By hugemoth
Bears aren't a problem but a lot of tourists get...

Bears aren't a problem but a lot of tourists get eaten by mosquitoes.
Forum: Equipment 04-19-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By hugemoth
Two Schwinn and one Bell. The Bell has a large...

Two Schwinn and one Bell. The Bell has a large screen but I prefer the Schwinn because the odometer can be set back to the correct mileage after removing the battery. BTW both brands require you to...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-19-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,268
Posted By hugemoth
Last summer I paid $6.65 per gallon ($1.75 per...

Last summer I paid $6.65 per gallon ($1.75 per liter) at a few stations in northern BC and Yukon. Cost me over $25 to fill the street bike which gets about 50 mpg.

I've always bought fuel...
Forum: Equipment 04-19-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By hugemoth
I use a $12 digital bicycle speedometer from...

I use a $12 digital bicycle speedometer from Walmart. Very accurate and the trip odometer is reset to zero with a single push of a button.
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 84,477
Posted By hugemoth
I have a similar one mounted behind the...

I have a similar one mounted behind the windshield on a fairing. Not useful for reading accurate temp while riding because heat from the engine circulates past it, but works fine for overnight lows....
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