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Forum: Battle scooters 01-12-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,472
Posted By bbishoppcm
Hell, Honda broke the styling molds in the 1980s...

Hell, Honda broke the styling molds in the 1980s by making their sport bikes and scooters look so "futuristic" for the time period. But the styling of the Helix and Elite 80s have both endured 20...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-12-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,902
Posted By bbishoppcm
As far as I know, the first-generation Elite 250...

As far as I know, the first-generation Elite 250 and the Helix use the same piston, and possibly the entire top-end. There are gobs of replacement parts and performance enhancing kits for the CN250...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-09-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,902
Posted By bbishoppcm
Wow, I'm shocked your engine only lasted 8900...

Wow, I'm shocked your engine only lasted 8900 miles before blowing! By the way, I love the instrument cluster on the late model elite 250s! Very nice layout, and the blue backlight with red needle...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-18-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By bbishoppcm
Hi, I haven't been here in a while... but I'm...

Hi, I haven't been here in a while... but I'm told the head gasket for this engine is NOLOA (no longer available). I concur with the rest of the crowd; these engines are a dime a dozen with low...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-15-2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 731
Posted By bbishoppcm
God put it there for a reason; you have two...

God put it there for a reason; you have two options; replace the engine case, or have it welded. I had to weld the boss on my Elite 150 and it held up VERY well. In my case, the drunken redneck who...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-01-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,070
Posted By bbishoppcm
"You have chosen... Wisely."

"You have chosen... Wisely."
Forum: Battle scooters 03-29-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By bbishoppcm
My Helix's fan kicks on at the last green bar or...

My Helix's fan kicks on at the last green bar or just below it... never overheated on me. I'm replacing the thermostat and rear hoses (floorboards-back) due to extreme boredom... well, my thermostat...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By bbishoppcm
It sounds like your thermoswitch is faulty, and...

It sounds like your thermoswitch is faulty, and you may even have a faulty thermostat (the thermoswitch is on the rad, the thermostat is just off the head). There isn't much that normally goes wrong...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-15-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 947
Posted By bbishoppcm
All good advice from Wentwest... is the engine...

All good advice from Wentwest... is the engine running smoothly? The airbox is required for CV carburetors... they will barely run without 'em! So here's what you need to know about the venerable...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-11-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By bbishoppcm
I've tried the Chinese carbs... they're utter...

I've tried the Chinese carbs... they're utter garbage. They can work, but they won't last long, and I found at least four major defects in the one I bought. If you plan on actually riding this thing,...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-06-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By bbishoppcm
One of the videos on how to disassemble the...

One of the videos on how to disassemble the clutch is mine... this isn't a terribly difficult job, but it's one of those "while you're in this far, you might wanna do this at the same time" jobs....
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,292
Posted By bbishoppcm
Be careful; on real Honda scooters, if the needle...

Be careful; on real Honda scooters, if the needle bearings are trashed, you need to replace half the engine case (the needle bearings are not replaceable). Call that a "worst-case" scenario!
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,449
Posted By bbishoppcm
VHT exhaust paint works marvelously. I coat my...

VHT exhaust paint works marvelously. I coat my Helix's exhaust once a year, and it still looks new. It's now 15 years old.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-12-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,951
Posted By bbishoppcm
It would do Honda well to put out a limited...

It would do Honda well to put out a limited production of new Helixes, with a bit of modernization; fuel injection, and maybe a mild change in body style. The Helix was reliable, with a low (and...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-27-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
I would avoid using the "Spacy" name, as tempting...

I would avoid using the "Spacy" name, as tempting as it sounds. People won't get it, and they'll think it's either some Chinese scooter, or that you're a huge fan of Kevin Spacey but couldn't spell...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-16-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
Told you so! :evil Glad to hear it's running! I...

Told you so! :evil Glad to hear it's running! I believe I made a video documenting this very (common) mistake that even I made the first time I adjusted my valves. My engine was running fine, but as...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-11-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
And I don't mean to sound like a pain in the ass...

And I don't mean to sound like a pain in the ass here, but you did ensure the engine was at TDC before adjusting the valves, and you slid the adjusters out all the way (without force), then gently...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-11-2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,840
Posted By bbishoppcm
The 89 Elite 250 was a very cool scooter, one of...

The 89 Elite 250 was a very cool scooter, one of Honda's best designs in my opinion... but yeah, parts are nearly impossible to find unless you buy up as many "parts bikes" as you can find. The main...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-09-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
Has it not started since you adjusted the valves?...

Has it not started since you adjusted the valves? It is easy to adjust the valves too tight on these engines, which will cause a variety of engine starting and idling issues; I've done it. IF you're...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-06-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,640
Posted By bbishoppcm
I've heard great things about Linhai,...

I've heard great things about Linhai, specifically the Linhai Aeolus line. One word of caution with ANY Chinese-sourced product is to drain and replace ALL fluids during PDI, and inspect the bikes...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-04-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,200
Posted By bbishoppcm
Alright, so those kids are an example of "useless...

Alright, so those kids are an example of "useless scumbags." It happens.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-04-2012, 11:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,200
Posted By bbishoppcm
DandyDoug, I disagree with you 100%. This kid...

DandyDoug, I disagree with you 100%. This kid needs direction, just like we all did at some point in our lives. Sure, some kids really are degenerate useless beings who exist solely to consume oxygen...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-01-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,200
Posted By bbishoppcm
I've seen scenarios like yours go either way; my...

I've seen scenarios like yours go either way; my own father was headed down the wrong path... it took harsh reality, a pregnant girlfriend at age 19 (my mom), and some strong advice from a few older...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-01-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
I suggest replacing the exhaust nuts and throwing...

I suggest replacing the exhaust nuts and throwing some anti-seize on the studs when you finally get the correct gasket installed.
Forum: Battle scooters 10-30-2012, 07:00 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
Sounds great! What did you make the exhaust...

Sounds great! What did you make the exhaust gasket out of? FYI; The factory gasket is made of a steel ring stamped around a fiber gasket; it costs about $2 from the dealer and will last roughly the...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-30-2012, 02:53 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
I had to get rid of it to make room for the...

I had to get rid of it to make room for the Helix, it had to go QUICK!
Forum: Battle scooters 10-30-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
The oil should be 10w40, but everything else is...

The oil should be 10w40, but everything else is fine; good job on the silicate-free coolant, that will work fine. Gear oil should be 75w90 or so, that's what I've always used with good results.
Forum: Battle scooters 10-29-2012, 03:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,469
Posted By bbishoppcm
I agree, Honda has overpriced their machines for...

I agree, Honda has overpriced their machines for too long; the Helix was last MSRP'd at over $5,000! Granted, they can and WILL last for 20+ years, that's just an insane amount of cash to drop on a...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-29-2012, 08:49 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,124
Posted By bbishoppcm
I had an Elite 150, I paid $550 for it as a total...

I had an Elite 150, I paid $550 for it as a total complete basket-case (you have no idea how rare scooters are up here!) and $1000 later, it was a beautiful machine. I sold it at an enormous loss,...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-23-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,469
Posted By bbishoppcm
In a jam, you can turn a Helix into a pretty cool...

In a jam, you can turn a Helix into a pretty cool "mad max" machine. Strip the body off, paint the frame, throw on a tractor seat...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-23-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,880
Posted By bbishoppcm
Knowingly selling parts off a stolen bike is a...

Knowingly selling parts off a stolen bike is a felony... if that bike is stolen, you're morally obligated to ensure it gets back to the rightful owner. I take this to heart, because my father's 1985...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-12-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,678
Posted By bbishoppcm
Another view...

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/320175_4012385502647_1974228044_n.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 10-12-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,678
Posted By bbishoppcm
Bishop's 1998 Helix...

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/556535_4012386902682_38298004_n.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 10-10-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 548
Posted By bbishoppcm
DUDE... ... ... WHAT!?!??! The CH150 is a...

DUDE... ... ... WHAT!?!??!

The CH150 is a relatively common bike, and they are being parted out on a regular basis on eBay. It took me three months to find a replacement visor for my 150, so just...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-12-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,506
Posted By bbishoppcm
Funny... up here in the great white north, cars...

Funny... up here in the great white north, cars rot away usually within five to fifteen years of manufacture... but our interiors never fade, crack, or discolor. So here's my proposition; you send me...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-11-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By bbishoppcm
Just don't open it! There is a test procedure to...

Just don't open it! There is a test procedure to verify the valve actually works; the exact procedure escapes me right now though...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-11-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By bbishoppcm
The cutoff valve should never be disassembled;...

The cutoff valve should never be disassembled; but yours should include a diaphragm, a tiny o-ring, and a spring. If either part is missing, you'll need to either buy a whole new valve from Honda, or...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-11-2012, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By bbishoppcm
That video SUCKS. Try this one instead;...

That video SUCKS. Try this one instead; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxpI-SY39AM
Forum: Battle scooters 09-11-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,720
Posted By bbishoppcm
Yeah, 16k is NOTHING. I'm approaching 20k on my...

Yeah, 16k is NOTHING. I'm approaching 20k on my '98 Helix, and aside from normal maintenance stuff, it's needed nothing unusual. At 16k, I recommend the following (assuming you have no history, or...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-06-2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,530
Posted By bbishoppcm
I believe parts will be relatively easy to find,...

I believe parts will be relatively easy to find, as it's just another one of many Honda clones. Hell, if you're worried about the engine, you might be able to just drop a new Lifan engine in there (a...
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