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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-16-2013, 04:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,297
Posted By Realbtl
My solution was to buy a second CPAP, battery...

My solution was to buy a second CPAP, battery powered with no humidifier and a second battery. A bit spendy but it works out well when I'm on 2 night/3 day trips on my sport bike. Still need 110 to...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-08-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,006
Posted By Realbtl
I'm quite pleased with my stable of 4. '86...

I'm quite pleased with my stable of 4.

'86 Honda Helix for everyday knocking around and slow trips
'12 Honda Silverwing for longer/faster trips
'08 Suzuki S40 for a fun cheap cruiser
'11 Honda...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,537
Posted By Realbtl
The Helix is a good around town grocery getter...

The Helix is a good around town grocery getter and a great back roads tourer. I love parking mine next to the big full boat tourers and thinking "Hmm, 1/15th the price of that one, wow 1/30th of...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-21-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,023
Posted By Realbtl
I've got a Honda Helix, a Silverwing and a CBR250...

I've got a Honda Helix, a Silverwing and a CBR250 in the stable. If I'm planning on more than one 250+ day the Swing is the most comfortable though I have done the same trips on the Helix and CBR. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-18-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,220
Posted By Realbtl
I have a very good relationship with my local...

I have a very good relationship with my local Honda-Suzuki dealer I think because I go out of my way to support local merchants. If they can get to within 10-15% of internet prices (and they usually...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-21-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1,501
Views: 320,475
Posted By Realbtl
From what I can tell there are zero gremlin bells...

From what I can tell there are zero gremlin bells on these bikes. Proof that they work! :D
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,414
Posted By Realbtl
I've got a Silverwing and a VFR both with linked...

I've got a Silverwing and a VFR both with linked brakes and have no complaints. I have to come down a fairly steep gravel road and turn into my equally steep unpaved driveway. On the SWing at least...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-06-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,040
Posted By Realbtl
What have you always wanted to do but never had...

What have you always wanted to do but never had the time? Learn Italian? Play the guitar? Whatever? I think we all have had those thoughts from time to time. Spend some serious time thinking...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-05-2012, 04:47 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,875
Posted By Realbtl
I go from mc to scoot (and back) daily or as the...

I go from mc to scoot (and back) daily or as the mood strikes. My choices are Helix, Silverwing, VFR and Suz S40. That said, come end of Sept or so, the bikes get less and less use here in Montana....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-28-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,382
Posted By Realbtl
I'm 63 and went through about 6 years of no...

I'm 63 and went through about 6 years of no bikes, the longest since I started riding in 1963. Then last summer I saw a pristine 1 owner Helix scooter and thought "Hmm, $1k, what the hell". Took a...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-25-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,529
Posted By Realbtl
FWIW As a happy Helix owner I would not do a...

FWIW As a happy Helix owner I would not do a freeway commute on the little beast. Yes they will do 65-70 but that is flat out no hills no reserve. I added a Silverwing to my stable as there were...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,853
Posted By Realbtl
Check your spam filter, mine got hung up in the...

Check your spam filter, mine got hung up in the filter of my provider.

And welcome to the wonderful world of the Helix. I've got an '86 too and the radio still works. I've done everything from...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-07-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,682
Posted By Realbtl
Don't worry about the "only riding it 2 miles"...

Don't worry about the "only riding it 2 miles" thing. I guarantee that you will be riding it every chance you get. Even making up excuses to ride.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-30-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 22,496
Posted By Realbtl
The only positive thing I can say about loud H-Ds...

The only positive thing I can say about loud H-Ds is that it made it very inexpensive to get an unused Dyna muffler for my Suzuki S40. Other than that they and the metric wanna be's are a PITA (or...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-27-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,422
Posted By Realbtl
Hell, the answer is right there in the title of...

Hell, the answer is right there in the title of this whole section.

Battle scooters (http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=36)
If you're secure in your manhood.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-06-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,075
Posted By Realbtl
While trees and rocks may weigh 1.5-3 tons (or...

While trees and rocks may weigh 1.5-3 tons (or more) they have the courtesy of remaining in one place and not trying to get you.

Another vote for off road.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-03-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,197
Posted By Realbtl
I'm quite happy with my S Wing. got back...

I'm quite happy with my S Wing. got back yesterday from a 900 mile 3 day trip through Idaho. There is a ton of good info
at http://http://www.silverwing600.com/
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-16-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 209,025
Posted By Realbtl
I'll pass along a story from my dad (RIP) because...

I'll pass along a story from my dad (RIP) because it is by far the weirdest one I've ever heard. He and my mom were going through LA (CA) in typical high speed bumper to bumper traffic. 2 cars up...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-17-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,417
Posted By Realbtl
Big Canoe- I think I've seen you on a couple of...

Big Canoe- I think I've seen you on a couple of other sites and remember that you are a good sized fellow. I'm 6'1" 250 lbs so this may be helpful.
I love my Helix, an 86 I bought last year with...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-29-2011, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By Realbtl
Not sayin' one way is better than another, just...

Not sayin' one way is better than another, just that now for me this is my preference. It really was quite a surprise to make that realization. As I approached retirement age I though about the...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-28-2011, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By Realbtl
Before I retired I never even thought about what...

Before I retired I never even thought about what turned out to the the most unexpected and enjoyable gift. I had to make a trip from my home in Montana to San Diego to deal with some family stuff. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-28-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,903
Posted By Realbtl
I've put a couple of 100k miles on air cooled...

I've put a couple of 100k miles on air cooled VWs. IF they are maintained they are reliable and they are easy to work on. I look at the engine of my '63 and just see carb, aircleaner, no weird...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-18-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By Realbtl
Touring on the Helix

On another thread there were some comments on the Helix as a backroads touring machine. I put up my 3 day 700 mile trip in Montana and Idaho over in "Day Trippin".
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-18-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,437
Posted By Realbtl
Day 3

Day 3 Sandpoint to home, 200 miles, 5 hours. Hwy 200 goes along the north shore of Lake Pend Oreille and offers some beautiful views. This is also prime moose country but no luck today.
Lake Pend...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-18-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,437
Posted By Realbtl
Day 2

Day 2, Orofino to Sandpoint, 6 hours, 215 miles. I knew today would be shorter and I wanted to avoid US 95 as much as possible so I spenat the first hour and 28 miles on an absolutely delightful...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-18-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,437
Posted By Realbtl
3 days, 700 miles; The Helix in Montana and Idaho

After my 240 mile proving run on the Glacier loop, I decided to sneak off for a 3 day loop through Idaho, specifically Lolo Pass, one of the great motorcycle roads in the west.

Day 1, 8-8-11,...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 25,635
Posted By Realbtl
1986 Honda Helix, the best short range tourer...

1986 Honda Helix, the best short range tourer I've had in 45 years of riding. Last week I took a 700 mile 3 day trip from Montana through Idaho and back....
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-05-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By Realbtl
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DNkXHKOOa5g/Tev...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DNkXHKOOa5g/TevZNKc7AwI/AAAAAAAAADU/liksshn5I_s/s640/DSCN0045.JPG...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-05-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By Realbtl
Scootin' to Glacier

At this time of year you grab the sunny days when you can. Last week was rainy and in the high 40s-low 50s, yesterday and today in the 70s with sunshine so I decided to take the first trip up to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-02-2011, 10:04 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 45,069
Posted By Realbtl
Sorry you guys are not seeing Montana at its...

Sorry you guys are not seeing Montana at its best. There are actually beautiful snow covered mountains all around you as you go from Polson to Eureka not just clouds. Typical MT spring. Weather...
Forum: Ride reports 05-30-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 45,069
Posted By Realbtl
You all are getting up into my neck of the woods...

You all are getting up into my neck of the woods so I'll throw out some ideas. Idaho Falls- Get onto hwy 33, either back roads or I 15 will be doable, very little traffic, 24 miles.
33 to 28 to...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-26-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,878
Posted By Realbtl
I bought my 86 Honda Helix from Lelands. They...

I bought my 86 Honda Helix from Lelands. They have an incredible though small collection of low mileage and/or almost showroom condition bikes from the 60s and 70s including a 305 Yamaha 2 stroke...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3,376
Views: 1,311,438
Posted By Realbtl
Today was one of those Montana Spring days that...

Today was one of those Montana Spring days that make January and February worth it. My '86 Helix on a trip around Flathead Lake.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-30-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,909
Posted By Realbtl
If you really want some excitement come on up to...

If you really want some excitement come on up to NW Montana, we've got tons of deer. As an added bonus, in the last 3 years bikers have nailed a black bear and a mountain lion within 30 miles of...
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4,378
Views: 725,225
Posted By Realbtl
Seat Concepts

I just received an email from the folks at Seat Concepts stating that they are working on a Sherpa replacement seat. Should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,439
Posted By Realbtl
It kind of depends on where you are/availability....

It kind of depends on where you are/availability. Sherpas aren't real common like, say, xt225s. I paid $2200 for a pristine 2000 with 2k miles, tank bag, rack and new Mefo Explorers in NW Montana. ...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4,378
Views: 725,225
Posted By Realbtl
Ethanol-free gas in Sherpa?

Quick noob question. Some of my motorized toys don't tolerate ethanol in the gas, notably my '63 VW and various yard tools. Is this a problem with the Sherpa? Real gas is fairly easy to find here...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 4,378
Views: 725,225
Posted By Realbtl
Well, I finally did it.

After reading through this entire series and checking out the good doc's place on Yahoo I bought an absolutely pristine 03 Sherpa that dropped unexpectedly into my lap.

There aren't a lot of...
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