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Forum: Battle scooters 03-02-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By Wentwest
The wild card in all this is your weight. The...

The wild card in all this is your weight. The heavier you are the slower you go. I have an 87, which used to labor to get to 60 and any uphill grade at all would slow it down. I weighed 208. I...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-26-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Reading your post about wood and wood blocks...

Reading your post about wood and wood blocks brought back all sorts of memories. The old story in New England was that burning wood kept you warm 3 times - when you cut it and brought it home, when...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-23-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By Wentwest
The engine will only start with the footbrake...

The engine will only start with the footbrake pressed down hard. There is no interlock with the front brake.

The fuel line is controlled by a vacuum operated valve. It's under the tank on the...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-23-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Wentwest
Finding the right mechanic will be a challenge,...

Finding the right mechanic will be a challenge, but you are in the right country to find expert help. Vietnamese certainly understand the workings of small 2 wheel vehicles better than anyone, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
I'm kind of missing JerryH! He was wrong from...

I'm kind of missing JerryH! He was wrong from time to time, but who isn't? Anyone know how he's doing?
Forum: Battle scooters 02-21-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
I've been working on motorcycles so much lately,...

I've been working on motorcycles so much lately, I feel like a traitor to my little flock of scooters. I visited them yesterday and all was well, but I realized I had not exercised the 87 Honda...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-19-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Cloudy and dry, about 60 degrees here in Oakland...

Cloudy and dry, about 60 degrees here in Oakland today. Pretty much perfect scooter weather. Now if only all those cars would get off the road ...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-10-2015, 12:01 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
You've got the worst of the ride coming up,...

You've got the worst of the ride coming up, crossing over endless West Texas. It's hard to drive all day and still be in the same state. The pervasive hum of fluorescent, over bright lights in dirty...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Good luck with that surgery. I hope the Vicodin...

Good luck with that surgery. I hope the Vicodin helps you through.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-05-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
How about this one? It ought to be familiar, on...

How about this one? It ought to be familiar, on the Embarcadero in SF. And Valentines Day coming right up.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-04-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
There is a place called the Barber Vintage...

There is a place called the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, in Leeds. Alabama, just off I-20, which is supposed to be the most complete and beautifully presented collection of motorcycles...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-03-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
So, straight down to Atlanta, take a right and 10...

So, straight down to Atlanta, take a right and 10 and 20 all the way west? I hope you have lots of podcasts on your devices. Bring a cooler and load up with fruit and peanut butter and feed...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-02-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
What Jersey Biker said is what got us from the...

What Jersey Biker said is what got us from the icebox of Connecticut to the Bay Area in California 20 years ago. You regret the things you didn't do much more than the things you did. So, like you,...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-01-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 928
Views: 354,527
Posted By Wentwest
I guess you've never been to the San Francisco...

I guess you've never been to the San Francisco Pride Parade!
Forum: Battle scooters 01-31-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
It's sort of difficult to just start talking...

It's sort of difficult to just start talking about mundane scooter stuff after that, but here goes.

You're not supposed to use Rain-X on the plastic visor of your helmet, so the info I got from...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-30-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,078
Posted By Wentwest
I have had problems with all sorts of things on...

I have had problems with all sorts of things on my scooters, so there's no sure solution. Mostly you can eliminate issues when it won't start. If you unscrew a spark plug, brace it against the...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-30-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Red- If you're up in the Bay Area sometime this...

Red- If you're up in the Bay Area sometime this Spring, you can test drive a Rebel 450 that I put back together. I'll probably sell it this Spring, in a couple of months. A smooth ride, very low...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Yes, my brother had a new Super Hawk then. It...

Yes, my brother had a new Super Hawk then. It was a terrific ride, terrified me after only riding a Cushman scooter and a Honda 90. But I loved it.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,538
Posted By Wentwest
The Miata is a 2002, in Laser Blue. It looks...

The Miata is a 2002, in Laser Blue. It looks great, and since I rarely use it, it's got 42000 miles on it now.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-28-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,538
Posted By Wentwest
I ride on two wheels a lot, but I still have a...

I ride on two wheels a lot, but I still have a car, a Miata that spends a lot of time doing nothing. But it's very reliable, starts and goes fine, takes very little maintenance and isn't worth a...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-28-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Couple of thoughts. Sometimes you can get a...

Couple of thoughts.

Sometimes you can get a good o-ring at a hardware store. Bring in the old one and match it up.

You can also make a paper gasket and use it instead of the o-ring. You buy...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-28-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
I guess you found replacement bolts. I think...

I guess you found replacement bolts. I think they are different lengths? The best I can tell from the OEM parts blow-up for the crankcase that I found at www.servicehonda.com is that one is a 6x28...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-26-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
You could drill a small hole in the metal...

You could drill a small hole in the metal somewhere, then cut off the plastic coupler, crimp an o-shaped wire end on the wire (Radio Shack type product) and screw the fitting onto the housing. As...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-25-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
I spent the entire day in the garage, but under a...

I spent the entire day in the garage, but under a car instead of a scooter. I had to replace the lower control arms on my wife's is300 Lexus. It was regular mechanical work, but cars are so heavy...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By Wentwest
As a fan of 80's Honda Elites, I vote for the...

As a fan of 80's Honda Elites, I vote for the Honda, but the idea that you should use both for a couple of months is good. Pay attention to which one you pick to do the things you do most. If the...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
-Here's a role model for you, from about 1964. ...

-Here's a role model for you, from about 1964. Price is $330 plus set up fees. Just remember, minimum wage was $1.50 an hour or so, so it would take all summer to earn enough to buy this thing, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Yes, too bad about falling, but what's up with...

Yes, too bad about falling, but what's up with the way he's riding? Much too close to the bus, wet day, street with lots of slippery white markings. When you ride that close you get soaked with...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-20-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
So, 3 tips come to mind about your turn signals. ...

So, 3 tips come to mind about your turn signals.

1. When the problem is global - no signals either way, no activity at all - start the search in the other direction from where the power gets...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Nice to know what to look for and how to fix it.

Nice to know what to look for and how to fix it.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
~ Red Arrow Do you think people in their...

~ Red Arrow

Do you think people in their cubicles, and who are running our country play like this on their computers?[/QUOTE]

I was one of those cubicle-ized drones who pretended to be running...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
You can take a look at the Bay, the bridges and...

You can take a look at the Bay, the bridges and The City from Lawrence Hall of Science any time day and night, at
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By Wentwest
That's sort of a theme. There are lots of parts...

That's sort of a theme. There are lots of parts that can be fixed or replaced with generic stuff or a little resourceful problem solving. And a lot of problems come from things that get loose or...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
It's not always sunny in Oakland

Today off the front deck. Close in is North Oakland hills, and in the fog is Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, and just peaking through up and to the right of the top of the street light is the top of Mt....
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By Wentwest
I agree completely. It makes no difference if...

I agree completely. It makes no difference if you are riding a fire breathing Hayabusa or a 50cc moped, once things are in motion if you go flying off, you will be hurt. The street is just as hard...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-17-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 5,643
Views: 254,699
Posted By Wentwest
Most of my concerts were long ago, back when the...

Most of my concerts were long ago, back when the world was in black and white, FM radio was radical, and late night was Allison Steele the night bird on WNEW in New York. I saw Pink Floyd and the...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-16-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By Wentwest
Honda screwed up with a 125 cc Elite in 1984, and...

Honda screwed up with a 125 cc Elite in 1984, and I can't believe they have such a poor memory that they would do it again. You have to have 150 cc's to go on a California Freeway.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-16-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,979
Posted By Wentwest
I don't know the details of your specific...

I don't know the details of your specific scooter, but if you can leave the plastic off for a while and still ride safely, do that so you can watch for oil leaks, loose things you forgot, etc. You...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-15-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,830
Posted By Wentwest
Never forget that you are screwing a steel bolt...

Never forget that you are screwing a steel bolt into an aluminum head. If you strip it you have much bigger problems. You need snug, not TIGHT.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-14-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 928
Views: 354,527
Posted By Wentwest
Sooner or later Grace Jones and a CH150 would...

Sooner or later Grace Jones and a CH150 would show up here.

Can you stand the challenge?
Forum: Battle scooters 01-14-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,974
Posted By Wentwest
No one wants to get old. What are the choices? ...

No one wants to get old. What are the choices? I'll take old.

Scooters are far more nimble and, for me, far more fun than bikes in a city. I live in a crowded urban area and I can go anywhere,...
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