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Forum: Battle scooters Today, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Wentwest
I worked on a CH250 that had a severe issue in...

I worked on a CH250 that had a severe issue in the head. The camshaft bearing closest to the cam chain came apart, the balls went everywhere and the cam chain came off, of course. It was just about...
Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
If you are feeling down for some reason, then...

If you are feeling down for some reason, then Neil Young or Jackson Browne or Carol King is not the answer. They only magnify the angst. You need loud, bleeding from the ears rock and roll. Mick...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-28-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
You guys are making me feel old, about Leo...

You guys are making me feel old, about Leo Kottke. High school for me was the the Ray Charles "Wha'd I Say?" album, I was in college for the Beatles and Jack Kennedy getting shot.

Anyway, you are...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-27-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
So, I keep thinking that your carburetor is too...

So, I keep thinking that your carburetor is too rich. When it stalled out was the choke fully off (open)? Is it a manual choke that you pull? Is the cable adjusted right so when the knob is in the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
The Elite 250's all go on the freeway - 580, 880,...

The Elite 250's all go on the freeway - 580, 880, 80. It's like playing in traffic. And what you say about the Aero, it's true of the Elites. They like to play, they like to run, they just go. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
I'm no expert on Trails, but in general I would...

I'm no expert on Trails, but in general I would not suspect the points are responsible for hard starts when hot. Mostly that's a fuel mixture problem, and often times the mixture is too rich. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Jerry - I wandered through the internet looking...

Jerry - I wandered through the internet looking for ideas about dissolving the varnish in the tank. Somewhere someone said that E85 fuel, which is greater than 70% ethanol, would do the trick. So,...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Holy Moley! Strunk and White! Whether you read it...

Holy Moley! Strunk and White! Whether you read it or not, thinking about how to write something so it conveys an idea and is grammatically correct and makes sense puts you in my special Good Person...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By Wentwest
I use a tie-down strap I got from ebay years ago....

I use a tie-down strap I got from ebay years ago. It works fine on my scooters and solves the problem. Search ebay with "motorcycle handlebar tie-down".
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,177
Posted By Wentwest
The "loose" belt isn't. It's normal. These...

The "loose" belt isn't. It's normal. These belts are different than car belts, and they look like yours. Measure the width of the back of the belt. It should be 22mm, if I remember correctly. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
So, when's the last time you used the Aero? ...

So, when's the last time you used the Aero? Every time I get a bike and ride it every day, when I go back to the scooter, I fall in love again. Bikes are fun and all, but scooters are just ... my...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,566
Posted By Wentwest
So, I live in Oakland, and I ride around the Bay...

So, I live in Oakland, and I ride around the Bay Area. You really need to get a 150 or higher cc engine. There are great suggestions here and they should lead you in the right direction. My advice...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Jerry: Thanks for the link on Rebel 450's. I...

Jerry: Thanks for the link on Rebel 450's. I found another Rebel forum as well, and more is better when you are trying to get up to speed on the strange or special issues any bike might face....
Forum: Battle scooters 07-13-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
I'm going to save your souls? I don't think so....

I'm going to save your souls? I don't think so. I've got nothing to add to nude racing. Think of the pain in a swarm of June bugs.

Look, I'm just thankful that Potreo Hill isn't Coyle, Oklahoma....
Forum: Battle scooters 07-13-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Another photo

Just a sample of the rust and dirt.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-13-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Got a little side tracked?

So, although I'm still loyal to scooters, here's my latest adoption. It's an 86 Rebel 450 with a layer or surface dirt and rust from sitting around in San Francisco too long. The last was 7 years...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-10-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
The hunt for the perfect deal on the perfect bike...

The hunt for the perfect deal on the perfect bike is a hobby in itself. Unfortunately it results in a bunch of bikes, and a storage problem.

"How many bikes is enough?", they ask.

"One more,"...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-10-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By Wentwest
You need to get the service manual and learn to...

You need to get the service manual and learn to read schematic wiring diagrams. Download it at http://www.motorscooterguide.net/Manuals/Honda_CH150_Service_Manual.pdf

Go to page 205 and following...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-10-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Try Kawasaki KLX250s. Similar machine but dual...

Try Kawasaki KLX250s. Similar machine but dual sport, so it's road legal. Or Honda CRF250L, similar product, but Honda.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-09-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
I'm a buyer of Bilt helmets from Cycle Gear...

I'm a buyer of Bilt helmets from Cycle Gear (www.cyclegear.com). They have stores all around California. My riding is mostly for 20 - 30 minutes at a time, and the Bilt helmets are OK for that. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-09-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Well, it was a Rebel 450. I'm going to try and...

Well, it was a Rebel 450. I'm going to try and pick it up on Sunday. We'll see. Being an eternal cynic I'm inclined to wait until it's in my garage.

The Paint on the ugly bike seems OK. I'm...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-09-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Wentwest
The safety switch on the brake disables the...

The safety switch on the brake disables the starter, so it wouldn't even turn over. He said it was turning. There's no sidestand switch on an 85 Elite. There is a kill switch, which could cause...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-09-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Red- You keep referring to burning the...

Red-

You keep referring to burning the muffler on Trail to get it cleaned. DON'T DO IT! First, it will look like crap when you are done, and second, it will do nothing good at all. The Aero is...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-08-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By Wentwest
Learn to do your own work. This is a terrific...

Learn to do your own work. This is a terrific scooter that will reward you with years of transportation with just some care.

You should really make certain your tires are not old and hard and...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-08-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Wentwest
First you make certain the kill switch is on. ...

First you make certain the kill switch is on.

Then you work backwards from the plug itself. The cap that snaps on the plug unscrews from the cable wire, so do that and look to see if the wire...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-07-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
bobivey- Have you deep cleaned the...

bobivey-

Have you deep cleaned the carburetor and all the tiny passages to the pilot jet? Is the cold start circuit, including the bystarter, fully functioning? Check the o-rings around the body...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-07-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,947
Posted By Wentwest
To me the substance of this thread is that the OP...

To me the substance of this thread is that the OP has to go to someplace and try these 2 machines on. Either one is a fine choice, but they are different. Some folks buy Levi's 501 jeans, and some...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-04-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Maple syrup is Sugar Maple sap, but after you tap...

Maple syrup is Sugar Maple sap, but after you tap it you have to boil it down. 40 ounces of sap makes 1 ounce of syrup. It's a lot of steam. Do it outside, and be patient.

I cleaned up the tank...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-02-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Jim- I bought a CDI from ebay that was a...

Jim-

I bought a CDI from ebay that was a Chinese knockoff for very little, and it worked. It's a bit of a gamble with these sealed boxes, but it worked that time.

I did take the top off a dead...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-30-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
That plug looks like someone upjetted the carb...

That plug looks like someone upjetted the carb when they put on the pod filter, and went overboard. The complaints about harder starting the hotter the engine gets, together with never using the...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By Wentwest
I can tell you that my experience with a China...

I can tell you that my experience with a China Xingyang scooter was pretty bad. I find old or neglected scooters as a hobby, fix them up, clean them up, and then after a while sell them (mostly). ...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-27-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
You can ride in San Francisco if you want to. ...

You can ride in San Francisco if you want to. It's your street too. Sure, there are lots of things to watch for and deal with, but that's true anywhere. My experience is that the middle class...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-24-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Have you checked the float bowl to see if there's...

Have you checked the float bowl to see if there's gas in it when it dies? And, just for the fun of it, check the connections at the coil. The 2 low voltage lines can crack and break from vibration (...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-23-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
Before you go too far into the carburetor, check...

Before you go too far into the carburetor, check for spark. My 1990 Elite 250 and also an 87 Elite 150 did exactly the same thing - total sudden failure and no sign of life. In both cases it was...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-22-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
I don't have a magic answer to the exhaust issue....

I don't have a magic answer to the exhaust issue. I do know that an experienced custom muffler shop or a custom bike builder can do things I don't fully understand, and I'd ask them. EBay vigilance...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-20-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
That BBQ thing is really only about two-cycle...

That BBQ thing is really only about two-cycle engine exhaust systems. The exhaust on them is sooty because of the oil in the gas. It should not be needed for a 4 cycle engine. You had a classic...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-19-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Wentwest
Try asking at www.apriliaforum.com...

Try asking at www.apriliaforum.com (http://advrider.com/forums/www.apriliaforum.com)

You are ignoring the fact that gas is there because it explodes. This is not something to fool around with.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-19-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2,563
Views: 92,137
Posted By Wentwest
You are one dangerous man!, if I was your wife we...

You are one dangerous man!, if I was your wife we would have a museum of Aeros and Elites!

So, over time you learn to play Craigslist. Sometimes I just search for Honda and skim; sometimes I...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-18-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,479
Posted By Wentwest
Even if it had major repairs or breakdowns, you...

Even if it had major repairs or breakdowns, you know there's a limit on how much a rental company is going to spend on a scooter.. If it really has that kind of mileage, it's amazing, even with...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-18-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,305
Posted By Wentwest
Try www.searchtempest.com. It's a search engine...

Try www.searchtempest.com. It's a search engine that goes through Craigslist withing a radius you tell it from your home zip code. I just tried it at 100 miles from the zip code for Franklin, TN...
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