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Forum: Battle scooters 12-25-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
I get to ride tomorrow! It's clear and cold (for...

I get to ride tomorrow! It's clear and cold (for the Bay Area), lows around 40 here in Oakland, but I'm riding anyway. Gas is $2.79 or so, soon to jump up over $3.00 when a new carbon tax starts in...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-25-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Yes, well, I was down in Carmel for Christmas, so...

Yes, well, I was down in Carmel for Christmas, so out of touch. My Elite is a 250, but it's a 90 so it's the same, or almost the same running gear as the Big Ruckus and close to a Reflex, but with...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Well, I've never ridden a bike in Mexico, but I...

Well, I've never ridden a bike in Mexico, but I have driven a car all over and recently I've used the buses. The big bus company is ADO, and their buses are really nice, comfortable, inexpensive and...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Wentwest
Make sure to check the oil in the rear reduction...

Make sure to check the oil in the rear reduction gears, too. It's not easy to get to. There is a gear set between the rear clutch and the rear axle and the box is supposed to have oil or 89-90 gear...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-21-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
The car or RedArrow

Hey Red! Here's the car for you. And it's in Bisbee.

http://sierravista.craigslist.org/cto/4814965564.html

(Actually I have no idea if it's any good at all. Don't buy a car without having a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-19-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,851
Posted By Wentwest
I see it as a buying opportunity. If you've got...

I see it as a buying opportunity. If you've got your eye on a used scooter, the combination of cheap gas, winter and Christmas should make it a buyers market!
Forum: Battle scooters 12-19-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,395
Posted By Wentwest
If you read Motorcycle Consumer news from 2013...

If you read Motorcycle Consumer news from 2013 http://www.motorcycleconsumernews-digitalmagazine.com/mcnews/201308d?pg=25#pg24, page 25 and following, you can see that they seem to find the Schuberth...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-19-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Oh my, another old song reference. Could it be...

Oh my, another old song reference. Could it be that riders spend a lot of time listening to the music playing in their heads?

I find I hear Firesign Theater lines from time to time as well.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-17-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,184
Posted By Wentwest
So now we're arguing and going all over the...

So now we're arguing and going all over the place, and the dreaded bad influence isn't even here.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-17-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,184
Posted By Wentwest
RedHandMoto has it all right. There's nothing...

RedHandMoto has it all right. There's nothing that says I have to read every post, and certainly nothing that makes me pay any attention at all to something I think is just wrong or irrelevant. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-16-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,393
Posted By Wentwest
FirstGear makes a good jacket, and they make them...

FirstGear makes a good jacket, and they make them in tall sizes. I think it's another name for Hein Gericke products, a German company. Motorcycle-Superstore has a sale on now.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-16-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
It looks a lot like the wall between East and...

It looks a lot like the wall between East and West Germany. I drove up to that wall, in a car, in 1989, about a week before the East Germans just gave up and the Russians went home. It was in a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-15-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
And all this vague conversation about this and...

And all this vague conversation about this and that and who did what and the MIA list, all that is one of the reasons why I fix motorcycles as a hobby, even though I don't like motorcycles. They...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-12-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
@FullMetalScooter Look, slap it in first, wind it...

@FullMetalScooter Look, slap it in first, wind it up and pop the clutch and smell the Goodyears smoking. Cute is cute, but finally it's screaming tires, going sideways up the ramp. If you are going...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-11-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
There's nothing like seeing the world to help you...

There's nothing like seeing the world to help you feel comfortable with wherever you find yourself. But there's also nothing like coming home to your fine running Honda scooter. And your workshop. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-11-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
So it's really a motorcycle setup, with a frame...

So it's really a motorcycle setup, with a frame mounted engine - transmission. Is it a chain drive inside the housing? It must be, from 1960. 4 speed transmission? I had a 46 Cushman Husky with a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-10-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
She looks like a person who can make her own...

She looks like a person who can make her own decisions! We need all the bright young people we can find, and we need them now. My generation thought it had all the answers, and in some ways, maybe...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-10-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
What's Goin' On?

Canada's always a rest after the US. It just feels quieter there.

It's not quiet here. Every night there are street demonstrations and every night the freeway gets blocked somewhere in the East...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-08-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Brrrr! Looking at the snow in Vermont causes my...

Brrrr! Looking at the snow in Vermont causes my PTSD to flare (Post Too [much] Snow Disorder). I'll stay here. Buzzed into downtown Oakland today at 62 degrees.

And no I wasn't molested by...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-08-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,038
Posted By Wentwest
For what it's worth, the 85 and later CH250 used...

For what it's worth, the 85 and later CH250 used tubeless tires. It's stamped right into the rims.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-07-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
That's the spirit! I was born in the southern...

That's the spirit! I was born in the southern fringe of New England, and spent my whole life there until 1995, and then bailed out for Northern California. New Englanders are some of the most...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-06-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
It's OK. We all get a little crazy if we don't...

It's OK. We all get a little crazy if we don't get in some quality scooter time. It's been soggy here in Northern Cal, but I did do a few miles today.

I had to check in with the fleet and keep...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-06-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,175
Posted By Wentwest
Must be a lot of resistance in your speedo cable...

Must be a lot of resistance in your speedo cable to wear out those splines like that. You should lube it.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-04-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,756
Posted By Wentwest
You're not supposed to kill it, you're supposed...

You're not supposed to kill it, you're supposed to enjoy it! And, welcome to scooter freedom.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,548
Posted By Wentwest
Sounds like you found yourself the right machine....

Sounds like you found yourself the right machine. It's so easy to be tempted into bigger and bigger engines and scooters generally, just like we are with cars and trucks. Often the smaller engine...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By Wentwest
I agree that the cost for labor is pretty much...

I agree that the cost for labor is pretty much unavoidable unless you have a shop to work in, a good jack, all the tools and a day to spend learning and doing the job. And maybe someone to give you...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-02-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
The Gyro

We're talking about small wheels. The Gyro uses 6 inch rims. It's not pleasant on bad pavement.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-01-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
And thank you RedArrow for a long and interesting...

And thank you RedArrow for a long and interesting chat. The participants on this thread are a diverse and very interesting bunch of people, and I truly enjoy seeing and participating in the give and...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-30-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
That's why you fly into Oakland and take the new...

That's why you fly into Oakland and take the new shuttle and Bart over to the City. The weather really jams up San Francisco, but not Oakland, because Oakland doesn't run 2 parallel runways like SFO...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-27-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
I had a BMW R1100R that had heated grips. They...

I had a BMW R1100R that had heated grips. They were pretty nice, but they only warmed my palms, not the back of my hands or fingertips, and even winter gloves were not completely helpful. In...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-26-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By Wentwest
I have 3 CH250's now, and I've restored and owned...

I have 3 CH250's now, and I've restored and owned 5 or 6 more. I always buy 120/90-10 tires. They fit fine, they do not rub or touch anything. Many manufacturers make them and it's up to you what...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-25-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By Wentwest
Send an email to jack@jacksscootershop.com and...

Send an email to jack@jacksscootershop.com and see if he has one.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-25-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
So, here I am complaining this morning because...

So, here I am complaining this morning because it's 53 and windy and it feels cold, and I check the weather back in my old town in Connecticut and it says:

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-24-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
And here's the road down the hill from my house,...

And here's the road down the hill from my house, on the way to the Town pond where my kids learned to swim.

It might look beautiful, but an average of 10 feet of snow every Winter, no leaves on...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-24-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Well, it's sort of lame because I haven't lived...

Well, it's sort of lame because I haven't lived there in 20 years, but a piece of me is still there even today. There is something fundamentally different about rural New England, as scooterboi as...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-22-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,828
Posted By Wentwest
I have a very bright yellow Joe Rocket mesh...

I have a very bright yellow Joe Rocket mesh jacket. On one of my scooters I have a bright purple neon license plate surround. You can see that thing for a long way, and the color is UGLY. I'm...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-22-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By Wentwest
Stuffing steel wool in the exhaust is a pretty...

Stuffing steel wool in the exhaust is a pretty good way to keep the beasties out. And in New England I used to bring the battery into the basement for the Winter, and charge it every once in a...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-22-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Well, of course you're right that you can carry a...

Well, of course you're right that you can carry a lot on a Rebel, but for day in and day out grocery carrying the milk crate on the scooter is very easy, holds a lot, and it's just jump on and go. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-21-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
Minor change of topic

So, we have high desert and fish as fertilizer. And I thought, hey, how about a scooter comment?

As some may recall, I've been reactivating an 86 Honda Rebel 450, and riding it around for a few...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-19-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4,566
Views: 199,599
Posted By Wentwest
My ideal scooter trip would probably be Italy. ...

My ideal scooter trip would probably be Italy. Not too hot, not too cold, not too flat. Maybe Greece, too, or Western Turkey, or New Zealand North Island, I get bored quickly on flat long rides,...
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