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Old 08-17-2005, 09:21 AM   #241
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Here in SF, scooters are the choice of more folks than ever. In an urban environment, they're easy to park, get you around easily and get silly mileage.

Regular gas is about $2.75/gallon. I saw regular gas out on Hwy. 1 (deep in tourist country) for $3.11/gallon.

I'm seeing more and more Burgmans, those big Aprilia scooters and old Helixes up here in the suburbs.
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:35 AM   #242
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I'm beginning to think that the "old school rides" are a good interim solution. The old CB360 in the garage, the ubiquitous Suzuki GS500, a Honda Ascot, the various thumpers--all these can be pressed into service and get around 70-75mpg in most cases.

Weird tangent--but it reminds me of some of the commentary during GW1 when the military said that some of their 60's era aircraft were giving the best bang for the buck due to their more simple, less maintenance-intensive designs.

As I've begun to get used to the very, very different personality of the Vespa--which was designed to cope with fuel issues, and the need to handle both urban transport and long rides in the country, while priced within the budget of any family--it strikes me that some of the potential solutions for us "common folk" who can't run out and buy a hybrid or convert over to diesel will most likely be to dust off the small displacement bikes we have, or perhaps find one at a flea market.
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:17 AM   #243
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We're up to $2.57 locally, and I'm practically mobbed at the gas station when I fill up either scooter.

I love the Zuma--it's always been on the short list of scooters I'd like to have. The 50's I've seen locally all seem pretty fast--noone's having any trouble keeping up with traffic. The more the merrier.
I have followed my son on my DR and he can see 45 with it pinned out. My wife has ridden it and like it too. I would like to justify the purchase of a larger scoot for her primarily and me too. Seems like we a daily rain here about the time I leave work. With a scoot, I would only need to worry about a jacket as the legs would stay relatively dry. On the DR, you're getting wet!
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Old 08-18-2005, 03:52 PM   #244
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Did someone say Laverda?
I really like Laverda's, always have. In fact, been thinking about acquiring one lately. I used to hang around with a group that included the owner of the local dealership, back in the '80s. One of the guys had a real sweetheart -- a Montjuic. I tried to make sure I didn't ride directly behind him though.
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Old 08-21-2005, 11:26 AM   #245
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Old school ride for ya.........
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Old 08-21-2005, 05:37 PM   #246
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Old school ride for ya.........
and a good'un too
I liked/likes the ITs
I think a IT175 or IT250 would be a nice singletrack swap from the XT600E

and I miss the smell of Castrol 2 smoke on a cold Saturday morning
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Old 08-21-2005, 07:49 PM   #247
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and a good'un too
I liked/likes the ITs
I think a IT175 or IT250 would be a nice singletrack swap from the XT600E

and I miss the smell of Castrol 2 smoke on a cold Saturday morning
My buddy did 30 miles on it with no brakes in Maine in the spring. That IT is tough as nails!
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Old 08-21-2005, 08:15 PM   #248
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Old school ride for ya.........
holy crap


first bike I ever wheelied



did I mention it was someone else's bike and I did not do it on purpose?
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:03 PM   #249
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1981 Honda CM400E, the "economy" model, really meant "cheap". No tach, nothing fancy.
I got this one free, picked up at the owners garage at his wife's demand, a basket case. Most of the parts were still there, had to order gaskets , a front sprocket and chain, replaced the tires, painted the tank metallic green and black because those were the colors I had on hand out in the shed. You're looking at maybe $250 worth of bike.
Surprisingly, it's a lot of fun to ride. It's the kind of bike that you can ride to the limits without severe risk to life or limb, it's light, easy to corner, gets good mileage and it's cheap. It's a pop on a lid and go out for a spin bike, I don't ATGATT on this bike.
This winter will see it becoming more of a cafe style, I think. Swap out that seat and bolt up some clubmans, maybe some peashooter pipes.

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Old 10-07-2005, 11:04 PM   #250
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My brother and I just finished this one..still waiting for the decal kit to come in. 1986 RZ350


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Old 01-29-2006, 09:35 AM   #251
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Hey Chopperman, I see the picture of your old Guzzi on the Adv startup page. I don't know anything about the Guzzi's but I'd sure like to know some particulars about your bike, It is absolutely stunning, IMHO. Is that model rare as hen's teeth?

Oh yeah, thanks for the Old School forum.

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Old 02-18-2006, 10:11 AM   #252
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This is my Old Skool Klassik......



Just gotta install the Newtronics CDI ignition, rebuild the brake calipers & she's ready to tear it up!
Is that an RD?

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Old 02-26-2006, 10:10 AM   #253
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Old school ride and rider

Some of you "big Iron" riders may scoff at my little bike, however back in 1967 when she was new, she was a very popular little bike. I would bet a lot of you guys took your first ride on a bike just like her. The old Honda CT90 is the perfect bike for Kids and Codgers. I qualify as the latter given I never started riding until I was over 60.
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:45 PM   #254
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hey oldsalt, those are fun bikes, my first was a trail 55 in 68', those 90's still get some real $$, collector bikes., just one suggestion, get a real helmet, boots, and gloves. the theory of protective gear is where you dont have it , thats where you'll fall. oh yeah, kidney belts are good to hold yer guts in place

thanks for the trip pics
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Old 03-21-2006, 03:17 AM   #255
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Is that an RD?
Yes Sir!.....1979 RD400F Daytona Special....last year of the Air-Cooled's imported to the states. It's only got 3,800+ Original miles on her
1 of those ride's that always leaves an Ear to Ear grin under the helmet

Right on the verge of starting in on it, but gotta sort a coupla issues with my other Old Skool bike that I ride DAILY .....
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