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Forum: Equipment Today, 05:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,165
Posted By hugemoth
I don't know if they still make them but back in...

I don't know if they still make them but back in the 70s I had a Wenzel Teepee tent. Cost about $20 at the time, had an 8'x8' floor and stood 8' high. Stake the 4 corners, insert the single pole,...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-27-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 47,874
Posted By hugemoth
Lifan is the most common Chinese vertical engine...

Lifan is the most common Chinese vertical engine you'll find on Ebay but there are other brands. Most of them are clones of the Honda CG125 and you'll find them up to 250cc. I have a Lifan 200 with...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-26-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 469
Posted By hugemoth
There is no problem with bikes at Sunset, just...

There is no problem with bikes at Sunset, just make sure to take the paved road to get in, not a shortcut direct from the highway.
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,227
Posted By hugemoth
That's correct, the real Beta Alp 200 uses a...

That's correct, the real Beta Alp 200 uses a DR200 engine while this one uses a clone of the Honda CG, a push rod engine.
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,227
Posted By hugemoth
I recently added a second Chinese bike to my...

I recently added a second Chinese bike to my collection, a Roketa 200. Roketa is the importer but the bike is made by Zongshen and is really quite nice. Frame, forks, swing arm, handlebar, speedo,...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 9,106
Views: 1,315,967
Posted By hugemoth
EPA rules are making it harder to sell Chinese...

EPA rules are making it harder to sell Chinese bikes with carbs here in the US, and even more difficult in California. You might want to check out the forum at http://chinariders.net. I'm a big fan...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By hugemoth
I had a solo front seat from a 1963 VBB (150) on...

I had a solo front seat from a 1963 VBB (150) on my P200E. As I recall the passenger seat frame from the VBB wouldn't fit because it wouldn't clear the bump out top of the gas tank.
Forum: The Garage 01-21-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,987
Posted By hugemoth
+1 for the Buddy Heater. I use one in my small...

+1 for the Buddy Heater. I use one in my small camper and like it a lot. Nice to sit in front of a glowing orange radiant heat source and it doesn't produce CO. The oxygen depletion sensor isn't...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 570
Views: 199,730
Posted By hugemoth
Yes, the 12" HF wheels work fine with a standard...

Yes, the 12" HF wheels work fine with a standard 12" car tire. The size I used were 155/80-12.
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,334
Posted By hugemoth
As a big guy and a big fan of small bikes I...

As a big guy and a big fan of small bikes I regularly ride a highly modified Trail 90 with a 140cc engine. It's so light and small that I'll attempt trails that are likely to make me crash because...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-16-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,585
Posted By hugemoth
Unless something has changed, the water in Lapine...

Unless something has changed, the water in Lapine is terrible. It comes from shallow wells and is very hard and full of minerals. The inside of washers and dish washers are all stained a deep redish...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-15-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By hugemoth
Jet A is $3.95 per gallon at Bowers Field...

Jet A is $3.95 per gallon at Bowers Field Airport, Ellensburg, WA. Take a jug over and fill it up. BTW aviation fuel prices can be looked up at airnav.com.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,402
Posted By hugemoth
Being the cheap bastard that I am, I much prefer...

Being the cheap bastard that I am, I much prefer shaft drive on my street bikes which are always Japanese. No hassle, no parts to wear out, they just always work. Good O ring DID chains on my dual...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-14-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,125
Posted By hugemoth
Broken chain on my friend's DRZ400 near Winslow...

Broken chain on my friend's DRZ400 near Winslow AZ so I towed him back to camp with my Chinese Lifan 200.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a583/QDM2/DSCN1260s_zps5c7e9c0f.jpg
Forum: Equipment 01-13-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,474
Posted By hugemoth
The problem is the countershaft will still be...

The problem is the countershaft will still be turning. That's OK for a short distance, maybe a few miles. The gears are steel on steel where they spin on the countershaft and rely on oil being drawn...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,603
Posted By hugemoth
I did a similar Alaska trip in 2013 on Michelin...

I did a similar Alaska trip in 2013 on Michelin Commander II street tires. They lasted over 20,000 miles.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-11-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,054
Posted By hugemoth
Bend schools are very good. Housing is very...

Bend schools are very good. Housing is very expensive. Winters are long and cold, but better than WI. Riding is great and vast. Jobs are getting easier to come by. I've lived here 30 years. Great...
Forum: Americas 01-10-2015, 05:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,067
Posted By hugemoth
If you have camping gear and a reliable bike you...

If you have camping gear and a reliable bike you can do the ride quite cheaply. Gas is the major expense and is easy to calculate. My last ride up there was the summer of 2013 where I camped in free...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,650
Posted By hugemoth
It's possible to make a CT90 very reliable and...

It's possible to make a CT90 very reliable and more powerful by putting a Lifan engine on it but you need the time, knowledge, and tools to do it. The Chinese engines are a more modern design with...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,650
Posted By hugemoth
I think you'll find that a CT90 isn't anywhere...

I think you'll find that a CT90 isn't anywhere near as reliable as a more modern bike, even though it is a Honda. The 6V electrical system with battery powered ignition was the standard of the day...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By hugemoth
Go for the CG 125. It's a bullet proof workhorse...

Go for the CG 125. It's a bullet proof workhorse of a bike, thus the choice of delivery drivers. It wasn't imported to the US so you probably won't get much feedback from US riders but it's highly...
Forum: Thumpers 12-23-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 31,884
Posted By hugemoth
I'm not looking to buy one but would definitely...

I'm not looking to buy one but would definitely recommend supplying a 17" rear wheel over a 15". Even better would be 18" rear and 21" front.
Forum: Trip Planning 12-15-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,434
Posted By hugemoth
Every bike is a compromise, and there is no bike...

Every bike is a compromise, and there is no bike that fits all your criteria. Nothing even close. In most of the world you'd probably be best off with a Honda CG or clone of a Honda CG because...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 12-12-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,646
Posted By hugemoth
I remember going there as a kid in the mid 50s...

I remember going there as a kid in the mid 50s and getting to look around inside the plane. Haven't been back since and didn't even know it was still around.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-08-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 1,675
Views: 139,557
Posted By hugemoth
We were camped at Sunset Campground and noticed...

We were camped at Sunset Campground and noticed the smoke coming from behind the hotel. Big flames rose over the hotel shortly after the fire truck got there. That was the most excitement they've...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-29-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,728
Posted By hugemoth
I never used anything but the cheapest regular...

I never used anything but the cheapest regular 10% ethanol gas in any of my old 2 stroke Vespas, including the P200E. No problems.

BTW: Vespa did a study back in the 70s where they tore down...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-29-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 12,099
Posted By hugemoth
If I could figure out a cheaper way to ride I'd...

If I could figure out a cheaper way to ride I'd do it, but I grew up on motorcycles before any of the fancy stuff was in common use. My local use bike is a 7 year old Chinese 200 with 52,000 miles on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-27-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,308
Posted By hugemoth
What an adventure! Nothing in the ride report...

What an adventure! Nothing in the ride report compares. I know a guy from Washington state who owns a pristine 1918 Henderson 4 cylinder with original sidecar. He still rides it occasionally.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 11-26-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,891
Posted By hugemoth
An old Vespa makes the perfect small 2 stroke...

An old Vespa makes the perfect small 2 stroke touring bike but nowadays they're rare and expensive here in the US. I ran into this Italian guy in Moab Utah a few years ago, touring north and south...
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,820
Posted By hugemoth
Have a look around on http://chinariders.net, I...

Have a look around on http://chinariders.net, I seem to remember something on the subject over there. I disassembled mine a few years ago to put in a spacer, it was easy enough without any kind of...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-24-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 47,874
Posted By hugemoth
The springs inside the cush gear that turns the...

The springs inside the cush gear that turns the balance shaft on the Lifan 200 are slightly loose so I've been looking around for a replacement. Could't find one anywhere in the US since the non...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,882
Posted By hugemoth
Great riding around Bend but forget renting a...

Great riding around Bend but forget renting a house or apartment. Current vacancy rate is 0.4%.
Forum: Old's Cool 11-22-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By hugemoth
There is a huge difference in wear. Aluminum will...

There is a huge difference in wear. Aluminum will wear out much faster.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-22-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,331
Posted By hugemoth
I have personal experience with a 200cc Lifan...

I have personal experience with a 200cc Lifan (Chinese) dual sport that I bought new in 2007. It's been the most reliable small bike I've ever owned and I've owned many in 50 years of riding. Not...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 31,884
Posted By hugemoth
My 2005 Zongshen 200cc dual sport has good...

My 2005 Zongshen 200cc dual sport has good quality fasteners, mostly grade 8.8 cadmium plated bolts with lock nuts. I doubt they would be using lower quality fasteners 9 years later.

My 2007...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 873
Posted By hugemoth
I'm with KirkN, put a bigger engine in the CT70....

I'm with KirkN, put a bigger engine in the CT70. It'll be as fast or faster than the Grom, lighter, more off road capable, etc.. Keep the original engine so if original CT70s become worth megabucks...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,820
Posted By hugemoth
Everyone on the forum has probably heard the...

Everyone on the forum has probably heard the standard talking points about Chinese motorcycles, they're poorly made, unreliable, throw away bikes. No doubt that is true for some Chinese bikes but...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,167
Posted By hugemoth
Honda offered the GL500 Interstate in 81 and 82...

Honda offered the GL500 Interstate in 81 and 82 and a 650 version in 83. That's the closest I can find to what you're hinting at, and there are still quite a few running around. Even after 30+ years...
Forum: Road warriors 11-18-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,995
Posted By hugemoth
I'm one of those early adopter guys and without...

I'm one of those early adopter guys and without guys like me we might all be riding BSAs instead of Japanese bikes. When I bought my first Honda in 1961 most riders were poo-pooing Japanese bikes as...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,820
Posted By hugemoth
Manufacturer Name: Zhejiang Xmotos Co Ltd ...

Manufacturer Name: Zhejiang Xmotos Co Ltd
Address: 2 Jinniu Road Baiyang Industrial Zone
Zip / Country / Phone: 321200 China
Product Type: ATV

The engine would be 1 cylinder, 67mm bore, air...
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