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Forum: Battle scooters 02-01-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,826
Posted By SPOFF
Good luck with that. We're dealing with a...

Good luck with that. We're dealing with a fanatical EPA that currently is shutting down one-third of the U.S. electrical power plants. This diesel will never be imported.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,130
Posted By SPOFF
When I lived in Maryland I could ride year...

When I lived in Maryland I could ride year around. What kills it in N.H. is the road salt. It is about an inch thick everywhere. I will want to see a minimum of 72 hours of heavy rain before I risk...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-22-2013, 08:36 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,742
Posted By SPOFF
Good to see my PCX was the runner-up for those of...

Good to see my PCX was the runner-up for those of us who no longer have 6-figure salaries and who have been cut to 29.5 hours a week. :shog
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 8,950
Posted By SPOFF
Oh... dear... God... On my Valkyrie the General...

Oh... dear... God... On my Valkyrie the General Tire station wagon tire popped onto the bead at 22 psi. The standard bike size? 200x70x16. The car tire I used? 200x70x16. And the aluminum wheel...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 8,950
Posted By SPOFF
I hear you. Thanks to Obamacare, I now make...

I hear you. Thanks to Obamacare, I now make $262.50 a week. So I got a second job also limited to 25 hours a week and work 9 shifts a week. Cuts into my riding time.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-01-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 8,950
Posted By SPOFF
I've been running car tires on the back of my...

I've been running car tires on the back of my Valkyrie for a decade. <shrug> I've made dozens of these videos because I wanted to know what was happening back there.

The Valkyrie doesn't handle...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-23-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,608
Posted By SPOFF
Honda PCX 125: Typical 95 to 98 mpg, best...

Honda PCX 125: Typical 95 to 98 mpg, best recorded 104 mpg :D

Kawasaki KLR 650: 55 to 65 mpg

Honda Valkyrie: 32 to 36 mpg. Don't like to get that one out of sight of a gas station.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-21-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 190,363
Posted By SPOFF
Small bikes rock! I started on small bikes 43...

Small bikes rock! I started on small bikes 43 years ago. Three full seasons on a Honda 90, moved up to a 305... put 55,000 miles on a Honda 550. By the time I got to my “big bike,” a CB 750, I’d been...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-17-2013, 04:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,306
Posted By SPOFF
I didn't notice that the first time I watched it....

I didn't notice that the first time I watched it. :D I guess you can't operate a Stedicam with the camera reversed looking over your right shoulder.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,358
Posted By SPOFF
Funny. My first reaction was "Why did the stupid...

Funny. My first reaction was "Why did the stupid shit in the Nissan stop dead in the middle of a highway?"
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2013, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,306
Posted By SPOFF
I counted six... bouncing up and down :clap

I counted six... bouncing up and down :clap
Forum: Battle scooters 05-13-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 181,626
Posted By SPOFF
Remember that it IS a Honda. I have a Valkyrie...

Remember that it IS a Honda. I have a Valkyrie that is 13 years and 48,000 miles overdue on its valve check. We let a 1976 Goldwing go 24 years once. When checked, all eight valves were on the money.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-09-2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,323
Posted By SPOFF
LOL! The kick-only Sportster was the XLCH. "CH"...

LOL! The kick-only Sportster was the XLCH. "CH" stood for "Charley Horse."
Forum: Battle scooters 05-08-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,750
Posted By SPOFF
True, but I wouldn't hesitate with my Honda PCX.

True, but I wouldn't hesitate with my Honda PCX.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-08-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,750
Posted By SPOFF
How silly. You can buy a used KLR 650 for less...

How silly. You can buy a used KLR 650 for less than the cost of half your plastic. And the KLR can handle a rutted fire road at freeway speeds.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-09-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,643
Posted By SPOFF
Crosswinds are terrifying on a KLR. The wind...

Crosswinds are terrifying on a KLR. The wind catches that high fat front fender and tries to jerk the handlebars out of your hands. :eek1
Forum: Battle scooters 11-07-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,643
Posted By SPOFF
This won't be too helpful, but I bought a Honda...

This won't be too helpful, but I bought a Honda PCX 125 this spring and haven't ridden my KLR since. (I only rode the Valkyrie three times.) But I was laid up the entire summer after emergency eye...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-04-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,016
Posted By SPOFF
In my new minimum wage life I run into a lot of...

In my new minimum wage life I run into a lot of unmotivated youth. Good thing, or 55 year olds like me would never be able to find two jobs to survive. But I do grow tired of working 18-hour double...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-28-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,192
Posted By SPOFF
Every generation since the 1850s has been told...

Every generation since the 1850s has been told we're soon to run out of petroleum.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-28-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 181,626
Posted By SPOFF
It's a single cylinder. If a valve gets tight it...

It's a single cylinder. If a valve gets tight it won't start. Also it's a Honda. My Valkyrie is 12 years and 48,000 miles overdue on its valve check. I once checked a first generation Gold Wing's...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-27-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,229
Posted By SPOFF
True. ABS does suck in snow. The brake pedal...

True. ABS does suck in snow. The brake pedal might as well be removed. I simply drive a standard transmission in the winter. Jam it down three gears, feather out the clutch, and all four wheels are...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-23-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,473
Posted By SPOFF
Wow! I had a 1971 red CT 90 when I was in High...

Wow! I had a 1971 red CT 90 when I was in High School. Your CT 90 looks to be in great shape. :D
Forum: Battle scooters 08-20-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,987
Posted By SPOFF
As far as I know, no one has been able to do a...

As far as I know, no one has been able to do a wide rear tire conversion of a PCX because there isn't enough room inside the frame to offset the motor. If it were possible, the crazies in Thailand...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,229
Posted By SPOFF
After some 45 years and some 20 motorcycles, my...

After some 45 years and some 20 motorcycles, my new PCX is my first motorcycle with linked brakes. It's completely transparent. The application of the front brake is proportional--there's a separate...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-12-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,709
Posted By SPOFF
There was I time when I enjoyed tinkering in the...

There was I time when I enjoyed tinkering in the garage. But in the new reality where I'm working six days a week at two jobs to barely survive I'll stay with my reliable water cooled, fuel injected,...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-08-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,191
Posted By SPOFF
My first choice would be to rig up a push...

My first choice would be to rig up a push throttle on the left side. Another possibility on a scooter with no other foot controls is to rig up a gas pedal. It works great on a car. And on a scooter...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-05-2012, 07:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,678
Posted By SPOFF
The performance you describe on your PCX is...

The performance you describe on your PCX is equivalent to the 125cc version after it is fully broken in. And the motor will be noticeably stronger after 1,000 miles or so. Lol! I used to live in...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-05-2012, 07:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,741
Posted By SPOFF
I traded a 120 hp Yamaha V-Max for a Honda 125cc...

I traded a 120 hp Yamaha V-Max for a Honda 125cc PCX. I found I had less and less use for a naked motorcycle that could go 150 mph and I really needed a commuter that gave me 105 mpg. But my commute...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-13-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 181,626
Posted By SPOFF
I'll be curious to read reports on the gas...

I'll be curious to read reports on the gas mileage for the 150. My last tank on the PCX 125 was 104.3 mpg. But if I ride on roads that require cruising at 55 mph, full throttle mileage drops to...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-05-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,346
Posted By SPOFF
Effeminate to be sure. One way to annoy the...

Effeminate to be sure. One way to annoy the Harley dudes is to stop paying at the pump. Go in and hand the cashier a 5 dollar bill. And then return for your change. I'm riding to work (8 shifts...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-05-2012, 07:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,346
Posted By SPOFF
No surprise there. My Honda PCX handles as well...

No surprise there. My Honda PCX handles as well as my Ducati Monster and is 150 lbs. lighter.

This year I went to Laconia Bike Week on a proper motorcycle--a chrome-plated, 100 hp, half-ton Honda...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-27-2012, 08:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,232
Posted By SPOFF
Honda's PCX150 is manufactured in Thailand, not...

Honda's PCX150 is manufactured in Thailand, not China (as is my Kawasaki KLR for that matter). Big difference.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-22-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,590
Posted By SPOFF
Probably not too bad... I see tubeless sportbike...

Probably not too bad... I see tubeless sportbike tires, modern disk brakes, 21st century forks and shocks, and a motor that puts out a massive 14hp. A shame they couldn't shoehorn in a CB750 engine...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2012, 08:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,101
Posted By SPOFF
It's not THAT collectable. Ride the damn thing!...

It's not THAT collectable. Ride the damn thing! :rofl
Forum: Battle scooters 05-19-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,314
Posted By SPOFF
Your PC 800 is really interesting. It's an 80s...

Your PC 800 is really interesting. It's an 80s version where Honda completely shrouded the front brakes. Makes it seems less like a motorcycle. I seem to remember the 90s incarnation had a more...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-17-2012, 07:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,320
Posted By SPOFF
I'd say you have more potential safety risks from...

I'd say you have more potential safety risks from your runaway Police State. Here you get a defective equipment citation and are sent on you way with 15 days to fix it.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-17-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,554
Posted By SPOFF
The look on the face of the man whose $90,000 BMW...

The look on the face of the man whose $90,000 BMW is missing an emblem: Priceless. :rofl
Forum: Battle scooters 05-09-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,700
Posted By SPOFF
At first glance it's a serious WTF, but otherwise...

At first glance it's a serious WTF, but otherwise it could be a good scooter for our 6-month winters. The problem with scooters off road is feet placement. Scooters typically are relaxed feet...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-04-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,233
Posted By SPOFF
I guess the other thing to remember that after...

I guess the other thing to remember that after the motorcycle market collapsed in the 1979 recession, the Japanese really were dumping motorcycles at far below manufacturing costs. I remember buying...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-30-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,684
Posted By SPOFF
That was true around here about 5 years ago after...

That was true around here about 5 years ago after the first gas price shock. But since then all have disappeared. My choices are major Japanese or the Italian brands. In my case, I've owned 16 Hondas...
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