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Forum: Battle scooters 05-31-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By Birdmove
When my wife decided to try riding her own two...

When my wife decided to try riding her own two wheeler, we chose a Honda Metro. It was about a 2006 model I believe. I picked up an '07 Ruckus to ride with her. That Metro was a great little scooter....
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,480
Posted By Birdmove
Judging by the 2007 Yamaha XT225 that I owned,...

Judging by the 2007 Yamaha XT225 that I owned, and the fantastic gas mileage that stock one got, that is the bike to start with. And, years ago, someone (Vetter??) built a fully faired gas mileage...
Forum: Thumpers 05-31-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 673
Posted By Birdmove
I've owned a fair number of motorcycles over 53...

I've owned a fair number of motorcycles over 53 years of riding. Quite a few have been thumpers of various sizes. I don't remember a single Japanese bike that ever used any measureable amount of oil...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-31-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,700
Posted By Birdmove
Our Kymco People 150 (2009) averages right about...

Our Kymco People 150 (2009) averages right about 85 mpg. The SYM HD200, however, is much more powerful and somehow manages to get better than the Kymco. The HD200 averages right about 85-88, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-26-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By Birdmove
Both Kymco Agility's, the 125cc and the 49cc, are...

Both Kymco Agility's, the 125cc and the 49cc, are very well thought of scooters. I happen to have a now discontinued Kymco People 150 (2009) that has been a good rider too.
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,128
Posted By Birdmove
There was a bill, I believe, to legalize lane...

There was a bill, I believe, to legalize lane splitting in the state I was born in, and lived in for 58 years, Washington.

I started riding at 8 years of age, and have ridden ever since. I...
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,238
Posted By Birdmove
You are misinformed. The Honda CB300F was just...

You are misinformed. The Honda CB300F was just introduced. There are always quite a few dual sport thumpers, and they are here to stay. KTM 390's are brand new. And, lets not forget the fine, old...
Forum: Road warriors 05-26-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5,460
Views: 1,121,726
Posted By Birdmove
The Custom model Sportsters aren't a bad place to...

The Custom model Sportsters aren't a bad place to start from either. I test rode a 2007 XL883C. The owner had got rid of the the forward controls and gone to mids. I liked it a bunch. And, as I...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-18-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By Birdmove
I bought the stuff to make this tool, but haven't...

I bought the stuff to make this tool, but haven't made it up yet. I have the belt, rollers, and index parts for our SYM HD200. The scooter is approaching 16,000 miles.

...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-18-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By Birdmove
This may be the perfect bike to get you started...

This may be the perfect bike to get you started in doing your own repairs. The CSC scooter is as simple as they get. Since it's a single cylinder it has just one carbuerator. Multi cylinder...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-18-2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By Birdmove
Dissreguarding the tire situation, how do you...

Dissreguarding the tire situation, how do you like the CSC??
Forum: Battle scooters 05-18-2015, 12:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,255
Posted By Birdmove
We have a 2009 Kymco People 150. Ours is a US...

We have a 2009 Kymco People 150. Ours is a US model but the odometer is in kilometers. I bet yours is too. The speedos are in mph though. 1653 kilometers is about 1000 miles. The valves are probably...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2,355
Views: 344,236
Posted By Birdmove
Nice SR!! Your drive chain will stretch some,...

Nice SR!! Your drive chain will stretch some, especially right after you start riding a new motorcycle. So, you need to keep an eye on it, as it will need an adjustment soon. First, put your new...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-12-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,890
Posted By Birdmove
Do you do that every time you go buy oil?

Do you do that every time you go buy oil?
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,149
Posted By Birdmove
First, I have owned two Sportsters. I like that...

First, I have owned two Sportsters. I like that you replaced the forward controls with mid controls on your XL1200C, and raised up the suspension also. I test rode an XL883C where the previous owner...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-11-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,058
Posted By Birdmove
That's all right. The HD200 is happy as an errend...

That's all right. The HD200 is happy as an errend runner. I've hauled so many groceries, picked up packages (sometimes pretty odd sizes that you wouldn't think I could haul on the scooter), etc on...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-08-2015, 12:57 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 12,759
Posted By Birdmove
Our SYM HD200 is actually only a 172cc. It's...

Our SYM HD200 is actually only a 172cc. It's water cooled, 4 valve head with ceramic coated cylinders. It is very much freeway able.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-02-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,058
Posted By Birdmove
Where about do you live in the Pacific Northwest?...

Where about do you live in the Pacific Northwest? I lived in the Seattle/Tacoma area for 58 years. Grew up in Burien. Moved to Bonney Lake on Lake Tapps in 1978. Moved to Puyallup about 2005. To the...
Forum: Road warriors 05-01-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2,355
Views: 344,236
Posted By Birdmove
I bought a new Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in 2007...

I bought a new Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in 2007 and rode it for about three years. Of course, that was the older model, but it was a five speed.
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By Birdmove
A guy I knew owned one of these. His was fuel...

A guy I knew owned one of these. His was fuel injected. The FI ones get fantastic gas mileage for a 650 thumper. He loved his. Last I heard it had well over 40,000 miles. He did his own oil and...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By Birdmove
They look good to me.

They look good to me.
Forum: Road warriors 04-27-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 58,225
Posted By Birdmove
The dealer on the big island of Hawaii is in...

The dealer on the big island of Hawaii is in Kona, which is about 125 miles via the scenic route. They sell Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Victory, KTM, Kymco. Since they have no competition, they seldom...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9,569
Views: 1,445,980
Posted By Birdmove
I posted this in it's own thread here too. Some...

I posted this in it's own thread here too. Some good news for Suzuki:

http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/article/suzuki-several-models-make-sales-headway-march

But, of course, the good...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By Birdmove
A bit of good news for Suzuki and dual sport riders

http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/article/suzuki-several-models-make-sales-headway-march



The 3-4 Suzuki's I've owned over 53 years of riding have been fine motorcycles. And, the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2,355
Views: 344,236
Posted By Birdmove
I hear you there! My early 1960's BSA 500 twin...

I hear you there! My early 1960's BSA 500 twin scrambler model had twin carbs, so wasn't a stump puller, but had a healthy top end......till it blew up many years ago. That was my ride in high school...
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2,355
Views: 344,236
Posted By Birdmove
I've never had the pleasure of riding any Guzzi...

I've never had the pleasure of riding any Guzzi or the W650. But, I've ridden and owned a few big twins over the years. An old BSA 500 twin, my best friends Kawasakl W2SS, which was a great copy of a...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-26-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 930
Posted By Birdmove
Both of our scooters (as in my avatar/info in...

Both of our scooters (as in my avatar/info in each message) easily get well into the 80's. The darn Sym, even though it's got a bit bigger engine (an actual 172 cc's----not a real 200) can get into...
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 58,225
Posted By Birdmove
For $2999.00, they are a steal!!

For $2999.00, they are a steal!!
Forum: Battle scooters 04-26-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 89,866
Posted By Birdmove
I do like the SYM Wolf, and our 2008 HD200 is...

I do like the SYM Wolf, and our 2008 HD200 is still being a great scooter with over 15,000 on it now. There is also the fine Suzuki TU250. SYM Symba. New Honda CB300F.
Forum: Road warriors 04-26-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2,355
Views: 344,236
Posted By Birdmove
The SR has some fine features. The center stand...

The SR has some fine features. The center stand is great when the bike needs maintenance, even on the road. I am capable of replacing tires, but, with no center stand (or mc lift etc), it becomes a...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-20-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 286,997
Posted By Birdmove
Saw this craigslist ad this morning. Kahuli is on...

Saw this craigslist ad this morning. Kahuli is on Maui.

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/mau/mcy/4987695572.html

And, this one:

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/mcy/4965142394.html

...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-20-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 286,997
Posted By Birdmove
I think the msrp is the same, but much more...

I think the msrp is the same, but much more freight. Don't know what the otd price is here. Most motorcycles, if I bought one from San Diego, I could ship it via Pasha for about $500, and get it tm...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-19-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 286,997
Posted By Birdmove
Here in Hawaii, owners seem to think they can...

Here in Hawaii, owners seem to think they can sell used Grom's for $5000.00. I've seen 3-4 different stock used ones on craigslist where they are asking that much. Bikes are more here, but that is...
Forum: Road warriors 04-19-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 2,616
Views: 322,424
Posted By Birdmove
I used to read a lot of the motorcycle magazines....

I used to read a lot of the motorcycle magazines. These days, the testers are so used to riding the more exotic and often super expensive bikes that I 1.have no interest in, and 2.could never afford...
Forum: Road warriors 04-18-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 20,657
Posted By Birdmove
No word on probable pricing on this?

No word on probable pricing on this?
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 8,791
Views: 2,514,691
Posted By Birdmove
I had two Yamaha DT's. First, a first year 1968...

I had two Yamaha DT's. First, a first year 1968 (white) DT-1. Then, later, I got a 1972 DT250 (red). Two good friends of mine had a Yamaha AT-1 125 with electric start, and the other friend started...
Forum: Road warriors 04-02-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,349
Posted By Birdmove
That is a Dong Fang that Barnone is riding in the...

That is a Dong Fang that Barnone is riding in the photo. It's got a 250 (actually a bit smaller) push rod engine. I think they sell at about $2400 or so.
Forum: Thumpers 04-02-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8,791
Views: 2,514,691
Posted By Birdmove
I bet that's going to be a good ride! Is it, as...

I bet that's going to be a good ride! Is it, as so many Chinese motorcycles, geared too low?
Forum: Ride reports 03-26-2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 44,151
Posted By Birdmove
Yes, the Ruckus, and the SYM DD50 two stroke are...

Yes, the Ruckus, and the SYM DD50 two stroke are about the most popular here. Before a certain year, the Rucks were classed as mopeds, so no license tags needed, no insurance, no mc license. Then...
Forum: Ride reports 03-25-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 44,151
Posted By Birdmove
Not a Ruckus, but my 2008 SYM HD200 is...

Not a Ruckus, but my 2008 SYM HD200 is approaching 15,000 miles with the original belt and rollers. Also the original tries, and they still have good tread left.

I did ride a Ruckus for...
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