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Forum: Battle scooters Today, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Chipster When I look for batteries I look on...

Chipster

When I look for batteries I look on Ebay, just search on the code "12N5-3B" and you will find a bunch. If you want something in particular like American made or whatever, that's up to...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-25-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,078
Posted By Wentwest
Amen to that! Just be behind a 60's era car at a...

Amen to that! Just be behind a 60's era car at a traffic light and get a whiff of the stink of hydrocarbon rich exhaust.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-25-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
The earthquake was 3:20 am, so we were in bed. ...

The earthquake was 3:20 am, so we were in bed. Our room is on the ground floor, so there is no swaying and just some rattling. It was like being in bed on a moored boat. Just rolling around for...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-24-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Yes, the CL game is pretty weird, but I've come...

Yes, the CL game is pretty weird, but I've come to the point where I meet the prospective buyer at a busy place (for me the drop off at a Bart station) like maybe next to the front door of Wal-Mart...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-23-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Sorry JerryH, things are not going to hell. They...

Sorry JerryH, things are not going to hell. They just aren't. The AAA studies prove it.

https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/Motor%20Vehicle%20Crashes%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

The...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-23-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
You brought up the starlings flying in mass...

You brought up the starlings flying in mass coordination and wondered if humans could be trained to behave like that. They can, and they are, all the time, but it is so ordinary you just don't see...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-22-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Mid-day traffic

Here's another one, this time in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This is a major 5 street intersection with absolutely no traffic control at all, everyone just moves through in the direction they want to...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-22-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
So, since we are in dry as a bone California, I...

So, since we are in dry as a bone California, I thought I'd post this photo of scooters and small bikes in a downpour in Hanoi. You think that it's the "law of the jungle" in American cities? You...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-20-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,072
Posted By Wentwest
The key and wiring is a completely separate...

The key and wiring is a completely separate system. Getting a key should be easy. And the tires are undoubtedly shot. They get hard as rock and will skid on dry pavement and wet pavement will be...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-19-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
So, "old hippie", you finally come to roost in...

So, "old hippie", you finally come to roost in Larned, Kansas? I'm curious why you ended up there. As a born New Englander, living in the San Francisco Bay Area by choice, the whole middle of the...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-19-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Oh, the smell of a new baby. Nothing like it. ...

Oh, the smell of a new baby. Nothing like it.

Welcome to you, Mona, and remember, your mom and dad are just trying to do their best for you, but there's no factory service manual for babies, so...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-18-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
I just found a place in England that will sell...

I just found a place in England that will sell you a piston. Look at www.bitzforbikes.co.uk.

You can always look at www.wiseco.com for this sort of part, too.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Jerry- I wonder if it's because it's so hot...

Jerry-

I wonder if it's because it's so hot and dry in Arizona? It's never really hot or cold in Oakland, and the humidity in the storage garage is pretty high. My batteries last a long time.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
And I get too far into things somethings. I was...

And I get too far into things somethings. I was an attorney and judge for 40 years so if you say north, I say yeah right, what about south or east or west, and besides that which north are you...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Good luck with Mr. Young. I deeply respect...

Good luck with Mr. Young. I deeply respect people who can play music, because I can't. When I see someone tuning a guitar, I can't even hear what they are hearing. So I leave it to others, and I...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Wentwest
How sure are you about the spark? I have no idea...

How sure are you about the spark? I have no idea why this scooter needed so many new parts, and that much work can create issues that weren't there before. Occasionally Honda Elites develop an...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
So, this battery talk got me wondering if the...

So, this battery talk got me wondering if the battery in my Gyro would be working at all, or just flat dead after sitting all alone, unused, for about a year. The scooter hasn't moved at all, just...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-15-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Nothings perfect with batteries, but if you don't...

Nothings perfect with batteries, but if you don't ride often enough then you have to get used to using chargers from time to time. My experience with battery tenders is the same as Jerry's; they...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-14-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,130
Posted By Wentwest
JerryH - I second the idea of the Miata. I have...

JerryH - I second the idea of the Miata. I have had a 2002, my second, since 2005 and it's still a grin every time I drive it. The combination of power, handling, and responsiveness to all your...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-13-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
I sold 3 bikes (2 Elite250's and the GL500) so...

I sold 3 bikes (2 Elite250's and the GL500) so the flock is still steady at 9. They come and they go. The Rebel 450 is coming right along, starts and runs really smoothly and seems like it will be...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-13-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
The treasure hunt for the next bike; it's almost...

The treasure hunt for the next bike; it's almost disappointing when you finally find it. I guess I'm nuts. Oh well. That 2008 looks like an interesting possibility. If I was looking I would Google...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-13-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By Wentwest
If you go with the low torque settings suggested...

If you go with the low torque settings suggested by dabears you'll be OK. You are running steel bolts into aluminum castings and you can strip them easily. I usually use a nut driver (really a...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-13-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
I may have said this before, but use...

I may have said this before, but use www.searchtempest.com to do a Craigslist search over a broad area. It might ask if you want to search using other lists, too, but you can say no (and probably...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-11-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,626
Posted By Wentwest
I keep trying to like motorcycles, and every one...

I keep trying to like motorcycles, and every one of them gets tiring quickly for me. Riding in a crowded urban world is not fun at all on a motorcycle. For me, it's too much shifting, the machine is...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-10-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,209
Posted By Wentwest
Some of the scooters from China are turning into...

Some of the scooters from China are turning into decent machines, but others were really poor quality. It seems like around 2008 there was a wave of truly junky machines that came in. I was...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-09-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
I found it in the paint department. It's also...

I found it in the paint department. It's also online at their website. Big Bucks, but it seems to work. I soaked at few pieces in it (foot pegs, headlight brackets, etc, and it helped there, too....
Forum: Battle scooters 08-08-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Thumb Metal Rescue Rust Remover

The Rebel 450 is a heavy bike and I think it would be hell on dirt. It's low and good for a 5' 4" driver, but it's a road bike. What about a Kawasaki KLR 250? It's a dual sport so it's road legal. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-06-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,209
Posted By Wentwest
Good luck. I tried a similar thing with a...

Good luck. I tried a similar thing with a Xingyue 260 and after a while I just gave up. The quality of the electric wires and the stamped metal parts was so poor I couldn't get anything to work...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-03-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
The Scrambler twins are snoozing in a garage...

The Scrambler twins are snoozing in a garage these days. I'm tied up with the Rebel project. And day to day my transit this week is a 90 CH250, a fine piece of engineering. I'm about to swap it...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-02-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By Wentwest
I can't help. 6 scooters and 3 bikes, and I still...

I can't help. 6 scooters and 3 bikes, and I still scan Craigslist sometimes.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-02-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Daily tinkering

What have we been up to? I've been cleaning the chrome and paint on this poor neglected Rebel 450. A little chrome polish on a piece of scrub material that sort of looks like a scotch-brite pad but...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,641
Posted By Wentwest
The 89 and 90 CH250 also use 10" rims. Best...

The 89 and 90 CH250 also use 10" rims. Best scooter for me! But finding one is hard and parts are even harder. This is how I found mine, on the mean streets of San Francisco.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 948
Posted By Wentwest
I worked on a CH250 that had a severe issue in...

I worked on a CH250 that had a severe issue in the head. The camshaft bearing closest to the cam chain came apart, the balls went everywhere and the cam chain came off, of course. It was just about...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-29-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
If you are feeling down for some reason, then...

If you are feeling down for some reason, then Neil Young or Jackson Browne or Carol King is not the answer. They only magnify the angst. You need loud, bleeding from the ears rock and roll. Mick...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-28-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
You guys are making me feel old, about Leo...

You guys are making me feel old, about Leo Kottke. High school for me was the the Ray Charles "Wha'd I Say?" album, I was in college for the Beatles and Jack Kennedy getting shot.

Anyway, you are...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-27-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
So, I keep thinking that your carburetor is too...

So, I keep thinking that your carburetor is too rich. When it stalled out was the choke fully off (open)? Is it a manual choke that you pull? Is the cable adjusted right so when the knob is in the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
The Elite 250's all go on the freeway - 580, 880,...

The Elite 250's all go on the freeway - 580, 880, 80. It's like playing in traffic. And what you say about the Aero, it's true of the Elites. They like to play, they like to run, they just go. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
I'm no expert on Trails, but in general I would...

I'm no expert on Trails, but in general I would not suspect the points are responsible for hard starts when hot. Mostly that's a fuel mixture problem, and often times the mixture is too rich. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Jerry - I wandered through the internet looking...

Jerry - I wandered through the internet looking for ideas about dissolving the varnish in the tank. Somewhere someone said that E85 fuel, which is greater than 70% ethanol, would do the trick. So,...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 112,466
Posted By Wentwest
Holy Moley! Strunk and White! Whether you read it...

Holy Moley! Strunk and White! Whether you read it or not, thinking about how to write something so it conveys an idea and is grammatically correct and makes sense puts you in my special Good Person...
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