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Forum: Battle scooters 04-23-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Here's another. An Isotta-Fraschini from the...

Here's another. An Isotta-Fraschini from the early '30's.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-23-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
I sort of figured there were a bunch of...

I sort of figured there were a bunch of interesting people here. And it's true.

To those of you who aren't quite so old as me (69), I've got to say one thing. Do it now! You have no idea how...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-22-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Ahhh! He used the word "albeit"! That word is...

Ahhh! He used the word "albeit"! That word is my measure of the worth of a string of conversation on the web. If someone uses it, I know I'm in the right place.

So kids, college, California,...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-22-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
I'm a pretty decent mechanic, but I'd never want...

I'm a pretty decent mechanic, but I'd never want to earn a living at it. My education really put the food on the table all my adult life, and I wouldn't trade it off for anything.

Kids in...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-16-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
It sure was windy here this morning about 7 am. ...

It sure was windy here this morning about 7 am. Must have been 40-50 mph gusts for a while, still happening from time to time during the day, with strange high temps and very dry conditions. We...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Honda called that golden beige color "Summer...

Honda called that golden beige color "Summer Blond" on the 85 CH250 Elite. There's a piece about colors in the Tech Tips on the CH250 site. I know it's not about the Puch, but it is useful to us...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-07-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,642
Posted By Wentwest
I resurrect and sell off motorcycles with no...

I resurrect and sell off motorcycles with no hesitation, but if I save a scooter, it's very hard to let it go. Whatever the reason, a scooter talks to me and makes me smile, and a motorcycle feels...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-06-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By Wentwest
Hey, I resurrected a Xingyue 250cc scooter,and it...

Hey, I resurrected a Xingyue 250cc scooter,and it was a lot like a Reflex, but it was not made well at all. The castings were rough and the little metal parts were very soft but still so unfinished...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-06-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By Wentwest
That will certainly make it run bad! Or not at...

That will certainly make it run bad! Or not at all. Congratulations on finding the broken part.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-06-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By Wentwest
It's a 50cc 2 cycle Chinese scooter. I think a...

It's a 50cc 2 cycle Chinese scooter. I think a 2005 Vento Zipr3i Turbocam, which is fun because as a 2 cycle it has no cam. They can be pretty sketchy in quality, but parts are available online and...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-03-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
So, Scooterboi, here I found one for you. ...

So, Scooterboi, here I found one for you.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/4962713125.html

Heinkel, $1200.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-03-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By Wentwest
All this theory is fine, but the answer is in the...

All this theory is fine, but the answer is in the reply from AMAC1680 (#2).
Forum: Battle scooters 03-31-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,668
Posted By Wentwest
Check to see if your radiator cap is tight. Not...

Check to see if your radiator cap is tight. Not the overflow tank, the radiator cap on top of the radiater.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-30-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Nice to see the Aero running well. Those 80's...

Nice to see the Aero running well. Those 80's Honda scooters were a high point in scooter design. They run very well, they run reliably, and they seem to continue to hang in even though they are...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-29-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,179
Posted By Wentwest
It's legal here in California, and very common,...

It's legal here in California, and very common, but that does not stop people from tearing into me if I ever say I lane-split. So, it rarely comes up in conversation, but I still do it.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-27-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Here's another way to spend your money on a very...

Here's another way to spend your money on a very unique scooter, a 59 Puch 150. Only $5,500. Hurry on down.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/4947866461.html
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,179
Posted By Wentwest
You can lane split, and you can love it, but...

You can lane split, and you can love it, but don't ever talk about it because everyone will yell at you.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,123
Posted By Wentwest
It's our taxpayer dollars that are being used to...

It's our taxpayer dollars that are being used to create this list. The reasoning is ridiculous. I suppose that all men are on a list, too, because men commit more crimes than women? Do they...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
During my usual browsing through Craigslist in...

During my usual browsing through Craigslist in the Bay Area, I came upon this! Far too much money, of course, but fascinating.



http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/4931024751.html

They...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By Wentwest
And, you have to be specially careful when the...

And, you have to be specially careful when the "herbs" so common to Jamaica are involved.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
You might want to get high heat resistant...

You might want to get high heat resistant di-electric grease to smear on things. A quick search showed you can get grease that is good up to 500 degrees. I've never seen a sparkplug look that bad...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By Wentwest
I lived in Jamaica a long time ago, and we used...

I lived in Jamaica a long time ago, and we used to call rental cars "hurtyaself" cars. Tourists were always crashing into each other, bridge railings, ditches, etc., because they could not stay...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
That sparkplug looks like it has been standing in...

That sparkplug looks like it has been standing in a puddle of salty water on and off. Is it recessed into the head so that water can pool there when you are not riding? You should throw a tarp over...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-17-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
I can tell you that Brooktown Geezer is correct,...

I can tell you that Brooktown Geezer is correct, and that his forms and info work, well. I have done it several times, and always successfully. If the local DMV says "NO", then politely ask them to...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-11-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Looks OK to me. Have you ever been by the Buslab...

Looks OK to me. Have you ever been by the Buslab in Oakland at the corner of Adeline and MLK?

Check out the website. No art buses there, but plenty in Berkeley.

http://www.buslab.com/
Forum: Battle scooters 03-09-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,064
Posted By Wentwest
If you have time to sell, then sell both the BMW...

If you have time to sell, then sell both the BMW and the Burgman and buy a good 250cc scooter. There's no rush, is there? It's still winter in Montana, so you have to wait anyway. And a 250cc...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-08-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,119
Posted By Wentwest
Ride it the way it is, assuming the tires are...

Ride it the way it is, assuming the tires are safe and the brakes work. Run through a couple of tanks of new fresh gas, maybe go 200 miles or so, before you make any decisions about what to do. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-05-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,119
Posted By Wentwest
Seems like I do this a lot! Anyway, go to...

Seems like I do this a lot! Anyway, go to www.ch250.net and click on "Tech Tips by Randy Pozzi" for lots and lots of help. I know yours is a 150, but the engineering is very similar and you can...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-05-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
The slow jet has pretty much nothing to do with...

The slow jet has pretty much nothing to do with the performance at speed. That's the main jet. The slow jet only contributes to the fuel mixture at idle. If it provides to little or too much it can...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-04-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Conch, I'd look at the slow or pilot jet. It's...

Conch, I'd look at the slow or pilot jet. It's supposed to be a 40, which is quite small and easily restricted. Take it out and clean it well, including soaking it in solvent. Just because you can...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-02-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 687
Posted By Wentwest
The wild card in all this is your weight. The...

The wild card in all this is your weight. The heavier you are the slower you go. I have an 87, which used to labor to get to 60 and any uphill grade at all would slow it down. I weighed 208. I...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-26-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Reading your post about wood and wood blocks...

Reading your post about wood and wood blocks brought back all sorts of memories. The old story in New England was that burning wood kept you warm 3 times - when you cut it and brought it home, when...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-23-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By Wentwest
The engine will only start with the footbrake...

The engine will only start with the footbrake pressed down hard. There is no interlock with the front brake.

The fuel line is controlled by a vacuum operated valve. It's under the tank on the...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-23-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By Wentwest
Finding the right mechanic will be a challenge,...

Finding the right mechanic will be a challenge, but you are in the right country to find expert help. Vietnamese certainly understand the workings of small 2 wheel vehicles better than anyone, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-22-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
I'm kind of missing JerryH! He was wrong from...

I'm kind of missing JerryH! He was wrong from time to time, but who isn't? Anyone know how he's doing?
Forum: Battle scooters 02-21-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
I've been working on motorcycles so much lately,...

I've been working on motorcycles so much lately, I feel like a traitor to my little flock of scooters. I visited them yesterday and all was well, but I realized I had not exercised the 87 Honda...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-19-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Cloudy and dry, about 60 degrees here in Oakland...

Cloudy and dry, about 60 degrees here in Oakland today. Pretty much perfect scooter weather. Now if only all those cars would get off the road ...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-09-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
You've got the worst of the ride coming up,...

You've got the worst of the ride coming up, crossing over endless West Texas. It's hard to drive all day and still be in the same state. The pervasive hum of fluorescent, over bright lights in dirty...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
Good luck with that surgery. I hope the Vicodin...

Good luck with that surgery. I hope the Vicodin helps you through.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-05-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6,067
Views: 293,174
Posted By Wentwest
How about this one? It ought to be familiar, on...

How about this one? It ought to be familiar, on the Embarcadero in SF. And Valentines Day coming right up.
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