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Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 12:37 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
I remember reading somewhere that you frequently...

I remember reading somewhere that you frequently see the Scots soldiers marching or advancing in front of the bagpipers. That's because the officers knew that anyone would run away from a line of...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-19-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
OK, heat and freeze. I'll try that. It's only...

OK, heat and freeze. I'll try that. It's only time. I don't want to buy a carb body and I already have another pilot screw. Sooner or later I'll get it out, or totally destroy the carb body, so...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-18-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By Wentwest
There is a factory service manual at...

There is a factory service manual at http://www.motorscooterguide.net/Manuals/Honda_CH80_Service_Manual.pdf

There's no doubt that a poorly adjusted exhaust valve will make the engine hard to...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-18-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
It's raining in the Bay Area, finally, and I'm...

It's raining in the Bay Area, finally, and I'm not home! Oh well. Watch out for slippery roads.

I've been away about 9 days and I have started waking up in the middle of the night, wondering how...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-14-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
Tires

I put 28 pounds in the front and 32 in the rear tire of scooters, and it works for me. The number on the sidewall is a maximum and makes the tire too hard for my liking. The scooter feels nervous...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-10-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
Greetings from Kona on Hawaii. Still alive. I...

Greetings from Kona on Hawaii. Still alive. I saw a volcano last night and now I understand why people worship Pele.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-08-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,431
Posted By Wentwest
Vacuum is a very important part of the entire...

Vacuum is a very important part of the entire fuel system in these scooters. If I were you I would first replace every vacuum hose, one at a time. It's not too hard if the plastic is off, and the...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-08-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
This top speed conversation is one that can go on...

This top speed conversation is one that can go on forever. At speeds over 50 the remaining possibilities are limited by so many things. Aerodynamics, rolling friction, a fixed final drive gear...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-05-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,176
Posted By Wentwest
Top speed on these is hard to pin down. A lot...

Top speed on these is hard to pin down. A lot depends on your weight, the state of tune it's in, the tire pressure, the wind, time, and the accuracy of the speed measure. Whatever it is, it's...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,176
Posted By Wentwest
I've owned and repaired CH250's and I can tell...

I've owned and repaired CH250's and I can tell you they are very durable and can last a long time. The oil change intervals do matter because there's only about a quart in there, so you want to know...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-02-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
Worry is the Tabasco sauce that makes the burrito...

Worry is the Tabasco sauce that makes the burrito that much more delicious.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-02-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
I worry about raccoons, skunks, dogs, deer,...

I worry about raccoons, skunks, dogs, deer, weasels, possums, rats, slimy wet spots and whatever else I can think of to worry about. On the other hand, it sure is nice and peaceful at 4 am.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-01-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Wentwest
So, I attached a photo of the Gyro. See what I...

So, I attached a photo of the Gyro. See what I mean? One odd machine.

I get what's been said here about modern tech versus old tech. There's definitely a place for the love of the ride, and a...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-01-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By Wentwest
A failing battery can do this. Also, make sure...

A failing battery can do this. Also, make sure the connection between the spark plug wire and the cap that snaps on the plug is clean.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-31-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Wentwest
No, not well said. Brilliantly said. You add up...

No, not well said. Brilliantly said. You add up the content of this thread, divide by the intelligence of the Honda engineers of the 80's, multiply by the snorts of pleasure that come from my...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-31-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
So, so much and nothing to say. Wrap it up, round...

So, so much and nothing to say. Wrap it up, round 'em up! It's like Wagon Train.

If I learned one thing in my entire life, it's this: I've never regretted the things I did do as much as the...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-30-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Wentwest
Gyro!

Yes, I found one sleeping under an oak tree in the hills east of Oakland, CA. It had been put there 10 years by a guy who dragged it home from cleaning out a yard in Berkeley, where it was abandoned...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-29-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Wentwest
[FONT="Book Antiqua"]You want a weird looking,...

[FONT="Book Antiqua"]You want a weird looking, totally mechanical, strangely engineered and unique machine, find yourself an 85 or 86 Honda Gyro. It's only a 2 cycle 50cc and it's rated to carry 160...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-28-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
Posted By Wentwest
So, I just did what you are talking about. I...

So, I just did what you are talking about. I retired from a very good job that I could keep until I was 100 if I wanted to, and a good salary and lots of vacation time. But, I'm 68 years old and...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-28-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Wentwest
Try a Honda Elite CH250 from the mid 80's. They...

Try a Honda Elite CH250 from the mid 80's. They aren't pretty, but they are pretty real, pretty fast, and very reliable. Or, if you really want to get close to homeliness on wheels, the 84-86 CH150...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-27-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 37
Views: 2,996
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 1,385
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 590
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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: 1,351
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: 3,174
Views: 130,901
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...
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