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Old 12-23-2010, 03:35 PM   #1666
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2007 Aprilia SC250

Bought new in 2007 and sold last summer because I needed to thin the herd. Over 6K carefree & reliable miles, mostly around town but also occasional commuting throughout the Bay Area when needed. Not really a problem on the freeways but one had to plan passes well in advance. Also took the SC250 on the back roads, much to the amusement of my motorcycle-riding buddies.

Another scooter is in my future. They can't be beat on the urban grid but I'll downgrade next time to a 150, which is perfect for the city.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:39 PM   #1667
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66 Solex

Here is my 1966 Solex. Not exactly a scooter but not really a motorcycle either. More of a moped. At any rate I spent way too much time and money restoring it. Had one in high school in the '70's (baby blue) that I got at a garage sale but could only ride it at night for fear of being beat up if anyone saw me in the light of day. Now its sort of retro cool. Anyway, its mighty 50cc motor mounted on top of the front wheel makes for some interesting handling characteristics. It was built in France and the most unusual thing is the throttle and front brake are connected together. The motor runs at full throttle and as you apply the front brake the throttle is reduced. Great on the open French countryside unless you fall off. Pain in the ass in city traffic though...
The Frankenstein shift knob was hand made and sort of represents this restoration project - this bike was rebuilt with parts from over 10 countries around the world.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:48 PM   #1668
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66 Solex

And here is a close up of my hand made shift knob. My wife thinks I was in the basement fixing the water softener while I was making this...
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:16 PM   #1669
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66 Solex

And here is the tail light. The original Solex light was beyond repair and I found this aftermarket light with purple glass lens on the front grill of a early 1960's Olds in a wreaking yard. I made a custom mounting bracket and converted it to red LED.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:26 PM   #1670
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Dunno if you can call em scooters , but this is my lil scooter

My 1974 honda j1 z50 has a few arfter market parts on her ,i call her greeny meany , she will sit on 60mph

her seat base is about foot and a half of the ground



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Old 12-30-2010, 03:27 AM   #1671
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Holy crap Sean-O!
Just a 'few' aftermarket parts? See swingarm, velo stack...

And 60 mph...?




Details please?
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:40 AM   #1672
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Explains it a lil better , but this was old have done more to her since then




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Old 12-30-2010, 06:40 AM   #1673
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Here is my 1966 Solex. Not exactly a scooter but not really a motorcycle either. More of a moped. At any rate I spent way too much time and money restoring it. Had one in high school in the '70's (baby blue) that I got at a garage sale but could only ride it at night for fear of being beat up if anyone saw me in the light of day. Now its sort of retro cool. Anyway, its mighty 50cc motor mounted on top of the front wheel makes for some interesting handling characteristics. It was built in France and the most unusual thing is the throttle and front brake are connected together. The motor runs at full throttle and as you apply the front brake the throttle is reduced. Great on the open French countryside unless you fall off. Pain in the ass in city traffic though...
The Frankenstein shift knob was hand made and sort of represents this restoration project - this bike was rebuilt with parts from over 10 countries around the world.
OUTSTANDING

Clearly a labor of love -- great work!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:32 AM   #1674
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Dunno if you can call em scooters , but this is my lil scooter

My 1974 honda j1 z50 has a few arfter market parts on her ,i call her greeny meany , she will sit on 60mph

her seat base is about foot and a half of the ground

Not a scooter, move to Thumper.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:45 AM   #1675
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Whatever it is it's beautiful. IMO its more like a scooter than a motorcycle. Must be about 5 times the power of the stock engine. How does it handle at 60 mph? Almost looks like the force of the wind against your body at that speed would cause the front wheel to lift off the ground.


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Not a scooter, move to Thumper.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:06 AM   #1676
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Whatever it is it's beautiful. IMO its more like a scooter than a motorcycle. Must be about 5 times the power of the stock engine. How does it handle at 60 mph? Almost looks like the force of the wind against your body at that speed would cause the front wheel to lift off the ground.
PLZ explain why is it more like a scooter than a motorcycle?
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:01 AM   #1677
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PLZ explain why is it more like a scooter than a motorcycle?
REALLY ?!

Small, 'square-ish' mass, and tiny doughnut wheels/tires are certainly enough in my book.
Surely would never classify it a ""Thumper"...
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:54 AM   #1678
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The lines between scooters and motorcycles are no longer distinct. There are scooters that are faster than many motorcycles, non step through scooters, automatic motorcycles, scooters with bigger wheels than some motorcycles, motorcycles with leg shields, scooters without, etc.. It's a small 2 wheeled vehicle that could be called either a scooter or a motorcycle just like my Trail 90, I'll vote for scooter classification.
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:24 AM   #1679
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Well it is kind of in this category. The forum rules include pit bikes can be included in this forum.

It is not exactly a scooter, but it could be in this category. But I love it!

60 MPH on that little bad boy! 40 MPH feels scary on my little CRF 50! But I love it, and nice paint job! Oh, and is it street legal?
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:49 AM   #1680
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IMO, scooters have step-thru seating, underseat storage, twist-n-go throttle, floorboards instead of foot pegs.
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