Added A Scooter To The Family

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ausfahrt, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    I have a friend, a 70-old lady, who has been riding most of her adult life. She currently has a Helix and has had very good luck with it, very reliable, able to stay with us on the freeway and lots of storage space. I think it's a great machine...and something of a "cult" machine as well...lots of fans.
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  2. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Well Jake wrecked the Helix and more details are available on faceplant here...

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=898049

    So Jake is fine and now I want to turn my attention to the Helix. It does not look good. He low sided and then the scooter apparently flipped when it hit the shoulder of the road.

    In the heat of the moment, I did not take pics of the scoot right after the crash and the following pics were taken after I attempted to begin repairing the bike. I believe that there may be frame damage based on the last pic and I welcome all thoughts and opinions.

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  3. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    It looks like you are going to be taking most of the plastic off, so just resign yourself to it and do it. Take pictures, follow the manual steps in order, keep the screws and clips in plastic bags you tape to the inside of each panel. I like to hang the panels from hooks I make from coat hangers, to get them off the floor and out of harm's way. Once it's naked you can see what's the deal, if there is a bent frame. The engine mounts at the front through a long bolt and bushings through castings on the engine crankcase, and it those are broken you are sort of screwed, but another engine isn't too hard to find. There are Chinese clones of this engine everywhere, so be careful if you buy parts. Because the castings are aluminum and the frame mounts are steel I'd look at the castings first.

    I guess every kid has to crash like this. Probably overdid it going into a curve, got scared in the middle, hit the rear brake and slid out, into the curb. Been there, almost did that a couple of times. At least he's OK, and that helmet was in the right place at the right time. One serious bonk on the head while wearing a full face helmet will make you a believer forever.
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  4. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    I like the idea of hanging the body parts out of the way. Thanks for the tips.
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