My Teeny, Tiny Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by XJRetrofighter, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. XJRetrofighter

    XJRetrofighter I ride them all

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    1984 JDM Honda Runaway (AKA Urban Express Deluxe) "Noped"

    Niceties: 12v electronics - Electric Start - Oil Injection - 75mpg

    Performance Upgrades:
    -Stock Carb and Jet
    -Boyeson Performance Reeds
    -70cc "Wizard" Cylinder Kit
    -Milled Head for Hi-Comp
    -Expansion Chamber Pipe
    -Modidifed front Variator
    -Shinko Trials Motorcycle Rubber
    -XJ650 Rear Shock

    Responding well to modifications for speed and hill climbing power, the Runaway is delivering a cruising speed in excess of 40mph, and will wind out just shy of 50mph. For verification, I have run several tests using a GPS program called Runkeeper. This bike was a 25mph machine when we got it, bone stock, back in the beginning of summer.

    As she looked when I got her:
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    More recently:
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    Runkeeper.com GPS track from my ride last night. Take note of the section of the ride just before mile marker 5. Click and drag over a section of the line graph to zoom in on that portion of the ride, and see more easily exactly what the elevation was when I was going a given speed.

    http://runkeeper.com/user/huckersteve/activity/17271904

    Well, obviously I'm just showing off my little bike, so feel free to criticize or better- offer advice for more fun to be had with it. I'm having a blast playing with this responsive little platform, and highly recommend snatching one up if you see one, they're really rewarding to fix up and ride. I think I paid $220 for the Runaway from a kid off CL. In total with all performance upgrades, I am still into this bike less than $600, easy. I hope you like it!
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  2. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    you could get some saddlebags from the local farm supply store that would fit on that pretty well.

    Here's a set that I use on my adventure XR200:

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  3. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser

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    You guys have such pretty stuff.......

    I'm using Bagman soft bags that are 30 years old.

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  4. XJRetrofighter

    XJRetrofighter I ride them all

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    I just wanna say that I freakin' love TW200's. LOVE them> No, I never rode one either.
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  5. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Doug, I'm curious as to why you chose to mount the fuel pack in such a manner (way up high like that). I think I would have mounted it flat on the rack. Or, are you using it as a way to make yourself more visible?
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  6. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser

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    I know it's far from ideal and normally, I'd have it low and centered. My MotoFizz bag sits in front of it almost always across the CycleRack and now that I've got my bigger Clarke gas tank, I seldom have the Kolpin on these days.

    From a purely practical side, the bike is STILL less top heavy and easier to handle than most of the machines out getting dirty. I promise you that picking it up, w/ the Kolpin full at 1.5 gallons in mud would be very much preferred to picking up my buddies GS1150 in the same conditions. He carries his gas where we all think it should be...... he just carries too much of it (and too much of everything else if you ask me). :D
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  7. White Tenere

    White Tenere Look a moose

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    XJRetrofighter-
    That's one cool looking ride, have anymore pics to share?
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  8. XJRetrofighter

    XJRetrofighter I ride them all

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    Ask and you shall receive-
    At Mi Casa with the little fuzz in the background:
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    Rode up 90 to Snoqualmie Falls- Probably not legal lol:
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    Twelve miles down the dirt road at Middle Fork Snoqualmie camping area:
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    Pre- Kit, just the pipe and Rad Rubber installed and me mugging for you mugs:
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    I dress like this all the time even when I'm taking the cage out for a cruise:
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    I'll post some video later on when I have a little more time. Thanks for checking out my bike
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  9. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    That pipe seems excessively long...:rofl
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  10. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser

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    Think of the leverage advantage when lifting the rear end.
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  11. XJRetrofighter

    XJRetrofighter I ride them all

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    Re: the Exhaust- I completely agree. It was made for a Honda Hobbit moped, a completely different bike. I'm actually working on picking up a pipe this week froma friend which will mount up much more snugly. This pipe hits like a champ at high RPM's but I'm looking forward to trying out the other which is known for it's low and mid range hit.

    The replacement pipe is called the Proma Circuit

    I'll post pics when I get it on for sure.
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  12. YamaGeek

    YamaGeek Ancient trailbike padwan

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    Nice little bike, I love the creative farkling you've done.

    I used to own the base model 1980 NC50 Express with the wind-up kick starter. I liked it but it was pretty slow. I eventually drilled out the exhaust "stinger" with a long drill, richened the jetting a smidgen and gained about 6 MPH, and gained some hill climbing power.

    It also used to slowly dump it's injection oil into the engine if it sat for a few months so I plugged off the injector and went for 40:1 premix, which it seemed to prefer.

    All in all very solidly built and always willing to run, I gave mine away along with a Velo Solex I should have kept..:cry
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  13. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I was watching the season premiere of Eastbound & Down last night and Kenny Powers has the same bike! :)
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  14. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    nice bike . A real adverture bike.
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  15. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    I always thought those things had great potential.
    Way cool, even stock.
    That is one big ass pipe on that bike, though.
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  16. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Interesting, the Sachs Madass has a similar look.
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