Newest scoot - '71 CT90!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GypsyWriter, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Fix that thing up:lift, take it for a ride:ricky, and do a ride report:deal. We need more ride reports on scooters and wee beasties:D Don't take too long, we're all waiting:ddog

    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  2. Queen

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    What a cool scoot!!! :clap
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  3. GypsyWriter

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    Lol!! Everyone thinks I'm insane because that's exactly what I want to do!! I don't think I'll brave the TAT, Anchorage-to-Argentina or a RTW anytime soon (mostly due to time and money, not for lack of will!) but there will definitely be some scooting adventures on this puppy. :thumb

    First off though to get her running like a top. I only had a few hours yesterday to work on her (I learned a lot but it probably took me three times as long as normal for routine maintenance) and got the oil flushed (several times), the clutch adjusted (totally new thing for me but way easier than I expected), splints lubed with Moly 60, oil filter checked (VERY clean, I think the PO had her serviced before), and several very grimy parts (skid plate and footprg assembly) cleaned off. I wanted to check the points and tappets as well as flush the forks too but by the time dinner was done it was dark, cold, and I chickened out. That will be today, as soon as the frost melts and the sun does it's damn job (yeah I'm a friggin' wuss :lol3).
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  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I still remember when you did your first trip and ride report on your CX500. That wasn't a real epic trip on the TAT, to Argentina, or RTW either. It was still a very interesting report because FOR YOU, it was a big adventure. I'm sure a short trip on your CT will be the same. In many ways it is great not to be spoiled and be able to have an adventure without going someplace exotic. I have found that riding a small scooter brings back some of the adventure on short rides that would be boring on a bigger bike.
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  5. topless

    topless Been here awhile

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  6. GypsyWriter

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    A little update on the bike: we've been working on her every evening but minus an abortive attempt to ride it down the street (whereupon it died on me) I haven't been cruising on her yet. I'm pretty sure it's an electrical thing, Dude thinks it's the carb so we've been fiddling with the float heights and screwing things in and out waiting for shiny new electricals to get delivered. I'm looking to replace the rectifier (hopefully using a Radio Shack chip), coil and plug wire (it was threaded too close to the exhaust and sports a nice hole), spark plugs, resistor-less cap and new battery. We got her tuned to factory specs (looking for stock float height now) and yet she hates kicking over so I'm hoping some electricals bits will do her good. Both the engine and carb are very clean and maintained (the carb appears rebuilt at some point), it just won't maintain spark (plugs get fouled).

    Best part though? I add this little sucker alongside my Vstrom on my insurance and it cuts the yearly costs in HALF!! Damn near paid for itself right there!!
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  7. Speedo66

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    One oddball thing I had a problem with when I had mine was venting the fuel tank.

    With the fuel cap fully closed it would run for a while then die. I checked the fuel cap venting by running a wire through the hole, so it seemed open, but it wasn't enough.

    By keeping the cap just on the tank, but not screwed on, it ran fine. Close the cap, and it would eventually die and be next to impossible to start.

    Not saying that's your problem, but it's easy enough to try, and costs nothing.
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