Post by shalomdawg on Apr 17, 2020 18:14:58 GMT -5
howdy there, and hullo to all y'all. i rode today and yesterday and so on but that was after a winter where i wasn't feeling so getupngo. i was abourd the last complete cruise of the ruby princess from sydney australia to new zealand. we had 148 people aboard that admitted to being sick but they let is disembark. the next cruise left that day but cut off the cruise after a few days because they had many confirmed covid19 ill aboard. now 600 of the crew are confirmed and hundreds of the passengers as well. i heard my room steward caughing on the sheets he was putting on the bed after they were washed. i know we had covid even on the cruise i was on. i self quarantined for three weeks after arriving home and now have been officially shut up for over a month. but back to riding, i have run a full tank of fuel so about 150 miles since getting home.i can't imagine how stir crazy my ride was after 5 months of "lick and promise". she's purring now though. maybe we can soon come out like daiseys in the spring. ken
Post by shalomdawg on Apr 17, 2020 18:01:26 GMT -5
howdy i haven't been a bored for some time since i no longer have a "scooter" and this seems to be a sleepy site over all. as to the wiring. my guess would be that you have a grounding issue. the things you mentioned are very susceptable to poor ground.
howdy leo it's been a while since i was on this forum and i'm sad to hear of health issues with "the wife" and of course our own increasing age and old injuries catching up. i'm hoping you can hang in there and have enough energy to find yourself out fixing on the machine one day without it even being on "the to-do list". i'm hoping that fer me too------ ken
Post by shalomdawg on Sept 3, 2018 14:58:13 GMT -5
howdy leo those were the days---i helped dad overhaul the old flathead on the front lawn when about six. gosh, it had 80,000 miles on it and really needed that overhaul. i discovered that a little water on a drop light bulb made a strange sound just before the light went out. keep on with the pictures as you are able. i like seeing the historically accurate memories come to life. thanks ken
Post by shalomdawg on May 30, 2018 18:28:02 GMT -5
howdy y'all i've been away long enough so thought i'd drap in fer a spell 'missed the oldguy and silverkat and all y'alll. i can second all that ocg says and mention that i sailed from the bv350 to a ctx700 that shifts itself and seems designed specifically for those of us with reduced performance levels. i liked both and have put about 16,000 miles on both so a good test ride for comparisons. like oldchopperguy, i'm challenged to get off and on, but find both ok in their own way. i leave the ctx on the side stand which lets me kinda get the knee on the seat and slide over without tippin' the two of us horizontal. after a spasm and uncontrollable gasp, we get on the way. i've put floorboards and a tail trunk on and built some brackets so i can throw a pair of soft bags over and head out on some sizeable adventures. anyway , this post is to encourage dreamin' which i'm still doing after my heart attack in israel a month ago. i got home tuesday night and was riding on wednesday morning. keep on keepin' on ken
howdy, the same as rocky, i have limited strength and endurance for the clutch lever so find the dct 700 honda a real sweet option after going 60,000 or so on scooters from piaggio, kymco and sym up to 500cc. i was tickled to find the dct and really have fallen for the control you can get once you figure out how to get what you want from it.
Post by shalomdawg on Aug 10, 2016 22:36:25 GMT -5
howdy and----i wish we could just put the cable and lock on the %(*&^& thieves so we could have some of the relaxed freedom we used to have. the house we moved in to in 1961 had no keys for the front door and we left the keys in all the cars in the driveway hoping that if a neighbor had need to borrow them , they would at least return 'em with a full tank of fuel===== wish we still lived in that world----
Post by shalomdawg on Aug 10, 2016 22:22:35 GMT -5
wow and howdy
i've seen and tolerated those kinds of failures on four wheelers and up to 24 wheelers but that would have scared me spitless on my scoot. i'm glad you spotted it, leo , and keep us up on what else takes place in the hunt for a replacement.
Post by shalomdawg on Jun 30, 2016 17:37:52 GMT -5
howdy james and welcome back from another old scootdawg . i still use the dawg endings in forums i'm on now like the ctx700 forum where i'm ctxdawg. i hope you have the time and patience to get the old gal running and purring steadily. you'll really love new mexico for riding. last time i was through there , though, it was so cold and i was so tired i stopped in some small town and asked if i could sleep in the jail----refused so i rode on over to flagstaff and napped in a service waiting room at an all night gas station. then up early and made it to the south rim of the grand canyon at sun-up. beautimous!
howdy and all the best on your recovery. i've also tried to resculpture a couple cars with my various body parts which only resulted in major scrapes and imaginary broken bones. after 10 years of disability and 10 more of recovery , i invested in my first scooter and soon found myself riding a whoop and a holler and a right smart peice from home which led to larger and larger scoots and now a ctx 700 dct honda which lets me ride without stressing the left wrist which would soon weaken if i had to clutch for an hour in heavy traffic. the take away is, when it is time, you'll decide whether to ride again. meantime , enjoy what you do-------every day
howdy and welcome to the forum where you have already had replies to your post.
i have had great times on my sym,kymco and piaggio brands where i enjoy getting home from a trip and not having to do anything to the scooter before the next trip. i think many of the cheaper chinese scooters make you think constantly about what has to be done and what can be put off etc.
i suggest also that you let us know where you are in the world so that someone local might be able to help you more specifically with for instance a scooter they know has been reliable locally.
Post by shalomdawg on Apr 19, 2016 12:24:32 GMT -5
howdy kat and you really give me a smile when you try to illustrate just how out of tune with the mechanical stuff. some of the people here will have no refference to appreciate that but i may have in this story of my sister. after she got married they bought a new house and it had a fireplace. her husband did the firewood but after he left she was lamenting that she couldn't split the wood so it would burn cause the axe was a dangerous weapon in her hand. i finally got fed up with the complaints and showed her how to use a wedge and hammer to split the wood. she was like dancing on air happy to be shown how to do that one project all by herself. i did give her a generator for when the ellectricity goes out and showed her how to start it but still she has to go get her neighbor to start it cause it never starts for her. anyhoo , keep on keepin on and if you can get someone to help put the battery in and test the voltage after the scoot is running---do it, you'll be happy you did.
Post by shalomdawg on Dec 22, 2015 16:14:59 GMT -5
howdy, i'll re-hijack the thread back to braking on scooters with both brake controls on the handlebars. when braking with both hand controls which I think is necessary, the fact is you've released some of the grip on the bars themselves. this sets you up for the potential of the wrist going above or below the bars and you losing directional control. I mention that only to draw your attention to it so you will be aware. if the front wheel slides or hits something which puts torque on the bars themselves, you have a chance of losing that control of which way the front tire is actually pointed.