Post by oldchopperguy on Nov 2, 2020 5:13:17 GMT -5
Chewbaca is right!
On my old GY6 150 the header inside diameter was SMALLER than the EXHAUST PORT! And, blocked by cobbled welding. A full-diameter header will do WONDERS for a choked up pipe. You can buy aftermarket headers of full-diameter but I used a cut-down header from an Onan generator.
As Chewbaca said though, a careful chamfering of the header at the flange, to ease the exhaust entering the header will also help a LOT.
Post by oldchopperguy on Oct 6, 2020 17:19:45 GMT -5
Sadly, my scoot has been sitting out-of-service for nearly 2 years... But I have found nearly all riders give me the wave and I always reciprocate. Kinda neat when the oncoming biker is a hard-core outlaw!
Post by oldchopperguy on Aug 21, 2020 22:38:34 GMT -5
Are you kidding? I well-remember 1953 when we spent hours watching our new Sentinel B&W TV with the test-pattern, waiting for the never-ending film of Niagara Falls... Anticipating "The Lawrence Welk Show"... LOL! TV commercials had not yet been thought of... TV was expected by Hollywood to be only a short-lived "passing fancy".
Old? I'm still marveling over touch-tone phones and electric typewriters... Of course, I also enjoy re-reading 1955 issues of "Popular Mechanics" "Karting World" and various model airplane mags that still reside on my coffee table.
I even remember when police put arsonists and looters in JAIL... OOOPS... THAT was only a couple of years ago.
Post by oldchopperguy on Mar 25, 2020 22:57:57 GMT -5
OK, we all know Don Johnson was macho... Despite the fact his "Bren-Ten" pistol was a total failure in real life, and caused retakes in the show when it failed. Almost kept the 10mm and .40 cal. from becoming the successes they are in other makers' weapons... Wonder if he was macho enough to engage in a REAL gunfight with such a dismally performing pistol?
He still gets my vote...
But... Remember Don Knotts (Barney Fife) facing life and death danger to "nip it in the bud" with but ONE bullet for his trusty Colt... LOL!
Oh well... At least he could count on that one bullet actually discharging (whether he or Andy wanted it to or not...). That's pretty macho!
When Don Knotts passed on, his estate included a load of ammo of all sorts and calibers sent to him by fans who wanted him to have more than one bullet! Now THAT is MACHO!
Post by oldchopperguy on Mar 13, 2020 15:45:53 GMT -5
I'm intrigued by your plans! You must have a little Wright Brothers' DNA lurking around... Have a bone!
Please do keep posting any results you uncover... If something works great, show us pix!
Years ago, I was more spry and energetic and tried some things on my old Chinese 150. Experimenting with CDI's, carburetion (especially air-intake setups) variator weights and exhaust systems yielded some really good results.
Post by oldchopperguy on Jan 10, 2020 22:44:56 GMT -5
Well... It's time he got here!
NO state income tax. MORE jobs than anywhere. LOW cost of living and GOOD pay. GOOD weather most of the time. STANDING TALL on the border wall. OPEN and CONCEALLED carry for handguns... Cheesh… It jus' gets gooder and gooder!
Post by oldchopperguy on Nov 26, 2019 0:30:27 GMT -5
I couldn't resist posting this one... LOL!
It's so INCREDIBLY awkward... The little nipper rides ahead of the driver, who must reach around him/her to grab the handlebars. There appears to be a "joystick" for the kid to hang onto... All the groceries over the front wheel might be somewhat of a distraction... And of course, no helmets or protective gear in evidence...
I suppose a crash results in landing in heavy snow so no injuries! Heck, I can't knock that, since I actually emerged unhurt from one of those back in 1963 in Chicago... LOL! Warm day in January, cruising 80 or so on the Eisenhower Expy. Under a bridge on a curve, glare ice... straight into a 15' snowbank! "Old Blue" and myself both survived unharmed, but much wiser!
Ah, the idiocy of youth!
This ride IS different... I'll give it that. But "different" is not always "better"... LOL!
The 2020 W800 msrp is $9200. Scrambler will be priced around that. - I'm better off finding an older KZ440 to 650 twin and giving it a scrambler treatment myself (except the high exhaust - I can't weld). I can't remember if the 650s were shaft drive or not.
Another great choice of old-school ride to use would be the old Yamaha 650 4-stroke twin. VERY much reminiscent of the Triumph Bonneville! They have nearly a cult-following however, and bring a pretty high price...
We'll see how they price it. I like the "no passengers" layout with the short seat and lack of heat shields on the mufflers. I expect that to change on the production models.
I fully agree! It's SO "old-school" I just thought it was from the past... (like the marvelous old Kawasaki 650 non-unit-construction bike) It really does look like THAT era (1962 or so). 800cc is no toy... Engine just doesn't look that big in the pic, but I can definitely see a market for this one! Not to mention it would be great "bones" for a modern bobber!
I should have clicked the link! Getting old... turned 73 yesterday and feel every day of it... LOL!
Post by oldchopperguy on Oct 20, 2019 22:08:32 GMT -5
Betty and I do miss Doug... I did the graphics for the original ScootDawg, as well as the original Scooter Rebels and ItIsTheRide. I truly enjoyed working with Doug on the banners and graphics. We always seemed to be on the same page. The Scooter Rebels ended up very much in tune with 50-150 Chinese rides and Doug wanted the new ItIsTheRide site to appeal to a wide variety of enthusiasts. That's why my banner design featured a larger scooter at Doug's request... He envisioned the site to appeal to all types of 2 and 3-wheel rides and ATV's, boats, whatever (including big bikes). Just before this forum debut, the Missus and I had the pleasure of having dinner with Doug when he visited our town of Grapevine. What a gentleman. He especially enjoyed reminiscing about my crazy youthful adventures, especially my "Flying Squirrel" and her neutral-drop, no-clutch, no clothes sub-11 second run on "Old Blue" at Oswego Dragway. Whew, were things done differently back then or what? These days, the scooter forums (fora?) seem somewhat stagnant... The great Trump economy and affordable gas certainly has slowed interest in scoots. The availability of "real motorcycles" like the Honda Rebel for less than a quality 250 scoot hasn't helped either. The whole world however DOES still ride scooters, so I doubt they will ever die-out here in the USA. Old age has taken its toll on Betty and I too... Strokes, too many meds... too little money... LOL! I still haven't gotten the old "Mouse" running since she died last November. Don't know if I ever will. Taking care of the Wife is a full-time labor of love, leaving little time to mess with fixing the scoot, or riding it. It is what it is, and we live with it. Life is short at best... Much TOO short in Doug's case. My sweet Betty is 87 and I turn 73 next Tuesday. Old Minnie Mouse may be dormant right now, but she's still a favorite "hotel" for our feral-cat friends. Our big cat, "PT" passed on a year back at 17, and our last kitty, "Inky" passed away a few months back, also at 17 and we recently took in a pair of little yellow-tiger-striped kittens and they are in love with us and we're in love with them... 37 years of marriage and we've never been without a cat or two... or ten, or eighteen or twenty... So here's to Doug, JR and all who worked to keep this forum a friendly, no-bullying site, respectful and informative to the newest novice, and the seasoned biker.
Ride safe, and keep it friendly. Life's too short to spend it fussing. We all are closer to that final ride than we think...