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post #1 of 36 Old 08-26-2011, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yes... Another one..

A bit over a month ago, on another forum, a semi local guy that is well known posted up a bike for a friend.. It was something I'd desired for a long time, and although it's 18 years old, it only had 1800 miles on it..

So, now I'm an owner of a....



Yeah, they're ugly, but they're stupid fun..

The original tires were great, but they were 18 years old, so I changed them out to the current standard of Helix riders, (Bridgestone) and while I was at it, I ordered a rear rack and top box for extra storage..

The only snag was that the original owner bought the scooter before she was married, and it had to be changed to her married name before she could sell it to me. That took 3 weeks for the state of IL to digest..

Well, after getting the title fixed by the original owner I picked it up this week.. I changed tires with Double A's assistance (ok, he drank beer and watched) and last night I installed the rear rack and top box..

I'm ready for touring!!!

Photo before top box and rack.



Finished product



And a use for something I had laying around..



I'm planning on doing some touring with the little sucker, and will post some photos as the trips come along..
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post #2 of 36 Old 08-26-2011, 07:49 AM
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Uh oh... Does this mean your getting rid of the GS? Jk, The Helix looks like a blast! I love scooters and if ever one comes up for a decent price in my neck of the woods I'm gonna scoop it!

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post #3 of 36 Old 08-26-2011, 08:29 AM
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There are 2 things you do not want your friends to see you ride…. And that is one of them!
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I have always wanted one of those. I like scooters and that is the king.




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post #5 of 36 Old 08-26-2011, 09:08 AM
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Nice. I had never seen one of these before. Looks like the Pacific Coast's little cousin.

The first time you posted a photo of this thing, I was thinking, "Man, that reminds me of something I've seen before: I just can't remember what it is!"

Finally figured it out: these Spra-Coupes are kind of outdated, but there are still a few of them around here. Must be that front end......

Enjoy your new ride! My favorite feature? Those "handlebars."

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post #6 of 36 Old 08-26-2011, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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There are 2 things you do not want your friends to see you ride…. And that is one of them!
And I'll be going on a breakfast ride tomorrow with a bunch of friends, and I'm riding the Helix...

Odd that you brought up the Spray Coupe.. I used to drive one around on occasion.. The Feed/Fertilizer store I used to work at as a kid had a couple of them..

We always called em' Spray Poops..
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Hard to believe it's 18 years old. It's obviously been well cared-for. I think it's a cool and unusual ride. Is that seat as plush and comfortable as it looks? What function do the "vents" on the front serve? Do they allow air in to the rider? What's behind them in all that fairing/space around the forks?



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Hard to believe it's 18 years old. It's obviously been well cared-for. I think it's a cool and unusual ride. Is that seat as plush and comfortable as it looks? What function do the "vents" on the front serve? Do they allow air in to the rider? What's behind them in all that fairing/space around the forks?
The seat is amazing.. I rode up to Double A's place to change tires and he sat on it, and then grumbled that the seat is more comfortable that any seat on any bike in the garage...

The radiator is in the front, and the vents duct air to it.. It's then channeled around.. The fairing does an amazing job of protection.. It's why I was mentioning to Sleddog that it's basically a smaller version of his GoldWing.

Yeah, it's been well cared for.. The lady bought it in 1994, but she was having issues with her balance and quit riding it.. So it's been resting quietly under it's cover in a garage, off and on.. The last time it was registered for the road was 2003..
It's got a healthy scratch on the left rear pannel, in back when a ladder was dropped and scratched it, but other than that, it's great..

The tires looked great, but since they were 18 years old I changed them out for new..

Basically, it's just plain stupid fun..
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Basically, it's just plain stupid fun..
And, obviously quite capable.

In 1995, Ed Otto rode one of these things 9,361 miles in 11 days during the International Iron Butt Rally.



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It was Ed's ride in 1995 that got me interested in them in the first place.. They've always been out of my price range, though.. They still go for good money for the later year models.. (which haven't been changed) and they're still making the same model, but it's not sold in the States anymore..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CN250
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