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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!!!:bike:

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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Uh oh... Does this mean your getting rid of the GS? :stickpoke: 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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I have always wanted one of those. I like scooters and that is the king. :35a:
 

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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Finally figured it out: these Spra-Coupes are kind of outdated, but there are still a few of them around here.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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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..:character00271:
 

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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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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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Helix

I was asked just the other day, is there a trike or sidecar kit for them? Any One!

They make a bunch of "higher powered scooters" now. I think they are around 800cc's or so.
Some of my group have them. ( Older guys that are not as comfortable on bigger bikes, but still want to keep up with the Wings etc. )

When I get to old to ride my Wing, I'd consider one, for now, I'll ride my Honda NX250's. ( Honest 80 + MPG on road )
High 70's if doing off road stuff, and I can turn it around on a narrow abandoned road with out getting off.
( I do the , back-up, go-ahead, back-up, go-ahead routine to make the reverse.)
Try that on one of these newer dual purpose bikes.
 

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Why would you want an old ugly SCOOTER like that? Now you have to get some flip-flops and sunglasses for protection. LOL j/k For some reason I keep wanting a stupid little scoot as well. I've ridden all the different 50, 150, 250 chinese scoots and they were cool. The protection and tunes from the 250 was nice. I thought if I could get a 250 for <$1500 it'd be fun to have around then my wife could ride it and I could cruise on the KLR.
What cc is that Honda?
 

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The CVT transmissions are cool! I bought a small ATV for my son and it has a CVT drive on it, I love riding it! Er, ahem, I mean testing it for proper controls operation... Yeah, that's it, testing! :D I'm guessing with 250cc it has no problem doing the highway speed limit? A fellow on another forum I'm on has an old 150 Elite and I think he said it will top around 65 mph. I wouldn't mind a 50cc one just for bopping around town! (though my town is very small!)
 

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I'm sure your friend's 150 Elite tops out at 65, but the issue is what will it maintain?? :)
I also have a Chinese 150 "Touring scooter" and it'll top out at 65, and will maintain a bit over 55 on the flats, but if there's a hill or a headwind, you're going to be doing 45, and you've become a traffic obstruction..

That's why I bought the Helix.. Top speed (officially) is 72, (I've seen 74 on mine) but in the hills or into stiff headwinds, it'll maintain 60mph all day long..

I hate being a traffic obstruction.. It's a safety issue.. When there's something going slower than traffic speeds, someone's got to pass it, and to do so requires going partially into the oncoming lane, and if someone's in that lane already, there's a problem..

Same reason I don't like bike riders on the roads that don't have bike lanes, but I digress.. (on top of the fact they don't feel any traffic rules apply to them, but they should receive all the respect on the road)...

Anyway.. Years ago I had a Honda Spree and rode that to work every day.. I got 70ish mpg with it, and had a blast with it for a couple years.. I changed jobs and couldn't ride it to the new location, so I sold it to my sister for their family to use.. Still being ridden today.
 

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Anyone seen one of these in person? Kinda cool


250 scoot that looks somewhat like a bike
 

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My New Old Bike

1967 CD125A.... not imported to North America

A true barn find.....



The after picture.... the exhaust system was replaced, the gas tank was cleaned, tires replaced, carb cleaned and a new battery.

 

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Beautiful!! Looks absolutely perfect!
It could easily have a stand at Barber museum tomorrow!!
 

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Beautiful!! Looks absolutely perfect!
It could easily have a stand at Barber museum tomorrow!!
 
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