Need to help out a fellow rider.

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  1. Toothy

    Toothy New Member

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    Need to help out a fellow rider.(UPDATE! post #13)

    I met an old, skinny tattooed rider a few months back and from what I can tell he's homeless. He has a phone but that’s it…….no access to the internet etc. I’ve been helping him with parts here and there but he says his engine is on its last legs and asked me to look into getting one for him. Any suggestion on where to buy just an engine and carb would be appreciated. His bike is his only transportation so I want to move on this….really nice old dude. Oh, we’re in CA.
     
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  2. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Rose326 and BGF both sell just the engine for around $100...not sure about you being in Cal though...
     
  3. Toothy

    Toothy New Member

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    Thanks....I'll look into that.
     
  4. Rudz

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    She sells the engine to Californians, just not a complete kit. It's $95 plus tax. I bought one.
     
  5. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    I'll give you one.

    It's a Starfire and runs good, only a couple hundred miles. I gave up on 'em.

    I'll need to remove it from the frame and ship it which I will also do at no charge.

    PM me your shipping info and I will proceed.
     
  6. Toothy

    Toothy New Member

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    Wow Mike! That is fantastic. He will really appreciate it. PM sent.
     
  7. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    I will remove it tomorrow and get it out next week. Need to find a box and pack it up.

    It really does run good. The reason I will never ride these things again is here;

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    If this is an acceptable way to ship a motor that looks like this on the outside, I don't wanna know what it looks like on the inside. My life just ain't worth it. This motor has always run well, right out of the box, 1/8" offset in crankcase halves notwithstanding.

    The motor is mounted with Sick Bike Parts mounts and I will put them in too. The CDI is soldered to the harness so that will be there also.

    Good fortune to you and thanks for caring about people - :)
     
  8. Toothy

    Toothy New Member

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    Thanks again Mike! He will be thrilled.
     
  9. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    My pleasure! Got it off, this is what I'll be sending;

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    I even put a DIY clutch roller on it which makes the clutch so much easier to use.
     
  10. runnermike

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    That's awesome guys!!!!
     
  11. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    It was a good day. Start of Fall, my favorite season. Took that motor off, took Bonny over to the world famous haunted Banta Inn for a burger and a beer. Then I filled up 2 toters with leaves and yard debris and packed up the motor.

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    That box was almost perfect! There was plenty of room too, so I packed in the carb.

    It will go out tomorrow, help is on the way.
     
  12. Davezilla

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    That's awesome!! Glad to see some people are still helpful to their fellow riders.
     
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  14. Toothy

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    Thanks to Mike, 'Scooter' has a new engine. Mike, thanks so much. He is really happy and has a bunch of great parts to work with. The engine will be well used....keep you posted!

    P.S...The clutch roller is a real bonus!

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  15. placidscene

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    NICE! Scooter looks thrilled!
     
  16. Lightning Boy

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    That's teamwork, fellas. Always nice to see riders taking care of our own. Good on the both of you.
     
  17. Mike B

    Mike B New Member

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    Thanks for the pics, good to see.

    That motor has been run just long enough to be considered "broken in"

    It started up easy even when cold w/o choke. After running an errand I'd go out for the ride home and the compression was so high it would skid the tire a bit before it "popped over"

    So yeah, it's actually better than new. At least you know it runs - :)
     
  18. Toothy

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    Great to hear Mike....he has the engine on his frame. Just waiting on a chain. Keep u posted.
     
  19. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Well done, you guys.
    SB
     
  20. Toothy

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    Mike and Gang,
    I just got a voicemail from 'Scooter' and he is finally up and running. He ended up swapping out Mike’s engine fully and after waiting for a few parts got the bike on the road this morning. He sounded very happy and commented on how much power the engine had. Thanks again Mike, that engine will be truly appreciated. He has been peddling around on that heavy bike for a while now. I will update with pics.
    Rich.
     

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