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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:59 pm 
I picked this up for a whopping $0 8) The thing starts effortlessly with one kick, no effort, just push down the kick. Unfortunatly my aunt left it outside and its picked up some rust. First "mod" was to take off the faded yellow milk crate off the back :lol: The two stroke pep is noticable at startup, but she is currently topping out at around 30 mph. I'm not used to the short wheelbase/skinny tire, so it was a totally different feel. The goal is to clean it up and go OEM restoration. This thing has been around my family forever and I'm stoked to have it in my possession.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:00 pm 
Except for the chrome at the front that thing looks mega mint. Nothing like having a fun and FREE runabout in the garage. 8)

Now your gf has something to ride when she's chilling with you. I didn't mean that in a perverted way either. :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:22 pm 
I've got a laundry list of things to do on it. The picture looks okay, but upon close inspection shows its age.

First priority is tightening the brakes and/or replacing the brake shoes.
The headlight is not working/burnt out.
The seat should be recovered.
Rust removed.
Carb cleaned.
OEM Ruckus mirrors installed
Replace tires
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The gf took it for a quick spin before she left this am. I think she'll enjoy this as a secondary ride :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:02 am 
it looks good and you can't beat the price. i wish someone in my family would give me a bad ass scooter. All i get is a free wood lathe... well that is pretty cool to.

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I spent the weekend working on this thing. I've got all the rust off of the exhaust and I'm going to paint it with some rustoleum high temp paint. I was just happy that the exaust wasn't rusted to the motor. I took off the OEM shock and replaced it with my OEM Ruckus shock. They are identical! Although the OEM Express shock has a Showa sticker on it. :shock: There are so many similarities with the Ruckus it's scary. If and when I switch out the current shock on my Ruckus, the chrome Daytona will go on the Express.

The sponge type air filter was like crumb cake and falling apart. I ordered a couple new ones along with a new headlight. The decals are discontinued so I'm not sure if I'll be able to repaint the frame and have it look stock :evil:

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IMO old bikes look better de-badged. PAINT IT!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:53 pm 
justintime wrote:
The two stroke pep is noticable at startup, but she is currently topping out at around 30 mph.


throw a kit on that bitch!!! 8)

Looks really good Justin! Im jealous! :D

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:shock: 8)

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I finally dropped the bucked and picked up a "kit" for this B*tch. 8)

I haven't done much to it still. I have fresh tires/tubes that need to be put on. I also need to pick up a new battery. The stock one looks like it had been replaced at some point but the cells were completely dry and had 0 volts. :|

I'm pretty sure I fixed an issue I was having. The thing was smoking like a chimney after it warmed up and I narrowed down the problem to the oil injection system, or possibly something wrong with a trasmission gasket. I emptied the oil tank and put premix in the gas/oil tank. After running it a little bit before dark I'm thinking its no longer smoking! Without the battery I've got no headlight, so there's no late night rides for me. I really only want/need to hit 35mph with this thing. Only other thing I think I'll need is some jets.

Other than that it just needs some TLC. :twisted:

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Dang, that thing is going to be scary fast. :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:46 am 
I think 30 mph is all you get out of the Express. I've had one for as long as I can remember. Even when I was ten and I weighed less than 100 lbs. I could only get 30 mph out of it. I remember complaining to my dad about it.

I also have a Yamaha Champ QT50 that was put in my ride rotation when I was growing up. The Express was the favorite of the two.

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The kit will make it fast! Those bikes are light! 70cc on a bicycle is SCARY, ask someone who kitted a bike. :D
Wish I could find a Qt50 kit 1978-82 were good bike design years for Yamaha and Honda. :D
Nice you got that free! Nice family.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:30 am 
Okay...I had no idea there were performance products for my old scooters. Where can I find more info on getting a "kit". I've got two that I would like to dump money into.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 8:40 am 
I've found a wealth of information at http://www.mopedarmy.com

There's also a couple websites dedicated to the Honda Express AKA Honda Hobbit and Honda Camino. Most of the parts are reminants of European influence on the scene due to the sheer number of units that were sold outside the US versus inside. There is supposidly an exhaust that has recently survaced that I want to check out. IIRC that is the most restrictive aspect of the current "drivetrain."

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