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Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:03 pm
by Charliesgarage
One of my earliest memories is standing on the floorboard gripping the shield of an Italian scooter as my mom drove us on brick streets to go shopping in Dodge City ks. Wow! I was hooked. When Honda released the Elite I bought it for my wife. I soon sold my SR500 Yamaha and bought (her) the first Helix I saw. It was brilliant. A Low Rider BarcaLounger with space aged styling. It did everything well and had a cool digital dashboard! Later I bought her a 94 and customized it with a studded fringed seat and bags, fringed grips and mudflaps with a tag that read "Hardly". Instant biker babe.
In 2010 I rescued a stolen trashed 86 Helix with the idea of fulfilling a childhood fantasy. Building my very own Rocketship. I had collected vintage streamlined appliances of the 1940s you know back when everything, even toasters and vacuums were aerodynamic. I put togerter bits and pieces until I had my very own steampunk, Buck Rogers Spaceship " The Extraordinary Retro Rocketbike"
It consists of a Vornado fan, 2 Kenmore Commander Vacuums, a David Bradley Tractor body, a Homart window Fan, Deco wheel pants and an aircraft Spinner. Strangely, it improved the handing and feel of the Helix as well as the psychological effect of putting your legs inside the body has on the 12 year olds pleasure centers! 6 years I've ridden it and it still makes me grin like a kid!
I joined the ArtCar community and have travelled to parades and events from Houston to Omaha and even Colorado.
Usually, modifying means unintended problems. The extra weight and girth makes it feel very big and solid. It blew out the right rear shock right away but, a Showa VHT from a CB500 fixed that! (Thanks R.Pozzi) The Stock Helix has an unsettling body movement at hiway speeds in crosswinds. Down low, It feels like the wheels want to slip out from underneath you. My quasi-aerodynamic body has cured that. If anything it reacts more a motorcycle where you feel the wind up high like it's trying to blow you over.
Modifying cheap vehicles is a long standing American tradition. Just look at all the crazy VWs out there. I love all of the Helix's I've seed pimped out. Everything from StarWars to a Tardis, Ruckus clones to hard tops. I say "bring it on"! And show me yours!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/oOs8Iib1FDyeZdv92

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:36 pm
by Cruiser
NO picture? I had a problem similar with Photobucket last week!
I like to refer to the Helix as the VW of the scooter world! :D

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:49 pm
by Charliesgarage
Here's a link for pictures. I can't seem to make the img transfer work
https://www.facebook.com/groups/5002602 ... ?ref=share

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:08 pm
by Charliesgarage

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:11 pm
by Charliesgarage

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:29 pm
by Charliesgarage

Re: Veteran Helix owner with a scooter addiction

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:20 am
by Cruiser
Cruiser wrote:NO picture? I had a problem similar with Photobucket last week!
I like to refer to the Helix as the VW of the scooter world! :D

Got it now, that is some beast!