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Greetings from London

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:48 pm
by squirke
Hi all,
I've actually had a Helix just over a year now - and have found this forum invaluable... but hadn't gotten around to signing up. But having just bought a second Helix for spares, I guess I have to admit to myself that I have a problem... ;)

My first Helix came with 70,000 miles on it... plus an aftermarket Japanese exhaust, tinted screen - oh and the bystarter was knackered. I bought it a few months before the London Ultra Low Emission Zone https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone came into effect... as a 1990 bike, the Helix wasn't exempt - and riding into London was going to cost £12.50 a day once ULEZ was in place... so I figured I'd enjoy the bike for a few months and then get it sold on.

But instead, the bike got under my skin. I greatly enjoyed un-bodging previous bodges, and the Helix is a hoot to ride (it's my first automatic) so took the bike for an emissions test. Which it failed...

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At which point a cat was fitted, the bike was retested, and passed. It's probably the only ULEZ exempt Helix in the world...

The plan with the new Helix is to break it for parts, and build one good bike out of two OK bikes. Which means I'll be back here asking silly questions I'm sure... :)

I've blogged a bit about my Helix too - if you're interested

https://blog.quirke.org/motorbikes/helix/2018/12/01/post.html
https://blog.quirke.org/helix/electrics/2019/01/13/post.html
https://blog.quirke.org/motorbikes/helix/electrics/2019/04/27/post.html
https://blog.quirke.org/helix/motorbikes/2019/10/08/post.html
https://blog.quirke.org/helix/ulez/2019/11/16/post.html

Cheers

Steve

Re: Greetings from London

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:06 pm
by Cruiser
Welcome to an addiction! I have three Helix.

Re: Greetings from London

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:25 am
by slonaker
Welcome to the board!

Patrick

Re: Greetings from London

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:43 am
by Marms
Hi Patrick. I'm in north Wiltshire and was delighted when I entered my Helix for the VMCC West Kent Rally that there is actually another one entered too ! Wasnt expecting that.

Re: Greetings from London

PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:07 pm
by Haole Girl
Loved your blogs about the Helix! Sounds like you've had quite a bit of work to do on yours when you go it....

Re: Greetings from London

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:44 am
by squirke
Thanks Haole Girl :D I suspect I've reached that age where tinkering with bikes (and then writing about it) is as much a part of motorcycling as actually riding the damn things...

I'm making it sound worse than it actually was - it did ride OK - but it's been really gratifying making it run better!

It's always nice to know someone has actually read my ramblings!

Not that I'll be going anywhere on my scooter for the foreseeable future... so expect some more writing at some point...

Cheers

Steve