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Symba / Re: changing the turn signals
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:59:47 AM »
...The two lamps at each end shall be mounted ..., with the front lamps at least four inches from the nearest luminous edge of the low beam headlamp.

Most cars on the road today would not meet this requirement.

Ha! Too true. I've seen so many drastic lighting modifications to cars. Some even DARKEN their headlights and taillights, which negates the concept of having bright, visible safety lighting.

Well, to each his/her own... just as long as I (or someone else) don't rear-end 'em for lack of lighting visibility.

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:57:22 AM »
This fixer-upper followed me home on Saturday:

At one point in time, earlier in this thread, prior to the latest acquisition, HelloPitty once said:
"That one might be the last bike purchase, just don't quote me on that.  :) 8)"

I am quoting you on that!   ;)

Symba / Re: changing the turn signals
« on: March 30, 2015, 03:51:05 PM »
Yeah, here's the excerpt I found online from the Calif. Highway Patrol website:

Turn Signals (24951, 24952, 24953 VC)
A turn signal system, if installed, shall include four turn signal lamps, two single-faced or two double-faced front lamps, and two single-faced rear lamps. The two lamps at each end shall be mounted at least nine inches apart and as far apart as practicable, with the front lamps at least four inches from the nearest luminous edge of the low beam headlamp. Motorcycles manufactured and first registered on or after January 1, 1973, except motor-driven cycles if speed attainable in one mile is 30 mph or less, are required to be equipped with turn signal systems with the front turn signal lamps spaced at least 16 inches apart and the rear turn signal lamps spaced at least 9 inches apart.

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: March 29, 2015, 11:37:34 AM »
I do miss my 1973 CT 90, but I think I like the Symba better. It might not be a true classic Honda, but it's just a more comfy bike to ride.
Comfy is the key, and Symba wins on comfort....I have the bench seat on the Symba.  I haven't taken the CT110 out on the trail yet...hopefully this weekend.  I've been doing some restoring on the CT110 and today is inspection day at the DMV.

Those are awesome pics. I love the CT 110. They're certainly more rare in the US than the CT 70 or 90. I think they only brought them in for a few years (early '80s?) and in fewer numbers.

I was even thinking about buying another Symba and making it a full-on "Trail" version. Kind of like a 2015 version of the CT 110, since we can't get those types of bikes new in the U.S. anymore. It could be pretty great.

In fact, now that I think of it, isn't that how the CT series came about in the first place? I seem to remember reading somewhere that a U.S.-based Honda motorcycle dealer had been modifying Honda Super Cub bikes for off-road use and told Honda about it, and they jumped on designing the CT to make it a "standard issue" item.

Symba / Re: changing the turn signals
« on: March 29, 2015, 11:32:41 AM »
    The posts are prone to drying out and breakinf off. They are add ons required by the US authorities. More Govt bull crap.  :P

Oh yeah, that's right. I think there's some DOT requirement that requires motorcycles turn signals to be X inches apart from each other.

I have a large wire basket on the back of my Symba, so I actually like that the turn signals extend outward so that those behind me can see which way I'm turning.

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:15:43 AM »
Soooo... how do you like your CT 110? I have always wanted one, but never got around to buying one, and probably won't ever get one.

I do miss my 1973 CT 90, but I think I like the Symba better. It might not be a true classic Honda, but it's just a more comfy bike to ride.

Symba / Re: changing the turn signals
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:11:45 AM »
Just curious: Is there a functional reason for shortening the turn signal posts? Or is it purely for aesthetic/style reasons?

Symba / Re: gas cap almost impossible to unlock
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:10:11 AM »
It seems to have worked; I've not had the problem recur since trying the WD-40 treatment.

I had the same issue. Also used WD-40 and it worked for a while, but I have to remember to spray it every few months, or else it'll start to stick again.

Symba / Re: New owner with some questions
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:08:57 AM »
I am also bringing in about 80-90 MPG. It is advertised at 100 MPG on the SYM website, so it's close. Of course, as they all say, your mileage may vary:

Symba / Re: Fell off my bike!
« on: March 11, 2015, 10:36:45 AM »
In the 20-ish years I have been riding (which I do somewhat infrequently), I have only fallen once, on the grass, at like 3 MPH.

Yes, I have been very lucky (so far). Some close calls on the road, but never fell on pavement.

Glad to hear you are OK and that your Symba didn't suffer all that much, it seems.

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:41:32 PM »
So, did you install your new C70 carb? Running nicer??

Symba / Re: My third car is a Symba
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:40:57 PM »
I think my record is three large grocery bags plus a small plastic bag in the back rack of my Symba. With the expanded front cargo rack addition, I can probably get another small bag. Almost a week's worth of groceries in one run. My only problem is I am always buying from 2-3 different markets, and it's hard to leave perishables out in the sun when I'm inside the next market!

Symba / Re: 6 minute ride in the rain
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:38:54 PM »
Yeah, I am averse to riding in the rain whenever possible. I've seen a few motorcycles slip and fishtail around. One guy on a motorcycle laid his down mere feet away from me; he sent his bike right into the curb when I was walking my dog. The roads were slick but no longer raining. I won't take the risk if I can avoid it.

Symba / Re: 20 minute country road ride, first attempt
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:36:49 PM »
Great footage! Keep it coming. I can ride vicariously through your adventures on screen.

Symba / My third car is a Symba
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:12:40 AM »
My daily driver car developed a coolant leak last night. I couldn't get to where it was leaking (engine bay is packed in tight German car, what do you expect?). Therefore, it was out of commission today, since I've heard that water-cooled engines need coolant to survive.

My backup car has no coolant either, but that's because it is an air-cooled 2-cylinder Honda N600 car. But it currently has carb issues. So, that wouldn't do.

So, before I was relegated to taking the bus (not the worst option as I happen to live near a fairly active bus hub), I had my Symba to thank for getting me around today. My huge basket mounted on the back of my Carter Bros. long rack, plus a small basket on the front (thanks to a front rack supplied by Cam at Scooter Seals) made the Symba the perfect vehicle for my Friday chores (before the rain started). The post office, grocery store, recycling center... it did so reliably, smoothly and effortlessly. I usually don't use the Symba much for running errands, just to ride around for kicks, but today it made itself very useful.

I like it when things just work out nicely like that.

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