Hi everyone! My name Is Eric, and I'm from a small town in Oregon about 45 min west of Portland called Gaston. I have always secretly wanted a scooter, so I bought one a couple of weeks ago. I still have yet to ride it, but I can't wait! I bought my scoot sight unseen, and delivered. It did not run, the battery was toast, and of course it was stored with fuel in it. It had been sitting for a couple of years and not maintained at all since purchase. It had strange looking oil in it and the brake fluid was jelly. The only "real" information the PO could give me is that when he bought it for his wife a couple of years ago he put gas and a new battery in it, then it fired up (suuuuuuuure!) but the electrical system was bad. He said he took it on a short ride where none of the lights or other electrical components worked and it seemed like the battery died and it shut off. I'm sure you're not surprised there were electrical issues, after all it is a Chinese scoot! I handed him my $340 (including delivering it almost 60 miles) and he gave me the title faster than I could disregard the info he gave me. Well.... To make a long story short, there had been a fire in the headlight harness, which destroyed the switches and any wiring near it. Luckily the body was OK and I am not afraid of electrical issues or wiring diagrams. I'll chronicle what I've done and what I'm planning to do in a build thread. Anyway, I'm sure there will be many helpful souls on this forum. I have been a part of several others as life has directed me to new toys.
Thanks for the info, I decoded it as you were responding. Yeah, my research shows that the rear brake and the motor are the only abnormalities. I can't remember the engine # at the moment, but mine is the GY6 that has the different head bolt pattern. Otherwise, I've got a run of the mill scoot. I'm in the process of building a custom wiring harness for it, because the one that came on it was just too bad, and I couldn't trust those wire sizes. About the only wires I'm reusing are for the fuel sender. I've upgraded to 14 and 16 ga wiring for my main loom and lighting. I'm also upgrading to a full wave 11 pole stator and full wave rectifier. I am eliminating the 4-way flashers and adding low mount LED fog lights and a tach. I may end up replacing the entire gauge assembly with a digital version also. I've already replaced my valve stems, Thanks for the link though! I"ve spent an amazing amount of time researching these scoots, and think mine will be very reliable when I finish.
Also, Thanks for the help with pics. I've added a pic at the top of the page
Post by oldchopperguy on Dec 10, 2016 15:49:05 GMT -5
Welcome to the site! Have a bone on the old chopper guy.
I rode big bikes for fifty years, but now at 70, arthritis keeps me from climbing on and off them. So, 7 years back, I discovered SCOOTERS all over again (for the FLAT FLOOR easy access). My first one was a Xingyue 150 virtually a copy or yours. I bought it new off the Internet and it also had plenty of issues.
Yours IS a challenge, but with some work, wiring and such, it will run for you... You'll find plenty of members here who can answer most any question.
Thanks for the welcome chopper guy, as well as the bone! I assure you that I will be as safe as I can control. I do my best to be as safe as possible... That's why I'm over building the electrical system, squaring up the brakes, and adding lights before I even hit the road. I have a little experience riding on the road, but not alot. I'll be as cautious and defensive as possible, while still being courteous. The wiring is a challenge, but I'm well versed as an old airhead (air cooled VW's)... The rest of it seems like good 'ol standard wrenching.
Post by dollartwentyfive on Dec 11, 2016 18:39:05 GMT -5
i remember my first scooter well. a little ol' chinese 50cc. well built, all i had to do was put gas and oil in it and i was good to go. then i got the itch for something a little bigger. enter my chinese 244cc. this scooter was an entirely different animal than my 50. the 50 was a pure joy to own, the 250, well let's say i spent a good deal of time getting it fixed. the number one culprit of my problems was electrical, but it had others as well. i eventually got them all under control and i wound up with a very decent ride. i certainly won't hesitate to get another at the price i gave for mine.
The original plan was to get a brand new 50cc Taotao and go through it from front to back, just like I'm doing with this one. I was just about to order it online and gave it some good thought... How long would it REALLY be until I wanted to upgrade? The answer was simple.... I was already going to have to do major upgrades just to get through my own town... so 50cc was out! I planned on saving a couple hundred more $$$'s when I looked on CL and found this one. I think I not only made the correct choice, but opened Pandora's box. I want MORE, and haven't even rode mine yet! My wife wants one soon, and we already got one for our daughter.
Post by dollartwentyfive on Dec 11, 2016 21:52:26 GMT -5
50ccs are nice to own, cheap on gas and agile. i can't really recommend them though because of their 30mph speed limit. they are great for side and surface streets, but downtown urbana almost requires a 150 and up.
yes, the electrical system would be the first place i would start. in fact, i got so tired of farting with mine that i ripped it out and replaced everything. after that, i didn't have any problems with my scoot (well the cooling system gave me fits, but i eventually cured that too with a car heater core and some well placed holes in the CVT cover.)
Someday I'll get a 50cc to monkey with I'm sure... Do all of the big bore mods and the rest of the crazy stuff people do, just for fun. Otherwise, I mainly like to let a vehicle be what it is. That is why I decided to start at 150cc's. I'll get my scoot "restored" to my specs and just ride it... Then I'll do my best to b low up a 50cc!