Post by onewheeldrive on Feb 28, 2021 23:15:35 GMT -5
It could be as simple as taking the carb apart and cleaning it (may be stuck). While in there, take a look at the float itself and the float needle to see if anything is wrong (bad/defective needle, bad float...etc).
There is an adjustable metal tab on the float (the needle sits on it) that can be moved to change the point when the float is completely closed.
There are carb rebuild kits out there if it comes down to it.
Take good look at scooter sales figures over the past ten years will answer your question. When gas gets back to $5.00 plus I suspect you'll see those numbers rise.
There is definitely more interest in scooters the higher the price of gas is.
When gas was way up from roughly ‘08-‘14, I had a decent amount of people every riding season ask me how many MPG my scoot gets and how much I paid for it.
When you (or I) tell them you paid $850 for it and it gets approximately 70-80 MPG (probably more stock) it’s appealing, more appealing (and doable) than having to drop $2-3k on a scoot just to save gas, for the average Joe. As long as they ride it for more than a riding season it should pay off in the long run.
It’d be interesting if we could see a side by side graph chart of scooter sales and average gas prices yearly for the last 15 or so years. Maybe even a graph of forum(s) activity. The funny thing is, there really aren’t many people coming on here (or there, I rarely visit other Chinese mostly forums like I used to) anymore ripping on Chinese scoots saying what a piece of junk they are, lol. Maybe the quality is a bit better, I don’t know, but the same daily and/or weekly threads that popped up several years ago really doesn’t happen like it used to.
There definitely is way more knowledge out there (and here) to troubleshoot on your own.
I'd think slowly would be way better than passing FAST and close!
As for painting curbs, why not just paint the worst ones on your usual route? Or at least call whoever runs street maintenance and ask nice for them to fix it. Esp Leo's curb that has caused numerous accidents. We had road work up the street, and they didn't fix the hole correctly (left a ditch around the large patch). I called about it, explained that I could feel the "ditch" in my car and feared what could happen once I started driving my scooter. Guy apologized and said it would be fixed. Next day, it already was! Yes, I called and thanked him right away--gratitude goes a long way in getting these things accomplished next time.
I kindly take acceptation. You go ahead and side draft me on a fly by rather than lollygagging and siting on my corners. When making my pass on to wheels I make the commitment and squirt by in a safe but speedy manner. if I push the speed limit by a few to get it done so be it. Same in a car, the highway pass at 1/2 mph faster than you sitting on my corners lallygagging , jeez get it done and get out of the way. Probably my race driver mentality of Lead or Follow just get off my dmn corners..
That’s what I mean.
Some people pass without even getting into the other lane. Sometimes I’ll get over to the right, and when there is curb to your right and a car 2 feet to your left, there isn’t much room to breath—especially if there is a car behind you. It’s like the longest 10 seconds.
Post by onewheeldrive on Jul 3, 2018 0:47:11 GMT -5
I’m mostly worried about animals that run out in to the road without much notice. I’ve ran over an opossum and a racoon and even though it was smooth sailing, my heart did skip a couple beats. I had deer (plural) that ran out in front of me where I had an accident breaking my wrist pretty bad after rolling on the pavement after I hit the ground.
It’s an even worse situation if the road conditions aren’t great. Definitely don’t want to lock up the front brakes trying to avoid a situation.
One thing that freaks me out a bit is when people SLOWLY pass you and are only a couple feet from you.
Post by onewheeldrive on Jun 3, 2018 2:29:24 GMT -5
Hopefully it is the issue. I used black silicone on pretty much the exact same spot (50cc airbox) years ago. My leak wasn’t as big but then again it looks like his thumb is pushing down on it making it look a lot bigger. It does look like the whole hose is out of the box all the way around way more than it should be. Must’ve been a pothole that you see where I live, lol.
Probably a good idea to clean the tube out while your at it since the air coming in there isn’t filtered. It’ll be dirtier than usual and you will probably see crap on/in the carb if you take the hose off of it.
Post by onewheeldrive on Jun 1, 2018 20:52:43 GMT -5
It could be the problem but I’d guess probably not, unless your scoot has other leaks or it’s setup is so lean that any extra air could cause it to bog. Some setups are touchy though, so definitely look into it.
Maybe try and cover it (quick fix) and ride down the road to see how it runs, but either way I would fix it.
I’d take the whole airbox off and look for any other cracks or openings. Is the airbox tube on the carb all the way and clamped down nicely?
Check the other side, too, if you haven’t yet, and make sure the carb is on the intake manifold all the way. Some of those intake manifolds are hard to get the carb all the way in, seriously! The airbox and tube tend to hold the carb in place (in the manifold) so it may be a bit deceiving to the eye but in reality it may be barely on/in.
I’d also check any other hoses you have for leaks and make sure they’re on good.
It might be a good time to clean the carb while your at it.
Post by onewheeldrive on May 30, 2018 22:39:11 GMT -5
I was pretty much shooting for, with wanting the 50/16, a few more mph at top speed and it keeps the rpms down a bit but then again I’d still have rollers in there that would keep the rpms between 7-7.5k at max. I think it would’ve been perfect for me. I know racingplanet was the only place that had them, and they still might.
The engine I have now, I bought with the 72cc already on it. Not even sure what gearing it has (my other engine was 51/15 stock for the secondary gears).
Post by onewheeldrive on May 30, 2018 20:08:07 GMT -5
The ones I wanted (and actually ordered) were the 50/16T gears. That’s what was listed on Scrappy’s site at the time, but they stopped getting them in and sent me the 49/17 gears instead without telling me. I decided to try them out anyway instead of sending them back.
Post by onewheeldrive on May 29, 2018 1:49:56 GMT -5
I don’t think it’s realistic to hit 55mph with the 49/17 gears, but maybe close to 50. If you have a headwind forget about it. I honestly think if it’s a really strong headwind you may actually be slightly faster with stock gearing, or close to a tie, unless you can power through it.
Is top speed the most important thing to you right now? Is it worth sacrificing acceleration for top speed at this point? That’s up to you to figure out what’s best for your riding situation. Let’s say you could hit 55mph, how long will you actually maintain that speed and how long will it take to you get to that speed?
If you ride on straightaways a lot then maybe increased max speed will pay off in the long run. If you don’t, then Little Johnny’s scoot down the road that can do only 45mph (but is quicker) will probably beat you from point A to point B.
I haven’t messed with any other gears but the 49/17. There’s no way I’d go with taller gears with the 72cc I had, cuz there was no way I’d probably ever hit that top speed on my daily route for it to be worth it.
Just decide what’s best for you or what your goal is.
Recently I swapped my stock Air Box for a regular cone-like air filter as the air box was getting a couple of cracks in it. I had to block off the hose coming off the CVT (it's a breather) and the other hose coming from the front of the head (fuel blow by that gets recycled back into the air box) as without the air box there was no where to attached them.
You shouldn’t block off the hose coming from the valve cover.