Post by junkyarddog on Feb 19, 2014 1:08:20 GMT -5
I would think this would just be asking for trouble, but some Zuma 125 owners run their scooters completely without the cover. They use what is called an "anklebiter" basically nothing but a small belt guard, with everything else open. Nobody that does this has had problems as far as I know.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 19, 2014 0:40:41 GMT -5
Great deal. That shop is totally incompetent, or else they wanted to charge that guy for a new engine. The Vino switched to a 4 stroke in '06. I much preferred the 2 stroke. I've always loved 2 strokes.
How many miles on it? I wonder what caused the belt to break? I had a broken belt on my Vino 125 at only 4000 miles, and while looking into it, discovered that a lot of people have had broken belts on Yamaha scooters.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 19, 2014 0:22:50 GMT -5
I have 3 scooters and 2 motorcycles, and I have a Battery Tender Jr. connected to them, at all times. When I go for a ride, I unplug it, then plug it back in when I get back. I've been doing this for the past 5 years or so. I have noticed substantially increased battery life. I have spent a fortune on motorcycle/scooter batteries over the last 35 years. The tenders definitely help a lot. If your battery is already bad, you may have to replace it anyway.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 19, 2014 0:14:05 GMT -5
In AZ you could get a bonded title just by having the MVD verify the VIN on the frame. You have to keep the bonded title for 3 years, then it will be changed to a regular title. There is a local chopper/bobber builder around here who builds his own frames. He buys titled frames, and welds the steering head (where the VIN is) to his new frame, then it can be registered as whatever the VIN says it is.
I heard that it is really easy to get a title in Vermont, which can then be switched to another state. Not sure if that is true or not.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 18, 2014 18:29:35 GMT -5
Thanks. I considered that, both for extra cooling, and as a way of inspecting the belt without removing the cover (I was going to install something removable over the holes, so I could have visual access to the belt for inspection) The Vino has a large plastic cover over the aluminum CVT cover, which would seem to block off airflow through holes in the aluminum cover. I don't really see how much air gets to the vents that are already there. There is a filter over the front pulley, and I noticed it never seemed to get dirty.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 18, 2014 18:21:10 GMT -5
Good luck finding parts for the Goldwing. I had an ' Aspencade, and finally gave up on it due to a lack of parts, especially rubber parts, which were all rotted. Seems like the 4 cylinder Goldwings got abandoned when the 6 cylinder models came out. That alternator you are talking about is commonly called a "poorboy conversion" but I thought they were mainly made for the 1200s. I highly recommend Steve Saunders Goldwing forums for information. They helped me a lot.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 18, 2014 3:14:29 GMT -5
I have owned one Chinese bike. It was a 2007 American Lifan LF200GY-5. I had it drop shipped to me in a crate, and assembled and set it up myself (I am a professional auto mechanic and long time rider) I found a few minor issues with it, which I was able to take care of while putting it together. I broke it in properly, and it was running great. Right around 3500 miles, the centrifugal oil filter came unbolted from the crankshaft, it lost oil pressure, and the engine seized up. Turns out there was a lock washer missing. Someone on another forum has the same bike, and has over 24,000 miles on it with no problems.
I have a 1980 Puch Newport II with the ZA50 2 speed engine, it has over 30,000 miles on it. Nothing but the head and right sidecover have ever been off the engine, and only for maintenance.
I think Chinese bikes have gotten a lot better. Back about 10 years ago, I did some weekend work for a Chinese scooter dealer. One of my jobs was uncrating and setting up new scooters. These were mostly Tank brand scooters. I couldn't believe what I found. Literally every box I opened had a pile of broken parts laying on the bottom that had come off the scooters during shipment. Both plastic and metal? parts. Most of the plastic body panels were cracked, especially around the screw holes. There were many cracks in the engine cases and CVT covers. There were huge air pockets in the broken cast metal. I also found a lot of cracked frame welds. Parts that were supposed to be round, like wheels and pulleys often weren't. Many of the front wheels were locked solid, due to defective brakes. Bad bearings were also a problem.
I have never owned a Chinese scooter, but I did have a belt break on a Yamaha scooter after only 4,000 miles. There are a lot of Chinese scooters being ridden around where I live, and they seem to be doing ok. Of course I don't know how long they have lasted or how they were set up and maintained.
Post by junkyarddog on Feb 11, 2014 15:21:04 GMT -5
I have a Vino 125 I bought new, with 26,000 miles on it (mostly highway, at full throttle) Yamaha recommends replacing the belt at 12,000 miles. I replaced the first and second belts at around 10,000 miles, and while they showed some wear, there was no actual damage. The third belt (oem Yamaha) failed at 4,000 miles. Completely shredded. Since I have other scooters, I let it sit for some time before fixing it. I completely disassembled the entire variator, looking for a problem, but found nothing. No wear, no damage. There was a ring of rubber stuck to both sides of the front pulley, which I cleaned off. It was right on the outside edge. I assumed it was caused by the fact that riding mostly full throttle, that is where the belt spent most of it's time. (I found the same when I replaced the belts the first 2 times) Since I replaced the broken belt I have put another 2,000 miles on it, but am afraid to get too far from home, in case the belt breaks again. I replaced the rollers at 20,000 miles, they showed no real wear. Everything is completely stock. Any ideas about what might have caused the third belt to fail so soon, when the first two lasted 10,000 miles and never broke? It still performs the same way it did when new.
Post by junkyarddog on Dec 23, 2013 23:06:39 GMT -5
I used a fairly large pair of visegrips, and clamped them on the nut (I had to open them up almost all the way to get them on it) First I took an engraver, and made a mark on the nut and the part it screws onto, then I just took a hammer, and started tapping on the visegrips. After about 2 minutes, the nut came loose. I put my feet on it, like in the video, and unscrewed the nut. There is not that much spring pressure. I put it back the same way, and tapped on the visegrips until the marks I made lined up, then continued to tap on it for about another minute to make sure it was tight. I have torque wrenches, but no socket that big, or any way to hold it to use a torque wrench on it either. I did the same thing with the clutch bell nut. For the front variator nut I fabricated a holder with 2 pins that fit into the holes in the outer side of the pulley, and actually torqued it down.
Post by junkyarddog on Dec 23, 2013 8:20:13 GMT -5
To me all emissions stuff is bad, but that PAIR system is the worst. It causes the exhaust to overheat, and causes backfiring. Next is the EVAP system. If you fill up the gas tank all the way full, gas will run into the charcoal canister, and cause hard starting and poor running.
Post by junkyarddog on Dec 23, 2013 8:12:59 GMT -5
Hi, I'm Bob from Phoenix, Az. I'm an old guy (55) and have been riding scooters and motorcycles all my life. I currently have a Stella 2T, Zuma 125, and a Vino 125. The Vino is a project, all dinged up, and the exhaust is missing. Exhaust studs are broken off in the head and the belt was shredded. Not sure what else might be wrong.