I have had to lightly tap the caliper on some cars when I installed new pads and rotors . I use a C clamp to push the piston into the caliper with the master cylinder cap off . In the event someone added brakefluid which the lever drops with pad and rotor wear maybe too much with new parts and could blow a seal when pushing the piston back in
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:40:04 GMT -5
Try using the CVT tranny drag to slow down with instead of brakes will make them last longer . Avoid holding the lever in for a long duration . I squeeze firm and let off and squeeze again and glide to a stop .
If that rotor is thin I would replace it . In SC they passed a law that if a shop turned rotors that were too thin and the customer had a wreck the shop could be liable for turning rotors too thin . A new rotor is cheaper than a new scooter or ER bill . Better to be safe than sorry .
My Echarm with over 15k miles I can only pull in the levers a 1/4 of an inch and stop on a dime . My Magnum with dual opposed pistons can and has threw me off of the seat in a panic stop . It also has sawblade style rotors
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:27:05 GMT -5
I use the golden cones on mine but any is better than the stock ones that some come with . Always great to be able to see the fuel if you have to troubleshoot . Most replace the fuel and vacuum hoses with automotive fuel line from any auto parts store
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:23:30 GMT -5
Could you get the 2T engines unassembled so its labeled as parts ? Do places in PR rent scooters ? I regret not buying a Schwinn Stingray by OCC with a 2T engine for 125 used . Needed clutch pads but not hard to install
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:20:42 GMT -5
I would replace the carb since your is most likely to be sealed and not able to adjust the needle clip . Many have the airfuel screw covers with some ( unsure on yours ) and I have seen some with rivets on the bowl instead of screw to access the jets and float . Carbs can be as low as 30 dollars . I had a ATM that was a secret 63 and blew it up . I put on an Air Sal 50mm or 82cc BBK and used a mainjet . Climate and altitude are contributing factors so what works for one may not for another . I prefer to run a hair rich rather than just on it to avoid being lean at top RPMS . A jet kit is a great investment as the extra jets will great to have on hand in case you change the exhaust or airfilter and thus need to buy more jets like this kit for example enviromoto.ecrater.com/p/4129835/naraku-main-jet-set-gy6-50 . you may want to test diff roller weights as CVt tuning really works and is cheaper and easier than installing a BBK . With a new BBK I would get a new Gates or Bando brand belt as the old one may not last long if worn as a BBK has more power . It is better to replace it to be safe instead of having it break and damage other components and less risk of having the rear wheel lockup while going down the road and wrecking .
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:08:43 GMT -5
Im poor two with 3 kids and money hungry X it leaves me little cash for me to spend on my toys . Many decent helmets are around 100 as helmet is cheaper than plastic surgery but not many can afford a Shoei or Arai helmet . Kinda nutty to have a 900 dollar helmet for ascooter that cost less but a much safer option for those who can afford it
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 23:05:46 GMT -5
I have had several Suzuki cruisers and was happy with them all . I read where many who have the Burg love it . It is suggested to get something that has more power then needed so its not having to be maxxed out on the interstate in order to ride a safe speed without traffic piling behind you , plus the extra power comes in handy when going uphill . Where I live in certain areas on federal interstates most drive at 75+ MPH so one would need a fast scooter to not get ran over . I have taken my 2T and 150 a few times on the interstate but it was skeery ( yes I know it is spelled wrong ) as 60 is a cruising speed and above that it gets less stable . I prefer to be relaxed instead of nervous . Turbulence from other cars more so with dump trucks and semis have blown me around . I found if I see one I let up off the throttle some and duck helps . The Honda 150s are nice but for that much money I could get a sweet used 600cc or so cruiser . I saw a few Honda Silverwings on the road and they are fast but again pricey . Unsure on the Burgs MSRP but if it is close or not too much more I would get it .
Take a look at Kymco and Aprillia scooters as they make a high quailty scooter and have some that are large displacement . Aprillia has a V twin 850 but boocoos of cash . I saw some BMWs at a local dealer but again will need deep pockets .
I would want to have at least 13 inch wheels as the 10s are not as stable and the frame is smaller . I am 6ft4 too and my old TaoTao I had to slump over but with my Magnum I am snug and my Echarm I can sit upright with plenty of room and be in comfort . T least sit on a few with them off of the CS to get an idea if the dealer will not let you test ride .
Do you have a MC license or a learners permit ? Many get uneasy at the thought of getting it which is required by law but to me the roadtest was a snap as I took mine in light rain and had a MC license before I got one for a car . I grew up on two wheels .
With all of the dangerous cagers on the road that make scootering unsafe for us , and if you do not have health insurance like me , I strongly urge you to ad personal injury protection and medpay ( in case you wreck like blown tire ) to pay for the ER . In SC if your uninsured you get (censored ) treatment in the ERs . I have better medical treatment in jail than at one of the hospitals in town . I also have full coverage and roadside assistance with Progressive along with extra under insurance in case I get hit and my bill goes beyond 15 grand ( the bare minimum required for liability ) and its just under 300 for both scooters with full coverage plus the extra options
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 22:40:42 GMT -5
Bilt should be cheap at CycleGear . I was shocked to see ARAIs can be as much as 80 for the shield . I have used carnuba wax ( car wax ) to fill on scratches and pits on windshields on my cars . It works waaaay better than RainX and a can goes a longer time of usage too .
My eye doctor told me to only use eyeglass cleaner on my glasses and shield as Windex ETC can damage some UV coatings . NEVER use RainX on glasses or your shield as I learned the hard way it does not work like it does for car glass . I use Scotts Antifog from CycleGear around 4 a bottle and lasts a week or so depending on conditions . Make sure it is clean and streak free prior to applying it or any other antifog treatment . In SC it is humid very bad which makes July and August unreal torture and the winter seem colder . You can lucky and catch a sale on helmets with a few bucks more for a new helmet and shield as CG often has some for a low price on Bilt brand . I regret not buying their modular FF with built in bluetooth but the hinge felt wimpy to me in the even of an impact . Their Bluetooth universal kit is costs over twice as much .
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 22:19:01 GMT -5
I think Brent has a thread where he used a variator that used larger sized weights with good results .
I have 8gram Dr Pulley sliders , 1.5k clutch springs and a Hocac bbtorque base . I could not get the 1.5k torque spring to fit with the bb base so I put on the stock one since I can do 40 up a steep hill already . It came with 6 grams , I tried 4 anmd it was too light and 5 was ok but would barely hit 50 when it was 49cc as with 6 it would most of the time and few times beyond . When I put on a BBK and MMG after testing jets 5 grams was too light as I could go uphill ( with a running start ) and still hit 9k RPMs . Where I live is near mountains and the area is called " The Foothills " with enormous hills in areas like " The Redneck Autobahn " . Take off was less with the MMG pipe as its an open pipe with no restrictions or as much back pressure as stock pipe but mid and top end was another world since it has hit 11k mostly 10,500 where the 49cc would hit 8k and fizzle at 8.5k and stall at 9+ downhill . A buddies Elite takes off fast like a forklift but drops at 20 or 25 MPH where mine with the new setup comes alive at 25 MPH and again between 45 and 50 ( according to the speedo ) . I did not want a wheelie popper or redlight to redlight racer but instead more top end with less RPMs as when it is screaming it Pac Mans the gas and only has a 4 liter tank . I have the large variator with 21mm nut instead of 18 mm
After ready Teddys thread where his belt shred got me noid as mine has over 4,000 ( speedo cable was broke for 150 miles ) even though it had almost no signs of wear like fibers showing or missing teeth I bought a Bando belt that day . My Gates was a 788 xxx and could not find a matching number from an American vendor . Thanks to Aleeyoop ( ^5 high 5 ) I have a 788 17 28 Bando and I could tell instantly that the old belt was strecthed some and is a spare one now .
I still may test heavier sliders as its 7,500 at 50 MPH but screams between 10,500 and 11,000 RPMs and goes beyond the 50 MPH mark as that is as far as the speedo is marked . I am looking at a KOSO LED dash from www.scootertuning.ca since I prefer LED over LCD with my bad eyes plus its blue like my scooters . Will have to fab a way to mount if the plugs match as I would love to just be able to plug it up rather than crimp on new plugs since the wires are just enough length instead of having extra to play with .
My Spree would blow it away out of the hole as I hit 35 MPH up a very steep hill from a standstill with 2 smaller passengers when I was 18 and 60lbs lighter . The prevous owner had a " daddy warbucks "who had a engine installed . I got lucky he wrecked it by hitting a fence so the forks were bent and front tire busted . He got a AWD Eagle Talon turbo and had no interest in the scooter anymore . I stole it for 100 bucks and pushed it home . His dad raised cane saying how he spent over 300 in upgrades back in 1989 . I smoked a buddy who had a 4T Honda with 8x BBK with me having a pileon and him alone . We grew up together riding minibikes , mopeds and MX motorcycles . The Spree had a stock or like a stock pipe and was not loud , but the MMG can make my ears rings . I am saving up for another pipe like a Stage 6 replica for 168 as I like the LeoVince HM70 pipe but dang 300 dollars ?
After having 2 soft seizes , one fatal on the 49cc and another that I was able to get a few hundred more miles before the wristpin came out and ate up the piston crown and head , I will be going back to the airbox . With a Uni it gets too much air and can not ride in the rain . Even with it in a carport and covered in a heavy storm I have to drain water out of the bowl sometimes which is a bummer and hassle . My Spree I only put on new forks and tire , replaced the NGK with an iridium . I only put in gas and oil and never once had to wrench it . I used the kickstart twice just to see if it worked . I was so happy with my Spree and quickly learned my old TaoTao was far from being a Honda .
The Spree had 10s I think but mad power to the wheels as offroad I could easily fishtale . I can feel the 130/60/13s do have way more drag so less power to the rear wheel , but the ride comfort , handling and short stopping distance with F&R discs is well worth the trade off to me . I guess 12s may be ideal for a 2T . I hated how my TaoTao had 10s which was like stunt riding at top speed . My Magnum is so stable with streetable offroad tires that are not balanced I can go several hundred feet of handless riding without any stress when going 40 or less . I do love how strong wind and uneven roads surfaces do not affect me like on my Echarm which can get skeery at times .
I hope to have a Stage 6 screamer with EFI by end of summer as my outside it just starting to take off . I do various oddjobs instead of having a normal job . I learned long ago paid by the hour sucks compared to by the job
Post by skuttadawg on Apr 17, 2013 20:31:05 GMT -5
My fronts are like that but on my Magnum they are opposed sides instead of side by side . 4 k miles still can throw me off of the seat . My Echarm has the stock front pads and I replaced the rear even though they have plenty left around 12k miles