I do plan on getting a full set of gear before I'm street legal, helmet & gloves are on the way and I'll be ordering my armored jacket and boots in a couple days as well. This will all come in handy since I plan to bump up to a either a bigger scooter or motorcycle next season anyway.
Is there anything special to look for in windshields? Do you have a particular one that you like?
Nope. I went with the one the dealer recommended. I didn't shop around. It's a big piece of plastic that clamps to the handlebars. I dropped a couple of mpgs, but it was well worth the addition. Here's what mine looks like :
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2014 18:31:23 GMT -5 by seamus26
Get some "Cat Crap" for your goggles / visor for cold weather fogging.
You'll need a decent set of gloves, preferably armored. I'll borrow a mental image from another forum where it was said that gloves will keep your fingers from becoming "human crayons".
See what hand tools come with it and replace it with better tools to keep on you all the time.
Look into a windshield. I really like mine.
A decent bottle of whiskey for the first time you tip it and have to ride trembling all the way home. Hopefully this never happens to you, but in all likelihood it will and you'll be glad you kept the whiskey on hand.
Well crap! Eh, so be it. I'm planning on replacing the whole engine anyways. I really don't have a choice but to drive it. You see I do dialysis 3 times a week and like I said circumstances beyond my control, this is my only ride to and from the clinic. The good news is the clinic is only 3 miles away and I can keep my speeds to 30 mph.
Do any of you know what engine # is in this thing? I've search google and can't seem to find it and don't see it anywhere on the bike. I do know its a short case gy6 and that's about it.
Nice bike!, Heck if my seat was white I would probably have left it alone. The black PVC on mine just looked cheap to me. I'm not knocking anyone who has black PVC seats, just minet looked especially bad.
I don't know that doing a seat for anyone that's not local would be feasible. The work + the amount of leather involved wouldn't be cheap then on top of that, they would have to mail me their seat. There is just no way I could make a universal fit cover. It has to be wet molded to each individual seat. If someone was inclined to do all of that I wouldn't say no, but drumming up bis was not the point of this thread.
Thanks, man. I really like our style of bike. They do stand out.
The leather work DOES sound like a lot of work. I have noticed that the Chinese bikes leave a little to be desired in the fit-and-finish category, but it gives you a lot of opportunity for customization. Good choice.
I'm actually thinking of a "rat-rod" look for mine. It wouldn't take much more than some brown primer, red wheels with whitewalls and maybe a big 8-ball sticker.
I've actually considered putting one of these on my bike. One of the first things my wife told me after following me was that I needed brighter lights on the rear end. I replaced all of the lights with LEDs and it makes a huge difference, but a blinkie light on your stopper would be even better. More visibility is always better.
As for the oil cooler, whatever it is it would be a perfect attachment if you are building a steampunk scoot, even if it doesn't really do anything.
I know that you've mentioned your air/fuel mixture is correct, but have you tried something as simple as rejetting the carb? I know someone mentioned earlier looking for sediment in your float bowl. I'm a big fan of Sea Foam, but I've never used it in my scooter. I used a little drygas once and it caused me all sorts of headache.
If your bike ran well after the top end rebuild, you might want to pull that carb apart and really clean it out. I had all sorts of gunk in the bowl and plugged jets after the drygas incident, and it took me a few tanks of gas and a couple of carb cleans to get everything flushed through. I had similar symptoms.
Just my 2¢.
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Very nice work. I have the same style bike (ZNEN Amore 150) and have thought the seat might be a nice place to start with cosmetic upgrades, although I do like the white with red welting that's already on mine.
I think your red really compliments the tan leather.
You may have started a sideline business for yourself.
Tar snakes. Just found that one out the other day. I thought my front wheel was falling off. I was in a turn where they had apparently decided to repave both lanes with rubber cement. I was skilled lucky enough to be able to slow down without losing it completely.
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BTW, I should introduce myself. My name's Jon, and I'm in Grand Rapids, MI. I've been riding my ZNEN Amore 150 since late last summer and have just 2K miles. Here's a pic.
The only things that have been done - so far - are a new rear tire (out of necessity), new muffler (also out of necessity), variator replacement (seeing a pattern) and the addition of a windshield and upgrade of all bulbs to LEDs because my wife said I had to.
I am also on ScootDawg (same name) and Modern Vespa (also same name). I also seem to like to use parentheses (obviously).
I'm looking forward to making new connections and having stupid questions (mine) answered by those who are much more knowledgable than myself.