I've been doing some reading in preparation for de-glazing the clutch on one of my scoots. Last time I did this I just lightly sanded the drum and the pads, but have read that apparently Boric Acid helps, & maybe cures this?
Anybody here use it? If so: How & where did you apply it? Did you still sand the pads and bell? If ya didn't sand the pads and bell how long did it take before everything de-glazed?
With my fat butt the SYM tops out a true 70 plus a little, but really is more comfortable cruising 55-60. If I were to buy now I think I'd be looking at the Kymco GTI300 in that mix which really will cruise at the higher speeds better. Maybe the Burgman 200 too. I haven't ridden the SMAX, but I own the SYM, & have ridden the Kymco. Like the others say, go see what you can do to get your butt in a seat and down the road on the ones that interest you while the winter prices are still on. Cheers Tromper
Wonderful info folks, but please do add your model, make and year at the top of your post so ig'nant gits like me can figger out what bike you're talk'n 'bout without too much effort.
I have a couple bikes, both pretty different:
k7 Burgman 650 - Standard Neat stuff: Power : It'll hit 110 (on a track of course) with my fat butt and luggage on it. Storage: The built storage is better than some bikes with a top case. If I put my case on I can almost double that, & still have room for saddlebags of some kind. Support: The Burgman USA forum, & LeDude's site are better than the factory manual I have a soft copy of.
Potential Expensive repairs. If the CVT bites it, the bikes essentially a throwaway most likely. The real bad issue was long since re-engineered by this model, but there are a couple others that you need to be aware of and keep an eye on.
Belt Replacement. This would truly suck, & fortunately the belt is reportedly good for at least ~50k miles with most who run them longer reporting it good for ~75. It's an expensive belt and it takes a true tear down to replace. This is not your father's CVT belt.
Weight. This is pretty heavy for a scooter, & while I have no issues bumping around town with it, the lighter scoot's a lot nicer for that.
Now for the lighter Scoot.
k8 SYM HD200
- Big Wheels: Intrinsically better on rougher roads and a bit more CF for stability. - Light and maneuverable: Compared to the burger this is very "flickable" and handy in town - Great power for class of scoot: Stock, this was quicker than any other light scoot the wife checked out. The liquid cooling does add complexity but it gives as good as it gets. - Just overall a great little scoot. I really can't detail that enough.
Not So Great: Some stock stuff is junk and I recommend replacing it if you haven't: Tires - Get Michelin City Grips. Front Brake Pads - I used a cheap Kevlar set off Amazon, lots better Battery - If you have a factory one still I'd be stunned, but ANYTHING is better. Beyond that it has some quibbles that are easy to fix or track, so check out the SYM Forum HD200 section for a couple minor pointers. There are some good FYIs there.