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General Discussion / Re: BMW C400X
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:33:14 PM »
Honda should bring back the Helix  :)

Maybe Honda could bring back Adam Ant and Grace Jones 😜

And from a decade before them, how cool was JCPenney when you could pick up one of these? (Pay no attention to the 'JP Penny' in the ad...)

And don't confuse the Puch Pinto moped with the 4 wheeled Pinto of that decade... 🤐💥🔥

RV250 / Re: Where to buy a radiator in USA?
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:22:37 PM »
I wouldn't start looking for a part until I was sure it was faulty

Several other parts on your scooter are involved in carrying engine coolant
and could be the source of the leak

Wondering if maybe it just overheated and...boil over..

How about a faulty radiator cap, loose or leaky hose, blown gasket, etc..

There are pressure testers on the market, which consist of a hand pump and adaptors that replace your radiator cap (this allows you to simulate the pressure inside the cooling system of a engine at operating temperature, while the engine is cold and parked in your driveway, to help locate a coolant leak)

I have successfully used a bicycle pump (removed the pump head so it was just a rubber hose in the radiator) and some duct tape to make a seal between the pump hose and the radiator filler neck, in the parking lot at work, to locate a leak on a coworkers truck...found it on the tank and JB Weld to the rescue...   

Make 100% sure you truly have a leak and what part is the culprit, then go from there

Fingers crossed there's no 'corroded nipples' like we've seen recently on this forum😜

Symba / Re: I need any suggestion
« on: October 29, 2017, 08:12:05 AM »
Saw the spelling of your name and thought 'France'...that's a long drive to Idaho...🙃

HD200 / Re: Scooter Maintenance
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:15:26 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Sym Fidddle II gas gauge
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:53:17 PM »
So the fuel gauge does read 'E' when it's far from empty...

You might call your dealer and see if this is 'normal' for it to be so inaccurate. (Don't you think there should be more transparency before the sale of a new vehicle IF the design is this inaccurate?) 

Without a reliable gauge or resettable trip odometer, I definately would write a note of the odometer at fill-up.

General Discussion / Re: Sym Fidddle II gas gauge
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:15:25 PM »
Does it only take 1.1 gallons at 'E' because the gauge is super inaccurate, or because the gas pump nozzle is being put too far into the gas tank?

Is this your first bike?

Fueling a bike vs a car is quite a bit different.

Cars have long filler necks (shove the pump nozzle all the way in and when it clicks off, you're full) and bikes have short/non-existent ones, so you have to carefully assess the proper depth of the gas pump nozzle when you fill-up, or you'll never have a full tank of gas.

Resettable trip odometers are a handy tool as a 'fuel gauge' because if you always fill the tank up and know its capacity, your gas mileage will be fairly consistent so when your trip odometer reaches a certain mileage...fill the tank...(example.. 1.7 gallon (filled) tank, 65 MPG ave (error a bit on the conservative side) fill gas tank at 100 mile intervals)

Your scooter doesn't have a trip odometer?... Put a Post-it note with the odometers mileage written on it at the time of fill-up and cover the inaccurate clock with it😜...You bought the scooter new? Call the dealer about the clock (warranty)


General Discussion / Re: sym vs 150 manual
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:13:09 AM »
is this it?

 I think 'Bondi' is a beach-town ...I'll Google 'Brummie' later

HD200 / Re: Whatever
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:02:49 PM »
There was a TV series called 'Millennium' created by the people who brought us The X-Files and I thought it was a great show...that lasted 3 years and didn't quite make it to The Millennium (they had to bring back the lead character 'Frank Black' (Lance Henriksen) to an episode of The X-Files for a half-assed conclusion to the series...)

It was a dark series, maybe too dark for the masses who were bombarded daily with doom and gloom, to include many end of the world predictions that surrounded the upcoming new Millennium (Y2K)

I know people too scarily close to this character (watch the opening. Sorry, this is the only place online I could find it)

Be careful not to get sucked in too deep by all the drama of the entire 🌎🌍🌏...

Nothing new under the 🌞

Back to our regularly scheduled programming...

RV250 / Re: Oil light came on, now engine hesistant/no power
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:46:24 AM »
From the service manual for your scooter..(I think 🙄)...Joymax, GTS, RV 250

Ignition Timing

10 degrees before TDC/2500 rpm "F" Mark
26 degrees before TDC/3500 rpm
30 degrees before TDC/6000 rpm
16 degrees before TDC/8300 rpm
The ignition advance at 8300 rpm being retarded by 14 degrees as compared to the advance at 6000 rpm, must be a 'soft' rev limiter

IF the ignition timing (controlled by the CDI?) is faulty, it could explain why your engine won't go faster than 40-45 mph... (Spark is too late at too low of engine rpm/ a defacto rev limiter at the rpm your engine is running where it's cutting out at..)

Check ignition timing... Or just plug in a new CDI 🤐

Don't forget about the possibility of fuel starvation at the speed your engine is cutting out at

Hook up something like this (do so that the tank and hose run downhill to the carburetor (gravity) directly to your carburetor gas inlet (eliminating the fuel pump, filters etc) and go for a test ride.. (As mentioned in a deleted 5 part mini-series, people have been known to use a small window washer reservoir out of a junked car for this purpose..often to 'Synch' carburetors on multi-cylinder motorcycles)

If you're in the USA, ignore the 'Currently Unavailable' messages on Amazon, as the links get 🇨🇦 'Canadianified' 🇨🇦 on this board 😜

Wolf Classic 150 / Re: Sym Wolf vs Kymco Spade
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:12:57 PM »
>Build your own ‘Mini’ Cafe bike
Many accessories available for the Wolf Classic – We can build you a “Stroker” 205cc performance engine for only $999.00< 🤔 😜

RV250 / Re: Starting
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:51:47 AM »
One question Tromper asked
No dry clicking, nothing?
would be very helpful to get an answer on...

The clicking noise of the starter solenoid would be expected even with a low battery...or even with the possibility that the engine has seized from sitting for 4 years...
The scooter has been sitting for 4 years.
Do you know how little time it takes for rust to form on a bare metal cylinder wall? :-X

The bike will not even attempt to role over anyone have any ideas?

Would be great if you could just use a kick starter to verify the engine will turn over... :P

...or if it didn't have a CVT, you could pop it into gear and...

Ever do a valve adjustment? Well, you don't have to do one now, but if you know how to turn the crankshaft with a ratchet & socket, you could eliminate the possibilty of a seized engine...

Adding...If you've ever turned a small engine like yours over to do a valve adjustment, you already know how little force it takes to do so...

..if you haven't, let me say it takes very little force, so don't grab the longest ratchet you have and tug with all your might..

You'll know right away if the piston rings and cylinder wall think they're all 1 piece... (Rusted together and stuck)

Wolf Classic 150 / Re: I lost Wolfie's key
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:40:13 PM »

Try a local hardware store. Take, but don't lose, the screw to match up the size

Assuming this washer is for preventing water from entering the turn signal lens...don't turn your nose up at an O-ring or a rubber washer if either one are available and will get the job done..

RV250 / Re: Need help with RV250 muffler
« on: August 26, 2017, 11:05:21 AM »
Remove the 1 remaining bolt and take it to a hardware store..

If it's not really TOO Special, they'll have some that will work (correct diameter and thread pitch)

If there's nothing that would interfere (there's enough clearance on the muffler cap around the bolt heads for the washers) with adding some washers to those bolts...add some washers to those bolts (a flat washer to protect the muffler cap and a lock washer to keep it from coming loose)

If they have stainless hardware, that will keep things looking pretty over the long-haul

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