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HD200 / Re: Scooters again
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:11:15 AM »
david23, a Kymco is a very good option to the SYM; in fact my first scooter was a People 150, and it was a very solid scooter. I am a SYM/Lance owner now because of the local dealer we have here in the valley. They previously sold Kymco and SYM products, but had to back out of Kymco because of all the problems they were having with parts supply (and a bad factory rep for the area). Because SYM offered an equally good scooter at a much lower price than the Kymco, AND I have total warranty backing and professional repair services in my local scooter shop, I have committed to SYM. I guess it's a matter of what the customer support in your area is like that might be the final determining factor in whether you go with SYM or Kymco. Either way, both are very good, dependable scooters.

HD200 / Re: 2018 SYM scooters
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:00:20 AM »
....I do come on from time to time to hopefully keep everyone up to date. We have worked tirelessly on our USA  presence with video's, trade shows, extensive dealer visits, etc. , please don't forget the MASSIVE mess Carter Bros left for us to mop up....
Thanks for doing all you can to update us on the forum here. We do appreciate all your hard work in keeping the SYM brand in good standing with everyone. It has to be a tireless, sometimes unappreciated, job to overcome the whole Carter Bros fiasco, and we want you to know that your openness to direct communication with the consumer is to be commended. Please keep up the good work!

HD200 / Re: You guys
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:36:03 PM »
If you want more responses you could try something more controversial like what oil to use & how often to change it.  That sort of thing can get some folks going.
:D :D :D :D ................................... >:(

SYM Joyride / Re: How to Remove RV200 EVO Battery
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:53:09 PM »
Very nice, detailed description, CR! That will be very useful to all the other RV/Joyride owners out there.

HD200 / Re: HD200 Evo carburetor or fuel injected?
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:51:12 PM »
My local dealer has hinted that the new HDs will be FI....    ???

What Tromper said. I change the gear oil at the same time I change the engine oil, which is every 500-600 miles on our two Lance scooters (150cc and 125cc). It's easy and quite cheap insurance to keep the grindings flushed out. If possible, get a large syringe (from a vet place or something similar) to squirt the gear oil into that little hole - SOOO much easier than using the gear oil bottle tip. And you can measure it out very precisely.

General Discussion / Re: Where to buy oil filter for Lance Cabo 125?
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:44:38 PM »
I have the PCH 150 and my wife has the Havana Classic 125 (same engine as the Cabo 125), and I've changed the oil numerous times and can tell you for sure it only has a screen, no filter. It sure makes oil changes easy, and cheaper without having to get a new filter. One of the reasons I love these smaller scooter engines. That said, without a filter, keep the oil fresh and change it often, like every 500 or 600 miles. Enjoy that Cabo!

HD200 / Re: Hello.....
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:23:35 PM »
Guess everyone is not experiencing any problems with their HDs right now, just enjoying the ride in the great Fall weather.

General Discussion / Re: Retired at last!!
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:48:02 PM »
Well GLV55:

It's been a year since I have had time to read posts on the forum; and I am still not retired, because of  the need for employer-sponsored health insurance. But I resurrect this post as I have read that Lewiston, ID has winter temps in the 40s, rarely gets snow, but does have hot summers of 93. Might visit when I've retired, I hope next year  :-\. Hope your retirement is going well  8).

Hey CR, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear you haven't been able to retire yet, but I totally understand the insurance thing. Lewiston is in a pretty area of the state, and although I can't vouch for the weather, I can tell you that they do have a paper mill up there that can put out some fairly bad odors. I have been through there, and it's certainly worth a visit - just try to get a place upwind of the mill. :o

So here's a little update: last winter was one of the worst on record for us, getting an accumulated 42 inches of snow. Then it rained all through April and most of May, so I actually rode LESS this year than I expected. Summer was a ripper, too, with over 40 days of temps above 95 degrees, many of them in the 100s. Didn't ride a lot in that heat, either. I'm hoping that Autumn will be much better and we can get out on the scooters more.

We have a couple here in Los Angeles...Downtown, Marina Del Rey, and up in Santa Barbara where I got mine from Ooty's.  Out of all my motorcycles, Vespa's, etc...the one I'd keep out of the entire stable if I had to have just one would be my SYM.
Shoupdawg, do you have any information about Ooty, the owner? He used to be very active on these forums, but was fighting cancer. Never did hear anything positive or negative about what ever happened. Let us know if you can - thanks.

Our local scooter dealer sells SYM and Lance and Buddy, and they are doing very well here - the market is growing in the Boise area. I suspect that since the US market is such a small portion of their worldwide business, they (SYM) just put in only enough effort in marketing to squeeze by. It's a shame, too, because they have good quality scooters that are probably the best bang for the buck. It seems to be the same with Kymco and is a common complaint over on the Kymco forums.

Seems to me that if ANY scooter company put forth a decent effort in marketing scooters in North America, they could easily corner the market and make a killing. That company would have to be willing to stick it out and really push their products for at least 2 or 3 years because they would first have to overcome the mentality and "stigma" that scooters seem to have mistakenly acquired in this culture and convince people that they don't need a big freaking 1200cc HD that costs $20k to enjoy riding a two-wheeler. Overcoming that mentality in the average American will take time, but with a little effort, who knows....

General Discussion / Re: Is lancescooterforums dead?
« on: September 11, 2017, 03:24:24 PM »
This is probably the best forum for us Lance owners. Every now and then, there is a post on there, but not much traffic for sure. I keep checking each week, but not sure how many times the admin checks in. In the mean time, there are many knowledgeable folks here who can help out with all things SYM/Lance related. 

HD200 / Re: Hurricane in Texas
« on: August 29, 2017, 07:41:13 PM »
Don't worry about being "off topic" - people and their safety are always an appropriate topic. We will continue to keep all the good people of Texas in our prayers as you come out of the storm and go through the long recovery process. Keep us posted on how things are going for you. We got your back.

HD200 / Re: I need help, scooter baffling everyone
« on: July 02, 2017, 07:49:46 PM »
It is fixed! A mechanic was able to figure it out. You won't believe what it was: loose ground wire!
Glad you got it figured out, finally, and glad it was a fairly simple fix. Amazing how such a simple thing can baffle everyone. I've always said that the electrical system is closely related to voodoo.  :o

General Discussion / Re: Life
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:48:17 PM »
We all share your concern and understand your frustration with the whole situation, david23. I find it very aggravating that there are so many jerks on two wheels out there giving us all a bad reputation. And they ride all types of bikes, but mainly some of the "hard core" Harley riders (certainly not all of them) or the crotch rocket youngsters (many more violators in this category). But, sooner or later it catches up to them and they usually end up hurting themselves. I just pray they don't take out other innocent motorists when the inevitable happens.

However, I do hold out hope because I have met some of the nicest people, those willing to help out a stranger or an organization, who ride Harleys (despite my tendency to pre-judge them based on appearance only). There are a lot of concerned and helpful citizens on two wheels out there who are helping to counter the rest of those jerks.  Take them on a case-by-case basis and appreciate the good people, then try to avoid the idiots at all costs. I believe in Karma - they will be on the receiving end of things sooner or later.

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