Well the new Symba 100 arrived at the transport company as promised. She arrived in a cardboard box on a pallet, to which a fork lift operator proceeded to load her on the back of my buddy/neighbour's flat deck truck. Where we then unloaded it into his heated garage. ( did I mention that he was a good buddy ).
There, we uncrated the Motorsickle and I was happy to find the the bike made the journey across Canada without any injury.
We assembled the bits and pieces onto the bike as per no included instructions. Hey were a couple of guys, we wouldn't have read them anyways. Checked the tires ( low ) and topped them up, checked the oil, filled and charged the battery and installed the battery. OK Instructions here would have been nice, or even just a picture of the battery leads position. I guess that I must have a way of looking at things upside down, luckily my neighbour has better upside right vision and installed the leads with the wires coming from the bottom. Who would have though ?
Then we filled the fuel tank with a couple of litres of liquid gold. Now was the moment we were both waiting for. Seeing that I've owned a few Harleys in y days and he still has a loud fast one in his garage, we were anticipating a nice low end rumble from the single cylinder engine. No, we weren't drinking beer, its just a guy thing.
Anyhow, I hit the starter button..... Nothing :
WTF? Oh yeah, safety interlock switch, pull in the break lever first. ( I guess that's where reading the owners manual comes into play, but I do remember reading about this somewhere on this forum, so I'm not the first
So, ok lets try this again, the proper way. Turn on the ignition, pull in the break lever, neutral light is lit, K hit da starter button........ Bike turns over but she no start. Hmmmm, ok time to pull out the manual.
Manual say if bike sit for long time with no gas in it, hit starter button, no touch throttle and bike will start. K, Nope she spins over but won't even attempt to start.
So, lets check if fuel is getting to the carb. Undid the float drain screw and liquid gold running out onto the floor, crap get a container catch more liquid, wipe up mess on the floor. Try again, she spins but she no start.
Ok 3 things needed to make engine run, Fuel, Air and spark. We got fuel, so lets check for spark.
Pulled sparkie and plugged hi tension lead to sparkie, ground out sparkie to frame and hit start button. No spark.
, Checked sparkie's gap, a little small, so gapped a little larger .7 mm as per spec. Now try, ok sparkie now giving us bright blue spark. ok, put sparkie back into engine, lets try this again. Engine spins but still won't start.
Phone call to dealer where I purchased from, he no answer, left message asking for a call back and some ideas. He no call me back.
Ok back to square one, 3 things needed to make engine run. we have spark and we have fuel so lets check the air filter. Well holly crap! Who came up with this contraption of an air box? Finally managed to check filter, is good, re-assemble contraption to similar looking contraption before we took apart.
K, now what? Well lets see, I'm thinking
we have fuel, air and spark, maybe not enough fuel?
Maybe the fuel cap is faulty and not allowing for fuel to flow freely? Vacuum locked?
Ok, so I remove the gas cap and try again. This time we both have our fingers crossed. Nope still won't start.
Time for a break.
Break over, back to work. or troubleshooting. some search on line shows that the fuel vacuum petcock can stay stuck open and cause flooding issues. Hmmm if it can stay stuck open then it can stay stuck closed too. So my little brain had a big brain fart.
, removed gas cap, blow into gas tank to pressurize fuel system. Hit da starter and voila! Thunderin Jesus we have live, the little engine that could, Did! She fired right up! But, only ran for about 5 seconds. Ok we are getting some where now. Lips over fuel filler blow steady ..... ( now get your minds out of the gutter, it's not that fun). Hit starter button, and she fires right up but still only runs for a few seconds. Try again and again, same thing dies aft I let pressure in the tank drop. K this is getting old and I can't see myself riding down the road for 30 feet, hopping off of the bike, blowing the fuel tank, start the bike, lower the seat and hop on fro 30 more feet.
Anyway, I know what the problem is so now have to look at some solutions. Unfortunately it is going to involve removing the fuel tank and fuel diaphragm. I'm thinking that I will somehow disable this crappy invention and put a manual petcock somewhere in the fuel line.
That was last night, woke up this morning, looking outside having my coffee and writing this, the ground outside is completely covered in snow. I guess that it snowed through out the night. So no big rush to get little Symba out today.
Wish me luck! Any ideas would also be welcomed.