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General Discussion / Re: What gear do you carry?
« on: June 04, 2016, 10:58:54 PM »
For most day to day riding; nothing special. For longer rides in the mountains or in remote areas: A can or two of fix-a-flat, a small can of WD-40, a first aid pouch, bottle of water, emergency thermal poncho, rainsuit, warm waterproof pants and warm fleece. On a really long ride, a litre of oil and a 5 L gas can. Tools, not much if anything. Most of the time these were the items that got me home or kept me safe warm and hydrated while I waited for help to arrive. Also a gel pad and airhawk. And I must not forget a good sun hat for the chrome dome.

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HD200 / Re: Seat mods
« on: June 04, 2016, 01:04:15 PM »
I'm six four so I can understand the need to change the rider position. On my bikes that allow the rider to move around; moving back, which changes the weight distribution of the machine quite drastically, can have a deleterious effect on steering.On my Citycom, I have some knee room which allows a small amount of rider movement forward.

When I do so, there is a big change in handling. The steering is far more accurate, and the bike is much more stable especially in windy conditions. Because of weight distribution, steering, handling and stability; I would far sooner sit a little higher for room, than further back.

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HD200 / Re: Seat mods
« on: June 04, 2016, 12:28:44 PM »
Re: Flipping Ass over Teakettle. With SYM brakes????? That would be quite a trick. Even on a sport bike with five times the braking power and a short wheelbase, it's not easy to do. I have done it on a bicycle, but I've never come remotely close on any motorcycle, no matter how hard I was braking.

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SYM Joyride / Re: What Coolant to Use?
« on: June 04, 2016, 11:59:43 AM »
Anything that is suitable for modern cars will work in your SYM. If your bike is a keep til the wheels fall off purchase; you could have your bike changed over to Evans Waterless Coolant. The old coolant has to be completely flushed out ( no more than 3% contamination is allowed ) or the benefits of the noncorrosive permanent Evans will be lost. It's a worthwhile investment for any vehicle that you value, or in my case, for bikes that sit for half the year.

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I think I made a reasonable comment based on the information that was presented. Sometimes people will deliberately  not put as much detail in a post as they could have to give more scope for comment. The back and forth that can result is part of what makes these forms fun. Also more often than not, in the exchange, information may be put forth that others may find interesting or useful.

It's all grist for the mill.  Where I would take exception is where fair comment becomes personal, derogatory or even nasty. Even if a comment is off base, it could be useful for a reply. Most times, getting defensive and going on the attack, misses the point; which is communication.

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Citycom 300 / Re: Senior Citizen Citycom Rolls Again
« on: May 23, 2016, 01:41:42 AM »
The last time it had been ridden was Oct 14. The last few tanks of gas the scoot gets ethanol free Chevron, then I fill up the tank and run a hefty dose of Sta-Bil through the FI. This is my favourite thing about FI; I don't have to screw around with draining carbs. The bike is outside but covered with two covers that are well tied down. I pay particular attention to making sure the brakes are well protected. It's a pain when callipers seize. The battery is on a smart battery tender. ( not a charger ).

I did the same deal to a Suzuki C90 Cruiser ( Big Pig ) that sat for 3 years hooked up to a plug-in tender. It too fired right up. Five years? I don't know. I'm sure there is a limit.

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Citycom 300 / Re: Tyres for Citycom
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:01:35 PM »
It doesn't bother me to use a cheaper tire on the rear but I always use the best I can get for the front, especially in the wet. If the rear slips around a bit it's not a biggie. When the front starts sliding........
I like Michelin Citygrip on the front. I put topline Michelin on the front of all my bikes.

I vividly recall the lastime I had a front wheel let go in the wet. I thought the cheap crap stock tires that came on the bike would be ok if I took it easy. I really enjoyed the crutches, cast and buying expensive new riding boots:(

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Citycom 300 / Re: Citycom start always turning when power is on ?
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:43:23 PM »
SYM wiring not wrapped properly? My new much more expensive Suzuki V-Strom 1000 was recalled for the same problem. SYM's may not be perfect, like anything else they are subject to human error. Still, overall my SYM has been more reliable than any other bike that I have owned and I've put 34000 clicks on it, so I have a good basis for comparison.

Yeah, the switches feel crude, but much of that can be fixed with WD-40.

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Citycom 300 / Senior Citizen Citycom Rolls Again
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:23:05 PM »
I was having so much fun with the new V-Strom 1000 last year that I didn't get around to riding the scoot. An injury and concussion at work meant that I needed to get back on two wheels with something more friendly and easier to manage.

A new monster AGM battery ( the V-Strom 1000 size will fit!) and copious amounts of WD-40 on the switches and it fired right up. 33,000 km and 800 added a couple of days later. It turns out that a Michelin Citygrip likes more air in the front for the twisties (32) than what SYM says. What a sweet ride! What a great handling little bike. The winds were strong and gusty and I had my six-four perched forward until my knees were just touching,  everything was suddenly stable and fun.

6500-7000 and it was zipping along with the holiday rush. The bike runs much better than new. I can hardly wait to pile on more miles.

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The S-Max is a nice bike. I hope you enjoy it. I would take it over the BV350 anyday because of Yamaha reliability. As a former business owner myself, I know that even with the best of intentions, mistakes or miscommunications can happen and do.

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The more powerful 'S' model Citycom has been out for years, but it isn't available in every market.

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Thanks. That makes sense. I'm sure once I get my bike a lot of my questions will almost answer themselves.

Unfortunately, I won't be getting a SYM CityCom because the place where I was going to purchase it SOLD IT OUT FROM UNDERNEATH ME! I even specifically discussed my situation with the salesman (that I hadn't yet taken the course to get my "M" certification) and that I would put a 25% deposit or more -- whatever he wanted -- to hold the bike until I'd passed the safety course (June5th) since that was the only CityCom they had in stock. And he said that would be fine. I even went out and purchased one of the last remaining rear racks available for the CityCom/Givi Monokey top cases (they've been discontinued by Givi).

So after getting that bombshell dropped on me yesterday afternoon I'm now getting ready to check out a new 2014 Piaggio BV 350 that's discounted $1,200.00 and will end up costing about the same as the CityCom. I considered the Kymco Downtown (smaller wheels/harder seat) and People 300GTi (16" wheels but less storage room) but prefer the BV 350 to those two.

I'm also considering contacting SYM directly and letting them know the totally unprofessional way in which their authorized dealer in College Park, MD conducts business. I had been in contact with that place almost every other day since I first saw the bike last Saturday and made it crystal clear that I wanted that bike and would do whatever they wanted to purchase it. To then turn around and sell it out from underneath me is totally unacceptable.
Thanks. That makes sense. I'm sure once I get my bike a lot of my questions will almost answer themselves.

Unfortunately, I won't be getting a SYM CityCom because the place where I was going to purchase it SOLD IT OUT FROM UNDERNEATH ME! I even specifically discussed my situation with the salesman (that I hadn't yet taken the course to get my "M" certification) and that I would put a 25% deposit or more -- whatever he wanted -- to hold the bike until I'd passed the safety course (June5th) since that was the only CityCom they had in stock. And he said that would be fine. I even went out and purchased one of the last remaining rear racks available for the CityCom/Givi Monokey top cases (they've been discontinued by Givi).

So after getting that bombshell dropped on me yesterday afternoon I'm now getting ready to check out a new 2014 Piaggio BV 350 that's discounted $1,200.00 and will end up costing about the same as the CityCom. I considered the Kymco Downtown (smaller wheels/harder seat) and People 300GTi (16" wheels but less storage room) but prefer the BV 350 to those two.

I'm also considering contacting SYM directly and letting them know the totally unprofessional way in which their authorized dealer in College Park, MD conducts business. I had been in contact with that place almost every other day since I first saw the bike last Saturday and made it crystal clear that I wanted that bike and would do whatever they wanted to purchase it. To then turn around and sell it out from underneath me is totally unacceptable.

They didn't sell it out from underneath you. They sold it to a customer with cash in hand. Talk is cheap. If you really wanted a Citycom; pass your test, put a deposit down and get them to order in another bike. They are not a rare commodity. No dealer can afford to turn down a paying customer for a maybe, if they want to stay in business.

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General Discussion / Re: Where are all the maxsyms?
« on: April 06, 2016, 07:53:36 PM »
Just post anything you would want to contribute in 'General Discussion'. We don't get the MaxSym's in North America, so I for one would be very interested in any of your feedback.

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I like the way my Citycom handles with a Michelin CityGrip on the front. I would be happy with the cheaper Maxxis on the back if I could get them, but not for the front. In high gusty winds or tight twisties, moving forward on the seat makes a dramatic difference in the handling. I'm six-four so I can't move much, but it still makes a meaningful difference.

Still, you are right. The Citycom would benefit from a stronger frontend. If I hit a rough chunk of pavement in a corner at high speed, I can feel the flex. With more normal riding, there isn't a problem.

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SYM Joyride / Re: replacing starter on joyride 200
« on: March 21, 2016, 05:07:44 PM »
A bad cell in a battery can burn out a starter in fairly short order. This can happen even if the bike seems to start ok. I also found that the stock Taiwan Yuasa is junk. I switched to a Japanese AGM Yuasa. Your bike will start and run better and the reduced stress on the electrics will mean a more reliable scoot.

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