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General Discussion / Ootscoot takes a break
« on: September 09, 2015, 08:16:39 PM »
Well, after quite a few years and posts and friends found on this cool forum, I am sad to say that I no longer will be able to offer as much, learn as much, and just plain be entertained as much...
Two years of battling Pancreatic Cancer has taken its toll.
My shop is now being managed by my son. Sorry to say I can no longer order and ship parts except for our local customers.
I will try to chime in again sometime in the future...but for what time I have left, I spend with my family.
Thank you all for a great learning experience!
With gratitude,
Ootscoot - Chris

Symba / No more Symba
« on: June 30, 2015, 09:10:05 PM »
I just got word the SYM will no longer manufacturing the Symba. Sad to hear. So I guess that makes my Symba a collectors item.

QuadRaider 600 / Quadlander or quadraider owners?
« on: May 28, 2015, 08:16:37 AM »
Any Quadlander owners here?

Pics and Vids / Ootscoot goes on vacation
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:58:09 PM »

Scoot dealer on vacation in Hawaii

Symba / Swing arm bolt
« on: April 07, 2013, 09:39:08 PM »
I have been servicing quite a few Symbas lately - springtime, time to ride!
One thing that I have found -usually when I adjust chain tension - is that the swing arm bolt needs tightening. Suggest checking every couple thousand mi.
Also found it best to check chain adjustment with the driver sitting on the bike

General Discussion / New 2012 Dealer of the Year!
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:05:48 AM »
Congradulations go out to SF Moto in San Francisco for the SYM Dealer of the Year award! Good job guys - I hope to visit one of these days...

General Discussion / Ootscoot takes a ribbing
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:35:52 PM »
For the last few days I have more active on this forum than I probably should be..
I managed to fall off the lift gate of a delivery truck and broke two ribs - ouch big time.
As a result I can barely move and am consuming far too many painkillers..
So, my apologies for rambling, and thanks for being here ...

General Discussion / Warranty and self-maintenance
« on: February 18, 2013, 12:57:29 PM »
I often get asked if the warranty will be valid if " I do the maintenance myself".
I encourage my customers to take care of their own bikes and yes I do honor the warranty if the owner does his/her own maintenance. I teach my customers how to do an oil change, gear oil change, where the air filter is and spark plug...
The quality of the SYM product is excellent - hard to do much damage - though some have managed.
I do not cover damage caused by the customer - for example stripped spark plug threads, broken body panels ("I didn't know you had to undo those screws..."), and forgetting to put in the oil...
As far as modifications go, for the most part I am fine warrantying with mods if done correctly. - I had one customer remove all the smog junk - which is ok with me, but he also removed all the vacuum lines and could not get the bike to run...I had to charge him a small fee to put it back together. Another customer wanted to lower the seat height - I told him that he could have someone remove the seat cover, trim the foam and re-recover for $75. - he decided to do it himself, butchered the seat and wanted to claim the seat was defective due to lack of foam...
Many have changed from rollers to sliders - I still warranty if the weights are within a few grams...not if the job is done incorrectly.
Overall I have found that those who take care of their bikes do so out of care for the bikes, not just to save a few bucks. - a well cared for bike has less warranty issues.
Alliance has been very good about supplying warranty parts - they seem to like these bikes as much as I do!

SYM Joyride / RV 200 Evo Pics and Videos
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:59:05 AM »
Show us your ride! Here's the Alliance Video:

Pics and Vids / Wolf on the prowl
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:26:44 AM »

Customer sent me this shot of his new Wolf on the mountains above Santa Barbara

Pics and Vids / HD 200 Evap fix
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:46:14 AM »
Here's a few pics of the HD 200 Evap system fix

General Discussion / New category - RV 200
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:49:51 AM »
So Alliance now has the RV 200 and is distributing them to dealers (except CA) - same powerplant as the HD 200, although I saw a kick start on there...
Looks comfortable with the RV style, I hope it is not under powered for the weight...I don't have the specs yet, but will report on ride as soon as I get my hands on one (CA c.a.r.b. pending).

RV250 / Need help finding RV 250 parts!
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:38:25 AM »
I am trying to repair an RV 250 gear box - I have been able to get all the gears and bearings except the Drive shaft and the counter shaft assembies. Any Junked RV 250's out there?
SYM Taiwan says 4 to 6 weeks, Canada out of stock, Teamworld does not have stock...

Citycom 300 / This one's a keeper
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:26:19 PM »
As a dealer I have had the opportunity to ride many bikes, from quick impression test rides to longer term relationships...some I just didn't like the first ride out - like the Chinese Lance Milan, about rattled my teeth out, or the La Vita, very squirly...some I tried to like, thinking maybe if...the Vespa GT200, a heavy beast, the SYM RV 250 - hard on my back - ..
The HD 200 is one of my favorites for most use and especially for the money, Also liked the Scarabeo 250 - very comfy,but nothing has matched the Citycom for handling (HD 200 Evo is close - the Wolf even better), comfort of ride, reliable start-everytime, all weather, roomy, powerful,fast, stable...I could go on...suffice to say this one is a keeper...

General Discussion / SYM USA Dealer of the Year!
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:36:02 PM »
We here at Ooty's Scooters are proud and honored to be named SYM Dealer of the year (2011).
We (my family and co-worker) really must thank our many happy and satisfied customers. Our motto here has been "one less car" - one scoot at a time...together we have been transforming the traffic and transportation habits of this town!
And a big thanks to Alliance Powerrports! - their vision, service and support are awesome!

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