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Wolf Classic 150 / Wolf for sale in Seattle
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:15:10 AM »
The last one to appear months ago on Craig's List was at a dealer in Auburn.  This one is out near Green Lake at Aurora Suzuki.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcd/4137179377.html

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Wolf Classic 150 / Fuel for the Wolf
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:58:26 PM »
There have been previous postings about the octane required to make the Wolf run right.  High octane gas burns slower so it prevents pinging [aka pre-ignition and detonation] when the engine is under load on a grade in a high gear.  My experiments show that the Wolf has a stronger acceleration feel with low octane "regular" compared to the ethyl blends.  It also seems to start easier and run better when cold with low octane.  Lately, I've been using the cheapest low octane gas and then adding Sea Foam which contains naphtha.  Naphtha seems to enhance the gas and mimics high octane's anti-ping feature, but without the soft-power feel of high octane gas.  The engine also runs much smoother with less vibration at high rpm with Sea Foam.  Adding the stuff is not all that economical, but considering the Wolf's exceptional mpg that isn't much of a concern.  Give it a shot and see if you notice a difference.

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Wolf Classic 150 / Riding briskly
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:08:05 AM »
This is just like my commute on the Wolf.  Really, it is!   ;)   ::)  Except the Wolf is a little slower.

http://tinyurl.com/ckubvkj

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Wolf Classic 150 / Standard Handlebar mod, part-2 windshield
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:29:44 AM »
If someone asks me what a good universal windshield for motorcycles is, I recommend the National Cycle StreetShield EX http://tinyurl.com/yrvxtt .  It has a compound-curve shape so it penetrates the air well, has a very adjustable 4-point mounting system, and is good quality.  National sells two versions of the StreetShield: the standard model with simple U-clamp handlebar mount, and the EX with quick-detach mounts.  I've used both screens and prefer the EX because its mount doesn't scar the handlebar, and the EX screen is a bit larger with a better fit around the headlight.

The EX arrived before Cam's handlebar conversion, so I got curious and tried to mount it to the Wolf's OEM clip-ons.  There isn't enough unused handlebar space with the clips to accept the EX's wide knob clamps, but if you use the standard screen's U-clamps [parts kit ATU], extend the upper mount arms about 1-inch, and fiddle with patience, the EX might work. 

With Cam's conversion and 'superbike' bars, National's EX compliments the Wolf and expands its practical application.











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Wolf Classic 150 / Standard Handlebar mod, part-1
« on: February 10, 2013, 01:56:34 AM »
Clip-on bars have never been my friend.  They lack leverage and after an hour on the road begin to hurt my back/neck/wrists.  While crossing a bridge on the Wolf, I was hit with a strong and instant sidewind.  Even though I leaned into the wind, it still pushed the bike hard to the right.  Then, the wind abruptly stopped and without the resistance I swerved to the left.  The sequence repeated and the bike began to oscillate, and I almost lost it.  With the narrow bars there was little I could do except ride it out, and at 55mph that has extreme pucker factor.

Except when there is a monsoon or the roads are icy, I frequently choose a bike over a car for transport.  That means during the dark months I travel cold unless there is a windshield on the bike.  The clip-ons are not windshield friendly. 

Both of those reasons motivated me to order Cam's standard handlebar kit.  With the included clutch cable it will allow a 26" wide bar with a 2" rise to function with the OEM switch wires, brake hose, and throttle cable.  As I expected with a project of this nature, it was a bit more than a quick remove-and-replace operation.  To prevent interference, the right-side switch wire routing had to be adjusted.  Also, the seat and tank needed to come off in order to reroute the throttle cable to get some slack.  The Wolf's handlebar switches register with a hole in the handlebar, so there was some fun determining where to drill the holes. 

The result was well worth the time for me.  In another post, I'll show the windshield.



I chose a 29" 'superbike' bend.  1 3/4" was cut off each end to obtain adequate cable slack.


Remove the clip-ons and levers, unfasten the gauge assembly that attaches to the top clamp.


Remove the clamp.


Install Cam's clamp.


Locate holes. With bar upside-down, scribe a line.


Measure in from ends, punch, drill with 3/32", and there will be holes for the switch housings....


The result.




The Wolf is one of the rare bikes that looks good from any angle.


* part-2 Windshield http://symforum.com/index.php?topic=2589.0


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Wolf Classic 150 / Wolf Classic photo thread; let's see your bike
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:45:50 PM »
SYMForum has a "Pics and Vids" board, but with 18 SYM scooter models the Wolf is outnumbered there.  SYM's motorcycle deserves its own photo thread, so post your Wolf Classic eye candy here.





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General Discussion / snow and ice
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:38:08 PM »
Been meaning to try these studs and I'm wondering if anyone else has? 

Never give up.  ;-)

http://www.aerostich.com/self-tapping-carbide-tire-studs.html



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Wolf Classic 150 / Wolf Classic 150 power specs....
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:31:24 PM »
Wolf 125 specs  
124.5 cc
Horsepower: 10.19 HP @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 6.6 ft.lbs @ 7500 rpm
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/sym_wolf_125_2012.php

Wolf Classic 150 specs
149.4 cc
Horsepower: 14.79 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 9.04 lb/ft @ 9000 rpm
http://www.alliancepowersports.com/models/PDF/2012_Sym_Wolf150.pdf


The published power ratings for the Wolf 150 seen around the net have never seemed right to me.  First, 14.9 horsepower at 8500 rpm seems a bit of a stretch from a normally aspirated single-cylinder two-valve 149cc engine.  The Wolf 125 which is 24.9cc smaller produces a claimed 10.19 hp.  4.6 additional horsepower from the Wolf's extra 24.9 cc seems a miracle.  Marketing departments tend to fudge a bit with horsepower, so I'll accept it as exaggeration.  But, the torque claim just doesn't make sense.  I have never seen a dyno chart that showed peak torque produced at a higher rpm than peak horsepower.  You can wade through the math here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torque#Derivation , but the gist of it all is under the heading "Machine Torque" which states "Torque is part of the basic specification of an engine: the power output of an engine is expressed as its torque multiplied by its rotational speed of the axis. Internal-combustion engines produce useful torque only over a limited range of rotational speeds (typically from around 1,0006,000 rpm for a small car). The varying torque output over that range can be measured with a dynamometer, and shown as a torque curve. The peak of that torque curve occurs somewhat below the overall power peak. The torque peak cannot, by definition, appear at higher rpm than the power peak.

It all makes me curious what the Wolf's real power specs are.  I've surfed the net quite a bit and haven't found a dyno chart for either the Wolf 125, or the over-bored Wolf Classic 150.  If you've seen one, please post the URL.


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General Discussion / Where is the admin?
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:26:23 PM »
Email to "Skadamo" bounces, has he left us?  Is there a new SYMForum administrator or moderator?

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Wolf Classic 150 / 1139 kilometers
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:59:52 PM »
Although this is a Taiwanese commercial, it has a message that motorcyclists can relate to [especially older riders].  I suspect the bikes are all 150's, and the blue 4-stroke single might even be an older SYM/Honda.  Go riding and enjoy.


TC Bank- Dream Rangers

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Wolf Classic 150 / Shop Manual
« on: March 14, 2012, 12:13:35 PM »
The Wolf's shop manual is not available to the US consumer.  If anyone knows of a source, or online scan, please post or PM me.

Thanks 

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