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I am in the same boat. I just brought my Symba back to life after sitting for a few years in storage. Itís not running very well at all, but it does fire up.

This is my first post on this forum in about five years, which is probably about how long my bike has been in storage! Iím sure I have old gas in the system, and even though I cleaned out the carb, itís still a pretty rough runner.

Symba / Re: Any symba owners in Los angeles
« on: July 29, 2020, 02:31:17 AM »
I live in eastern LA County. My Symba has been in storage for years. I just got it sort of running this week. Itís really choppy, probably due to the old gas and whatnot. Cleaned out the carb jets and it improved, but itís not in reliable shape as of yet.

Symba / Re: Using the Symba for delivery service
« on: June 19, 2015, 03:47:04 PM »
How do you attach the basket behind the stock passenger seat? I want to haul a few items and my daughter someday.

I have the Carter Bros. Symba rack. It was made to mount the stock passenger seat, and then extends almost a foot behind it.  Here's an example of what it looks like...

Symba / Re: Bay Area Wolf/Symba Ride to Pinole Car/Moped Show
« on: June 19, 2015, 03:44:06 PM »
Ah! That's too bad! I wish I lived up there in NorCal!

Symba / Re: Carrying a dog?
« on: June 19, 2015, 03:42:06 PM »
But with some dogs you'd have to worry about them jumping out and on to the pavement at speed...Just depends..

Yes. This exactly. I would never put my dog on my Symba or any other scooter/motorcycle/moped for this reason. He loves trees and bushes, and has a proclivity to leap towards them at any moment. No thanks, leave the dogs at home, or safely transport them in a car.

Symba / Re: Using the Symba for delivery service
« on: May 23, 2015, 02:54:11 PM »
I recently bought the extra long seat as seen in the photo.  Bought it from member ABray, thank you!
I now have ample room.  I needed to deliver a box today, so I used the Symba.
Worked like a charm!
Anyone else use theirs for hauling?

Yes. I have a very large basket behind my rear buddy seat. I can hold about 4 large grocery sacks and have done full grocery runs with the Symba before. Every time my wife asks me to go to the grocery store, I'm an enthusiastic volunteer!

1) I'm still getting used to shifting gears, especially in traffic.  As a mental crutch, I check my speedo, and generally my gear pattern is as follows: 1st - 0-10mph, 2nd 10-20, 3rd 20-30, 4th 30+.  Does that sound about right?  How do you tell when you're supposed to shift?  What gear are you usually in when you're in stop and go traffic?  I found that I was tootling along in 2nd before I had to stop again and drop back to 1st.

That sounds about right to me. I shift when the engine is getting to a point where it is not producing all that much power and it is getting closer to straining. Hard to describe when I shift; it just will come naturally to you as you do it. In stop and go, I usually use 2nd. I can pull away from a stop in 2nd without lugging the engine too much.

2) What is your shifting technique?  For a while I was upshifting with my toe on the front lever, but my shin started to hurt so I started pushing the back pedal down with the front of my foot.  It seems like it's designed to push with your heel, but I couldn't find a comfortable way to do it.

Yeah, I do not use my heel either. I move my left foot and bounce my toes from the front lever to the rear lever. Not sure if that's the right way to do it, but I've become accustomed to it. I used to use my toes for all shifting on my Honda without having to move my foot at all, but my Symba doesn't really allow for that. I might need to adjust my lever and experiment a little on that.

3) At speed, the bike got kind of jerky whenever the grade changed a bit or I went around a corner, or if I changed speeds a bit.  I stayed in 4th gear, but every once in a while (like at the bottom of a small grade) it would slow suddenly and then jump forward and jerk me back and forth, I don't know how to describe it.  Is this a throttle control issue?  I'm coming off a 50cc scooter, so I think I might not be used to it.  The only other thing I could think of was something with the jets or carb.  The previous owner said he changed the jet, but I can't remember what size he said he put in (I just emailed him to find out).  Any insight about how to achieve a smooth ride (or what to expect in terms of smoothness) would be much appreciated.

That doesn't sound like a jet or carb issue to me; just seems like you're in the wrong gear.

4) Hills.  I've read that going up hills you're supposed to shift down.  How do you know when to do that?  Not all hills seem steep or long enough to justify that.  What about down hills?  Are you supposed to gear up?  What if I'm already in 4th?

If the engine isn't straining to get up the hill, you're probably in an okay gear. Otherwise, shift down from 4 to 3, and see if that's better. Be careful when you shift down as the bike may lurch or pull back. I actually down shift going down a hill to help the use of my brakes. I'll go from 4 to 3 going downhill and let the engine do some of the braking for me.

5) Turns.  Do you downshift going into a turn?  Or should I just hit the brakes a little?  What if it's a turn on a hill?  This seems like a bit of a dark art to me.

I never shift during a turn, usually either before or after, depending on my power situation. I usually give it some throttle going through the turn for better gyroscopic force (for lack of a better term).

6) At the beginning of my ride, the bike stalled out at the first two stop lights.  It was cold last night and about 55 when I started riding, so is this just because the engine was cold?  I assume so because it didn't happen after the first 20 minutes.

That could be the case. I've never had a stall on my Symba before, so I really don't know.

Symba / Re: symba fuel
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:36:10 PM »
I think I usually run 89 but I have ran it with 87 and 91 in the tank. Didn't notice differences with any of these.

Symba / Re: New Symba Owner
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:34:12 PM »
I love to hear new owners joining our discussion here. Keep riding and be safe! Welcome to the family.

Symba / Re: Summer riding
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:33:13 PM »
Since I work in public education, I will have three months off, starting TODAY. I love my job, but the vacation is not bad, either.

Symba / Re: New Symba Owner - New Rider
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:32:21 PM »
Congratulations and here's to many more miles of smiles. Great color choice too. Yes, I am biased!

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:31:44 PM »
***Update, I did find a PUCH!  It's not purple, like the one I had as a kid, but it's mine.

Nice! A real moped! Ain't nothing like having to pedal when you hit the hills. Who knew you could exercise while riding on a motorized vehicle?!

How's it run? Are you enjoying reminiscing about your former Puch by riding this around? I have never ridden a Puch moped before, which is weird since they are so common and I've rode a least a dozen different mopeds in my years.

Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:19:52 AM »
Damn, that looks like fun.  Can't wait till you try to ride that through the sand and see how it compares with the great Symba!  Congratulations on your latest addition to the family.
Thank you Tommie, I'm fixing it up so my dad can ride it again.  Seems a bit big for what I like to ride.

I always loved how the exhaust swept up against the side of the CL bikes. Gave it a look that was a cross between the CT90/110 and the typical CB-ish series Honda street bikes of the period. Very nice.

Symba / Re: Let's see your Symba!
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:16:53 AM »
That's an excellent Symba snow photo! Really amazing you could actually plow through it all. And those are stock tires, too?

Symba / Re: Bit hard to start: advice?
« on: March 31, 2015, 09:07:10 AM »
Mine was getting hard to start with the electric start.  Checked the battery and sure enough, the fluid levels were really low.  Filled them back up and the electric start is working MUCH better now!  (I also threw in a new spark plug recently, which probably didn't hurt either.)

This just happened with me as well. I added distilled water to the battery, as levels were quite low, and then charged it up with the Battery Tender Jr. I had sitting around but never used. Vroom! Electric start is back in action.

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