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Symba / Re: The weather wimp
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:15:15 PM »
SymbaWal, it doesn't have to be off road.  Perhaps there are some nice little side streets or scenic areas that are on regular roads.

Yes, that would be great. I have some fairly scenic routes to run on this side of the county. Realistically, it would have to wait for the summer. I am very tied up until about June.

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Symba / Re: WTB: Symba rack to use with bench seat
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:09:25 PM »
Would love to find a Carter Bros. red, chrome or black rear rack, although likely hard to find, I can hope.

I totally lucked out and got one from a scooter shop that was getting rid of their stock. A post was made here about them getting rid of the racks, and I jumped on it. I searched for a year and a half before landing one. Be patient and search everywhere as often as possible. Hopefully someone will make another magic post here.

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Symba / Re: DMV title observation
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:07:44 PM »
My California title says SYM as the make.

I wonder if since mine was imported via Carter Bros., it was documented under the manufacturer's acronym letters (SYM), as opposed to those imported via Alliance, which was documented differently...?

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Symba / Re: The weather wimp
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:23:02 AM »
SymbaWal, maybe one day I can haul my Symba and my friend's out your way, meet near a trail or riding area of your choice...just a thought.  ;)

I would never object to that idea! I'll have to see what kinds of trails are available for riding around these parts. I've never taken my Symba off road before. Would be a neat experience! Are you running the stock tires?

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Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:10:38 AM »
I have a few two-stroke mopeds that I enjoy riding, so I sometimes miss the buzzy, smoky, slower ride. It's sometimes nicer to just go even slower!

Mopeds!  Love 'em.  That's how my whole scootering (2-wheeling), adventure started.
Last Oct. I started looking on Craigslist to find a replacement moped that I would have still had today if my brother hadn't gotten it stolen.  It was a purple PUCH...LOVED it and started looking for one when I saw a red Vespa posted on the moped page.
Long story, I bought the Vespa, then I still missed the "motorbike" feel so I bought the Symba!  No regrets.
Still looking for a purple PUCH.

The Puchs are definitely still out there, running around. I have Garelli and Tomos mopeds. Excellent bikes. My Tomos is almost 15 years old and runs like a champ; feels just as good as the day I bought it new. It'll sit in my garage for up to three months unused, and then fires up on the first kick. Super simple, which keeps it reliable.

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Symba / Re: Let's see your Symba!
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:08:31 AM »
Is that a full-on PA speaker on the back of your Symba, Gorilla? How do you manage all that weight? And do you use it to blast music or...?

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Symba / Re: synthetic oil
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:07:08 AM »
even 2cycle oil is helpful.

Please correct me if I am reading this wrong: Are you saying it is acceptable that 2-cycle oil be mixed with the gasoline of a 4-stroke engine?

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Symba / Re: The weather wimp
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:05:08 AM »
Man! I wish I had another Symba to ride with. I think the SoCal folks on this board are too far away from me. I am on the eastern edge of L.A. county.

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Symba / Re: Welcome home Blue!
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:04:12 AM »
Practice makes perfect! Be patient and take your time when filling up. I am very slow and meticulous about it. But I also haven't had gasoline spray all over me in a very long time.

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Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: February 22, 2015, 12:45:44 PM »
Careful on the MAS too many and you might start having a problem in making a decision as to what to ride!

My other problem was keeping up with the registration and insurance on my bikes. I am down to just a few "active" bikes, so it makes life easier (and cheaper).

Figuring out which to ride hasn't been too difficult, at this particular time I like riding the Symba and Honda most!
As for insurance, at first I was thinking, wow, insurance is sure cheap on bikes, until I ended up insuring 3 and soon to be 4.. 8)  ;D

Yeah, my insurance used to be about $70 for the first bike, and then about $12 for the next, $10 for the other, and so on. So, for about five bikes, it cost me somewhere around $130 total. I think the idea was you can't be riding all the bikes at the same time, so therefore, the other bikes were just "add-ons" to the primary bike.

But that changed about 5-6 years ago, to where it's now $70 for the first bike, $70 for the second, $70 for the third, etc. They decided to go the "car route" in insuring bikes, so I'm forced to pay for each as if it's a primary bike.

I have a few two-stroke mopeds that I enjoy riding, so I sometimes miss the buzzy, smoky, slower ride. It's sometimes nicer to just go even slower!

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Symba / Re: Let's see your Symba!
« on: February 22, 2015, 12:41:22 PM »
There must be sticker differences since mine has a sticker referencing Alliance as the importer.

Yes. My bike has the Carter Bros. importer information label.

But it's also nice that they are not tweaking the design too much they know what works, and of course, after decades of improvements from Honda's side, it's just a tried-and-true setup.

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Symba / Re: Welcome home Blue!
« on: February 22, 2015, 12:39:46 PM »
Put in 0.65 gallon of gas...maybe could have held more, but I wanted to be safe and not overfill.

Yeah, don't overfill Phil! Anything past 0.70 gallons is the danger zone for me. You get very good at incrementally modulating the gas pump handle. I always wish the tank was a bit larger and had a less fuzzy fuel filler hole, but I've gotten used to it over the years.

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Symba / The weather wimp
« on: February 22, 2015, 12:37:11 PM »
56 degrees with an 80% chance of rain? Guess my Symba gets to sleep in this weekend.  :(

I envy your weather hardiness, Rich.

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Symba / Re: New Symba along for the ride
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:48:22 AM »
Careful on the MAS  too many and you might start having a problem in making a decision as to what to ride!

My other problem was keeping up with the registration and insurance on my bikes. I am down to just a few "active" bikes, so it makes life easier (and cheaper).

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Symba / Re: Gas light and turn signal indicators died 2010 Symba
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:45:38 AM »
Yes, the speedometer is mechanical, whereas the blinkers/gas gauge is electronic, and if both blinkers and gas gauge lights are out on the speedometer, it does sound like a loose connection somewhere (more likely behind the speedometer, but possibly on the other end of the connection). Doesn't sound like too tough of a fix as long as you know where the culprit is!

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