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General Discussion / Re: Concerned about service on a SYM
« on: August 11, 2009, 10:15:34 PM »
hal1, here's some info I didn't know of when I replied to your question on MB.  According to the BBB's site (granted, they joined just this year), they opened their doors in 2003.

I think with 6 years in, they're probably here for the long haul.

General Discussion / Re: Carter Brothers ?????
« on: August 02, 2009, 11:57:54 PM »
Just curious:
1. Does your dealer refuse to get parts for you?  Or just refuse to stock parts?
2. Is your dealer unable to get those parts?

#1 seems odd, but is a problem with your dealer.
#2 seems odder, (and could still be a problem with your dealer).

HD200 / Re: How long will tires last
« on: July 22, 2009, 10:26:48 PM »
About 11,000 miles so far (they are ready, I'm not - yet)

HD200 / Re: Speedometer and Odometer Are Way Off On The HD200
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:39:28 AM »
Whoa.  I re-read my post and I guess "get used to it" may have come off a bit dismissive, but I didn't intend it to be.

I've only owned three scooters and all had inaccurate speedos (and please note, I wrote *only* about speedos, not odometers).  And honestly, I agree with you, a 5-10%+ inaccuracy on something as basic as a speedo seems unforgivable.  But I have seen your question asked in every other scooter board I read.  And every thread eventually gets around to references to the same question on other boards for most every other type of bike out there from the $500 CCS to the $20000 superslab eater.

The question is even discussed in David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling with the same (to my eye) inadequate explanation for the inaccuracies.

I guess what it comes down to is that I'm glad that you've had 50 bikes with 50 accurate speedos.  But you are the exception, not the rule.  And at the speeds we mostly ride (30-50) the math is too easy to do for me to justify spending what it would take to fix the speedo (if it is fixable).

HD200 / Re: Oil change for HD 200
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:08:26 AM »
Just put it on the center stand and open the 17mm drain plug on the left side. Most all of the oil will drain out without further ado.
And the rest will drain all over your centerstand, making a big mess.  Spend an hour once and you never have to clean your centerstand, its spring, your garage floor ever again.  Your choice.  (But the S&M reference is pretty funny.)

HD200 / Re: Oil change for HD 200
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:32:06 AM »
  • Mount two hooks in the ceiling of your garage, making sure that the hooks are mounted into joists or other solid wood (3-4' apart), so that the ceiling is not damaged.
  • Hang one rope of sufficient length from each hook.
  • Tie the scoot's handlebars to the ropes so that it cannot fall over (you may want to have a helper steady the bike the first time or two).
  • Drain oil.
  • Replace oil drain plug/oil screen holder.
  • Untie ropes.
  • Put scoot on centerstand.
  • Refill engine oil/drain and refill transmission gear lube.
Rinse and repeat every 1000Kms or Miles, whichever you choose.

HD200 / Re: Speedometer and Odometer Are Way Off On The HD200
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:12:57 AM »
A speedo that is about 5-10% optimistic seems to be about the average for all 2-wheelers.  There's lots of explanations/excuses for the inaccuracy, but what it comes down to is get used to it.

HD200 / Re: How many miles on your HD 200
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:07:15 AM »
18000Kms so far on my '06

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