An engine is more likely to last if you run it conservatively at around 75%. AMAZING!! Who would of thought!! Of course I knew that KZ. Didn't you do things and say to yourself "I shouldn't be doing this" but you do it anyway? Try an eighty four mile work commute and you'll start to push the speed envelope. I've already put 10,000 trouble free miles commuting on the big SYM at 85 to 90% capacity. I don't give a sh!t who makes the parts or who assembles it, it is so far above the Chinese bikes I've had it's ridiculous. Shall we narrow the conversation? What is the list of scooters I will ride? Here it is: SYM The wife's new SYM had a clutch problem, big deal. A company makes millions of bikes and there's a part or two that's defective. It happens! Please don't hammer me with specific stats, you get the point. To Cookees great credit he has a clutch on the way. OK, I'm done, I ride a SYM, end of story.
It's a very solid build and I need to get busy and do a write up on it. When I say it has the old Tank engine mount I mean the Tank corporation not a gas tank. If you look in the manual section you'll zee the Tank manual under the Chinese category. There you'll see the motor mount I'm talking about that is UNDERNEATH the engine and does not sit in your way over the engine. This is in the Tank manual which is a great resource, Rich
I knew I shouldn't have said anything with you two massengills around! Weird thing is you two are agreeing on something!! Actually I've always liked the CVTs on the China bikes, It's the electronics I REALLY dislike!
I swapped the Puma clutch for the Lance clutch and it completely fixed the high RPM engagement. I'm gonna button it up the way is and look at the Lance clutch when I get a chance. I'm sure it's something minor and I'll keep it as a spare.
I rode down the road about an 1/8 of a mile. It's a blast! It's very nimble and fast. The wife rode it and she loves it....WHEW! I'm having a little problem with the CVT not wanting to engage until about 2,000 RPM. I think the clutch is stiff because it sat so long. So does Jack and Pete. I greased the inside of the clutch and will try it out this morning. The engine runs like a dream. Thanks Tom, if I get the paperwork we can legally go on a ride.
When I say "Tank" motor mount I mean one that was common on the Tank scooters. If you never heard of them they were successful for a few years and just disappeared. Here is the motor mount on my new bike which is the same as the Tank mount.
But this bike came with a nice accessory. I'm not sure what it's for but I can't quit looking at it:
Here's the top of the engine without the dasterdly silentbloc on top
I am just going to shelve everything until I get it running. I got the tires aired up and I'm changing the fluids. There's about a 9 mile list of stuff to do when new. I'm not doing all of it today. But I'll see if it will crank.
It will regulate close to 12v.....that's it. It doesn't multiply one regulator to the next. They read what's coming in and adjust to it. If it's 12, they do nothing. Please let us know what happens. This is a very interesting, and potentially expensive, experiment.