Mel Harris is SSR's current VP of Operations. Before his gig with SSR, he was the VP of Motorcycle for Suzuki USA. He's got a pretty legit industry pedigree; There's a pretty short list of people who are ideally situated to set up a Chinese company for success stateside, and he's on it.
You can but a tube into a tubeless tire and you need to use a tube if you have a tube type rim, no exceptions. A tubeless tire is designed not to leak air through the tire itself, but it doesn't make a difference if your rim won't hold air. Most tube type rims are pressed steel, while most tubeless rims are cast aluminum.
This being said, we do carry a quality 3.00-10 tube type tire. Here's a link:
So, here in FL, some guys have put something together called The Woodsman Cup. Basically it's racing machines through the woods that were never meant to race through the woods... Scooters, sport bikes, the like. Seeing that the drag racing thing isn't making many waves at the moment, and a couple of us here still have the itch to race scooters (and cars, and anything else that can be raced), we're going to be prepping a couple of the R&D bikes for this thing. As I have more pictures and stuff I'll post them up. Should be fun!
As gas prices decline this forum suffers too. Just showing most of those signed up here are not real riders but those who can hardly afford higher gas prices.
Low fuel costs have hit the scooter industry pretty hard this year indeed. There's still a core of riders however that keep trucking along. Bringing new riders in is vitally important, and a challenge for all of us.
I think you are going to be money ahead if you just sell what you have and buy what you want. Budget = $450 + $200 for your ride is going to get you a decent used 150cc scooter and close to zero work. (and maybe a brand new one)
You won't believe how many niggly things pop up when doing a 50 to 150 engine swap. And not all cops are stupid when it comes to giving tickets out for an un licensed 150 that is speeding. 45 mph in a 45mph zone is speeding if you are riding a "50"cc scooter and then there is the ticket for no drivers license endorsement.
Just guessing the reason you want to do the engine swap is because of no endorsment and the no plate thing on a 50!
Most of us accessories companies have tried to sell these stateside at one point or another, but none of us can ever really get them to sell well enough to keep offering them. The are super popular all over Europe though, and they work great.
From a Liability standpoint it's a crusher,,, I love bikes and scooters and have had moments of mental instability thinking of getting into the game,,,,then I come to my senses and sh!tcan the idea,,,the racing analogy comes to mind ,,,, " how do you make a small fortune racing?,,,, start with a big one"
Not necessarily. When distributors like us operate the correct way, product liability coverage extends to our dealerships, our products, and all that use them. Additionally, our dealerships are not just scooter dealers. We represent 2 brands of scooters, citEcar electric vehicles, atvs, dirt bikes, used motorcycles, etc. In just their second month in business under our Flagship Program, ScootTribe was #3 in the USA out of all Bintelli dealers for sales for the month of August. A very good living can be made out of being a powersports dealership, especially if in a program that reduces the learning curve needed.
Also, when it comes to parts and accessories, if you qualify for the Flagship program you'll also now have the qualifications to get set up as a wholesale customer with us as well. What Justin is doing is really good for the industry as a whole, it creates a lot of satellite opportunity for companies like mine as well. Taking the time to identify the gaps in dealer ownership, and facilitating the closing of said gaps is just spectacular.
IMHO, your best bet for reliability is to keep the engine mostly stock after install. Our engines bear mods rather well (we've used them for multiple racing applications), but for just streeting around I tend to like stock internals the best.