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  • Re: Kymco 550

    Rosco My guess is that much of this bike owes its DNA from the BMW built at the same stable. It sure has lots of modern ideas BUT, I suspect modern costs to go with it. eg. I think it has a belt drive to the overhead camshaft, a wet clutch that requires an eye to be kept on, and a nice large (no doubt expensive) rear drive belt that no doubt ...
  • Re: Upgrading from Piaggio Fly recommendations

    Shurik Based on my own experience - I suggest that a Kymco X-Town 300 would take a lot of beating at around your budget.
  • Re: Vespa styling

    Pyra - thanks for the information. It seems strange that such thing as styling / shape could be protected considering the number of years that have passed since the Vespa scooter was first introduced. Even patents and copyrights expire after fewer years than the approximate 70 years since introduction of the first Vespas. For how long can Piaggio ...
  • Re: 2017 Scooter of the Year

    Aspro Boy The obvious question is - " What criteria is being used to assess an outright 2017 scooter deemed to be worthy of that title ?" - put forward by whom? and for what reason? eg. Catagory ? Value for money ? Design ? Reliability ? Warranty backup etc... Until any such title is shown to have been assessed on disclosed sound ...
  • E-10 - again.

    Not that I use the stuff myself, but it occured to me recently that scooter and M/C manufacturers don't seem to have embraced E-10 as an alternative fuel at all. Otherwise, why do I not see "E-10 approved" stickers on bikes. Don't get me wrong - at a saving of only 2c a litre it hardly seems bothering to use it anyway. Among many ...
  • Re: Oil changes

    gaz The seat on the 300i is still a bit too far forward but I'm learning to tolerate it as I expect it to soften over time. I had the seat on the 350i altered, but due to the shape of plastic underside having to be re-shaped it finished up being harder. So - I'll live with the standard seat on the 300i for now.
  • Re: Oil changes

    gaz Another Kymco - this time an X-Town 300i - so far so good. Similar layout to the 350i with some improvements - seat a little better - instrument back lighting better. Screen a little higher and easier to clean and remove. Underseat light now has a timed cut off (in case you forget to put the seat down I guess). Rear tyre slightly broader - ...
  • Re: Oil changes

    Pyra - Ironically, upon inspection my new scooter does have an oil filter even though the owners manual doesn't show it to be so. Sign of the times?
  • Oil changes

    What are the merrits between changing oils strickly as per schedule - or earlier or later? Now that we live in a world of synthetic oils can scheduled oil changes be varied - should we even consider it? I am now the owner of a new bike that has no oil filter and a reduced oil schedule span (every 2000kms) - Mineral oil 5W-50 API SJ or better. ...
  • Too many !

    About 5/6 years ago  a study by Sydney University on two-wheel rider safety concluded that; If a rider wore a white/ yellow helmet he/she stood a 10% better chance of not being involved in an accident. Wearing a High Visi safety vest increased the odds by a further 40%. I took notice of that report and have adopted both recommendations ever ...
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