I bought the new scooter, for about 2600.... liquid cooled, 50cc, Kymco "Super-9" I loved the performance, the braking, a real tuff bike, it has little heat vents that keep your hands warm... vented from whatever cooling system it has. I have to admit, I paid 300$ extra for the liquid cooled model without knowing what or how liquid cooling worked on a 2-stroke.
It can't replace the big smile I get when I ride the mopeds, but it is a very fun toy. Anyway, here's where I'm at with the bike....
I added the exhaust pipe...always the first step in modding a bike... but it cost 155$ just for the pipe, and you have to pull the bike apart to add the "roller weights" which I'm just learning about. So, obviously, I'm not going to do the adjustments to the clutch/variator myself. So I had to pay for two hours of labor... nearly 300$ just to add the scooter version of a biturbo.
The pipe looks cool in the gif (which I hotlinked and attached....Fred's gonna kill me.. for not putting it inline...) but on the bike it looks wimpy compared to the original pipe.
It has a bizzare bend in it, a U-turn--- I do think that's cool looking,
The pipe was attached this afternoon, today was the first day of riding with it. The first thing I noticed was a drop in initial take off power... it used to um... 'snap' into the 'powerband' with any rev of the engine.... now, it does not engage at all until 4000 RPM's. It 'slides' forward, not quick like it was before the pipe... BUT at about 8-12 mph she rockets up to 40ish, and then climbs steady but not rapidly until the speedo is buried way over 80KPH (judging from the way it was climbing) I think I'm doing 55 on level ground, perhaps slightly higher.
I do not trust my speedo, yet, even though it is brand new. I need a car to calibrate with me... it seems like bike speedos run higher while cars run lower....
it seems to me, that a bike doing 30 will say it's doing 35, while a car doing 30 will show it's doing 25... but, I digress...
My speedo buries at 50, so I don't know how fast I'm going. I'll dig up some older threads on replacement speedos.... or just know how fast it is, top speed... then I know I'm between 50 and top speed...
While testing it today, going down a long straight but not too steep downhill, I was redlining at 11,000 rpms. Even when I let off, the bike stayed redline, so I kept on the gas, to keep it lubed.
Here are the other options I have for performance parts. I was hoping for some good advice from Fred, or anyone who had modded out a scooter. I'm not ready for the 72cc kit, yet, because it says you can hit 13k easy, and unless you're responsible with the throttle, you'll need a ring job every 10 hours of use.
HERE'S THE HOTLINK:
I need advice, even though they give 'advice' on this page. I wonder, because they state installation time of 15 mins on the technigas pipe, and it involves a lot more than bolting on a biturbo... so I know they're at least partially full of shit,
I know it won't wheelie without the 72cc kit and a good bounce/yank. The front end is too heavy--scary to have it up inn the air anyway. I don't want it to come up...even though in the past, I've indicated I thought it would be a good idea...
But, I would like it to be the best, most modded, tricked out scooter it can possibly be, without adding the kit. I know I'd cook my engine with the kit. I can't be trusted.
Fred: I asked for advice in an earlier thread--- and I apologize if you gave a good answer and I missed it. I forgot what the thread was called anyway....I trust your advice more than anyone's.
Oh, and as for the subject of MOPEDS, what's up with no one at all responding to my post:
I mean really-- are you guys going on nice rides too? Do you ride with friends? where do you go?
I think it's totally stupid that people complain about non-moped threads, and spend time name calling and talking crap...and then a PURE nothing but MOPED post comes up and it just scrolls away without a single response,
I'm not looking for people to just say "oh great, glad you had a nice ride...." I kind of thought other people might post some of their summer adventures.
Anyway, if you ARE one of the folks who piss and moan about the content of the forum, you ought to make an effort to respond to the posts that are 100% related to mopeds and the moped community,
Oh, well. Looking forward to your advice, and although the post I'm bitching about was titled "Maine Swarms" I think other people should post about their "Non-Army" swarms. The members can put their adventures up front, in the news....
1. How do I trick out my scooter to the max w/o adding the 72cc (hotlinks included)
2. Don't bitch about forum content if you don't respond to posts involving friends, mopeds and swarms (and nothing else).