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Exclamation Attention all RCT 170 owners
Posted by: Mat1998 - 10-19-2018, 10:12 PM - Forum: All about 4 Stroke Scooters - Replies (3)

Hey guys, so I had to take off my center stand on my rct 170 today, found that that head of the bolt securing the rubber spacer that the stand rests on in the upright position was chaffing against my sump and actually wore a 2 mm gash into the sump, fortunately it didn't start leaking. Went to my local big boy dealership to look at their rct on demo to compare my center stand to theirs, and I saw the 2017-2018 edition has a new lower profile bolt with a split pin, so I assume they changed this because other people noticed the same thing happening to theirs. It was an easy fix, just bent the small plate that the roller sits on and now it isn't chaffing anymore, but just a heads up to others with the same model scooter, check to make sure that you do not have the same issue as if left unfixed this can cause a hole which will cause a severe oil leak and you'll need to send your engine for welding to fix it if it chafes through.

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  Carving out a path
Posted by: xsel777 - 10-17-2018, 09:35 AM - Forum: Who Are You - Replies (1)

Hey all.
Cape Town based. Always, and forever. Mountain and sea, you just cant beat it.
IT Consultant with time on my hands.
I got into 2 wheels because of increasing traffic,and time wasting on the road.
My idea that my cage would be filled with IT equipment deliveries never materialised, so rather have fun riding on the way
to a job.
First I got A Kymco Grand Dink 250, which I raced everywhere at 130KM/H, so it did not last long!
I traded that for a Kymco Xciting 500 Ri and it was night and day, the ride quality.
I am still on that xc500,battling to keep it running due to numerous issues of all sorts, which I wont list, as I think I would max out the word limit in this post.
BUT, I am still enjoying the ride.
If I am not sleeping, I am riding.
See you on the road.

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Lightbulb Mechanical question sub section
Posted by: Mat1998 - 10-11-2018, 05:13 PM - Forum: NEW SITE - 9 Oct 2018 - Replies (2)

Hey slang, 
Great website, I actually prefer it to the old one, it's got a lot more eeitied options and way nicer emojis Tongue , can you maybe add a mechanical sub section like in the old forum for technical questions, like for example, maintenance or repair questions which don't fall under any of the proprovd categories.

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  Nylon vs radial tires, myths debunked
Posted by: Mat1998 - 10-11-2018, 11:37 AM - Forum: 25cc to 400cc Scooters and Motorcycles - Replies (2)

Hey guys, 
So I've seen on multiple bike and scooter channels, people talking about nylon tires as if they are bad, so I thought I'd make a quick post debunking some of the myths regarding nylon Vs radial tires.

Myth number 1: I've often seen people refering to the "rubber" part of the tire as being nylon, and this simply is not the case. The lining of the tire, the part the rubber is bonded to, the part of the tire designed to give it it's structural strength when properly pressurised is nylon, not the tire itself.

Myth number 2: all nylon tires are created equal right?: This is a myth i used to believe two years ago when I got my first scooter. You see , one of the most important things when buying tires for scooters and small bikes in general, isn't whether it's nylon lined or not, but it has more to do with the type of tread and the type of rubber used .Not all rubbers are created equal, and some are tackier than others, which results in better grip when going around a corner and in wet conditions. So your chinese tires from big boy (which admittedly I still use) might not fall apart from use, but they won't grip as well in wet conditions, increasing the likelihood of falling and the lack of "tackiness" also increases the time it takes to stop when slamming the brakes and increases the likelihood of skidding or hydroplaning in wet conditions. So yes, it is recommended to buy slightly pricier tires especially if you're new to bikes and scooters and you don't know what to do if you do skid or hydroplane.

Myth number 3: the overall lifespan of cheap and expensive tires are the same though right? 
Wrong again. Because of the better quality rubber often used in pricier tires, they often take longer to wear, and try often have better tread which helps especially in wet weather to channel the water away from the part of your tire in contact with the road again to prevent hydroplaning which is already dangerous when occuring to a car but even more so on a motorbike. So at the end of the day it comes down to this. If you ride very short distances in dry conditions your chinese tires can serve you well, bearing in mind that they may have a shorter lifespan overall, but if you ride in all weather conditions and longer distances, I'd definitely recommend looking at purchasing better tires next time you're due for a change.

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  Air-cooled Vs liquid cooled engines
Posted by: Mat1998 - 10-10-2018, 11:26 PM - Forum: 25cc to 400cc Scooters and Motorcycles - Replies (2)

So every Wednesday I ride my rct170 to swartkops air force base, I help out with the friends of the airforce museum and help clean some of the old aircraft and sometimes fix them up a little, when I noticed a vespa parked next to me. And not just any vespa but one of these fancy liquid cooled super 300s, and it got me thinking. Is liquid cooling really necessary on a scooter, obviously it gives you an advantage when it comes to having tighter tolerances and a lower maximum temperature, but doesnt the increased complication associated with liquid cooling make them harder and more complicated to maintain? And is it absolutely necessary to have liquid cooling when riding longer distances or is air cooled fine providing that you're constantly moving to maintain the flow of air over the cooling fins on the engine?

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  BWS coil carbon to wire
Posted by: Gert - 10-10-2018, 02:53 PM - Forum: All about 2 Stroke Scooters - Replies (1)

My bike is a BWS 2 stroke. Has anyone ever looked at changing the carbon coil lead to a wire type? Can it be done? Is it a matter of turning the coil side off a connector, similar to the process when unscrewing the plug cap? I understand that the carbon is better for radio suppression. My theory is that carbon leads break down and get fine cracks with age, which is prone to dampness.

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Exclamation REGISTRATION - Now Enabled
Posted by: Slang - 10-09-2018, 10:02 PM - Forum: NEW SITE - 9 Oct 2018 - No Replies

Ok...people can now register.
All registrations will still have to be checked and ok'd by myself. Just till everything pans out!!
I'm waiting.. Angel

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Thumbs Up Welcome everyone.
Posted by: Slang - 10-09-2018, 09:34 PM - Forum: NEW SITE - 9 Oct 2018 - Replies (8)

Tongue

HI Dudes and Dudettes.

Our previous forum (based on the Small Machine Forum software) has crashed with disastrous results. So bad that I decided to re-start our forum with a completely new and updated Forum Software IE> MyBB.
The previous software worked the server resources very hard and since I started The SA SCOOTERS forum in May 2009 i had to spend thousands to continually update the server. Angry
Once the forum is up and running (....or at a point where i am happy) i will open registrations and try and get our old members back here.
I will also slowly migrate all the older posts back to this forum.
The past few weeks has been hell.....I've gotten so used to this forum that i could not go without it anymore.
I wish all of the old members...and plenty new ones returns.



Round.......................Number...............2...  Cool Cool Cool Big Grin

I am slowly creating all the old Forum Categories. Please be patient.

ENJOY!!!
Registration now open: 10pm on 8 Oct 2018

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