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Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,531
Posted By Phipsd
I figured all the friction reducers they put in...

I figured all the friction reducers they put in modern auto oils which they can't use in bike oils because of the wet clutches, should be great for engine life in our scoots. The fact that the stuff...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,531
Posted By Phipsd
It could be worth your while to check out the SYM...

It could be worth your while to check out the SYM Citycom. It's an excellent handling bike with lots of room ( I'm over six four ) an upright riding position, big 16" wheels and very reliable. SYM...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,162
Posted By Phipsd
The new one has more low end torque, so it should...

The new one has more low end torque, so it should be a little quicker off the line but since the old Downtown could eat up my Citycom and spit it out, the old one isn't exactly lacking. I wonder why...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,510
Posted By Phipsd
The Fiddle 2 125 is Mainland China, not Taiwan....

The Fiddle 2 125 is Mainland China, not Taiwan. According to friendly former SYM dealer; they are good bikes, but not as well assembled as the Taiwan bikes. They are however an excellent value; a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-03-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,002
Posted By Phipsd
Although I live in the mountains of British...

Although I live in the mountains of British Columbia; I'm an old two stroker so I had no problem adapting. At highway speeds, my SYM Citycom has some engine braking, not anything like a manual bike,...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-04-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 29,162
Posted By Phipsd
".some animal was peeing on it " Oh gawd!!!!...

".some animal was peeing on it " Oh gawd!!!! when I read that I laughed so hard Coke Zero went out my nose:)
Forum: Battle scooters 11-04-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,531
Posted By Phipsd
My SYM calls for 91 octane, there have been times...

My SYM calls for 91 octane, there have been times in the boonies when regular was all that was available. It runs exactly the same. I'm wondering, why the super expensive motorcycle specific oil? The...
Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 39,485
Posted By Phipsd
Special needs folks are real people just like you...

Special needs folks are real people just like you or I. What's wrong with them taking joy in a feeling of accomplishment?
Forum: Road warriors 10-14-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 39,485
Posted By Phipsd
I'm old enough to remember when folks bought BMW...

I'm old enough to remember when folks bought BMW R60/5 bikes with a claimed 46 HP @ 6600. What kind of a moron would buy an expensive bike like that when they could have had an R90S? Some people like...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-13-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,571
Posted By Phipsd
I've always wanted to ride a bike called a 'grand...

I've always wanted to ride a bike called a 'grand dink' just to piss off the folks who would be offended by such a thing:)
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Phipsd
I would have to say my V-Strom 1000. I've had it...

I would have to say my V-Strom 1000. I've had it since they first came out and it was vastly superior to anything I'd had before, but somehow over the years other bikes were getting more miles. then...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 21,459
Posted By Phipsd
I just went through the list: Honda 90 cub:...

I just went through the list:
Honda 90 cub: 6000 miles
Honda CB175: 5800 miles
Honda CB350: 12300 miles
Honda CB350: 8600 miles
Honda CB450: 27000 miles
Suzuki GT550: 21000 miles
Suzuki GT750:...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 21,459
Posted By Phipsd
On the SYM owners forum there is a couple who...

On the SYM owners forum there is a couple who have a pair of SYM HD 125's that have close to 70,000 miles on them and still ticking along fine with just normal maintenance.
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,148
Posted By Phipsd
I would, especially if I know the owner and the...

I would, especially if I know the owner and the bike. How a bike is used and maintained can be much more important than mileage. Also one great thing about HD is the support they give their bikes....
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By Phipsd
I didn't say that it would have the scooter...

I didn't say that it would have the scooter powertrain: but when you are talking about a mildly tuned 250 with peak HP at 7500 and optimal performance in the 4000 to 7000 range, it does sound alot...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By Phipsd
The specs for the smaller 250 SYM T2 say an 87...

The specs for the smaller 250 SYM T2 say an 87 mph top speed. this bike has a spin off of the SYM 279 Big block scooter mill that is used in the faster scoots in Europe. it should be a few mph faster...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By Phipsd
The tank on the 300 has a mid 60's Yamaha vibe to...

The tank on the 300 has a mid 60's Yamaha vibe to me. Somehow I'm thinking of a 305 Big Bear, or I. May just be losing my mind:)
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,614
Posted By Phipsd
I've been told by a friend who is an old-time...

I've been told by a friend who is an old-time Harley guy;that the EVO was the longest lasting most reliable engine Harley ever made.
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By Phipsd
Has Honda won the small bike battle?

So I see that in Taiwan SYM has the T3 which is a higher spec 279cc '300' class bike. It seems to me that this bike would do a better job of competing against the Honda 300F.

The question is if...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-11-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,759
Posted By Phipsd
Generally buying, maintaining, paying the...

Generally buying, maintaining, paying the depreciation on and buying the brutally expensive ICBC coverage to save money is hard to do. However you just might be the exception. When I saw the damage...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,227
Posted By Phipsd
Kawasaki is selling their version of the Kymco...

Kawasaki is selling their version of the Kymco Downtown 300i which is a great sport touring scoot.
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,954
Posted By Phipsd
Intruder 1400: I loved the style, the grunt,...

Intruder 1400:
I loved the style, the grunt, the sound and the handling

I hated the small tank and the clutch fluid return line that ran overtop of that hot running air cooled twin. It was easy...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 27,119
Posted By Phipsd
Light and nimble are concepts that the younger...

Light and nimble are concepts that the younger folk aren't thinking about for a rest of your riding life bike. I wouldn't want to be 80 years old and on a Wing or even my 1000 V-Strom. A good 500...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,659
Posted By Phipsd
Small bikes for tall guys

I'm over 6 four and I fit very well on my SYM Citycom 300i, the Burgman 400 and the Honda CB500X.
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,659
Posted By Phipsd
Yeah the guy who wants a convertible comes across...

Yeah the guy who wants a convertible comes across as a tool; but even a fool can have a point. There is an extra element of risk in pushing a bike as heavy as a Wing that hard on a public road....
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 935
Views: 185,773
Posted By Phipsd
I had a couple of whoppers. the first when I sold...

I had a couple of whoppers. the first when I sold my Suzuki GT550 triple and got a GT750 and the second when I traded in my good running 03 Suzuki Intruder 1400 and got the much larger Suzuki C90...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 935
Views: 185,773
Posted By Phipsd
In my case I'm not talking about pushing that...

In my case I'm not talking about pushing that hard; I'm talking about normal urban riding on surface streets. 7500 anywhere around here would land me in jail. i just changed my riding style, using...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 935
Views: 185,773
Posted By Phipsd
It's a funny thing, I've had mine for 12 years. I...

It's a funny thing, I've had mine for 12 years. I kept it mainly because it fit me; I'm over six-four. It was great on open sweepers, but the steep tight stuff was hard work mainly because of the...
Forum: Road warriors 10-10-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By Phipsd
The Killer App

I'm an SYM fan. After four years and 33000 km I'm impressed with how good a bike my Citycom 300i has been. SYM has had the 150 Wolf in both the US and Canada and although a nice little city bike it's...
Forum: Ride reports 10-10-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 36,187
Posted By Phipsd
When I was15 a Black Bomber was the first big...

When I was15 a Black Bomber was the first big bike I ever rode. I had a Honda 90 Cub at the time. I had never used a clutch on a bike before. I never forgot the thrill. years later I had several...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,759
Posted By Phipsd
Buy a scooter to save money? No. Instead of...

Buy a scooter to save money? No. Instead of saving money you'll find yourself spending more money and having way too much fun.
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Phipsd
No linked brakes; just a 405 lb bike with a 250...

No linked brakes; just a 405 lb bike with a 250 lb rider and a single front disc. We also have very aggressive urban traffic here (no freeways) and when I want to ride for fun, I'm in the mountains. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,679
Posted By Phipsd
it would have to b the Honda. better handling,...

it would have to b the Honda. better handling, gas mileage and an engine that is half a car engine for better performance and longevity. Seats are easy to fix.
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Phipsd
Citycom service

I'm a great believer in good rubber. I found out the hard way that less than top line tires can have painful consequences. I was a Metz guy for years, I'm a great fan of the 880, but it's too bad...
Forum: Beasts 09-27-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 23,857
Posted By Phipsd
it wasn't engine technology; It was that big...

it wasn't engine technology; It was that big engine equals big price and thus big profits. It's the same reason why you can no longer buy a small P/U in North America, only big oversize pigs.
Forum: Battle scooters 09-27-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 47,097
Posted By Phipsd
When there was no distributer for Canada, the...

When there was no distributer for Canada, the local dealer got excellent timely service from Alliance. When Urban Wasp went down, things got a little more interesting. I was dealing with people who...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-27-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,981
Posted By Phipsd
It is true that electric car to an extent simply...

It is true that electric car to an extent simply transfer pollution from the urban living space to the powerplant. In the US about 40 percent of power is still generated by coal. The problem is that...
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-25-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 541
Posted By Phipsd
8500 km is nothing. I put 32000 km on the OE...

8500 km is nothing. I put 32000 km on the OE front, and it still had some tread but I figured it was time. The local Kymco distributer had a Michelin City Grip in stock and I had ordered four sets of...
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-25-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 597
Views: 89,920
Posted By Phipsd
The Versys is a great example of why judging a...

The Versys is a great example of why judging a bike solely by it's specs is stupid. It's true the party's pretty much over by eight grand, and the low end isn't much to write home about either; and...
Forum: 2 smokers 09-24-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,207
Posted By Phipsd
I agree: I had two GT 750's and a 550 and the 550...

I agree: I had two GT 750's and a 550 and the 550 was much the better bike. It got better gas milage, used half as much oil, handled vastly better, had power right from idle and would leave my 750's...
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