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« on: October 24, 2021, 03:15:47 AM »

I've been scooterless for 1 year and 11 months. Yesterday I cured my illness.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2021, 05:36:50 AM »

Welcome back!
I guess I missed that you were without.

Do you remember how to ride?  

BTW- now you need to color your tooth Deep Blue. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2021, 06:19:43 AM »

Well, I see you took my lead and got the fastest color.
Congrats!

BTW, I, finally, took the butt-bumper off and found a few new riding positions.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2021, 06:38:04 AM »

Good un Bob. My Chinese wife says no on changing the yeller tooth color but maybe she could change to a Smurf!

Q: I use a tooth brush twice a day, am I correct in assuming you guys use a teeth brush?
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2021, 06:43:48 AM »

Don, yes I did. You've proven to be a scoot connoisseur!
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2021, 03:34:57 AM »

Very nice!
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2021, 04:03:34 AM »

I heard the toothbrush was invented in Arkansas. If it would have been invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush. Nice bike by the way.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2021, 01:54:45 AM »

Congrats, glad you are back to riding!
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2021, 03:46:08 AM »

Congrats, glad you are back to riding!
It's like scratching an itch or quenching a thirst!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2021, 03:47:28 AM »

Waiting to hear the reports-after break-in, of course.
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2021, 11:15:19 PM »

Well, I see you took my lead and got the fastest color.
Congrats!

BTW, I, finally, took the butt-bumper off and found a few new riding positions.

I've been scooterless for 1 year and 11 months. Yesterday I cured my illness.


Could either of you measure the width of the final drive belt?
I am thinking of the possibility of using a force tension gauge, like is used with Harley final drives, to check and adjust tension on the final drive belt. Some of these gauges are narrower than others on the "L" bracket that sits against the belt.

Do you know of anyone who, or do you, checks the belt tension using a force gauge instead of buying that really expensive sonic checker or do you all let the dealer deal with it?
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2021, 04:17:01 AM »

@Expat47
Don, do you use the tire pressure monitor? You observations?
I noticed today that my rear was showing a warning after I started up. The actual pressure was 39psi. Front showed 33 but was actually 35.
I use several gauges and not sure if any of them are correct. Maybe the monitor is correct and all my others are wrong.
The monitor showed 36.5 on rear. So I just went on but left the monitor display on the rear tire.
After 4 slow miles, it showed correct and the warning stopped. Then after doing the local speed limits, it warmed up and fluctuated between 40/41 depending on how fast I was moving which seems normal.
Just learning the quirks....
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2021, 07:55:17 AM »

@Expat47
Don, do you use the tire pressure monitor? You observations?
I noticed today that my rear was showing a warning after I started up. The actual pressure was 39psi. Front showed 33 but was actually 35.
I use several gauges and not sure if any of them are correct. Maybe the monitor is correct and all my others are wrong.
The monitor showed 36.5 on rear. So I just went on but left the monitor display on the rear tire.
After 4 slow miles, it showed correct and the warning stopped. Then after doing the local speed limits, it warmed up and fluctuated between 40/41 depending on how fast I was moving which seems normal.
Just learning the quirks....

From what I've been told, the computer uses some stored memory when you first start up so the reading on the tires isn't, necessarily, trustworthy. I've learned to ignore it for the first few miles. It seems to me that it's built to act more like a warning in case of a puncture while riding.

When you shut down after a ride the tires are hot and the air has expanded. Over night/time the tires cool down and Viola! low tire pressure when you start up again.

BTW, what's that doohicket sprouting out of the middle of your handlebars?
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2021, 08:28:45 AM »

Could either of you measure the width of the final drive belt?
I am thinking of the possibility of using a force tension gauge, like is used with Harley final drives, to check and adjust tension on the final drive belt. Some of these gauges are narrower than others on the "L" bracket that sits against the belt.

Do you know of anyone who, or do you, checks the belt tension using a force gauge instead of buying that really expensive sonic checker or do you all let the dealer deal with it?

The belt measures 4cm and, for me, that's the mechanic's problem. I'm not a mechanic.
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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2021, 01:47:05 PM »

Thanks, that's the same as the "L" bracket on the tool I have. I'm not professionally a mechanic... unless you're counting computer/electronics Technician/Mechanic which I was throughout my career. But I've learned to do most of the needed maintenance on all my bikes and sometimes my other vehicles. With a Kymco I'd have to do most of the maintenance since the nearest dealer is 2 hours away along the big fast highway. That dealer is a Kymco authorized dealer but they don't have any Kymco scooters in stock. They do regularly stock BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Triumph, Polaris, Royal Enfield, Yamaha, and a few others. I did verify directly with them that they do work on Kymco scooters and they have promised that they honor any warranty work. But they are 2 hours away so I'll do my own maintenance. I have places locally that I can take a wheel in for tire changes so I'll be fixing the belt tension myself. The tool Kymco says to use for that per their service manual costs over $800 (around 700 Euro) on Amazon! So I won't be using that tool for how few times I hope to need it.

We need a Kymco dealer much closer to me. I live in the largest metro area in our state and have the other brands covered (except BMW) so it makes sense to have Kymco here as well. You know... college town, lots of suburbs around, etc.
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