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Old 01-26-2014, 12:48 PM   #466
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Would not ride Zuma. Heard they won't climb hills.
I believe what you heard is that mine won't climb hills.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:39 PM   #467
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Now, what I get from all this, is that a CVT simply does not have a low enough gear ratio to climb well. A Yamaha 125 scooter has about 8 hp, yet a 50cc 2 hp bike will climb circles around it. This only seems to be the case with smaller scooters, and does not apply to maxi scooters. They have way more power, and possibly a wider gear ratio in the CVT as well.


A cvt, not MY cvt. Your words, not mine
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:32 PM   #468
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Well, how about somebody find out for sure. Find a long 7% grade, take your Zuma 125, whack the throttle wide open and go for it. See how long it takes the engine to blow up. I didn't get very far, my engine was pinging, rattling, and knocking (same as trying to ride a motorcycle up the hill a couple of gears too high) I turned around quickly to save the engine. I even went so far as to install a clip on tachometer on it, and found the rpms while trying to climb this steep grade were less than half what they were riding on a level road at 55 mph. RPMs should have been nearly the same, as climbing the mountain put a lot more of a load on it than riding full speed on a level road. If gearing is not the problem, then how do you explain it?
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:41 PM   #469
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Well, I am really starting to get the scooter feeling again. I really miss not having one in the garage. Problem is that my oldest just turned 16 so if there are any purchases to be made it will be a car for him.

Thinking about selling the Versys for a Maxi.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:32 PM   #470
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Well, I am really starting to get the scooter feeling again. I really miss not having one in the garage. Problem is that my oldest just turned 16 so if there are any purchases to be made it will be a car for him.

Thinking about selling the Versys for a Maxi.
I was riding a ZX6 for the last 10 months and when I sold it and got the Smax I am actually excited, happy, and more relaxed to ride again.

Go for the scoot!
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:12 PM   #471
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I was riding a ZX6 for the last 10 months and when I sold it and got the Smax I am actually excited, happy, and more relaxed to ride again.

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