Sym for Sam...My 1st Scoot

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sealsam, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    It popped up on CL, and I nabbed it. :clap

    I really don't know crap about this Sym 200, i've got some learning to do. It's an '09 with 12000mi. It is pretty darn clean. For $1500, I figured what the hell...

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  2. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    I'm betting that you are going to love it. Congratulations.
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    It's a quality scooter. If it is already in good condition, maintain it and you will easily get more than your moneys worth out of it. Being at 12000 miles, I would check to see if it needs any major maintenance, such as a belt, rollers, brakes, clutch, etc. These things usually need to be replaced around that mileage.
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  4. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    I had one for a while. Great scoots, you will love it!

    Congrats!
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  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    ...and Mrs Samthg too! ...and she does not ride, YET!

    Jerry, i've got no info on this thing. I'm gunna get the tupperware off this thing this week and start nosing around. I asked PO about the valves, he said they where recently checked with no issues. I've got to start googling and find some maintence info...any ideas?

    Thanks JB.
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  6. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    try the SYM forum that s online. Google for the link.
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  7. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    There ya go...I'll start there.

    Thanks fms!
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  8. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hey, BTW, did you folks know that you may experience problems when you stand on the right side of your scooter AND rev it!:deal:rofl

    What a absolute dumb sheet I am. Got done washing it, and went to rev it up a bit, and it took off. It flew out of my hand, off the kickstand and down she went. FAAK:asshat:muutt

    Only damage a bent front brake lever. Note to self, this is your first scooter, don't rev it.

    I did my first ride on it this evening. A little 6 mile loop, it that was fun.:super
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Took the HD in for service at near-by HB Scooters. I have been into HBS off & on for the past year looking at new scoots, but this one came up so I jumped on it. The p.o. provided me with a new belt and rollers, so I had HBS change out the parts and a fluid's change AND two new Pirelli tires. Nice folks at HBS and the bike is in great shape.

    I managed to get in a quick little ride to try out my new parts this evening. The Long Beach Airport used to be some of my old hang out spots when I was training as a pilot, so off I went to snoop around.

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    This new business park sits where the assembly buildings of the DC-10's used to be...
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  10. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    The oil needs to be done at 2000 miles. SYM's have a screen instead of a filter so it is a very quick job. The rear gear oil should be changed every second oil change. Unlike a motorcycle you don't need a special expensive bike oil to be compatible with the wet clutch. The SYM uses a dry clutch so any high quality auto oil the right viscosity will be great. SYM says 10-30; I use 5-40 synthetic, whatever Wal-Mart has on special.

    With the CVT belt it is best to stick with OE, they are Japanese Mitsu and they last the longest. OE brake pads wear out very quickly and don't work very well. A good aftermarket brand like EBC will give much stronger braking and last longer as well.

    The OE battery is a joke, very poor quality. If it hasn't been changed to something better, it will need to be.
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  11. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Your "accident" should not have happened. There is supposed to be a switch on the sidestand that prevents the engine from running with it down. The engine should only run with it on the centerstand. There is no neutral, so anytime the engine is running and the rear wheel is on the ground, it may take off.
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  12. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    :huh Thanks Jerry, I'll be checking this out.
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  13. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your purchase. I've got a 2012 HD 200. Couldn't be happier. Great brakes, very smooth ride, lovely paint and top notch fit and finish. I am a fan of the 16" wheels which add stability at speed. looks like you got yourself a keeper.
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  14. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Thanks blugg1. I've been on bikes a long time, and this thing is bringing lots of smiles to me right now. I was gunna be purchasing a new RV200, when this one popped up on CL. I couldn't pass it up. It hasn't stopped me from looking at the new RV, it's only fired up my juices even more. A newly purchased Givi 26L trunk gets installed today.

    Good luck on yours, hopefully we'll get to see some pics!
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  15. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    JerryH

    Yep, no shutoff when sidestand is down. Not sure if switch is disconnected or broke, it's something i'll eventually look into. I got lucky by avoiding any serious damage when it "took off" by me revving it. I still shake my head that I did that. I true rookie mistake by a new scoot owner, i'm sure glad it wasn't a new RV200 that I almost bought!
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  16. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    I bought my new Red 09 HD200 last week here in Oregon. Im not usually into red vehicles much but the paint on this SYM is gorgeous.
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  17. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    There is no switch on the side stand on the HD200. The earlier HD200's had a nasty tab on the side stand that kept some spring tension on the stand so it would auto retract when you would raise the bike over off the stand. That turned out to be a big problem for many owners. There was enough spring tension on the stand that if you parked on a slight downgrade the stand would actually pull the scoot forward and tip over(ouch that first scratch), Ive seen it happen to our 06 we had. Someone posted instructions on the SYM Forum on how to grind off the pin that was the causing this. At least that problem was corrected by SYM. Glad you learned about it without doing any damage.
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  18. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Good info Bugtussle. I guess at one point i'll go learn a few things on this bike, but for now, i'm just logging some short miles on it and getting to know it.
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  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    I did get the Givi installed. Had to make a trip for some longer bolts, but after that, eazy peazy. Like my two other GIVIs', this box is nice! Good fit and finish and is solid, for a small 26L. This pic is from this evening on trip back from Target, the box is full!

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    Jeez, that box needs an ADV sticker.
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