Yamaha XC155 (SMax) thread

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Chillis, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Kamaro68

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    So the tires are installed. The front scooter tire 110 vs 120 is pretty big difference. Good note? The speed is off 5 mph even now instead of 3. Those factory tires only went 2282 miles. The handle bar shake is GONE. Yay! It rides so much smoother and the braking seems better? Maybe its just me. It's a little loose in the s-turns right now, but I think that is because I don't have 100 miles on them, need to get the shiny off of them. But I think they will work fine. Next time I'll match the front with the rear tire. I found my info out too late. I didn't think that rear would fit on the front, but according to your posts I guess it does.

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  2. Nick113

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    So speedometer is even more 'optimistic' now? Did you check it against GPS reading?
  3. Kamaro68

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    Yes. Checked with gps on phone. 50 is really 45. Used to be 48 was 45.
  4. LidoCA

    LidoCA Been here awhile

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    Mine is 5 mph optimistic at higher speeds with stock tires. 6 mph off at max speed.
  5. Nick113

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    I guess 130/70 tire in front would cure it.
  6. ScooterJon

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    Ok, touring guys, I need some advice. I'm thinking of attempting a very bold vacation on my Smax to the Smokey Mountains by myself. I think the scoot can handle it (have my doubts whether my body can handle the brutal trip) but I have my reservations on a few things. First, gas availability. I'm wanting to do some hiking and sight seeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway but there are no gas stations along the road. Is this going to be a serious problem with the 2 gallon tank or are gas stations close enough that it shouldn't be a problem? Should I attempt to carry a spare 1 gallon? Also, how well does the Smax handle high altitude? Will it hold speeds in the upper 50s or will I be a rolling road block?

    Second, what do I need to pack? This will be a week long trip and I'm unsure if I have enough storage space. I currently do not have a trunk but am contemplating getting one. I'm not sure I want to buy the trunk for one time use though. Could I get by with just a book bag and a small duffle bag? I figure I can minimalize by just wearing my hiking boots the whole time, a few pairs of jeans and several shirts. I would have to buy rain protection as I currently don't have any.

    Third, my concern is a dead battery or tire blowout. I've had my scoot for a year and it's never shown any issues starting but is there anything I should carry to potentially save me in the case of a dead battery? I have AAA but did not pay extra for "motorcycle" coverage, which I don't get why they charge extra for that. If I called them, would they refuse to help or just charge a fee? I do plan on carrying a tire puncture kit. I currently have 1430 miles on the OEM Kendas. They have plenty of tread although I feel the front tire could be out of balance as the front end seems to bounce some at low speeds. At higher speeds, it seems to ride fine so I don't know if it's just a normal ride characteristic or if I should have the tire rebalanced before the trip. I would obviously start the trip with fresh oil. Any other maintenance I should do beforehand?

    Lastly, I want to have a USB port installed and possibly some LED lights to make the bike more visible at night (though I don't plan on driving much if any at night). I need the USB port to keep my phone charged since I will need maps to get around. Can the Smax charging system handle the draw of a USB port? What about installing some low mounted LED fog lights, worthwhile upgrade? What cell phone mounts work with the Smax's handlebars?

    Any and all feedback is much appreciated. I'm not sure whether I want to take the plunge on this trip but I think the Smax would provide a unique and more "connected to nature" experience.
  7. LidoCA

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    I did one multi day trip. It was a combination of state highways and back roads. The bike can handle sustained speeds of 55 mph. I took a tire repair kit, as well as a small bicycle pump, just in case. My backside could only handle about 200 miles a day on bad California roads. I installed a battery tender connector and fished the cable up to the handlebars. I use that to connect a usb adapter for my phone/GPS.
    Overall, I overpacked with tools, and repair items. AAA and a credit card comes in handy too.
  8. vertex

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    I've had the Smax on mountain roads up to 3000 meters, and, with the fuel injection, it had plenty of power. All the gear for ten days of riding for my son and myself fit in 30 liter waterproof Kreiga backpacks, the underseat storage and on our bodies. To keep the weight down low, we just put our backpacks on the floor in front of us. That's a big advantage of a flat floor scooter. You should also take one of those spare batteries that you can use to both charge your phone and start the bike with if there is a battery problem. I'm sure you will have peace of mind if you have a couple liters of spare fuel. Tires are more likely to get a small puncture that you can repair instead of a blowout. Definitely get good raingear. If you don't buy waterproof motorcycle boots, you can waterproof some regular boots with wax and a hair dryer to melt the wax into the leather. I use pure beeswax but candle wax will do too. You don't get much driving rain on your feet with a scooter and I found that I rarely used my rain boots. They just took up too much space. You could also make some redneck rainboots with a couple of small black plastic bags and rubber bands. I found the scooter very comfortable for all day riding with breaks every couple hours. Your body should be able to handle it as you can stop to stretch any time you need. Have fun.  1519132149421.jpg DSC_6577.JPG 1518371849256.jpg 1480858155020.jpg
  9. ScooterJon

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    Thanks so much for the info! Did you attach the bags to the bike or did they just sit between your legs? Is this battery you mentioned something you can recharge at the hotel? Do you know any particular namebrands for it that you might recommend?
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    shellfishxu Lean in and hold on ...

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    We just came back from the Smokey Mountains last week! Make sure you hike Hawksbill Mountain ( you can pitch tent on top of mountain) we also camped at cataloochee campground. Road conditions on Blue Ridge really varies, a lot of people drive very slow because they are tourists from non mountain region states and are afraid of going into turns at 60 mph. Gas is not an issue, there are many small villages scattered all over. I would strongly suggest you examin your brakes carefully, there was a lot of long descending twisty roads. There are also a lot of gravel fireroads around the area. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  12. klaviator

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    Your Smax will do just fine in the Smokey Mountains. I did a 5 day tour in that area last year on my Super 8 150. The Super 8 is slower than the Smax, has a 1.3 gallon tank and only gets around 70 MPG. I did carry a spare gallon of gas but only used a couple of times. You can check out the ride report for my trip here: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-the-rocket-city.647784/page-57#post-32223608

    I have also gone touring on the Smax with all my camping gear and it handled it just fine: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-the-rocket-city.647784/page-65#post-33145640

    The Smax makes a great touring machine. Tail trunk? I can't imagine not putting one one. It makes the scooter so much more versatile and IMO makes it look better too.

    Flat tires? I always carry a plug kit and CO2 inflater.

    Dead battery? There are jump start batteries out there that will easily jump start a small scooter as well as charge your devices. You should be able to find one for around 100 bucks. I have been meaning to get one but haven't get around to it.

    Towing? It comes free with an AMA membership.

    Have fun on your ride.

    My touring setup. I don't normally carry anything in the tailbox except when going shopping. I use it to stash my helmet and gloves when I stop.

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  13. minimac

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    When traveling, I carry a small tool kit of sockets and combination wrenches in a hard plastic case. It comes complete with almost anything you'd ever need and takes up very little space.Mine was less than $30. I carry a tire plugging kit and a small 12 volt air pump(less than $10, Dollar General). Most of your insurance policies have towing if needed. Mine does(Progressive). I bought some used Nelson Rigg expandable soft saddlebags($50) and strapped a weatherproof bag on the pilon. Between those and the underseat storage, I had more than enough for a two week trip. Don't forget you can always stop at a laundromat and do clothes if needed. Also-new socks and underwear are cheap! Don't forget riding gloves and warm waterproof gloves.
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  14. BMWBUD

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    Traveling tip. Save your worn out undies. Take them with you and throw them away after use each day on the road. Lightens your load and eliminates laundry.
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  15. Fiftygrit

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    4 day traveling boxers, forwards, backwards, inside out repeat hahahaha
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    Here is a link from revzilla about their antigravity-micro-start-xp-10-power-supplyo batteries that cost anywhere between 100-200 dollars. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/antigravity-micro-start-xp-10-power-supply
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  17. vertex

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    In 50 years of riding, I've never had a tire blowout, only small punctures from running over nails or other sharp objects. With tubeless tires, it is only a ten minute repair.
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    I sat the backpack between my legs and just used a small bicycle cable lock through the backpack handle and wrapped it around the handlebars so no one could walk off with it while I was in a store. The Kreiga backpacks are super sturdy and the most comfortable backpack to wear possible. The weight sits low on your hips so your shoulders don't get tired. The 30 liter size sits nicely on the floor of the Smax with room on the sides for your feet. That size is also waterproof.
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    Thank Eric. Here is one I use for a computer background picture taken at the top of a 2 mile high mountain in Taiwan. I really enjoy reading your posts. Robert 1518371870917.jpg
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    It's actually pretty tough hiking up there that high when you are in your 60's and live at a lower altitude and with a group of teen and twenty year olds trying to keep up with them. Here I am trying to oxygenate my cells at 3200 meters after climbing this mountain from the parking lot. I'm surprised my tongue isn't hanging out and panting. My son is very lucky. As soon as he turned 16 and got his motorcycle license, I took him on a two week scooter tour of Taiwan. He already had ten years of riding experience in the desert, roads and mountains of Saudi Arabia so really enjoyed the twisty mountain roads and thrilling scooter heaven, city driving there where there are scooter lanes, you can filter and there are scooter stopping areas at the very front at every stop light. That's what turned me on to the Smax scooters since I've spent about a month there riding one every day for many hours each day. 1443943625286.jpg 1444125158498.jpg DSC_0920.JPG DSC_0309.JPG
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