Friday, 30 November 2012

Rear Tyre Puncture - Internal Patch

Just a few days out tire got punctured by a very fine wire, its very minute but during bubble leak check there are bubbles forming at the puncture point.

Temporarily I use the Puncture repair kit, but then for high speed and prolong usage its best to get it internally fixed. So I drop by Welly in Subang Perdana, Shah Alam for a quick fix.
 Tire was removed, 5 torx screw No. 45 holding it. This bike uses Torx fasterners, so I need to get a set of Torx wrenches handy for my own use.
To get the wheel out, the Exhaust need to be move aside a bit for clearance. The exhaust mounting need to be undo and the pipe clamp loosen as photos below.
 Below is the exhaust pipe clamp which need to be loosen.
Once out can be removed for internal patch.
 This is a 15 inch wheel Pirelli Diablo Scooter fitted as standard for this scooter from BMW.
Care has to be taken during tyre removal due to Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensor (TPMS) is mounted inside the wheel.
That is the sensor, its made by Schrader Electronics with BMW Part No. 8521791.
This sensor operate as wheel speed reaches 30km/hr, since you don't want it to be powered all the time. Its uses internal battery and has Bluetooth connection to the computer box.
The computer box can pair with 4 wheels, so if you have a set of spare wheels.. it can be paired to the computer once installed.
I need to find out whether the internal battery is replaceable. It look simple enough to replace when needed.
This scooter comes with 2 years unlimited mileage warranty, so the battery should last at least that long. Check with manufacturer website sensor battery should last 100,000 km or around 10 years.. so ok its long enough.

While we are at it, be are few photos of various parts associated with the rear brake. Below the single sided swing arm with tyre removed, showing the rear brake disc.
Normal brake caliper on top and the park brake at the bottom which is activated by the side stand.
Below the side stand activated link toward the park brake caliper. Its a simple cable operated brake, however very ingenious since you only need to deploy the side stand to engage. This way you will never forget to put on or release - Good one BMW.
 That the side stand deployed showing pulling the park brake linkage.
On the side stand, that is the engine kill switch, if its deployed switch will prevent engine from starting or if its running it will be kill.
 Ok that's it for now.. this is an unschedule wheel check due to a punctured rear tyre.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

SYM VS 150 atau SYM Excel II

Ok.. ni motor SYM Excel II atau ada tempat bagi nama SYM VS 150.., tapi kat Malaya ni masa itu jadi buatan Mofaz dan diberi nama yg cukup menarik sebagai Genzo G 150S.
Motor Fan (Air) Cooled kecil 149 cc lebih kurang itu ler.. dibawa masuk pada tahun 2008, masa tu SYM bukan satu jenama yg dikenali ramai di sini. Walau pon begitu buatannya cukup kemas.. Anda masih ingat SYM GTS 200, ya motor itu pon di bawa pada masa yg sama.. dan terbukti lebih power dari VTS 200 sekarang.

Lampu hadapan dua bijik.. kiri kanan, dua dua akan menyala serentak pada low beam dan juga high beam.. tak lah tempang seperti SYM 250i. Atas pada head light tu ada dua LED light.. ini DRL (Daytime Running Light) seperti pada BMW C600 Sport, tapi tahun 2008 dah ada kat mesin Taiwan ini.

Signal pada handle, mengunakan mentol biasa tetapi motor ini dilengkapi dengan signal light pada side mirrornya seperti motor motor mahal.
Brek hadapan sama seperti Modenas Elegan, dan sungguh berkesan.
Brek belakang mengunakan drum, cukup untuk motor sekecil ini dan seperti Honda PCX 150i yg jauh lebih mahal dari jentera ini.
Under seat storage yg sangat luas, seluas BMW 650 GT, boleh memuatkan dua topi keledar full face.
Dashboard dan control motor ni sangat simple tetapi cukup.. sama seperti motor motor kecil lain, cuma di sebelah kiri pada suis lampu bila ditekan ke bawah ia boleh membuka seat secara remote. Senang tak payah cabut kunci untuk buka underseat storage.

Pengisi minyak pada kedudukan yg sama seperti Elegan, tetapi untuk membukanya kita hanya perlu memusingkan kunci ke kiri seperti SYM VTS 200. Fuel capacity 6 liter dan dianggarkan kegunaan petrol sebanyak 38km/lt.

Terdapat "cangkuk pasar malam" dihadapan dan satu lagi dicelah kelangkang untuk menggantung barangan keperluan.
Lampu belakan dan lampu brek adalah LED dan lampu signal menggunakan mentol biasa. Di antara ciri ciri keselamatan yg ada pada motor ini ia lah, sekira tongkat tepi tidak dinaikkan dan kita hidupkan motor.. hazard light akan menyala dan bunyi akan dikeluarkan.

Extract dari Here

On the Road 
This is where same same now becomes different. Make Sense?

The VS 150 has one major change over the scooter it replaces, increased power and torque. The numbers say it for themselves but "seat of the pants" always helps explain the difference in a more easy to understand language.

Acceleration is plentiful on the VS 150 and its here that sets it apart from the 125. No slowing down for hills and no hiding from cars at the traffic lights, this scooter will in-still the confidence back in the right hand. The 4 valve motor is a gem which seems to have that nice balance, being able to rev but still pull like a train. Extra capacity should do this every time, but its nice to see that its translated here on our road ride. Top speed would be an easy 110 km/h, but its under this that counts and the VS scores well. 

The 12 inch alloy wheels made for a compliant ride across any of the city streets I travelled. The VS is sharp enough to feel alive yet the suspension and wheel combination are supple enough to remain comfortable. In the true GT sense its really just the best of both worlds. On a scooter like this you don't want to be crashing over bumps, what your looking for is compliance and the VS has it in spades. 

The seating position is extremely comfortable on the VS 150 and the reach to the bars is relaxed. If the trip calls for a pillion then the VS is large enough to accommodate this with ease. The extra power of the 150 cc motor, twin shocks and flip out foot pegs help cater for the request.

In Summary 

The SYM VS 150 is very much the same same as the VS 125 it replaces. The difference being that it ups the anti in the power stakes. 

But why would you be looking for change here? The VS 150 is what you would call a box ticker. Euro styling, great power, heaps of storage with a ride quality that makes commuting comfortable and compliant.  

The VS is fuss free scootering that wont ask the world but will certainly try and provide it in return. Add to this a 4 year Select Scoota warranty and the bullet proof reputation that SYM brings to the table. You actually wonder why we all haven't got a VS in the garage.

Using a cricket analogy the VS is your ultimate all-rounder and at only $3500 + ORC it might just hit you for a six. I think though it might just do it with a gloriously balanced cover drive rather then some erratic hook shot.

Friday, 23 November 2012

BMW C600 Sport - Pick Up

Pick Up my BMW C600 Sport today from Auto Bavaria Glenmarie, Shah Alam, its Sapphire Black Metallic in color.
Full spec. with heated grip, heated seat, DRL (Daytime Running Light) and ABS. The heaters I don't need but the rest is good.
Tire Pressure Monitor sensor, its using Bluetooth to the receiver computer. One for each wheels located inside the rim.
Will  need to familiarize with this scooter and then it would be fun.

OK I love bikes,, and has many over the years.. nowadays Scooter are the best for running around town or going to work as in my previous post on commuting scooter : Here with Amir on it.

Got myself a bigger bike the Kawasaki Versys 650 for longer distance and keep the scooter as commuting bike, its a great bike this Kawasaki. A friend of mine took this Versys from Kuala Lumpur to London over land via China Mainland without any problem.

Finally been idling for a while these bike, I decide to change to a smaller scooter and a whooper.. :) So get rid of the SYM 200 VTS Scooter and the Versys and got my self this tiny .. SYM VS 150 or the Excel II as its called in Australia.. Its new old stock got it for a bargain about USD1300.00 its a steal.

For the Whopper got this..... Grand Daddy of all maxi scooter.....

The BMW C600 Sport.. its a 650 cc Twin super fast.. and probably the first unit over here .. :) This scooter is a self reward for commuting to work these last 30 years on bike..

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Goodbye - SyMilah

Its my SYM VTS 200 turn to letgo, shown here with its new owner. Had great time with her.
Replacing this with a smaller scooter for my daily short distance commute.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Givi HPS M11.0 D-visor

This is the Givi HPS M11.0 D-visor helmet, its good quality with internal sun screen. The price is reasonable, I just bought two.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Honda Spacy 110

On the left is the Spacy and on the right is Honda Icon, both using the same 110cc but Spacy looks bigger. These bikes is tiny when compared to all my previous bikes and scooters.
Thinking of getting this for my daily short commute to work.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

BMW C 600 Sport Scooter

Beautiful scooter with character, its very much different from its Japanese counterpart. While the TMaX looks pretty and almost feminine this scooter look masculine.

Here a pictorial view of the scooter.