My PX broke down with the Mrs on the back yesterday, I'm not saying the two are linked mind! Heard a bit of a bang then sound like something rattling in the engine, no power loss or anything but I just pulled over to check it out. Will start okay but there is definitely some sort of rattle and as soon as I put it in gear it stalls altogether. The clutch cable feels fine. Could it be the woodruff key? I don't really know what that does, just recall hearing that they can shear and cause a load of damage internally.
Also, doubt this is related but I have had a long running highly intermittent issue where I sometimes lose power usually around the 60-70KMPH mark. It has literally been happening for years and I can go a few months without it happening at all and then it can happen every day for a couple of weeks and then just disappear for a while. I have started keeping a log of when it happens but I can not find any pattern. It isn't always even at the 60ish mark, can sometime be as low as 40, though usually that would be on a gradient. Best way I can describe it is as a little nip, feels like it would if you were running out of petrol and the power drains so I have to ease off the throttle. I has never actually cut out fully but it is a right pain, especially if you are overtaking when it happens, which has been the case a couple of times.The local scoot mechanic has never got to the bottom of it and he has checked the piston and barrel. When I have had it in the shop he has never been able to reproduce the fault though because it is so intermittent. As it has been particularly bad for the last month I was going to leave it that way and take it in the shop so he can see it happening himself, rather than swap the plug which sometimes fixes for a while but even then there isn't really a pattern. Any ideas? Does it sound related to the other problem?
Post by Devo McDuff on Oct 30, 2013 11:56:53 GMT 1
Not been on here in a fair whack, had a new lick of paint and everything!
Got a slight problem with my 98 PX (none disc). Front brake lever is suddenly not springing back after use so the brake stays on unless I manually move it. Not had a look at it properly yet as it started happening this morn on way to work so took the car instead. Could it be a snagged cable?
What's the ME type? Is it the modern Halogen one on Disc PX models?
Will give the McBuff trick a go this wkend ;D Think it might be a right ball ache to replace as emailed GPS (Aussie supplier so save on postage, especially as SIP have a minimum order of 100 Euro I think) and they said they don't stock them because:
"Sorry, no. We used to many years ago but they were nothing but trouble. The bezel is rolled on with a machine (you cannot seal it by hand) and we sent 3 off to a speedo specialist to do and their machine tore the bezel every time. They said the parts were too thin, much thinner material than the original, and so we gave up on the product."
I have a '98 PX200E and a while back my headlamp fell out completely. Discovered the clips inside had snapped completely and previous owner had just taped it up somehow.
The lamp wasn't working when I put it back and found one of the wires had snapped. Taped that up it seems okay for now, also just taped the headlamp around the front and the headset to keep it in place. Not ideal but has been fine for the past few weeks.
Anyway getting a new one and will get the scoot shop to do the wiring. Guess I will be best getting the halogen one rather than the incandescent one?
Post by Devo McDuff on Jan 30, 2013 21:54:14 GMT 1
Yes, I adopt the hand over clutch riding style now. Funnily enough had read on here about pulling the clutch in as soon as you start skidding, might not have occurred to me otherwise!
With the rear wheel nut thing, I'd noticed something a little off a few days before and was going to look into it at the weekend when I had time. So at least one had already gone. Was daft, I won't be delaying checks like that now!
Only ever had one flat myself in probably about 25,000KMs and that was pretty recent. Went over a big pot hole and then about half a K down the road was wobbling a fair bit, should have really have pulled over and checked straight away.
Other brown pants incidents include a heat seize on the motorway and all but one nut having worked it's way loose on a rear wheel. That was a close one, handling didn't feel good and literally just come off a high speed flyover when it felt really bad. Pulled over and it didn't take long to realise how lucky I was. Pushed the scoot forward and the rear came off the hub altogether. Nylock nuts now!
Would not fancy a major blow-out, might give the goop a go my sen.
Post by Devo McDuff on Jan 21, 2013 22:15:31 GMT 1
Black 2006 PX 125 with Malossi 166 (not just bolted on, ported and the like by none other than Joey off here, pulls like a train), ~15,000KM, Stainless Stirling exhaust, Continental whitewalls (including spare), rear rack and a few other extras. The downside is it has gathered a bit of rust and hasn't been run properly in a few years (girlfriend's Dad was an old mod and fancied taking it for a spin every now and again to keep it in shape but this never happened) so will need a bit of work but nothing major. Last trip I made on it was the 100 miles or so from Manchester to Sleaford, Lincolnshire where it is now. Currently SORNed.
Post by Devo McDuff on Dec 17, 2012 22:13:31 GMT 1
I had a similar problem with my Lammy. Nasty drop of power in 1st which meant having to give it more revs than should be necessary. Never figured it out as had it kitted and bigger carb. Erm, that wasn't very useful was it!
Post by Devo McDuff on Dec 11, 2012 21:42:34 GMT 1
I will then. Gasoline are a pile of sh*te and well known for over-charging, shoddy workmanship and generally being fly. No scooterist I know will go near them.
Once had a warped rear hub swapped by them and picked the scoot up afterwards in the rain. Going down hill put my rear brake on at low speed and was sliding all over the place. Took it straight back and had an argument with their mechanic who said there was nowt up. Asked him to ride it in front of me and use the brake then. As he was skidding and barely managing to stay upright he reluctantly said he will take a look.
PS On the cost of living thing, is offset by better wages though. No good for tourists mind!
Great Kru, will have a look at adjusting the cables this weekend then. Also it sometimes locks completely, in that I try to change gear but it won't budge until I release the clutch and pull it in again. That symptom still fit?
SIP pipe and drilled air filter it is then, canny wait!
It doesn't jump when I'm in gear and riding normally. Sometimes I will jump down a gear too far when I'm changing because it needs a bit of force but I just jump back to the right gear in a second before releasing the clutch.
Gears are lined up well with the handlebar position. Will have a look at adjusting etc. then. Glad that it doesn't sound like the cruciform is the issue.
Hmm, the SIP is appealing. Just had a look at the specs on their site. The noise doesn't really bother me (not sure the neighbours could say the same though!). Want a standard look so guess it is between this and the Sito and everything I'm reading suggests SIP is the way to go. Again just upjet 2 points?
With the drilled air filter thing, is there a bit of a compromise on reliability? Reliability is key for me but if I can get a performance gain without much risk then I'm keen. I read that you can buy the air filter pre-drilled, anyone know where? I'd like to keep the standard one incase I want to change back so if I'm buying a new one to drill ,if I get it pre-drilled at least I know it will be spot on.
Recently acquired a '98 PX200E as missed having a Vespa and need something more reliable than my Lammy for work and stuff.
Gong from 2nd to 3rd and more so from 3rd to 2nd is quite hard work. Could this be the cruciform or could the gear cables just need adjusting?
Also, want to keep it quite simple for the reliability factor but was thinking of swapping out the exhaust for a Sito. Will I notice a difference? Will I need to upjet? Any other exhausts worth considering for a standard engine?
Post by Devo McDuff on Sept 13, 2012 23:56:14 GMT 1
Well just after going from third to fourth the other night (but pretty much revved to the max, should have been less agressive with it) I felt what might have been a small nip. It was only a one second thing and I eased off straight away and it was fine then. I'll be taking it easy for a little while longer now!
Post by Devo McDuff on Sept 11, 2012 12:11:12 GMT 1
I know this isn't really the forum for it but while we're on the subject and kru251 is in the house ....
I am currently in the process of running in a Mugello 186 on my Lammy and technically I should have finished as was advised that it only needs running in for 50KM (blimey I'm speaking in KMs, been down under too long!) because of the nikasil lining. Does that sound right? Another mate said he would give it a least 200KM.
I've done ~100 miles I reckon so have been opening it up a bit more though not for stretches any longer than half a mile. Very curious to see what it can do and got it to 107KMPH this morning according to the Sip iPhone app anyway. Had a bit more in it too I think. Very inconsiderate of traffic to get in my way.
Post by Devo McDuff on Jul 22, 2012 13:07:05 GMT 1
Have been considering bringing my PX (which is currently gathering rust in Lincolnshire at my girlfriend's parents) over to Sydney. Would be good to have something a bit more reliable than my Lammy! It'd cost a big whack to bring over so It'd make more sense to put sentimental value aside and get one local. So they are going to try and flog it for me.
What is the going rate for a PX 125 these days in Blighty? This is a 2006 model, has a fully tuned (by Joey on here!) Malossi 166, Stainless Stirling exhaust, Continental whitewalls, rear rack and a few other extras. The downside is it has gathered a bit of rust and hasn't been run properly in a few years (girlfriend's Dad was an old mod and fancied taking it for a spin every now and again to keep it in shape, this never happened) so tank is probably rotten amongst other things.
What's a fair price to start with? Oh yes, I'd done about 15,000K on it (including an epic Manchester to Orkney Isles round trip, that was a belter).