Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everyday is a hard work

She already has 91,000km on her tacho meter. Still running pretty okay everyday.

At this age, I have no choice but to go easy on her. So I keep a reasonable speed of 80-90km/h on the road. It was slow but pretty good for maintaining healthly engine performance.

Replace the engine oil and service the drive belt a few days ago. To my surprise the Fuchs engine oil seem to be be fully compatible with the engine. It runs extremely smooth. May be I'll have a chance to hit 100,000km in say around 3 month.

But the rear absorbers are leaking oil now. I'll need to replace it soon. Else, the ride gonna be a little bumpy. i am still looking for a 150cc engine block but not much luck!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Another major repair

The crank started to sound so noisy. Since my distance is pretty far, I have no choice but to get it properly looked at.

Once the engine was torn down, I could see the crank shaft bearing at the big end, was badly damaged. That was probably why it sound so noisy. The area where front variator was connected to was badly damaged due to previous service. The oil pump gears was also broken. The diaphragm was not reusable. So I planned an overhaul exercise.

Later we found out that the crank shaft comes in a full set. I have no choice but to agree replacing it all.

The piston was okey, so only the piston ring was replaced.

As you know it, a liquid cooled engine was not cheap when it comes to major repairs. With all the gasket and oil seal, the engine oil and the workmanship, the cost reaches up to RM1300. Man, I could get a whole new scoot with that amount of money. But, I decided to get it repaired. At least i do not have to endure more debt if I chooses to buy another scooter.

Now, the scooter is okay but I am pretty broke to renew the road tax. So, I turn to my FX 110 to go to work!

As at now, the mileage is at 86,600km.................

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Now at 83,000km

Yes, I've reached 83,000 km with with mini scooter. Consistently doing my 85 km trip in the morning and another 85 km in the afternoon. When there is a need to ride further, I just do it!

The crank shaft damage is now worsened. But only obvious during idling. When I did my ride during the day, it's quite moderate. Top speed seems to remain at around 110 km/h and I was doing around 80-100 km/h most of the time.

I changed my rear tire a few weeks ago. As usual, the Duro 90/90-16. I like this size because it makes it looks a little bigger and seems to suite my weight.

I am looking for performance parts now. Just can't get any in Seremban. If I just can get a good over sized/racing block and a good high profile camshaft.....ehmmm... may be we can push it up to, say, 130 km/h at max speed..... then I can start chasing the GTS/VTS!

A 150cc Nouvo LC...... yessss..........

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Now I am at 73,000km

Well, 73,000km is pretty far!

At 51,000km I've got the engine overhauled. Cost me around RM1300. Pergh...... Now, after the repairs I've already ride it for more than 20,000km.

The crank is already showing sign of wearing off. There is a clinking sound during idling. I don't know how far can it go before the crank will be totally damage.

I am pushing the scooter to it maximum performance almost every day. Doing a constant 85km in the morning and another 85km in the afternoon. Sometime, another 10-20km during the day.

Cruising speed on the highway usually around 90-110km/h and 60-70km/h in the traffic in KL. Usually accelerating from stand still at a full throttle.

Hope it can last another 10-15k km or so...............

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Re-discover the Nouvo LC!

I’ve not updated this blog for a long time. I am still using the Nouvo LC though. I got a little frustrated by the fact that this little scooter was giving me a little frustration which cannot be solved for months.

It can be started easily, it accelerate fine, it never died on the road but it jerks when your try to accelerate from a speed of around 80-90km/h. It was making you very uncomfortable and nervous when trying to take over other slower vehicles during you ride.

I tried many things. Went for a service, change the engine, change the spark plug, etc.. I event went for a major overhaul (it was expensive!). But still, the problem was not solved. But I kept on using it because it was very convenience especially during rainy season. I do not have to worry very much about wetting my trousers and boots. I do have to put on the rain coat when the rain gets really heavy! But only if it gets heavy…………

And the fuel consumption gets worse also!

So it went on for thousands of kilometers………………..

Until I went to the mechanic again last week…... I just need to change the engine oil, but I mentioned the problem again.

He tested the Nouvo and suggested to remove the air filter and run another round. He came back with a smile and ask me to test it myself. An yes…… the problem solved. No jerking at any speed. Cruising or accelerating. Perghhh…. I was so happy.

He said, it is the carburetor’s diaphragm. It is not badly damaged but the part was weakened at it could not function properly when the air filter was installed. It need to be replaced. But meanwhile I get to try it without the air filter first because the part was not readily available.

So now, I am riding without an air filter and it is smooth. It is like discovering the scoot al over again. I am going to replace the part soon but meanwhile, I am enjoying my ride again…… yesssssss…………………..

And now, even the fuel consumption has improved by a lot…………..!

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's been 10,000km since.....

Yes, 10,000km. An exciting 10,000km.

I ride 160km every day on the Nouvo LC. A long distance but always an enjoyable one. It is not very fast, but acceleration is pretty good. It cannot beat many kapcai on the highway, but in KL, you could go everywhere a kapcai can.

It is so slim that any small gaps between vehicles, you can go through without any problem. An the acceleration..... excellent for zooming through the traffic jammed.

No gears to worry, just throttle and brake.............. I love it!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Belting almost broken!

It was Saturday when I decide to bring back the Nouvo LC to the shop where I bought it. Overall it was okay but there was some jerking when I tried to accelerate. There was also a disturbing clicking sound at the rear when I hit a bump.

When they opened up the drive belt, I found that the belt was almost broken. It was just a matter of time. I mention it to the Taukeh and they agree to replace it.

When completed and while doing some testing, I found that the rear wheels was not round. I wobble at one side. I quickly ask them to repair it. But it was late and I have to leave the bike there.

Yesterday I picked it up. Yes, there was an improvement on the stability and the vibration level. But the jerking ....... I think it is still there.... Ehmmm... I'll test it again this afternoon.

With the new drive belt.... no change in acceleration or top speed. But I do feel more confident......