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Sym XS125-K

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Tattysnuc, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Tattysnuc

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  2. Tefal

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    Breather/overflow tubes for your fuel tank.
     
  3. tom_e

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    It's good he wasn't holding his breath for that answer, 4 years is a long time! :p
     
  4. Tattysnuc

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    Thanks

    :)
     
  5. Tefal

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    :o

    oops lol i didnt realise it was a necroed thread lol
     
  6. Tefal

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    sorry to hear that seems an insane amount of effort to rob such a bike though.

    do you think they thought it ewas something rarer under the cover?
     
  7. benji182

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    Now that is a very clever guy. I'd be somewhat tempted at giving it a go just as a mini project over the Summer to keep me busy.

    I haven't had a pay as you go sim/phone but how does he know when he has low credit/needs a top up on the SIM from sending out messages etc etc?
     
  8. Tefal

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    One thing to rember is most of those dirt cheap "gps" trackers arent theyre just GSM which means they get thier position very roughly from.the nearest cellphone tower
     
  9. benji182

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    Oh.

    maybe not so good then =/

    My bike doesn't really need it, only £5k
     
  10. Tattysnuc

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    No idea - sorry.
    If I could get into the mindset of someone who does that sort of thing, then I'd probably be out here getting some for of retribution, so probably best I don't think about it - it's left a horrible aftertaste and really made me feel like our home has been invaded. I don't even want to buy another bike while I live here - after all, why bother???
     
  11. Tattysnuc

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    My next one will be in the same ball park so it's an appropriate solution in my mind.

    As for the cost of PAYG - I think you can check the amount of remaining credit online these days so tracking balance etc shouldn't be any more than an admin task.
     
  12. benji182

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    I've not had pay as you go since around 2000-2002 and back then I had to send a message from the phone to BT Cellnet to get a reply hahaha
     
  13. adamzworld

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    I read your comments about the Sym with interest as I bought one second hand back in March. It's four years old and isn't perfect, but was a bit of a bargain and I'm still on L plates so just looking for cheap run about to get experience on.

    Like you I found it hard to get an info online about the Sym, but I have managed to locate the service manual for it, which is around 120 pages long!

    It's a pig to start, but once it's warmed up it's okay. Only issues I have so far is side stand is knackered so have to use centre stand all the time. Also very hard to find neutral, so I don't know if this is common with this bike or the gearbox is on its last legs.

    Anyway plan to run it for a year or so then go on to do direct access course, funds permitting!!
     
  14. tom_e

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    125 gear boxes in general aren't the smoothest of things especially when you're looking got neutral but make sure your chain is properly adjusted and lubed along with your clutch cable.
     
  15. Tattysnuc

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    I'm told that the side stand is a common fault. Mine's dead wobbly and there's nothing I can do about it - it even blew over in the strong winds we had which broke the indicator stalk and mirror :(

    The 'pig to start' is also a common thread with mine. I've NEVER been able to start it off the kick start when i've tried. The recent service mine had certainly made it work much better - i'm sure John (the guy who serviced it) said something about lubricating the carb butterfly or something as it was sticking - either way, it starts first time, every time.... with choke applied, from cold, and that's not necessarily when it's actually cold if you follow my logic.

    The bikes ok - stick with it, it'll not be too bad. Keep the chain lubed and keep it protected from the rain and it'll look after you :)

    Just watch it in the wet - the wheels are too easy to lock when it's wet. I've had a couple of very near misses due to that, and I wouldn't consider myself a late breaker. I am 16+ stone so that may have some bearing though, but I doubt it.

    Enjoy, and keep posting back. Be great to hear how you get on. Mine's still going strong 5 years on....
     
  16. Tattysnuc

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    Oh yeah, going to/through neutral is tricky on mine. It's only done 10k km and from the start if you weren't almost booting it from 1st into 2nd it would miss and end up in neutral. Thing is, you'd have to drop it back down to 1st to then do it again. The garage I bought it from and others who have subsequently serviced it have all told me it's just the way they are. I don't get it any other time, just 1st->2nd

    Go figure....
     
  17. adamzworld

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    Agree with all the points above and that's interesting to learn about the carb butterfly. I'll have to have a look at this when I get round to stripping it down. Accidental neutral is also very annoying, particularly when you pull out onto a roundabout, go to change up from 1st to 2nd and it slips into neutral so you suddenly find you're coasting! Took it over Dunstable downs today and had a lovely ride once it had warmed up. Even saw an indicated 120kph, although I wouldn't trust the speedo reading as it seems pretty erratic! Anyway all good fun. Yet to ride in wet but I can imagine that the tyres don't provide a huge amount of grip.