We just received the Fiddle III fuel injected scooter. As a dealer for SYM I am of course biased, but this is ONE nice bike. The engine also comes in the Havana, Cali, PCH and Cabo but in the Fiddle frame it just feels better. First let's start with the engine. Although SYM calls it a 200i it's actually a 169cc, 4 valve, ceramic coated cylinder, fuel injected 4 stroke producing 11.8hp. Fast off the line and in the top end. Top speed will be about 65mph plus with 87 mpg. Dual disc brakes with the combined braking system which means when you squeeze one brake it applies both. Kinda cool but don't get in the habit of only using one brake if you ride different bikes! Two shocks in the rear, big storage compartment under the seat, locking glove box and a nice luggage hook. Fit and finish is excellent and the new flat black and gloss black two tone paint is really nice. Red piping on the pretty flat seat and red accents on the black rims. Handling, braking and acceleration is superb. A little touch I noticed is the feel on the handlebar grips. They feel softer and stickier than all the other bikes. I don't know what SYM did to the rubber compound but someone had to actually think the grip change through. The old Fiddle II which is discontinued was a 125cc and a nice bike but was $500 more than the same 125cc in the Cali Classic or any of the other Lance bikes in the 125cc. The Fiddle is $2,895 which is only $200 more than the Calis or all the other 200is so the price spread has closed by $300. Having ridden all the Piaggios, Vespas, Hondas, Yamahas, Buddys and Kymcos I would put this Fiddle III above all of them in the same engine class. Just my opinion.
Here's a picture of a rim that was filled with "stop a flat" or a similar corrosive. As you can see the rim is corroded which can cause a new tire to not seat properly and lose air.
Although stop-a-flat or other types of sealant product may seem like a good idea to seal a puncture on your scooter these products actually corrode the rim and eat through the paint on the inside of the rim.
When we receive a bike where the customer used stop-a-flat we will have to clean the rim completely and either sand off the corrosion or in extreme cases replace the rim. If you have to use these products make sure to get your bike into the shop ASAP before you damage the rim beyond repair. Any pitting or corrosion that cannot be sanded off will cause a slow leak between the tire and the rim because the tire bead will not seat properly.
Have fun and safe riding!
DUE TO EXPANSION AND GROWTH OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS, HB SCOOTERS IS LOOKING FOR A WELL QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL TO HELP WITH SCOOTER AND ELECTRIC BICYCLE MAINTENANCE/REPAIR, SALES, ETC.
MUST HAVE PRIOR SCOOTER REPAIR EXPERIENCE. MUST HAVE GOOD WORK HABITS. MAY BE REQUIRED TO HELP SELL PRODUCT, ANSWER PHONES, ORDER PARTS, HANDLE WARRANTY CLAIMS, ETC.
GOOD PAY FOR THE RIGHT PERSON. WE ARE THE NUMBER ONE VOLUME DEALER IN THE USA FOR LANCE IN 2011, 2012 AND 2013.
MUST HAVE GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS. NO FLAKES, SLACKERS OR DRUGGIES.
California gasoline has 10% ethanol, which is bio fuel. The problem with this is that when a scooter or motorcycle, or for that matter anything with a carburetor, sits for awhile, even as little as two months, the carburetor jets get clogged with shellac as the gas evaporates.
There are multiple fuel additives sold to address this issue including Stabil, but I'm not sure that any of them actually work. I would need to see testing or perform my own.
In the meantime, HB Scooters suggests that you ride your scooter once a week for 20 mins to prevent this problem.
-Dave Neighbors, General Manager of HB Scooters
The number one question I get from most customers: "Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter?” The short answer is yes, regardless of engine size.
There is a lot of misinformation out there, from the DMV, other dealers trying to sell you a bike, friends, family, etc. Even the California DMV handbook is misleading in that they call a GoPed a motorized scooter. However, you do not need a motorcycle license to buy a scooter and get it delivered to your house only to ride it on the road.
It’s easy enough to get the license from the DMV:
People under 21 must take the California approved Motorcycle Safety Class. There are many classes around the Los Angeles area and they are all listed online and usually held at local colleges.
-Dave Neighbors, General Manager of HB Scooters
Currently available in a 50cc, and 125cc with the 150cc coming soon. Pretty cool bike with a digital instrument cluster, huge under seat storage and a new LED supplemental headlight. Pretty much the same bike as the PCH except with much more aggressive styling. Lots of nice colors to choose from. Knobby tires too!
Stop by HB Scooters in Huntington Beach and see it in person. Specs not available yet, but they are the same as the PCH. Pricing is just $100 more than the PCH.
We're a full service motor scooter dealership in Orange County, CA. Expect nothing but the best!