Today I put fresh gas in the Chinascoot (gas gauge works, yay!) and took it out for a backroad run of a few miles. Some smooth oiltop, some rougher oiltop, some dirt, some gravel. The gravel wasn’t as much fun.
It was a good ride. The odometer worked. When I was trundling around slowly with neutral throttle at 15-20mph the revs dropped down to around 2500. Under max load it it was 4500-5000. I liked the CVT’s adjustments and may just leave it there.
I got it up to an indicated 55mph. The variator must have been topped out because rpm finally climbed to 6000 at that top speed. I could get a little more in that straight but just after 55mph the chassis started to feel unsettled/squirrely so I backed down. It could have been the uneven road surface but I didn’t want to go any faster.
The tires on this thing are kind of a sporty low-profile look. It makes for odd feedback on cambered surfaces. When I replace the tires I might go for a more traditional round tire profile. I had a similar issue on my street bike; the OEM rear had a shape that made the bike want to “fall in” on cambers/turns. When I replaced the rear with a Continental Motion that tendency went away completely.
Working on headlights tomorrow. Bulbs just cheap and blown? Voltage too high due to failing R/R? I think headlights are the only thing left before inspection and registration.