After 30-odd years of scooter rallies, ‘Scarborough Col’ decided to mix things up a bit by going back to a standard PX 125 for the 2017 rally season. Here’s his mid-season report. Where surprisingly he made Cleethorpes in record time…
The Cleethorpes rally was the 5th of the nine nationals this season. It was another superb rally, and my favourite so far to be honest. A fraction over 80 miles each way but quite a strange statistic is of all the Cleethorpes rallies I’ve been to so far, this year’s journey was the fastest I’ve ever done it in, on the smallest capacity scooter I’ve ever ridden there on.
I used the same ‘A’ roads I would normally go on, but instead of the regulation stop near the Humber Bridge (where I usually wait and meet up with other mates), I skipped the unneeded fuel stop and rode straight to the campsite. The tortoise and the hare scenario springs to mind! Okay it’s by no means a big journey, but for all the doubters saying it will take me ages to get anywhere on a 125cc, it was actually quicker in this instance.
Almost 2,000 rally miles so far
The five events so far (not including Llandudno last weekend) have seen my mileage tally rise to 1876 miles (3001 kilometers). So with this in mind, I decided it was time to give the scooter a mid season service and check over. It has been absolutely faultless so far, but I’ve already got in stock the engine oil, spark plug, and plug cap, which I bought from SIP with my pre-season order. This leaves nothing to buy – just parts to fit and a rotation of the wheels.
Whenever I buy new tyres, I buy them in threes, then as they start to show signs of wear I simply swap them from spare, to rear, to front. This way, all three wear out at the same time and then I just get three more. This may seem a bit of a faff to some of you, but I’ve seen scooters with a fifteen-year-old spare tyre bolted under the sidepanel, or a front tyre that’s covered four times as many miles as the rear ones its outlasted! My way seems logical to me?
SIP Performers – perform well
On the subject of tyres, I’ve used Michelin S1’s for years, but in recent times I haven’t felt the same grip level from them – and at very best I would get 3000 miles out of a set. A short stint using Continetal Conti Twist tyres followed but the two sets I’ve had so far haven’t lasted beyond 2500 miles. They have a better grip level in the dry than the S1’s but in the wet have far less grip. Enter the SIP Performer tyres that I’m using this season and to say “so far so good” is an understatement. They’re looking to go well beyond the life I would normally expect from an S1, and far better in both wet and dry conditions than the other brands too. Performers are definitely my tyre of choice for the future…
During the check over, I had the spark plug changed, which was unnecessary really as it was in near perfect condition, the engine oil still had a golden colour to it rather than jet black, and none of the cables took much adjustment at all. Again this is still on the whole a low mileage scooter so I wouldn’t expect any issues, but as the saying goes “If you fail to prepare you must be prepared to fail”. A basic checkover with nothing at all to report or worry over.
Thanks go out please to my mate Nick Gledhill at ALLSPEEDS scooter and bike workshop, here in Scarborough. Cheers for making a spare hour or so on the ramp at very short notice to get ‘Project PX’ in for its service work. When the newest two wheeled M.O.T and repair garage in town not only understand scooters, but own them, build them, tune them, hill climb them, rally them, and also ride them daily to work, then that’s a good place to go and spend my cash.
Ride safe SLUKers: Col