If one side is clean and the other filthy, can you still get by?
I do know the answer to that question. A new one will be on order soon.
This is really the first time that I have ever taken apart anything on the scooter. Now, mind you, I am not a real gearhead in any shape or form, but I used to do a lot of maintenance on cars I have owned in the past. Particularly on the 2 VW buses I used to own, back many years ago.Doing tune ups, installing new points and condensors, (remember those?) and adjusting valves were not a problem for me. But I have not spent a lot of time really getting to know my scooter. What little work that has needed to be done so far was done by my dealer. But now I am approaching 6,000 miles and a few other maintenance items are recommended such as adjusting valves, flushing the coolant and some other odds and ends. I am thinking that a lot of this I should be able to do. I opened up a cover that covers part of the floor and the front of the engine compartment. You can see the battery and the top of the engine. The engine is a 4 valve 4 stroke. Fairly sophisticated. SYM has made motorcycle and automobile engines for Honda for many years There was really no reason to take this cover off, it just looked like fun. I almost screwed up a bit putting it back on. The 2 screws on the floor were just a bit shorter than the others. I had forgotten that for a monent, but recovered nicely, thank you. You may have heard me say before, but the side stand on Max is virtually useless in my opinion. It makes the scooter lean just a bit too much for my comfort, easy to knock over. I use the center stand almost exclusively. The HD 200 comes with both stands, factory installed at no extra charge. But I discovered that the side stand is perfect for one function. . Draining the oil.
The oil change proceeded smoothly. The old oil was pretty dirty compared to the new oil.
While I was at it I decided to take the seat off and peek into the engine compartment a little more. Six (10mm) bolts later and Wah Lah! The seat is off.It is pretty easy to take off and here is where the meat of the scooter is. First view is of the top of the engine compartment where the fuses are.