Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Battery for the PCX 150

From the day we picked up the PCX 150 , I suspected the battery that came with the bike was spent. Even though it was a new vehicle, it had sat for about 2 year between the factory and delivery.  From the beginning, startups were hard, and I had kept it on a trickle charger between rides.

Today it died on startup in Beverly Farms. I rode the Silverwing to Cycles 128, pickup up a fresh battery, installed it roadside, and it started and ran like a champ.

Miles on the odometer are 660. This should last for a while ...

Monday, June 15, 2015

First Oil Change for the PCX150

@ 602 miles.

Valvoline 10W-30 SYNPower.

Easy change ... sockets 17MM sock for oil screen plug, 12MM for oil drain plug, 8MM to move the rear brake cable holder.

A small bit of metal  in the oil screen removed (this was the first oil change). Otherwise, everything was in great shape. Plugs fitted to the specified  torque.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

New Spark Plugs at 31755

The maintenance schedule says replace every 8000 miles ... I hit the number, so I bought and installed 2 NGK CR8EHIX-9 Iridium plugs ( about $8 each on Amazon).

(actually, the plugs were last replaced at 22,460 miles, so they were in for 9,295 miles. They still looked fine)

My tips 

  • Use a 10"  long socket extension to clear the seat ...
  • The right side spark plug cap (with extension) barely clears ... takes a while to displace
  • No anti-seize required
  • A spark plug socket with a rubber insert is handy to remove the plug after loosening
  • Torque as per the diagram on the box ... 1/8 turn after seating. Owners manual says first give it a 1/2 turn , loosen again, re-seat, and the go 1/8 turn.  

A fairly straight forward job.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Inspected for 2015 !

Both bikes are ready for the 2015 riding season ...

Sequential stickers , too

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

First Ride of 2015 Today ...

Started right up ... it's been a long winter , and I finally got out !

Beginning the season with 30702 miles on the odometer.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Oil Leak and fix @ 28749 Miles

While riding home a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a  significant oil leak. I was in Beverly, so brought it into Cycles 128 for service. Although it took a couple of weeks to get the bike back, both the valve cover and right crankcase cover were resealed and refitted. Also, the tech thought the engine oil level was too high (I had been checking it, it read fine --- and 128 did the oil change last November and I hadn't added any oil since). The engine was power washed, so it nice and clean now. They did a good job, and only charged me for 2 hours of labor.

Anyway, I rode it home yesterday and all was fine. Now I have new seals on the valve and crankcase covers ... so I should be well contained for a while.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rear brake pads and F/R brake line flush and fill

Had new rear brake pads and both brake lines flushed and filled with fresh DOT4 today. Smooth stopping now.

Work done at Cycles 128 in Beverly @ 28,652 miles on the odometer.