I have managed to have the keys stolen to my bike it is my understanding that it would be better and quicker to just change the lock barrel can some one advice me how to do this? the bike is already locked and i'm not sure how to remove the barrel? any help would be great
I recently has my scooter stolen and recovered so I know a bit about this. Its an absolute bugger to actually get to the lock as its normally held in place by 2 screws that you can only access by taking off the entire front panel and usually the 'footplate' also.
What bike do you have as to add insult to injury, not all chinese scooters use the same barrel/ignition part.
changing the barrel may be a bit tricky also as find me a locksmith that knows a chenese scooter!!
I ended up changing the ignition which meant me buying a new seat lock as well as they use the same keys.
As a general rule there are 2 types of ignition barrel out there which both have different attachment parts and different seat lock mechanisms. They can be differentiated easiest by the seat lock.
My seat lock has a simple mechanism that once turned ejects the seat by a small rotating metal lever but other seatlock and ignition sets have a cable that releases the seat in a similar way that a brake cable on a pushbike pulls on a brake lever.
Work out which type of seat lock you have and this will make it a heck of a lot easier. If you have the cable type then I have a spare one knocking about somewhere I think as I bought the wrong one initially so let me know and we could come to some kind of arrangement i'm sure
I had to replace the ignition, seat, and fuel lock and had to strip down a lot of the bike to get to them the hardest was the fuel lock and manhandle the lock of but managed it in the end, only problem now is i just can't get the bike started it started then i think i manged to flood it now it won't start either by kick starting or by electric start that is now nearly dead i need the bike desperately can some one help!!!
Could be many things but here are a few that have stopped my bike working in the past
1. check the kickstand.
When mine got a kicking from some pikeys they loosened the connection that cuts out the engine when the stand is down, so when the stand is up, it thinks its down so simply turns over as normal, just doesnt catch. Its usually a little plastic ring with a metal ring inside with a bold holding it together. Check they are all flush and put the stand up and down a few times. also if its loose, there is a little file that a notch from the metal ring fits in. If this is out then the ring wont turn to make the connection to let the bike start
2. look at the lead that connects to the sparkplug, they are a bugger and often overlooked
3. Change or charge the battery
Original battery is pants. check forums for new ones and/or charger
Mike bike turned over but would not start for a fortnight and after I went grey and started hurting farm animals, I took it to a garage and they changed the battery and it fired up 1st time, so thats a possibility also. (remember to get a trickle charger loads on ebay)
4. Lastly....a long shot, check your fuel mixture screw (see forums) and screw in all the way in and back out about 2.5 times just incase the engine is flooding due to the mixture not being right