Why is my scooter running slow?

by Somersett
(Wilmington, NC)

I got my scooter about a week ago for 150$, I found out the guy who owned it tried to fix it and hooked the ignition up backwards. Well I fixed that but it goes really slow and I don't know why.

I've heard about removing the governor and big boy kits but I don't know anything about them. This is my first vehicle and if someone could help me out here I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Somersett.

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Apr 18, 2021
Check the variator. NEW
by: Anonymous

This is a bit of a necro, but I thought I'd share something that might be helpful for other internet researchers:

I bought a salvaged SYM scooter that I could play around on and tinker with. Once I got it running, I couldn't get it to go above 12 MPH. The motor was running great, the valves were tuned and adjusted, the plug was new, the carb was rebuilt, but it was slower than my bicycle.

It turns out that the variator was seized and wasn't moving the way it should, essentially locking the scooter into "low gear." If your motor seems OK, check that next.

Oct 03, 2017
Couple things you could try or look at NEW
by: Anonymous

First thing you may want to check is the settings on the carburetor if you're running too lean or to rich. I had a similar problem where I could only get maybe 25% out of the engine and that problem was stuck valve in the head. Or they could just need to be adjusted you can also replace your CDI for a CDI without a rev limiter but warning no Reverend or means you can over of the engine

Oct 29, 2015
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Feb 18, 2012
by: Somersett

Eagle sporty special edition. Two stroke, also how should I mix my gas and oil?

Feb 17, 2012
Slow scooter?
by: Anonymous

What sort of scooter is this? Brand? Displacement?

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