Zhenhua MPPST150-9 150cc Scooter Review
by Shelby Burns
(Las Vegas, Nevada USA)
I purchased the Zhenhua MPPST150-9 150cc Scooter, a three wheel trike, back in June. This bike uses the TY157QMJ-2 Engine. I am still trying to get it to run right.
I bought this scooter from T-Motorsports in California. I had to do it this way as they are not available where I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I drove out there, as it is only a couple of hours and picked it up still in the crate and brought it home.
The first problem I ran into was it stalling out every time I tried to ride it. I found the problem was the carburetor. The mix screws were sealed. When I contacted the dealer, I was informed that it was sealed to conform to California Standards.
They did not bother to tell me this when I purchased it and was aware of my intent to use it in Nevada, because I did not pay sales tax, because it was not to be used in California. So right off the bat I had to buy a brand new carburetor to get it running.
Within a week the gauges and lights on the instrument panel stopped working. Half the screws on the left fender fell out within two weeks. The electric latch holding down the seat has never worked correctly, so I had to get a bungee cord to hold the seat down when I get off the bike.
I still have problems with the bike cutting out and stalling. The owners manual is written in broken engine and is useless. I have been trying to purchase any type of service or repair manual to try and figure out where all my problems come from and every time I ask the dealer about this, they tell me they have nothing and do not know anyone else that has anything.
Also, this bike I received was not the one I paid for, as that bike has a reverse gear and this one does not. I had no way or knowing that when I picked it up because it was crated up and in pieces. The bike only has a little bit over a thousand miles on it and I am still trying to get it to run without stalling after over five months.
Because of this, I am afraid to ride it on a regular basis for fear of it stalling and not being able to get it to start. In other words, avoid this piece of crap and do not walk away from this dealer, instead run as fast as you can.
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Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
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