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v88



Joined: 28 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:25 am    Post subject: Re: parking spot Reply with quote

darkjedidave wrote:
I was riding my Hyo GT650 into a parking spot, put on the brakes *thud*! my right front brake pad shot off.... WTF would cause that? Scares the crap out of me thinking what would've happen if it did that when I was stopping from 110km about 60 seconds earlier...


Improper installation would be my guess if they were replaced recently. Either that or the retaining pins came out....which could happen if they were improperly installed or the clips holding the retaining pins in wiggled there way out allowing the retaining pins to come loose.
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Hyosung Comet 250 Reply with quote

darkjedidave wrote:
I was riding my Hyo GT650 into a parking spot, put on the brakes *thud*! my right front brake pad shot off.... WTF would cause that? Scares the crap out of me thinking what would've happen if it did that when I was stopping from 110km about 60 seconds earlier...

I am the guy that sold my Hyosung Comet 250 for a Hyosung Mirage 250 ... my comet did the same thing. The brake pad just dropped on the road. I got a recall letter mentioning incorrect front disk brake pad breakage problems ... but I never did anything about it. Maybe there was a recall issued for the 650 too!
darkjedidave wrote:
Did you have any major problems with the Comet? or anyone else?...

I had no major issues. Stuff I changed were:
-- rear tire (ran over a bolt, the nut stopped it from going all the way in, what a thing that was)
-- rear sprocket AND chain (at like 10,000 miles)
-- did like a 13,000 mile major fix-everything thing on it (no surprise there, really)
-- I dumped it so hadda fix all that damage. The gas tank was 275,000 but the rear part was like 50,000
-- changed the air cleaner once just because
-- had to replace light for gas guage
-- I changed the oil every 1,500 km (not really sure how often to; Australians seem to change every 3,000 km but if I change it at 1,500 it makes a noticeable difference in performance after leaving the shop)

The riding position just basically sucks. I don't understand why y'all prefer the Comet to the Mirage. The riding position, and the balance. Also, the mirage adds another 15 degree to the front turn radius which is so fricking narrow on the Comet (trying to squeeze that thing between the fat ass of a blue bus and a taxi in front of the POSCO building all the time is like engrained in my skull as a bad memory).

Sadly enough, I can't get a buyer at anything about 1.1 million for it!~! but it's only a 2009 with 21,000 km...
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the brake information. I had my mechanic simply replace both front pads, hopefully that's enough and the brakes themselves weren't the recalled items.

I don't know, I feel more in control in the position of a naked bike compared to a cruiser. Cornering on cruisers feel odd to me, and it's a heck of a lot easier weaving through traffic than on my buddy's Honda Shadow 1100. I'm sure I'll get over it, dreaming of a HD sometime in the States.
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andrewchon



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Location: In my goshiwon cubicle. Seeking moksha.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My motorcycle-bang guy didn't think much of Mirage either. In fact he flat out refuse to even consider it when I was in the market for a 250cc+ bike. This was despite the fact that I was trained on Mirage at my motorbike hagwon for my license. He recommended S&T 650. None available. (Just before Chuseuk, go figure) Rang up for Honda CBR250. None available, either. He thought I'd high-side first time out, anyway. He was nearly right. I did it on the third time out.
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they had to replace some parts of the fuel injection with Daelim parts

Hyosung cannot manufacture good fuel injection.

Kept dying (== stalling) on me and having all kinds of not-starting problems and crap.

runs a lot better now.

They lied when I bought it, said it was stalling because it was low on fuel. Liars!! I got one year A/S. All they did was "clean it out" (the fuel injection) which worked for like two hours ..... finally, went and saw the shop owner and they switched "the terminals" (of the injection) out for true Daelim parts. Meanwhile, it is hard for me to get up the gumption to threaten them with sueing them for 사기 (fraud) and telling them to give me a new bike. .... what a nightmare . I should've gone back the very first day, but after picking up the bike I took a two-week vacation .... so now I ended up in this "situation".

Anyway, been working good now. Very comfortable riding position, absolutely love it. And, fast enough.
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joesp



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also bought a CBF-125 for me and my brother.

I feel bad because all the stickers are in Chinese and it was built in Taiwan? Is this strange? Is this not a popular bike in Korea, I mean, did they specially import some strange breed of Honda that I unbeknowningly snagged up on?

And, for a pro, what does the "F" in the CBF mean?

Have a pleasurable day.
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v88



Joined: 28 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joesp wrote:
I also bought a CBF-125 for me and my brother.

I feel bad because all the stickers are in Chinese and it was built in Taiwan? Is this strange? Is this not a popular bike in Korea, I mean, did they specially import some strange breed of Honda that I unbeknowningly snagged up on?

And, for a pro, what does the "F" in the CBF mean?

Have a pleasurable day.


This bike is made specifically for Asia, mostly China, Taiwan, South Asia and South East Asia, although it's also available in the UK (but I don't know if it's built in China)

Nothing strange about this bike. Honda has been making variations of the CB125 for decades. The F just stands for a toned down more city/real world friendly, commuter friendly and pocket book friendly bike while the R stands for race. Good examples of the F series bikes are the CBF250, CBF500, CBF600, CBF1000, CB400F and CB400SF, the CB600F and the CBR600F. When the F is in front of the number it may be a parallel twin or an in line 4. When the F comes after the number it is always an in line 4. Bikes with the F after the number are usually a more sporty "naked" than their often more practical looking CBF cousins. One of my all time favourite bikes happens to be the CBF500. Very practical machine and loads of fun in the right hands.
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v88



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honda to re-introduce the CB500F, as well as a CBR500R and CB500X

A parallel twin that is nearly as cheap as the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Practical, fun and very very cheap. With about 50HP this thing is ideal for the streets and expressways of any major city and should do just fine on longer hauls.

Pretty happy about this one and will be looking to pick one up when I return home.

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/firstrides/122_1302_2013_honda_cb500_series_first_look/viewall.html
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Bearnana



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's looking likely that I'll be moving to Korea next year. I quite fancy the idea of getting a cheap scooter within a month or two of getting there. How hard is it to get a license (do I even need one)? I have a full UK drivers license, I don't know if that will mean anything in K-land though.

What sort of money should I expect to drop on everything, from getting a license to buying a scooter?

Thanks guys.
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JustinC



Joined: 10 Mar 2012
Location: We Are The World!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bearnana wrote:
It's looking likely that I'll be moving to Korea next year. I quite fancy the idea of getting a cheap scooter within a month or two of getting there. How hard is it to get a license (do I even need one)? I have a full UK drivers license, I don't know if that will mean anything in K-land though.

What sort of money should I expect to drop on everything, from getting a license to buying a scooter?

Thanks guys.


You can ride up to 125cc on a driving license, although you're supposed to swap yours for a Korean one (after getting the paper part checked by the Embassy). 125s that are in reasonable nick, with all paperwork, go for around 5-800k won.
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Bearnana



Joined: 22 Nov 2012

PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh cool. I'll look into the details of swapping my license. Really I just want a scooter so I can explore the country at my own leisure/not having to rely on public transport. Smile
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JustinC



Joined: 10 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bearnana wrote:
Oh cool. I'll look into the details of swapping my license. Really I just want a scooter so I can explore the country at my own leisure/not having to rely on public transport. Smile


I can't recommend riding in the countryside here enough, when the weather's good. It's bloody good fun; a lot less traffic than in cities, cars almost always give you a wide berth, the countryside looks beautiful, you can find at least 50% more places than when relying on the buses, outside of winter and the rainy season it's really pleasant to go out.

That being said the roads can be dangerous if you're not aware, just like any other country. There are two pages on Facebook - Wheelin' Waygooks & ROK Riders - which have a lot of riding members in Korea. You'll hear of spills and crashes fairly regularly on those.
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Bearnana



Joined: 22 Nov 2012

PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the dangers of riding can never be forgotten about. I've often heard bikers saying that everyone falls off at least once.

That being said, I still want to do it. Laughing
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globusmonkey



Joined: 19 Aug 2011
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't had time to look through this whole thread, but does anyone have information on a taekbae service that I can use to ship a scooter from Changwon to Seoul? I'm moving February 1st, so if you have done this or know any good companies, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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andrewchon



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Location: In my goshiwon cubicle. Seeking moksha.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are in good terms with your motorcycle-bang guy, he can 출장 (work away from shop) it for you at a price. He can put your scooter on his truck and drive to Seoul.
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