Scooter Tuning Plymouth

Tuning your scooter can help give it more power and a more unique look. Tuning involves upgrading to aftermarket parts and modifying the scooter in any way. Here you’ll find additional information on scooter tuning as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.

George White Superbikes
01752 480250
10
Plymouth
 
Battisford Motorcycles And Quads
(754) 483-3664
Battisford Farm
Plymouth
 
Dream Machine Motorcycles
01548 831133
Dream Garage
Modbury
 
Martin Pears Engineering
01548 521429
Totnes
Halwell
 
Ufo Motorcycles Ltd
01480 454676
15 Clifton Road
Huntingdon
 
George White Motors Ltd
01752 480250
10-12 Elburton Road Plymstock
Plymouth
 
W G Friend And Son Ltd
01752 690584
Units 8-10 Stowford Business Park Filham Moor Ind Est
Ivybridge
 
Cornwall Farmers Ltd (Callington)
01579 382292
Callington
Kelly Bray
 
Drayton Croft Motorcycles
0044 0116 262 16
52 Fosse Road North
Leicester
 
Bike Shack
01442 211567
28 Lawn Lane
Hemel Hempstead
 

Scooter Tuning Overview

Written by Ant Stead    Tuesday, 18 March 2008 21:58   
Scooter Tuning Overview

Scooter tuning

So you want more power from your scooter. Welcome to the club.

Scooter tuning is very popular throughout the world. A vast array of aftermarket performance parts are available for many applications, from circuit or drag racing to high performance street duties.

Should you start upgrading parts on your scooter? If the scooter is still under warranty, and you want more power then be very careful as performance modifications usually void the warranty. You have been warned!

Also many countries have laws in regards to the top speed or maximum KW output of mopeds (Generally 50cc scooters). Make sure you check this or you could find you’re breaking the law in your country.

If you can’t control your need for power or don’t have a warranty on your scoot – then read on.

Before starting, have a read of our maintenance article and make sure that your scooter is in good working order. No point tuning a scooter that won’t be up for the challenge: If you deem your machine ready then the work can begin!

 

Derestriction

(Mostly applies to 50cc scooters)

Many modern 50cc scooters are restricted. This is usually done to limit the top speed.

This is done by:

  1. Restricting the exhaust pipe.
  2. A washer/ or similar limiting the movement of the variator.
  3. CDI (computer distributed ignition) which limits the maximum rpm of the scooter.

Once you’ve worked out what is restricting the scooter and replaced/or removed that restriction. You should find the bikes full potentional. Be wary of spending hours de-restricting your scooter if you’re planning on further upgrades that will result in restricted parts being binned. It may pay to combine the de-restricting with power upgrades. i.e. instead of spending ages drilling out a restriction in the standard exhaust pipe, replace the entire system with an after market model; the end result will equal more power.

 

Exhaust

This should be one of your first choices when tuning a scooter. This is especially true for a 2-stroke motor. The shape and internal diameter of the exhaust has a large impact on the power of a two-stroke motor. In a four stroke the increase won’t be as pronounced, but still is key part of the tuning process.

 

Intake

There are three parts to the intake of most scooters:

Air filter and box

Manufacturers create scooters that are quiet. They do this at the expense of some power. The engine has to work a little harder to suck the air through a small intake hole, into an air-box, which reduces intake noise and through a foam/paper filter that also removes dirt from the air.

If more power is to be made then more air and more fuel will be required. More fuel means bigger jets in the carburettor; jet size selection depends on level of modification done to the engine.

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