Roketa Bali 250cc scooter

Roketa Bali 250cc scooter

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CharlesC

United States

#1 Sep 6, 2009
I own a Roketa Bali 250 and mine has not given me real problems. 2800 miles on it and does 77 mph. It runs perfect. But scooter require maintenance to run good. I mean, I check oil, gas, lights, horn, tire pressure, ect.. I change the oil, tanny oil, inspect belt, inspect air cleaner, grease bearings, ect.. Too tell you what I exactly spent on it in 18 months( starter $60, battery $45, headlight $14, valve stem $10, counter $23, windshield $30, full coverage insurance $18 per month, gasoline 70 mpg =$100 in gas to go 2800 miles, and registering fees $30 per year, taxes $20 per year), oil $28, gear oil $7, spark plugs $14)=$706 for 18 months of enjoyment. Divide 18 months into $706=$38 per month for everything thus far. That is cheaper than a car by far. Now mine runs good because I do my own maintenance, did a proper break in period, take care of little problems before they become big. If the scooter last 5 years costing $706 per year that is $3530 + initial cost of scooter $1735 new total cost $5260. A new car would cost $300 payments x 60 months =$18,000,
$100 insurance per month x 60 is $6000, gasoline, oil changes, tranny oil changes, brakes worked on, ect. ect, ect.. You are looking at spending $30,000 at a minimal. So I love my Roketa scoot..
Robert

Rock Island, IL

#2 Sep 6, 2009
Yeah but read my comments in the "Chinese scooter, good? or no?" forum.
Salman Aziz

Richardson, TX

#3 Mar 28, 2010
Robert wrote:
Yeah but read my comments in the "Chinese scooter, good? or no?" forum.
Good analyses.

I have a question on the starter switch. Is it available in local auto stores? When I press the switch it blows the fuse. My switch is cracked. Does this mean I have to replace the switch and ignition? I have a 2006 Rocketa 250 10,500 miles

Thanks
Paul

Tucson, AZ

#4 Jul 18, 2010
Where/how do you get insurance??? I’m about to purchase one but have no clue on these things ( my first vehicle). [email protected] please let me know! thanks
Robert

Rock Island, IL

#5 Jul 18, 2010
No offense Paul. But I am sure Tucson has insurance companies. Just about any will insure scooters.
CharlesC

Marthasville, MO

#6 Jan 21, 2011
My Bali 250 scooter is still running like new. I hardly have had to do any major labor to it. 4400 miles now. Started it up in 23 degree weather and rode around town. It is well worth the price. Put new tires on it 8 months ago. Normal maintenance.
Kevin

Zeeland, MI

#7 Jan 25, 2011
I am considering purchasing a Bali 250 that is in need of a replacement muffler. What is a ball park figure for a replacement muffler and how easy is it to come across one?
Emily

United States

#8 May 6, 2011
CharlesC wrote:
My Bali 250 scooter is still running like new. I hardly have had to do any major labor to it. 4400 miles now. Started it up in 23 degree weather and rode around town. It is well worth the price. Put new tires on it 8 months ago. Normal maintenance.
After only 4400 miles it needs new tires! Really I just got one pick it up next week what are some of your issues with it?
CharlesC

Wentzville, MO

#9 May 31, 2011
Issues have been minor issues. Starter needed replacing after first year along with battery. Battery is cheap and I bought a EverStart battery from Walmart( still using battery) starter was bad after first year( part malfunctioned). A part can be bad on any type of scooter. I had a stroke at 16 and now am 47. I only have partial use of my right hand so if I can change a starter, change tires, ect. well others should have an easier time. My one issue, is the bolt on back rim likes to come loose. I got some Nut Tight from the Auto Parts store and that has not been an issue anymore. But it has been a good cheap scooter. Not alot of work. My belt is still like new.

Since: Aug 11

United States

#10 Aug 14, 2011
CharlesC wrote:
I own a Roketa Bali 250 and mine has not given me real problems. 2800 miles on it and does 77 mph. It runs perfect. But scooter require maintenance to run good. I mean, I check oil, gas, lights, horn, tire pressure, ect.. I change the oil, tanny oil, inspect belt, inspect air cleaner, grease bearings, ect.. Too tell you what I exactly spent on it in 18 months( starter $60, battery $45, headlight $14, valve stem $10, counter $23, windshield $30, full coverage insurance $18 per month, gasoline 70 mpg =$100 in gas to go 2800 miles, and registering fees $30 per year, taxes $20 per year), oil $28, gear oil $7, spark plugs $14)=$706 for 18 months of enjoyment. Divide 18 months into $706=$38 per month for everything thus far. That is cheaper than a car by far. Now mine runs good because I do my own maintenance, did a proper break in period, take care of little problems before they become big. If the scooter last 5 years costing $706 per year that is $3530 + initial cost of scooter $1735 new total cost $5260. A new car would cost $300 payments x 60 months =$18,000,
$100 insurance per month x 60 is $6000, gasoline, oil changes, tranny oil changes, brakes worked on, ect. ect, ect.. You are looking at spending $30,000 at a minimal. So I love my Roketa scoot..
Wow! Some of the items you listed top my yearly expenses for same scooter. For example: I spend only $35.00 yearly for liability insurance through Allstate.(Maybe my driving record has something to do with it?) When you list headlights, I imagine you mean the bulbs? I bought a package of 8 online for less than $20 years ago.(I have only used four of them for the two Balis we own since 2007)As for oil and gasoline, these will always be constants: our Roketa Bali Mc-13250 average 80mpg each here in the Desert Southwest. Forums are a big help for getting better deals on riding tips, parts and service (try this link for more info: http://www.scooterwiki.com/forum/roketa-bali-... ) WE have put close to 8000 miles on our second Roketa, and we are due for tires in about 1000 miles, while mine has just topped 15,000 miles, and the Michelins we swapped for the original Chin Shen rubber probably still have lots more to go.$30,000? We have spent something like $300.00 over the four years (both scooters combined, some of the items you listed, but NO windshield), not counting gasoline or oil. At 80mpg, we average only $235 yearly in fuel for each,(compared to the $180 we used to spend every 10 days on our pickup truck, a potential savings of over $5,000 yearly,just in fuel!)Yes, our Balis are used and maintained over each week, 52 weeks a year. Every household will have differing figures, check your math and you should still come up with a savings overall.
Ian MacFarlane

Saint Petersburg, FL

#11 Jan 18, 2014
Just a warning for anyone who is thinking of buying parts from Roketapartsdept.com . I bought a switch assembly from them in December and immediately informed them it was defective, got an authorization to return and sent it back. They refused delivery and sent me an email that said they will not refund my $102.50 because the switch was not resalable! Doh! I sent it back because it was defective and told them that. Worst people to deal with I have ever found.
Jim

Chicago, IL

#12 Jun 7, 2014
I have a 2008 Bali 150 scooter excellent condition, except it came with 3 wires ti hook up the battery, When I install all wires it draines my battery in 3 days, what do i do.
booonu

Point Pleasant, WV

#13 Apr 8, 2015
I'm about to get a 250cc Bali, but I need to purchase a battery and tires. Anyone know of a place I can purchase these?
CharlesC

Wentzville, MO

#15 Jul 5, 2015
Had my scooter since 2008, now have 7600 miles on it. Mainly highway miles. New tires every 2000 miles, 4th starter motor, it blew over in a storm and down $550 in damage but had full coverage insurance so fixed it. 2015 and still running good. If I lived in a big city, this would be idea for short commutes. around 40 to 55 MPH trips,... Me riding 65 MPH on 25 mile trips, is harder on the engine, but it shows me the quality too. Longest trip was from Central Missouri in Jefferson City to Quincy Illinois. Furthest in a weekend was 240 miles. It cost $1700 new. Not bad.
CharlesC

Wentzville, MO

#16 Jul 5, 2015
A cam chain tensioner is a $16 part. Not costly, but can save an engine. Can see this part on You Tube.
CharlesC

Wentzville, MO

#17 Jul 21, 2015
Changed oil and oil had no metal shaving in it. So engine is fine. Took apart variator and put back together. Left slightly looser with impact wrench. Noise went away. I can't tell if how tight the impact wrench is set on, due to it was made in china also. Bought off of Amazon. But the noise is gone. Rode around the city of Belle at 45 to 50 MPH. Hear the belt noise when slowing down, but heard that noise when first got the scooter. It may have to do with the new variator and new clutch. Don't hear the squeeking noise. I think the valves still need a slightly tighter fit. Work on that on Friday.
CharlesC

Warrenton, MO

#18 Sep 10, 2015
Finally found the problem. It was not the wheel bearings, both oil and gear oil was clean. So while I had rear tire off, I noticed the exhaust was loose where the exhaust gasket connects. This was loose enough to cause the engine noise at high rpm's. I noticed too, the bottom bolt hole on exhaust was missing a big chunk of metal, causing the exhaust to lean down. If recall I was riding to Rolla MO last Spring and head a piece of metal fall as I was riding. This was also when the noise from engine was obvious. Thinking I had just worked on changing the variator and clutch, well I assumed one of these were the cause. But it was not. So now the top of exhaust is tight and bottom of exhaust has a big washer in it to hold exhaust snug. It does not make a loud tick no more and tested it around Belle. Rode 57 MPH and no tick and rode around until plenty warmed up and no tick. The ticking was the engine piston at high rpm's and not being muffled due to exhaust leak. The bolts simply loosened up from the vibration of the scooter. Once loose, the play caused the chunk in bolt hole connector on bottom of exhaust to break. Adding to noise. At below 30 MPH it sounded normal but above 30 MPH it sounded like a loud ticking noise. With the helmet on, I could not tell exactly where the noise was coming from. So rode through our park without a helmet and could hear the tick from the exhaust side of scooter. Had not rode anywhere this summer, because I was afraid to leave town, knowing something was wrong with my scooter. But now can ride again.

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