MotoMia Scooter review: The Java 170cc scooter from MotoMia Rosebank
On 02 Feb 2013 I bought the MotoMia Java 170cc scooter from the MotoMia Rosebank branch. I was helped by the branch manager Francois Botha and got some great service from him. The only problem I had during the whole process was with the financing of the scooter. A company JD Group www.jdgroup.co.za (affiliated with MotoMia) did the financing for me and let me tell you, it took more than a week.
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But after all the financing got sorted, I got the bike quite quick. They still have the special where you get a free helmet, lock, gloves and safety vest. So once the finance was sorted, Johan phoned me to go and fit the helmet and gloves. I didn’t know that my head was that small because I took a small helmet.
Unfortunately I was at work with my car that Friday so I was only able to pick up the bike the following day.
The scooter is great. I’m very happy with it and it’s actually quite fast. The info on the website is a bit misleading because the scooter only takes R50 95 unleaded to fill up as to R70 on the website and also it doesn’t get 200km on a tank. I get about 100km on a tank. Maybe it’s because it’s still new and needs a couple of adjustments.
I can also sometimes get the max speed of 120km/h on the highway but it’s only when there’s a slight downhill and also if the wind is not that strong. Otherwise it cruises at 90km/h easily.
The handling on the bike is great because of the superbike tyres it’s got on. It’s really smooth around corners and really easy to manoeuvre through traffic.
I will definitely recommend this scooter. It’s cheap, reliable and low on petrol. It’s great for driving to work and you can also comfortably drive on the highway.
That’s it. Not much else to say.
If you think of buying a MotoMia Scooter, please tell them that Francois referred you. I get free services for every customer that I refer to them.
How to service your Motomia Scooter yourself
Ok. So the reason why I’m servicing my own scooter is because I went far over the service intervals. When you buy the scooter new, you need to take it for a service at the dealer on the first 300km, then every 2500km after that. I drive about 2500km every month and a half. So I can’t afford to take it for a service every 2500km.
So what I did was I went to the Motomia Rosebank dealership, got an air filter from them for R135. A spark plug can be bought at any Midas and that’s around R20 and the oil (15w40) can be bought at ANY garage for R25 for a 500ml bottle. You need 800ml when replacing the oil so buy two bottles and use about one and a half.
Replacing the air filter
Lift up your seat and open the black box. You need to unscrew about 8 screws. There you’ll see the red filter. Just replace it with the new one and screw the cover back on.
Changing the spark plug
If you sit on the scooter like when you drive it, right behind your feet is a black cover. There are two screws right under the seat on the sides and one right behind your feet that you need to unscrew to remove the black cover. Take care when un-clipping the cover as the white panels can break quite easily. There is a small tool pouch that came with your scooter that has a pipe like tool in it with two holes. That us used to unscrew the spark plug. So if you sit on your scooter, the spark plug be on the right of your engine at the front. Pull out the cable and use the tool to unscrew the spark plug. Then screw in the new spark plug. You can now place the black cover back on the scooter.
Changing the oil
Put your scooter on the main stand. Have a look under the scooter on the right hand side and you will see a big bolt. Have a container ready and unscrew that bolt. A spring and a small metal filter/filter will fall out. Let all the oil drain out. Screw back the filter, spring and bolt. Now get a funnel and pour in the new oil by removing the black plastic cap on the right hand side of the scooter. Remember you need a bottle and a half 800ml. Now screw the black capo back on and you’re ready to go.
UPDATE – 20/03/2014
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