Hi Guys, I have been a looong time lurker and this is my first post. I have owned my Gilera Fuoco since July and absolutly love it. I came to scooters unintentionally being a cruiser motorcycle guy only.
In June I bought a Beo 500ie with a view to turn it over and make some money but inevitably fell in love with scootering, (I think its in the blood)which led me to buy my Gilera. I havn't ridden my cruisers since that day.
Now I love to tinker and wanted to try some different weights in the variator. After a lot of researching I decided to give the Dr Pulley slide weights a try, only problem was that all the online retailers seem to only sell the 15 gram weights.
I personally felt that this was too light considering that the stock rollers are 21 gram. I did not want the big 500 reving its head off every time I opened the throttle or at high speed.
So I contacted the manufacturer and ordered some 19 gram slide weights. I was able to do this as they have no distributor in Australia. Had to order a few sets though.
I did a comparison with the Dr Pulley weights with the stock weights. My results are as follows.
Stock vs Dr Pulley
Full throttle revs - 5500 vs 6200
Revs at 60 kms - 3800 vs 4000
Revs at 80 kms - 4700 vs 4800
Revs at 100 kms - 5100 vs 5100
These tests were done on the same day on the same stretch of flat road. The speeds are as indicated on the speedo. The difference in the scooter is amazing from such a seemingly small mod.
Crack open the throttle at any speed and the thing just launches compared to stock.
It accelerates so much harder that I find myself constantly full throttling and grinning like an idiot now.
The biggest improvement in my opinion though is how much easier it is to ride the scooter a slow speeds. It just feels so much more progressive compered to stock.
I have found that I do not need to use the rear brake anywhere near as much as before. Roundabouts and corners where I had to drag the rear brake before because of the way the bike accelerated I can do without rear brake after the Dr Pully weights were installed.
For such a cheap mod I am amazed with the results, I just wish I had done it earlier. I feel this is how the bike should have been from the factory.
I hope my post was informative to someone because I have learned so much from this forum and would not have been able to do this without the information found on here.