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SBF X9 Cafe 2008 - Amalfi/Evo


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Originally posted by edwinT@January 19, 2007 02:35 am

Its really about LUCK when it comes to this machine.

 

In fact I personally find it MISLEADING to read that a properly maintained X9 will not have much problems. REALLY.

feel like :weep: when i read this ... I am one of those who won't hesitate to maintain regularly and feed it with abalone ...

 

In the end ... i still end up with all sorts of weird problems .. the worst being the leaking radiator (not the water pump) and short circuited fan :faint:

 

nonetheless, the aesthetic appeal and comfort r very strong pull factors :smile: Not forgetting that how many 2B scoots have 3 brake discs? :cheeky: OH oh ... i love michelin gold standards :thumb:

Selling my

- X9 Evo Winter Windshield

 

 

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Sep 2004 - V Day 2009: X9 Evo

Jun 2008 - ~~~~~ : Fit GD 1.3 A

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Its quite true...

 

I have enjoy my X9 for near 2 years.... it is a means of transport to me... it is also my passion... my other love....

 

most bikes have problems... even BMWs big bikes... i heard the labour to drop the engine, initial charge is $600..... with or without parts replace...

 

Furthermore X9 is a Italian bike... not Ducati... but... Piaggio...

 

I still remember..... de ja vu... my first time on that bike... the engine is so quiet... i can hardly hear it running when i am on the move... it is like siting on a chair floating... enjoying the breeze... i think this is true joy...

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I took X9 last time because of it appealing looks. And as a new rider that time, I wash bike religiously and feed all it with the best engine oil, plug..... so on and so forth. I hardly whack the bike on the road ( 80km/h to 100km/h). In fact some old X9 riders can attest that I have one the best mileage per liters of fuel.

 

But this is what I get, heart stopping incident where X9 fail me in the middle of PIE. With lorries tracking me behind. Only to realize that the relay has fail me during troubleshooting, not once but 3 times. All different locations in fact.

 

List goes on from leaky LCD meter, leakage rear box where the rain can stinks the whole interior, auto choke prob, water pump (Last for 5 years)... On average is $800 spent per year, discounting regular maintainable like belt change engine oil etc.

 

I persist. But the last straw comes for the mounting change. I make a count, on average 1 repair per 2 months. Some times have to take urgent leave from work just because of bike issue. My confidence level is really low.

 

On a lighter note. I would really like to carry on with this bike if all the above didn't happen too often. :weep: It has a strong engine and comfort level for this bike is great.

 

But since you have brought it up, I felt its time to share with the rest why I decide to part X9 in the end. Not sure the upgraders share the same sentiment as me. To me X9 is still a bike that I love and hate.

July 2004 to Nov 2006 X9 amalfi

Dec 2006 to Jan 2010 Honda SilverWing 400

Feb 2010 to Nov 2015 Honda Fit

Dec 2015 to Oct 2017 Toyota ISIS

Feb 2017 to May 2017 Honda ST1300

Jun 2017 onwards Honda Silverwing 400

 

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Always remember.... X9 is Italian... so called Ang Mo...

 

Italians dont come cheap... last time a pair of Italian Armani jeans... cost a bomb...

 

so... riding a designer Scooter comes with a price

 

I was a proud owner of an Italian Bike before.... i.e. Piaggio...

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Originally posted by Solaris10@January 19, 2007 09:48 am

I still remember..... de ja vu... my first time on that bike... the engine is so quiet... i can hardly hear it running when i am on the move... it is like siting on a chair floating... enjoying the breeze... i think this is true joy...

Surprised to hear this comin' from a mod-fanatic.. kekeke :thumb:

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Originally posted by stroker@January 19, 2007 11:15 am

Surprised to hear this comin' from a mod-fanatic.. kekeke :thumb:

 

 

Please lah... those were the days...

 

I was poisoned.... but i am cured.... best is to stay away.... once hooked.... oh god... went thru the cold turkey... but now i am fine...

 

.... temptations are hard to resist.... once itch.... have to scratch it right ?

 

 

 

NEVERTHELESS..... if i want to make a comeback... i will be eyeing on the ET8 or GT200.... the CVT is true art of technology....

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Originally posted by Solaris10@January 19, 2007 11:27 am

 

Please lah... those were the days...

 

I was poisoned.... but i am cured.... best is to stay away.... once hooked.... oh god... went thru the cold turkey... but now i am fine...

 

.... temptations are hard to resist.... once itch.... have to scratch it right ?

 

 

 

NEVERTHELESS..... if i want to make a comeback... i will be eyeing on the ET8 or GT200.... the CVT is true art of technology....

boss... why not look east and get a silverwing?

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Originally posted by edwinT@January 19, 2007 11:33 am

boss... why not look east and get a silverwing?

 

 

got think of the east.... but dont have 2A license leh... took 3 times... fail 2 times...

 

somemore the instructor so fierce... always scold me... i have so long never handle clutch bike... also not like that mah... like i owe him money like this.

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Originally posted by Satgi@January 19, 2007 11:53 am

U slow lah, people already got 4 wheels! :cheeky:

 

 

aiyah... not easy lah.... parking everywhere must pay... traffic jam jialat liao loh.... last time X9 still can squeeze in between cars... now have to wake up earlier to beat the jam... go back also jam...

 

Somemore long time never drive... kenna horn by taxis afew times liao... i dash out without seeing on coming cars... still getting use to it lah..

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Originally posted by Solaris10@January 19, 2007 12:22 pm

 

got think of the east.... but dont have 2A license leh... took 3 times... fail 2 times...

 

somemore the instructor so fierce... always scold me... i have so long never handle clutch bike... also not like that mah... like i owe him money like this.

that is my EXACT fear..... thats why still at 2B.

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was so sad when i packed up my bike for the buyer to tow away...

 

there goes my orange X9...

Don't mess with old farts. Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.

Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

 

Proud owner of an Opel Combo 1.7 DTI

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Originally posted by edwinT@January 19, 2007 02:35 am

yeoman,

 

regularly maintained X9s with regular riding faces the same issues. No two ways about it. Its really about LUCK when it comes to this machine.

 

In fact I personally find it MISLEADING to read that a properly maintained X9 will not have much problems. REALLY.

 

after i had a series of problems that could be due to what you've mentioned that I may have whacked it too hard, i rode like an ah pek with it and only during the weekends and when i needed to ride into msia avg speed of 110-115kmh.

 

still the same old problems came back. water pump. steering cone. forever dropping out spark plug socket. electronics(mine was sealed to the max with silicon), petrol gauge.

 

you have your opinion towards this bike. I have mine as well. And others as well.

 

So lets all agree to disagree. All are valid points.

Ya lor, I am the one who mislead people lor...

Life is about the freedom of choice

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Yoz all X9 bothers and sisters

 

Please dun take a personal view on the comments by fellow X9ers.

 

THis is meant to provide feedbacks on our individual's rides.

 

Your bike okay doesn't meant my bike okay.

 

All these are mechanical parts. my weight, riding style, frequency of maintenance and workshops are different and unique.

 

Let'z stay cool.

 

Cheerz always :smile:

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Originally posted by edwin-nel@January 19, 2007 04:28 pm

Yoz all X9 bothers and sisters

 

Please dun take a personal view on the comments by fellow X9ers.

 

THis is meant to provide feedbacks on our individual's rides.

 

Your bike okay doesn't meant my bike okay.

 

All these are mechanical parts. my weight, riding style, frequency of maintenance and workshops are different and unique.

 

Let'z stay cool.

 

Cheerz always :smile:

Its majority against minority down here... Guess that I have no other choices but to conform to the norm...

Life is about the freedom of choice

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For forumners who are watching this thread, I just would like to add a point that I have no hard feelings between me, Satgi and Edwin. We have known one another for more than 3 years already. The sudden outburst is due to me not able to take it when I see remarks about the problems that X9 has coming from someone who does not ride an X9 everyday and therefore finding it misleading. It isnt because I couldnt accept the reality that the bike have quite a number of problems. I just want to make a point clear that when there is a problem, provide positive suggestions rather than negative remarks. It certainly will helps X9ners to feel better and not worse off. You wont feel good if you are or still is a X9 rider.

 

For me, I find that it is true that Italian bikes face with more problems as compared to the Japanese ones. That is the reason why many people tends to go for the more common bike models after doing a thorough research. Cheap spare parts and reliable performance is what these people are looking at. However, the case is quite different if you choose an X9 or some other niche bikes in the market.

 

You will have to consider many factors before intending to go for one of these. I remember just before I took over my X9, one of my seasoned heaxgon rider friend told me that I have to be mentality prepared that it will cost more for servicing and repair and I must be able to afford it. I find that it is true. Steering cone, digital panel, leaky top box, defective locks, flat batteries are some of the problems that I faced with my X9 and not forgetting my recent stripped spark plug thread. But I also didnt forget those beautiful times that I had on my X9.

 

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After thinking through, I find that X9 isnt that bad afterall. It is just a matter of whether I can handle its maintenance and repair cost. Time and money is the root cause of the problem most of the time, I guess.

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actually i dun really like nor hate X9 :sweat:

 

choose a EVO bcos i wanted a big huge space,n cheap insurance as i dun wan to change to a Class 2A bike :sweat:

 

the only other big 2B bike i could find is a vara 125 but due to my height i dun think i am suitable to ride tat bike :sweat:

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my bike leaking engine oil liao :sian:

 

suspect gasket gone case liao :sian:

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Originally posted by Pentateuch@January 21, 2007 03:23 pm

Hey all you "Old Farts"! It's the Rainman here! Wow! It's been quite a while since I logged in here! Yes! I am back on an X9 but it's an Evo and not the Amalfi.

:nono: u keep changing bike huh

 

welcome back to evo family :D

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Originally posted by Pentateuch@January 21, 2007 06:13 pm

:nono: Looking at your signature....... You too huh??? :faint:

:lol:

 

well i only changed 2B bikes so didnt lose much :lol:

 

not sure about this bike will lose alot onot :lol:

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Originally posted by who_noe@January 21, 2007 06:54 pm

:lol:

 

well i only changed 2B bikes so didnt lose much :lol:

 

not sure about this bike will lose alot onot :lol:

Nowadays ppl selling less than $5K... :sian:

I don't blame people who doesn't show courtesy, they just didn't get taught on how to do so.

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