In the event you’ve ever questioned what it’s like to purchase an outdated Rokon Scout 2×2 motorcycle and completely try it out, then YouTube channel 2Vintage has simply the factor for you. This man likes to get his arms on no matter random bikes strike his fancy—and since he has the talents, instruments, and persistence to determine what’s flawed, more often than not, he’s capable of rating some fairly candy offers as a result of he’s in a position to sort things up when crucial.
This Rokon Scout, although—it’s somewhat completely different, and never simply because it’s a 2WD bike. As you’ll see at the start of the video, it’s clearly working. It’s a 135cc, two-stroke, single-cylinder engine, full with a teeny, tiny carburetor. The aluminum wheels had been constructed to carry a rider’s alternative of gasoline or water, for these lengthy days outdoors whenever you may want one or each of these issues.
Prime pace is a blistering 35 miles per hour—and actually, this isn’t a motorcycle that you just’d wish to go notably quick on. It has three gears, accessible through a hand-operated selector on the proper facet of the bike. The low gear could have you go round 5 miles per hour, whereas excessive will get you as much as the 35-ish vary. Because it’s a 1982, it has a pull begin (later fashions received each a pull and an electrical begin), in addition to a plastic gasoline tank. In line with 2Vintage, sufficient folks didn’t just like the plastic tank that Rokon went to an aluminum tank in a while, however the plastic is type of good as a result of it could actually’t rust.
The transmission is fascinating—a tiny, belt-driven unit that’s hidden away below a facet panel. In the event you’ve checked out transmissions on scooters earlier than, it’s related—though the belt is extraordinarily tiny by comparability). In fact, the complete drivetrain is way completely different than the rest, involving a shaft and a separate chain drive for the entrance wheel. After he will get it residence, 2Vintage does a radical walkaround to indicate off the best way this factor works, shortly earlier than firing it up and taking it for its first true check trip.
It takes some effort to get began, however does ultimately hearth up. There’s a primary trip straight outdoors the storage, simply to ensure there are not any main points that must be tended to right away. Then, it’s off to a close-by space the place there are hills and snow on the bottom.
The little Scout, it seems, will do fairly effectively going up hills, so long as it’s within the appropriate gear and is getting sufficient gasoline. At some factors, 2V needed to put the choke again on, because it appears there could also be a fueling subject (presumably a grimy carb) that’s ravenous the poor factor when it tries to go uphill. Placing weight over the entrance wheel helps as effectively, and I’d be curious to know if the added weight of gasoline or water within the entrance wheel would assist it get somewhat extra buy in a state of affairs like this.
In any case, in about six inches of snow, it is going to do uphills pretty effectively. By the tip of the day, after testing out its towing capability with somewhat trailer, sadly the entrance wheel is now not working. Which means 2V must take it again to the storage, take all of it aside, and discover out what’s flawed—and in addition present us the method within the subsequent video. I imply, it’s a bummer if you wish to trip it, however is it a bummer if you wish to know the way it works? Positively debatable, and possibly is dependent upon how dangerous the issues are, and the way troublesome and/or costly they could be to repair.