hi all,i have a gilera cougar 125cc 2002 model.i like the but the bushings in the top yoke that keer the handlebars from moving are shot.does any one know where or who make aftermarket bushings for this problem.i am in belgium so i thought they would be easy to get from italy but no they stopped making them 3 years ago.
any help would be great.
all gilera cougars have only one throttle cable fitted as standard.. more like you bought a 2 stroke cable for say rc125 or 2 stroke dna ect..... ive got a problem with a cougar it looses the spark when left over night.. once running again..it will start all day.. anyone ever had a prob like this... Damo @ 2 wheel moto recycle.. any info willl help
I had a Cougar until it got written off, but that was one thing I noticed - how much the rear wheel loved spinning up on even the slightest damp patch, not to mention going over a grid in the wet round a corner! I think it was mainly due to the weight the back end had especially with me on it. But that was a really fun part to the bike, the weight and width of the machine felt like you were riding a much bigger bike than a 125.
One thing I made sure to do when I first got it home though was changine all the perishables: Engine oil, Brake fluid, Brake pads/shoes, Spark plugs and Fork seals, Oil filter, fuel filter and Air filter. The difference in the ride quality after was second to none. Slowly but surely buying more specialised parts to improve the quality of the bike. The first port of call was a new chain because my god it didn't half stretch. Moved up to Hagon twin shocks with adjustable pre-load - felt like I was on a memory foam sofa with them on. Swapped out the fork springs for softer springs to ease the front end better over bumps in the road. With a nice set of part-worn Bridgestone tyres the bike started to feel like it should of done from the start. I think everything I bought for the bike totaled up to about £600's worth of kit, but didn't half improve the bike! by far the best 125 I've ever ridden (Even if I do say so myself).
The only thing that let me down big style and it has been mentioned is the electrics. Italian electrics just don't seem to like British weather. Forever cleaning contacts, replacing fuses and bulbs. A problem they really should of sorted out before production.
Like Tattoo John's response to benjiii, I would expect the wrong throttle cable has been bought, which generally seems odd because they aren't exactly dear...
midlandsdoc I had the same problem, until I could find a piece of rubber with the quality for a bush I actually removed the old nackered bush and swapped it out for two metal washers. Not exactly the perfect replacement but it worked, no free play from the risers so in turn the steering was more responsive.
bikeboy85 I'm confused, does it not have an ignition barrel/switch? Like tappy said it raises suspicion as to wether the bike has been stolen..
hi ive had my 2001 gilera cougar for about 3 months and today i lost my only key while i was going to check my bank balance so i had to leave the bike there can anybody tell me how i can get my steering lock off and start my bike up
Are you seriously asking someone to tell you how to steal a bike?
ok got a new ignition barrel and switch but now all the bulbs are starting to go off how do i change them
hey guys, help would be great if you can, picked up a 2003 cougar on gumtree for 500. I took it for the MOT (what a shit of a test that is, safety is obviously not a key factor in deciding if a bike is road worthy!). Only problem once purchaced and on the way home realised THERE ARE NO DAMN MIRRORS! (how could i not have noticed).. never driven a geared bike before but did about 30 miles yesterday.. got the hang of it but i have no idea what the lights on it mean (not the ones on the left: stand, N... the three on the right what do they tell you as the one on the far left (green ) keeps flashing on and off what does this mean????? and can anyone tell me where the choke is in case i need to use it... much appreciated
If you're not happy with the MOT test then take it somewhere you trust.
There are about 25 testers in Bristol. I use 2. In both cases safety is there ONLY real consideration. Both of them are extremely thorough, but also very pragmatic. If the bike is obviously in good running order with a couple of minor things needing attention then they'll let it go and just tell you.
Many of the allowable limits on the MOT test are pretty low, and if you're below these then your bike is genuinely unsafe.
If you don't know what the lights are, then asking the MOT tester probably would've been a good idea. Given that they see all manner of bikes every day, they'd probably have been happy to tell you.
You can buy mirrors to go into the ends of the bars if necessary. If there are meant to be mirrors (mopeds require at least a right hand one to pass UK type testing) then it shouldn't pass the MOT without them.
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