I got the SSR 110DX because it was recommended for an entry level pit bike by a lot of people. I've worked with small and large motorcycles that were ridden for some time, along with larger minis. I needed it to operate smoothly, with adequate power (Not tons of power). I believe that the SSR 110DX, fits the bill. I will start out with the unboxing and what I purchased along with the bike.
These were the parts that I purchased along with it:
- 17 tooth front sprocket (to increase the chain off the swing arm and taller gearing)
- Magnetic oil drain plug (to get alloy chips)
- NGK spark plug ( for backup purposes)
Unboxing/Packaging The SSR 110DX
As soon as I got the bike home I opened up the box and found a couple of things were loose in there. There were a couple screws scattered around the box, additionally there was a large nut there as well. After a few seconds of investigating, I found out that the large nut belongs to the front axle, and among it the front wheel spacers was not at its correct place as well! Well, fortunately, the spacer was in the carton, so that was good. I think they didn’t fasten the parts tight enough during manufacturing and some of it rattled off during shipping. The screws that I found earlier were actually from the packaging since it came with cheap iron crate.
The SSR 110DX looked brilliant once the packaging was completely removed. I took the crate apart and stripped off the wires which were pinning the bike to the framework, then put the handlebars on. That was extremely simple. The next step was to assemble the front wheel which will be a pain to do. The brake caliper sent with a plastic wedge was in there provided, but it did not keep it wide for the brake disk to slip in easily while installing the wheel. After a few minutes trying to put it in by force I decided to drain out some of the brake fluid and let the callipers open up a bit to give space for the wheel to slot in. Then I started on working on the rest of the parts such as the fenders, number plate and the graphics. After it was done it looked amazing!
* Side note* I found when setting the bars on the top triple clamp isn't machined billet aluminium, it's cast and even though it seems beefy. I do not understand I'm simply saying if it will break, it's not a solid billet.
Test Riding The SSR 110DX:
Okay, so it to bust in. I set in a magnetic drain plug which I got on TBolt and changed the oil before running it the very first time and then fired it up. I let it warm and idle for a minute or two, and then subsequently went through each gears while going down the road (only to check to ensure nothing was loose or rattling).
After the initial check, I pulled on full throttle from the 1st gear to the 4th. It was powerful and fine. After I was done testing it like that a couple of times I let it cool down before draining the oil. There were some metal shavings in there (just one that is bigger than the rest, but the remainder was largely mini small filings).
Afterward, I went on a raping fest after putting in a new oil. I ripped through the field I was at with an intent to break it. It had adequate power and ran perfectly with no issues whatsoever. At this time I found an *odd* sound. Whenever I decelerate, I would hear the high pitch whining sound. At first I thought it was the transmission but after a while I figured out it was the chain roller that was very noisy.
|Bike Model No.
|Engine Type||110cc 4-stroke|
|Arrangement of Cylinder||Single|
|Rated HP||4.85 HP/7500rpm|
|Max HP||6.71 HP|
|Cooling System||Air cooled|
|Tranny||Manual Clutch, 4 Speeds|
|Max Speed (MPH)||50+|
Frame /Body/ Suspension / Brakes
||265 mm, Adjustable Pre-load|
||2.75 - 12"|
|Rear Tires||3.0 - 10"|
Capacities and Dimensions
|Weight Capacity (lbs)||300|
|Net Weight (lbs)||145|
|Gross Weight (lbs)||156|
|Fuel Capacity (gal)||0.8|
SSR 110DX Components:
Air filter: The air filter is really quite great I believe. It’s a 2 phase foam type (such as a uni pod) and works so far.
Carburetor: The carburetor appeared to be tuned perfectly, no weirdness there that's a relief. However, it is a Keihin though not a Mikuni from what was mention in the page.
Engine/Transmission/Gearing: The 110cc 4 stroke engine rated at 4.85 hp looks fine and starts with no problems, no strange sounds yet – the color is not black nonetheless (like in the image). At least mine was not and it's a bummer to me. The transmission feels as expected and shifted great, the gear spacing is not bad. The sprocket gearing, nevertheless, is short; get a 17 tooth front sprocket like I did. The chain won’t fit at first since it is too short, but after a few rides it will stretch and slot in easily. Either that or buy a chain with the correct length.
Exhaust: The exhaust sounds a bit like an excellent lawnmower and is loud. Just a little bit splatty however. It's a two chrome bit (header and slip on).
*** Notice: If you run into some problems trying to start the SSR 110DX, and looks like the kick starter is not working **stop pulling in the clutch**. It took me few hours to figure out this one. The kicker must engage another side of the clutch than big bike folks are used. So when you are pulling on the clutch it won’t engage to the motor and will not whirl. ***
Suspension and chassis: (180lb rider) The rear 265mm pre-load adjustable shock looks good to me. I'm unsure why folks say it's overly stiff, I think that it feels good. The forks however, they're horrible in the beginning. It was not lubricated at all when I received the bike and acted like it was from a Walmart mountain bike fork. I'm really going to get some 30wt or 20wt fork oil and pop it in. Currently, they're not unbearable with the ATF in there, however you can tell when you locate some chop, it's not damped enough.
Brakes: Umm, they're amazing? I cannot whine about the disc brakes on both wheels, progressive feel and a pleasant and stop on a dime. Even though it was a bit tight out of the box making installing the wheels harder.
Wheels: Not sure, now seem great.
Tires: They're pretty much crap. Ride em til they're bare in the event you would like to feel something better, get some great mini bike tires and throw em away.
Framework: operates as expected up to now.
Handlebars: They bend readily and are thin walled. Mine were somewhat bent upon receiving (due to sending I suppose.) I bet my first crash will totally wreck these handlebars and make it look like an anchor or something.
The SSR 110DX is such a good deal. I've just had the bike few days so I do not understand about longevity but it's amazing now and feels beefy. Here are the main issues that I have come across so far though:
- The suspension forks requires heavy oil to operate properly
- Sprocket gearing that is overly low
- Chain Roller extremely noisy
- Handlebars are poor
- No magnetic drain stopper
- Tires are really bad
Overall, I'm so pumped about this bike that I only purchased another one for my father, and I'm convinced my wife will need one shortly so be careful. The SSR 110DX is wonderful if you take my guidance on those few things mentioned above, and, needless to say, the cost is astounding.