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    Rokon SUCKS

    I decided it was time to exercise the Rokon. I had planned on a fairly extensive ride but this 1950 technology was not to let me. After about 2 miles There was a terrible chain and sprocket noise so I immediately stopped. I could see that the front chain from the miter gear at the steering head to the front swingarm was off track. I had a reasonably full tool kit so I got to work and took off the forward chain cover. The upper sprocket was off the shaft. The roll pins that secured it had worked out and one was broken. The only tool I lacked was a hammer but a car stopped and loaned me one. I was able to remount the sprocket and chain and tap one of the roll pins into place. At low speed, ( even slower than normal Rokon speed I nursed it home only to have the sprocket dismount as I got there. I removed the sprocket and punched out the remains of the roll pins. I took the sprocket in to the Ace hardware and bought 2 of the correct roll pins. Back home I remounted the sprocket and tapped in the two roll pins until they met in the middle as they were supposed to. I figured I should probably add some spare roll pins to my repair kit so off to the hardware I started. At about 1 mile, I heard the start of that dreadful noise again and stopped in the middle of town and dismounted my wheelchair and dug out my pin punch and hammer. ( I had brought a hammer from home) and put it back together again. I left off the chain cover so that I could watch it as I rode the last 4 blocks to the hardware. I could visibly the roll pins coming out after only 2 blocks. I stopped and tapped them back into place, and went on. 2 blocks later as I parked at the hardware, the roll pins were again out of pace and the sprocket off.
    In the hardware I selected a grade 8 bolt and a unlock nut. Remounting the sprocket, I secured it this time with the bolt and nut. I rode home with the chain cover off and was happy to see that it had held together this time.
    This machine has only a total of about 200 miles since new and was totally disabled by the sprocket falling off because when this happens it jambs up the front wheel so that it cannot rotate.
    Tomorrow I will telephone the Rokon designer and discuss his ancestry, IQ, sexual habits and those of his mother and what ever she practices them with. Rokon is a ripoff. I have ongoing head shake problems and a speedometer that failed at 90 miles. Now this. I cannot understand how they have stayed in business for nearly 60 years with this kind of lack of quality. I guess they haven't run out of new buyers because I seriously doubt anyone would buy a second one.
    Phelonius

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    Sorry to hear about about your problems with the Rokon.

    I owned a 1969 Rokon for number of years before getting a TW. They are unique machines and well suited for what they were designed for, which was to go places that no other motorized vehicles could go and for dragging dead animals out of the woods. While the newer ones like yours are certainly much more civilized than mine was, they are still basically an obscenely overpriced large mini-bike with a lawnmower engine. I had to chuckle when you mentioned that yours had a speedometer. Mine topped out at about a fast walk.

    The first time that I took mine out for a serious off-road ride, the rear drive chain came apart into three pieces (the bike was already 30 years old when I got it!). I just stuffed the broken chain pieces into a jacket pocket and rode the rest of the day using only the front wheel drive. Much like a TW, if you recognize what a Rokon was designed for and don't try to make it into something that it isn't, then it will perform reasonably well. If you expect it to be a reliable dual sport motorcycle, you will be sorely disappointed. I kept mine for about a dozen years, but never rode it much. It was agonizingly slow and just not that much fun to ride. I always encouraged potential buyers to ride one before they bought one, as they are definitely a specialized type of bike.

    If you haven't found it yet, there is a pretty active forum for Rokons at: Delphi Forums Login*-*Welcome! Please log in.

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    Don't expect much support, or sympathy, from the factory unless they have improved their customer service since I owned mine.

    Best of luck,

    Brian

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    I don't mean to belittle your experience at all (in fact I quite sympathize, having had similar experiences with other companies before...), but I haven't honestly laughed this hard in a while. You deserve an award for this diction :

    "Tomorrow I will telephone the Rokon designer and discuss his ancestry, IQ, sexual habits and those of his mother."
    KJ, just KJ, ok.


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    Yes me too, I would like to be listening in on that phone call.

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    The few times I have ridden or been around the Rokons all I could see and feel was they are a tinkerer's bike. I had no desire to ever own one but by just looking them over I could see fixes I would have to make before I ever took off on any kind of adventure on one. My first impression is a guy came up with a good idea but stopped about half way through the design process and working out the bugs and started selling them long before they were ready for the open market. Much like our beloved TWs these have a Cult following and the prices are IMO off the charts simply due to the reliability factor or lack thereof. I would just sell it and take the money and run.

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    Obscenely overpriced Minibike! What an accurate description.
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    Do u have an interest in his Mother?
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    Here's what Rokons are best suited for:


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    Having no interest in animals, I have no interest in his mother either.
    May she run out from under the porch and bite him.
    Phelonius

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    Fix'em up ride'm then repair. ROKON.
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