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Back on the scooter again

Hey guys, remember when I rode a scooter?

Back in May of 2008 (holy cow that is so long ago!) I had a little accident. I got the bumps hammered out and rode it after that, but not very much. I think I was spooked. That winter I put it in my best bud Mitch's garage and sort of forgot about it.

I tried to get it started two years ago -- and I DID, I got the engine going! -- but I think the clutch cable had snapped and it wouldn't shift into gear and I couldn't drive it. So back into the garage it went.

Well this past weekend Mitch had finally had it up to HERE and he and Neil beasted it up into the bed of Neil's truck, drove it over to my house, and beasted it right out again. It is in our shed now, our shed that we bought extra-big so as to have room for a scooter in.

Since it's been sitting for four years, I figure that in addition to needing a new clutch cable (the battery is also dead, natch) it probably needs its carb cleaned and maybe even its gas tank drained. These are some of the easier things to do with a scooter, and I could theoretically do them eventually, but looking through my Vespa maintenance book last night . . . I was honest with myself, and those things are not going to happen. Not before it gets too cold, anyway.

Parts online to do those things were $150. I just called Philadelphia Scooters and dude said it would be ~$250 to do all those things, maybe less. (As long as nothing else turns up.) So, hooray! I made an appointment. He said it can all get done in ONE DAY so I will have my scooter for the fall. And I WILL ride it, you guys. (I have to buy new gloves.) I will. Yell at me if I don't. I'm going to make an effort to use it to commute; my drive is about twelve miles, takes me 20-25 minutes. That's a nice length, and it's an easy ride, no super-busy streets or anything. So that is what I will do.

The only downside is actually getting the scoot to Philly. I did an online quote with the tow service the dude recommended but it was TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS (that can't be right.) Also even when it's fixed, I . . . don't really want to drive it home from Philly. I would be terrified to take it on any of the bridges I can think of. Maybe I can ask Vince AGAIN to borrow his truck but man I feel like such a jerk borrowing his truck all the time. Maybe I will offer to bake him something, since I have a working oven again.

Anyway, yeah. Scoot scoot scoot!



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Aug. 28th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Get on your bike and ride!
Aug. 28th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I like how LiveJournal is where you tell me what to do. With exclamation points(!)!
Aug. 28th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I was actually just kind of trying to sing you a Queen song. I don't know why.
Aug. 28th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've found that I now prefer You Tube to owner's manuals. There's usually a video on there that shows me much better what I'm supposed to do - though here I'm talking from washing machine experience, but I'm sure there are plenty of scooter maintenance vids out there.

Regarding towing, do you have insurance on the scooter? I honestly don't know how those things work. If so, you might be covered. Or try looking at/calling your car insurance people. I'm pretty sure AAA doesn't tow anymore, since they wouldn't tow my bike recently, but it might be worth looking into. If they'll tow, the $65 (or so) yearly membership is cheaper than a $200 tow, and hey, free maps!

And as far as bringing it home, maybe one of your motorcycle-riding friends would ride it back for you as long as it's easy enough to figure out how to ride. I'm actually thinking of Neal here, but I could probably do it if you need since I ride the BFB on my bike just about every day, and I am seriously at home on it.
Sep. 18th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Hi Ben! I'm sorry I'm answering this so late but I can't do anything on my work computer anymore and I didn't feel like typing into my phone.

I'm not sure why insurance would cover anything? Because it's not like I had an accident or anything (or you know, not that caused it to sit in Mitch's garage for four years.)

Also it's kind of you to offer to ride my scooter over a bridge, but I think that part of the problem is not just the rider, but the scooter. The scooter is SMALL. And goes like 55 mph max. It is a whole other animal from riding your bike. (It is only 149ccs!) But it's very nice of you to offer, I know you'd do it anyway because you're Ben, but I don't think I'd feel comfortable with it. Anyway I got it there and back and now I have it and I actually rode it tonight! So hooray for that.
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