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Forum: Battle scooters 06-12-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,007
Posted By seraph
Bajaj is a different company, but a similar...

Bajaj is a different company, but a similar story. They also built Vespas on contract with Piaggio, and then under their own name, and then came out with their own (Vespa-derivative) models. My...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-27-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By seraph
A scooter company spending money advertising, in...

A scooter company spending money advertising, in the USA?? How rare!
Forum: Battle scooters 04-27-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By seraph
The tires are smaller, sure, but the power,...

The tires are smaller, sure, but the power, weight, and speeds are, too. 100% on a scooter is different than 100% on a sportbike and the tires reflect that.

The ground clearance can be a barrier...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 23,462
Posted By seraph
I have not heard good things. The last shop that...

I have not heard good things. The last shop that carried them here got rid of them because the dealer and parts support was nearly non-existent.

The shop that ended up taking over the RE contract...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-21-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,998
Posted By seraph
SYM's previous US distributor, Carter Brothers,...

SYM's previous US distributor, Carter Brothers, had a massive warehouse fire I believe around that time. It ended Carter's relation with SYM (maybe Carter's business outright). SYM's new distributor...
Forum: Equipment 02-19-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,808
Posted By seraph
I tried on dozens of helmets after wearing out my...

I tried on dozens of helmets after wearing out my EXO700 and realizing it just never fit right. The Arai Signet-Q was perfect, but too expensive for me, but the Icon Airmada finally ticked all the...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-21-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,307
Posted By seraph
There's a group here in the...

There's a group here in the Portland-Seattle-Vancouver area called the PSRA (http://pacificscooterracing.com/) that does road courses for scooters in various classes. So I can't imagine it'd be too...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-19-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By seraph
The Bintelli's headlight setup looks a lot more...

The Bintelli's headlight setup looks a lot more like the BWS 125, which is the Zuma 125 in other markets (Asia, for example). He didn't keep it long enough for any of us to see if the body panels...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-18-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By seraph
A friend bought a Bintelli Havoc 150 from a local...

A friend bought a Bintelli Havoc 150 from a local dealer, a (visually) very close clone of a Zuma 125, that left him stranded almost immediately (within the first day or two) and then a couple more...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-30-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,927
Posted By seraph
That is fantastic.

That is fantastic.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 20,342
Posted By seraph
I just use the "avoid highways" feature - it...

I just use the "avoid highways" feature - it mostly just takes out interstates and a handful of other divided highways.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,603
Posted By seraph
I ride to work 90% or more of the year -...

I ride to work 90% or more of the year - excepting the few days where it's below freezing or there's a chance of snow here in Seattle - and ride any time I only have to get myself somewhere. When...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 20,342
Posted By seraph
Garrett is a very nice guy and everyone there...

Garrett is a very nice guy and everyone there seems top-notch. I have several friends that have bought (sometimes several) bikes from them while Garrett's been running it and all have been completely...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-07-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,439
Posted By seraph
It's actually much easier than that to find...

It's actually much easier than that to find Stella parts on SIP: Search for it under the LML Star. When you filter by LML as manufacturer, one of the options will be something like "Star / Stella /...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-26-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 851
Posted By seraph
Grats! Now that you've got the scooter, join the...

Grats! Now that you've got the scooter, join the scene. Tons of groups in the greater Seattle area doing all sorts of riding on all sorts of scooters.

And the biggest scooter rally in the area is...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-25-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Posted By seraph
Old Vespas - 60s and earlier. There's a decent...

Old Vespas - 60s and earlier. There's a decent selection 8" scooter tires on the market, though not as big as for 10".

Hiatt, I'm no expert - nor a lawyer, nor liable - but I don't think you'll...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-15-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,439
Posted By seraph
It's actually the earlier ones with the bigger...

It's actually the earlier ones with the bigger problems. '05s and earlier had a reputation for a 5,000 mile crank, so maybe you sold yours just in time!
Forum: Battle scooters 06-13-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,439
Posted By seraph
I think I'm at around 12,000 miles on my 2008...

I think I'm at around 12,000 miles on my 2008 Stella, which I bought new in spring '09.

The day I bought I rode 22 miles and the speedometer drive gear failed. That set the stage for the following...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-08-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 751
Views: 253,102
Posted By seraph
Clones of the Honda Joker.

Clones of the Honda Joker.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-31-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,217
Posted By seraph
She did indeed get a good deal! I spent this...

She did indeed get a good deal!

I spent this last weekend riding a borrowed GT200 - my Stella was broken and it was the first big rally of the year, it's nice to have trusting friends - and REALLY...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-12-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,871
Posted By seraph
Right on! I'm the dude leading that ride,...

Right on! I'm the dude leading that ride, actually, so whether you come to Cafe Racer or just turn up at Scooter Barn come say hi. I'll be on the scooter in my avatar.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-12-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,871
Posted By seraph
Grats on the new purchase! Those PCX150s are...

Grats on the new purchase! Those PCX150s are definitely among the best-looking modern scooters on the market now.

So you're in Seattle? When are you coming to a Vespa club meeting, Scooterist...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,344
Posted By seraph
When you get to Seattle you can expect a good...

When you get to Seattle you can expect a good time. There's a big group of very active, friendly, welcoming scooter riders of all types here.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,777
Posted By seraph
Oh, hey, I recognize this bike! I've forgotten...

Oh, hey, I recognize this bike! I've forgotten your name but we've met a few times - I think I saw this when you showed up at Cafe Racer for the Seattle Children's toy run, right before the ride...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,578
Posted By seraph
When I put a Sito+, Piaggio air filter, and...

When I put a Sito+, Piaggio air filter, and followed with a full carb rejet on my Stella, it seriously felt like a third more power on the butt dyno and the top speed went up as well. As a former...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,582
Posted By seraph
Very nice! I'm definitely jealous. A smallframe...

Very nice! I'm definitely jealous. A smallframe is on my shortlist as soon as I can get a second scooter.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,632
Posted By seraph
Zuma if you want to modify the stock engine -...

Zuma if you want to modify the stock engine - 70cc kit, pipe, big carb, etc - they can do 60mph or better and wheelie most of the way there (a mechanic friend has a 2-stroke Vino, same motor, and...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,081
Posted By seraph
They may not have enough venting for you, but...

They may not have enough venting for you, but Corazzo has a few jackets that are simple Cordura and generally good-looking, too. Like the Speedway (http://corazzo.net/mens-speedway-jacket) - which I...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,508
Posted By seraph
A 2-stroke Zuma 50 would be at the top of my list.

A 2-stroke Zuma 50 would be at the top of my list.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,468
Posted By seraph
To add my perspective, "city" means urban...

To add my perspective, "city" means urban Seattle. I live right in the geographic center of the city, and in my neighborhood a lot of roads I contend with are very narrow, with lots of intersections,...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 22,240
Posted By seraph
The 946 is using the same 3-valve as the new LX...

The 946 is using the same 3-valve as the new LX and S bikes (though we haven't gotten that motor in the US yet) so I suspect the Germans probably already have it sorted. Or maybe the Italians do......
Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 22,240
Posted By seraph
I absolutely get the preference of national...

I absolutely get the preference of national origin on products, especially vehicles. Besides being a good car, a large part of why I ended up with my Ford Focus was that it was made in the States -...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 22,240
Posted By seraph
I'll have to look for that on the Piaggios and...

I'll have to look for that on the Piaggios and Aprilias next time I'm in a shop. I don't doubt it, the Flys and SportCities are pretty inexpensive. And just so my position is clear: I do not own, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 22,240
Posted By seraph
Nothing's made anywhere anymore - which is to say...

Nothing's made anywhere anymore - which is to say everything is made all over. You can probably play "find the origin" with any motor vehicle manufacturer and it'll include China and Taiwan.

That...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-11-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 22,240
Posted By seraph
They'd be insane to ask $7k for it here in the...

They'd be insane to ask $7k for it here in the USA. The LX150 is $4,599. Even if they price it as a limited-run halo model I can't see it selling for much over five grand.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-10-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,500
Posted By seraph
Good luck finding a space! That downtown location...

Good luck finding a space! That downtown location does sound awfully expensive, and synergy or no being a little (just a little) out of the way isn't too bad of a problem. From my experience as a...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-09-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,297
Posted By seraph
You can buy those anywhere.

You can buy those anywhere.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-09-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,500
Posted By seraph
I definitely know scooter shops that try to keep...

I definitely know scooter shops that try to keep one or two examples of each bike on the showroom, and the rest in a warehouse. Very common, very smart.

Genuine sells great scooters and they are...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-09-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,297
Posted By seraph
People who aren't really "restoring" it, but...

People who aren't really "restoring" it, but instead just tossing some Bondo and fresh paint on a sketchy frame and kit-bashing whatever other parts onto it they can to make a mechanically dubious...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-07-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,462
Posted By seraph
I'd steer someone buying scooters away from them,...

I'd steer someone buying scooters away from them, so I'd have to steer someone looking to sell scooters away from them, too. Being "the best of the Chinese" scooters is not a good line.

You might...
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