Just test rode a Stella..

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by scootertrash, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. JerryH

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    I have an '09 Stella 2 stroke, and absolutely love it. It is the best 2 wheeled vehicle I've had since selling my 1966 Triumph Bonneville. This is a REAL scooter, not a highly refined plastic........toaster. It is the same as a vintage Vespa. It is not modern in any way, which suits me just fine. I love the buzzy engine, the exhaust smoke, the poor suspension and brakes (though it does have a front disc) and the clunky shifting. This is not a bike for posers, it's the real thing. It takes a considerable degree of skill to ride it safely in traffic, but to me that is a lot of what riding is about. I can tell I am riding an actual MACHINE, not a highly refined, plasticized, emissionized, electronicized, computerized, fuel injected kitchen appliance. Of 6 bikes, the Stella is by far the most fun to ride. Though someday I hope to own another '60s British bike, for now this "antique" Stella is keeping me grinning from ear to ear.

    I would love to recommend the Stella to everybody, but to those accustomed to riding modern plastic scooters, it is probably not something you would enjoy riding or maintaining (and yes, occasionally repairing)
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  2. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I have never owned a Stella. But... at 14 years old in 1958 my dad brought home a very used Sears Allstate Cruisaire made by Vespa. Same as a Vespa. I wanted a Cushman Eagle but we couldn't afford one. It was a 125cc two stroke and had a three speed trans. Had to mix the gas and oil. I rode that scooter till it wore out, then rebuilt it and rode it some more.

    I have had many motorcycles and a few scooters since that time but I have very fond memories of that scooter.:D

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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    You just can't beat the Stella IF you want the real thing, and are willing to deal with it's issues (I most certainly am, they are what I love about it) plus, you CAN rebuild one over and over again, and ride it forever. Parts are plentiful.

    I was lucky, and actually did have a Cushman Eagle, though a well worn one. It finally broke down after several years of riding on farm roads and through fields, and I never got the chance to fix it. Look at what a totally restored one costs now.
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  4. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I restored a 1957 eagle a few years ago..

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  5. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Working around OKC in the oilfield and had time today to swing by a Stella dealer, screaming prices! I could ride one out today, I have the cash. Two of the salesmen ride Stellas along with other bikes I'm sure. I would have to carry it in the back of my Tacoma or in a receiver hitch carrier as I don't have a place out here other the rigs and hotels. Should I do it???

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    I really like this blue one..

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    Or maybe this green one.
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  6. Brooktown Geezer

    Brooktown Geezer scooter guy

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    If it has a 50 state emission sticker for CARB it might be ok, otherwise you wouldn't be able to register it when you get home. Your profile says you live in San Diego....better to buy one there.
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  7. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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    Go to any Scooter Rally, all the cool Kids are riding Stellas.
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  8. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    I love the green and the orange. Last week I bought a used Black 08 with 465 miles on it. Got a pretty good deal for $2,000. It looks like new and belonged to the wife of the local Genuine Dealer. Im having some fun on this vintage little beast. It will keep you busy when riding especially in windy conditions. Its a little twitchy with the small wheels. Tons of fun and a tinkers dream, Lots of mods available and parts are cheap!!
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  9. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    You only live once. If you got the cash and it is no big deal financially then why not?

    (I know they just released black ones)
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  10. seraph

    seraph asshole on a scooter

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    The pictures he posted are of new 4-stroke Stellas, which are 50-state legal - the 2-strokes were never Cali legal, though. Still a good idea to check, however.
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  11. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    The 4T Stellas are 50 state scooters.
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  12. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    That is correct. I rode the 4t Stella in San Diego where it was offered for sale as brand new.
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  13. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    I am touring Costa Rica on a 2012 2 stroke Stella (it is branded Star deLuxe) and I am having a blast with it.
    Bought it new at the dealer for $2,000 otd, have about 4,000 kms on it so far with zero problems. I rode Vespas growing up in Italy so I knew exactly what to expect and this thing is built to last.
    I say go 4 it and have the time of your life!
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  14. scootertrash

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    Good to know Davide, pictures please!!
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  15. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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  16. skimch

    skimch Oh feck all

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    you can bring the Stella/LML/Vespa 2t scooter into Ca as long as they have 5k miles on the OD. :evil
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  17. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    They have one 2t left at the dealer I was at last week, the rest are 4t's
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  18. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Awesome blog davide :thumb Just read all 3 pages. Very inspiring! We are both close in age and I have the exact same outlook on life as you do. I'm currently a mobile gypsy working in the oilfield with no real fixed address. My not so long term goal is to go liveaboard on a sailboat. Short term goal is to make my truck into a stealth home.

    I dream of adventures such as yours and have been eyeing the Stella's for a few years. I could probably buy one in a few months for cash, so I'm following your story with great interest. I'm leaning towards the 4t model for the better fuel economy.

    Here's another pic of a Stella with a sidecar.

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  19. gogogordy

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  20. davide

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