My Scooter and Farkle Reviews

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by kiznile, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 ($2499 on Aprilia incentive pricing)
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    I bought this scooter back in June. I spent about 8 months checking up and down every make and model of scooter around. Once the incentive pricing hit I just couldn’t stand it anymore. There was literally no bigger bang for the buck when I bought this. Second choice would have been the Sport City 250, however the Scarabeo just felt more stable, and more fun in the curves to me. The only benefit I saw to the SC250 was the fuel injection, and I couldn’t really tell a difference when driving. I’ve already put just shy of 6000 miles on it in this short time. The windscreen on this thing is perfect. ZERO buffeting. I just couldn’t be any happier with it at this point.

    Issues: The clutch needs deglazing every 2000 miles. It’s no big deal really just a minor annoyance. I just do this every time I change out the AMSOIL. If I don’t the engine bogs down hard off the line and just feels like a dog, once you get moving it’s great.

    My Opinion: Happy with the Scarabeo, I really, really love the 16 inch wheels, they really give it good handling characteristics. I also love the factory windshield. Does exactly what I need.

    Would I buy it again? YES

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    Here it is bone stock, Pre Farkles

    Trackside Grip Warmers. $20 from cycle gear.

    First off, wow...how did i live without these. My advice is to wire it in without the resistor for low, just wire them to a switch for on/off. I've had a lot of burning wire issues with resistors in the past so i tend to stray away from them. Hands are toasty warm all the way to work. Very very little power draw, voltage dropped about .1v - .2v

    My opinion: Maybe get a nicer set of grip warmers that have a true adjustable dial, not just a built in resistor, but for $20 these work amazing.

    Would I buy them again? Probably, or get nicer ones stated above

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    Cleaning up the wiring from the grip warmers HID's and PIAA Aux lights.

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    Decided to make a loom, nice clean wires and fuses...OCD friendly

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    Grip warmers installed, now to put everything back together...

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    Switch for the grip warmers is the bright red one above the PIAA aux light switch. (note its 65* F in the garage, yes I have HVAC in the garage...) ;)

    DDM Tuning H4 Hi/Low 4500k 35w HID's $45 from DDM Tuning

    The high beams on these things are amaaaaaaaaazing. You will see in increase in available voltage once you add these. Mine went up by .1v - .2v as HID's draw less power. Low beams however have too many bright spots ("Hot Spots") in the beam pattern, this is just the nature of a halogen housing as apposed to a projector housing.

    My opinion: Worth $45, i don't know that i would pay too much more than that for these.
    Would I buy them again? Probably, just for the high beams.


    PIAA 1100x Driving Lights $300ish (free from dealer rep, but for the purposes of this review, any Aux light should do)

    Three words, peace of mind. Wow, with the HID's I really didn't need these. However on a really foggy day, I power these on and i can see road reflectors lighting up for nearly a mile! I rarely power them on, but when i need them, I'm REALLY glad I have them.

    Downside: HUGE power hog. The 55w bulbs really strain the system. While driving, the voltage is down around the 12.6v area. I'd really advise not running any other accessories while running these.

    My opinion? YES YES YES
    Would I buy them again? Not at $300, but I’d find a cheaper set!
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    PIAA Switch

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    Example of the HID's and PIAA Aux lights

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    The PIAA Lights

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    Now that the HID's are burned in, they are not this blue

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    Side profile of the PIAA lights on the front fender, and my sexy rear fender delete

    Dr Pulley 11g Sliders $38 from Scooterworks

    Hellllloooo roll on acceleration. When you are already cruising, and want to jump on the throttle and get moving, these sliders downshift sooooo fast. You will love passing people once you have these!

    My opinion: In love and Mildly Disappointed. Reason being, with the increased gear ratio range of the Dr Pulley sliders, an 11g slider should have lower revs at cruising speeds than the stock 12g rollers. I was really hoping to see an increased overall MPG rating, however the higher RPMs during acceleration, means any benefit of lower RPMs at cruising is negated by the increased fuel demand under acceleration.

    Would I buy them again? Probably.

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    11g 21x17 Dr Pulley Sliders

    Pirelli Diablo Scooter Tires $135 shipped for the pair from Amazon Seller (Motorcycle Superstore) and installed myself

    SO MUCH BETTER. I can't tell you how hard and how far I threw my stock Chen Zheng tires once i got them off the Aprilia. NEVER AGAIN.

    My Opinion: Probably the most confidence inspiring upgrade i have done to the scoot. These things really stick to the ground. I am quit pleased. BUY BUY BUY. lol.

    Would I buy them again? YES 100.

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    Rear tire is a 130/80/16 vs the stock 120/80/16 due to availability, but it looks sexy, haha.

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    Harbor Freight bead breaker and balance stand...bead breaker is amazing, balance stand came with an "un true" shaft so it was really hard to balance, so i returned it and threw in some dynabeads.

    Timbuk2 Messenger Bag (unkwn? got mine in 1996)

    Probably the best piece of storage gear i have. I can carry my laptop, lunch, and warm clothes, and I cant even tell I'm wearing it!

    My opinion: BEST GEAR EVER. Messenger bags are the only way to go. Timbuk2 is the go to brand for professional couriers and I can clearly see why. These things are built amazing. Mine lasted all the way through junior high, high school, and college, and i still use it everyday to commute to work.

    I use to use a tail bag, but I got so tired of fumbling around with the stupid thing. I can just load up my laptop, lunch and other needed items in the comfort of my warm home, throw it on my back, jump on the scoot and then just jump off and walk into my office.
    Would I buy them again? YES x INFINITY!

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  2. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    no one likes farkles? :wink:

    I bet this is getting no love because i didn't add pictures... :D
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  3. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    I dig it. Just read the whole thing. Now about those pics.
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  4. climbamt

    climbamt Been here awhile

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    Pics or it didn't happen

    ~climbamt
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  5. Starbuck21

    Starbuck21 Manly scooterist!

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    Interesting! But we DO need some pictures :D
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  6. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    Whatcha talkin about?! There are pictures... :evil
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  7. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Really nice, but "deglazing the clutch" every 2000 miles? Doesn't that require removing the rear wheel and a few other parts? I have a shaft drive motorcycle that requires the whole rear end to be taken apart and lubricated every 10,000 miles, which is a full days work, which I spread out over 2 days. Rear tires last almost 20,000 miles, so you have to do it once in between new tires. If I didn't like every other single thing about it I would get rid of it because of all that.

    I looked at the SportCity 250, but only one dealer around here sells them, and all they had were '08s and '09s, and still wanted full MSRP for them. I guess they never heard of depreciation.
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  8. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    Nope! Its about 10 hex bolts to get the CVT cover off then one to get the clutch bell off. Its a 30 min job tops.

    Aprilia is still only sending 09s to the states. My dealer literally just got a shipment of brand spanking new crated 09s last week. Fresh off the boat. They are essentially the new model still. This is why you are seeing full msrp still as there is no new model yet
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  9. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Nice job. I have an Aerostitch Messenger bag. It really is convenient to usr on the scooter. :deal
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  10. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    I cant tell from the pics. Does that one have the underarm cross strap to keep in in place like the timbuk2? I still cant believe how many years of use i have gotten out of my timbuk2. :clap love it
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  11. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    Agreed that it's kind of a bummer to deglaze so often.


    Great looking bike.

    I think that is why the new piaggio 350 engine uses multi plate wet clutch to cut down on frequent maintenance.
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  12. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    that would be my guess, but i've got it down to where i can do it in under 30 minutes, so i can deal with it. I'll still take this over any of my cars maintenance. :D
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  13. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    The cross strap is an option.
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  14. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    If you dont have one, I gotta tell you it is really nice to have. Keeps the bag in place really well, even on the hard corners....at least consider it...that and it has the added benefit of helping to prevent decapitation in a spill...:evil
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  15. Chindog

    Chindog Old Guy

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    Kyle, do you know what size socket the clutch bell takes? I just got a new impact wrench and haven't bought any sockets for it yet.
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  16. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    18mm and 44.25 ft lbs or there abouts. Do you have the OEM service manual? If not message me your email address.
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  17. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Aerostich bags are lined with waterproof material and have an optional inner pouch. Mine is my constant companion and I never wanta backpack again. I don't like riding with a bag on so mine rides ina topcase but around town wioth frequent stops a courier bag is excellent and easily accessible while sitting on the bike.
    The clutch deglazing sounds like a nuisance but you are okay with it...
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  18. Chindog

    Chindog Old Guy

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    Thanks! Yeah, I've got the service manual. I just couldn't find the nut size in it, though, and was hoping to not have to remove oall the cover bolts just to find out.
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  19. kiznile

    kiznile Scooter Commuter

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    Wanted to verify this and it looks like the wrench says 18mm lol
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