While reading through the threads on this forum, I have seen that there are quite a few who take their scooters to the dealer for all servicing. Also, many people who buy a motorcycle or scooter do so thinking that they will save a lot of money, then are shocked at the costs of actually operating and servicing their bikes. I used to sell Kawaski's and Yamaha's at a small to medium sized dealership and saw it all the time. People would bring in their new bike for it's initial 600 mile service which they thought was just an oil change. The bill for that "oil change" would ALWAYS be much higher than a routine car oil change. Sometimes the bill would be over $300:eek1 The big thing that really drives up the cost of that initial service is if a valve adjustment is needed. I saw someone post that it was $100 just for an oil change for his scooter. I can change the oil in my Kymco for less than $6, and that's using synthetic oil. I am by no means a professional or even a very experienced mechanic. I used to only do simple things like oil changes and replacing filters, chains, brake pads, etc. My income isn't what it used to be so now I do all of my routine servicing. I thought that starting a thread covering the basics of scooter maintenance would be a good idea. I'm not planning on getting into the specifics of any particular model. I want to cover the basics and where to get more specific information. As I stated, I'm not an expert mechanic so those of you who are, feel free to jump in. Some aspects of scooter maintenance are new to me so I'm somewhat of a Noob myself.