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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sro99, Aug 6, 2019.
Have you got it licensed and tagged yet?
Not yet. I'll bring it for a safety next week.
Congrats! I had a '07 for ten years. They're great scoots. Normal to have the steering to go full lock with the front wheel off. If you do to pretty it up lots of people just do the side panels two tone- http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic8001
Paddylamb's two tone from MV looks great!
Let's see how the rads and collant hoses look. All hose clamps look to be factory except for one at the top left of the pic is a worm drive clamp. Hoses look and feel good for 10 years old.
Ph of the coolant is over 7.5 so I'm not changing it.
Pulled the battery to see if someone was nice enough to put a date on it. No such luck... But look a clue! A sticker from vespatorontowest.com! I emailed them the VIN and asked if they had any service history. They responded with a Yes! A major service was done at 13,585km in 2017! Bike now has 18,100.
Under the battery tray was not pretty. Hit it with some sandpaper, hosed it down with some brake cleaner and then a thick layer of Fluid Film to slow down the rust. This would be a very good place to look if you're buying a used Vespa!
Pulled the spark plug, cleaned it and set the gap to .8mm and reinstalled it.
Think I'm almost done tinkering with this thing. Wiil take it for a safety Monday or Tuesday so I can get to riding this beauty!
This is a really good tutorial on straitening out a used Vespa, well done S.Ro.
Thanks. The plan was to tear it all apart so I could order everything it needed in one shipment. I got lucky that it didn't need anything. I'm in for $20 for oil and filter, $14 for the high temp enamel, $7 for a can of brake cleaner and $10 for brake fluid. I'm happy and lucky.
It could use a new cvt filter, a new spark plug and some of the fasteners could be replaced but it should be alright for now. Just gotta run some fresh fuel through her and see what else it might need. Speaking of which, is there a changeable fuel filter?
The numbers on the inner side of the drive case are probably Piaggio part numbers. They seem to brand pretty much everything like that. My BV250 does have a fuel filter on the right side under the floorboard, but I have no clue where it is on a Vespa. The engines are very similar so there's probably a filter somewhere.
Since you are being very lucky with the parts all being good, maybe you'll end up making a deal with a local body shop to do the fenders. The rest of it is coming back so well.
The front jumps to full lock when jacking the front wheel off the ground on all three on mine.
The cause of that rust probably came through the hole in the bottom. Mine was completely clean. I think it spent its entire life in AZ, and only had 1800 miles on it. Definitely was garage kept, paint and plastic and seat were like brand new. I would have used phosphoric acid (toilet bowl cleaner, Lime Away, or CLR) to remove rust.
The hole in the bottom alignes with the drain hole in the battery tray (removed for pic). If water does get in there (because the back part is open) it would be blocked from draining by the battery tray protrusion. I did a quick fix so I can get this thing back together for its safety hopefully tomorrow! I need to ride this thing, enough of this tinkering for now.
Didn't find a fuel filter. I'm guessing its in the tank and attached to the pump like most efi bikes.
Remove the piece of plastic trim below the cowl on the right side. The vacuum petcock is under there, and there may also be a fuel filter. I would replace that petcock just for piece of mind. Ethanol gas tends to melt the diaphragm in them over time. I got stranded beside the road because mine failed. The GT200 does not have a pump, it is gravity fed. Some people call the vacuum petcock a pump, because you have to apply vacuum to it to get gas to flow through it. But it is just a vacuum controlled shut off valve.
Its nice to see one resurrected and re-loved. Well done!
Mine is a GTS 250 with fuel injection and a fuel pump so no petcock. I'm lucky to have ethanol free premium around here. It's all I'll put in my Vespa. Was ethanol a thing in 2008 when this bike was made? Was it designed with ethanol in mind?
The only 93 octane fuel available around town is 10% ethanol.
I have been putting it in all of my Vespas (2005, 2006 and 2007 models) since without any issues, other than Rocket blowing out the fuel line while I was in Orlando many years ago.
It was before I started carrying tools and parts, but luckily it was at a big rally.
Orlando has a great scooter crowd and one of the participants had the part and fixed it.
Added some rear refectors and dropped her off for its safety today. I hope she passes!
You did a great job ! Enjoy it.
Just got the call! She didn't pass.
He said "I can't get the bike to stop with the rear brake" This is probably my fault. Brake fluid must have gotten on the pads when I did the flush. Will hose them with brake cleaner and make sure I can lock up the rear before I bring it back to him.
The other thing that he mentioned was it doesn't have a side stand. wtf? He says his book mentions a properly working side stand. Says he has to look up DOT rules about centre stand only and get back to me.
I have 30 days to correct the problem after that it's $100 for another safety.
Went to pick her up and here she sits while I drink wine and look at her with disappointment. I thought she was better than this.