Oops, I did it again...or Scarabeo 500ie discussion thread.

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ride4321, May 28, 2018.

  1. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    I think the Beo's are an acquired taste looks wise (I guess all bikes are really) but I have heard nothing but praise for their performance and utility. I didn't know they had a 500... That thing has to be a freaking hot rod. I'd love to blow the doors off a couple of sneering teenagers in a bike like that.
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  2. kantuckid

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    FYI, teenagers mostly don't ride (and many don't drive either) these days, sneers or not...:lol2
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  3. ride4321

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    Let me know if you have that Givi and want to sell it. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing something with the screen situation. I've two OEM screens with it.

    This doesn't feel as quick off the line as the BV350 was (Cheryl could probably give more insite into this actually). I'm not sure it's as quick as my 250 actually. It's faster once going though. Top speed isn't that much higher than the BV30 either, 6-7mph from what I'm reading.
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  4. cdwise

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    Well I've had my Scarabeo 500 up to 109 and I don't think I was out of throttle. Gas mileage degrades if you cruise over 90 but it handled very well at that speed. It is slower of the line than smaller scouts thought if it bothers you there are a couple things you can do with roller weights and sliders. See the AF1 forum if you are interested. You can cruise freeway speeds all day long and still get over 60 mph. I averaged 63-65 range. In comparison yesterday I took I25 for 88 miles so I could get home before the predicted reason at 2 on my GTS and then turned into the mountains averaging maybe 50 mph there and I got 61.7 mph on it. The GTS sometimes dropped to 65 ish on the climbs and bounced off the record limiter at an indicated 90 mph. I said "ish" on the climbing speed since I haven't GPS'd this scoot to find out how far off it is so I'm going by a few of the speed measuring signs and other traffic.
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  5. ride4321

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    I'd read it tops out just shy of 100 but I'll find out soon enough with the GPS.:D I'm looking forward to having some throttle left at interstate speeds and also really looking forward to the extra range. Filling up every 100-120 miles on the 250 sucks on road trips. Love the size of the pet carrier.
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  6. ride4321

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    Got the heat gun and saddle soap out last night. The heat did a nice job on the faded plastic, now let's see how long it lasts. Seat cleaned up nicely as well. beo500 plastic 1.jpg

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  7. cdwise

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    That looks almost new again, good job.
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  8. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    It's truly amazing what some serious scrubbing and cleaning will do to bring back a very sad looking mess. Good luck with the new member of your household.
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  9. ride4321

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    Happen to notice that rear brake lever.:lol3

    Hopefully I'll get to DMV tomorrow and get some seat time on it this weekend.
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  10. minimac

    minimac Been here awhile

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    That matches the front brake lever on one of my bikes. Don't have to worry about your hand sliding off of the end!
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  11. kantuckid

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    Saddle soap, which is designed for leather is good stuff but Lexol's easier to use on leather as consistency is user friendly. I did leather work for some years FWIW. I used Brylcream on my baseball gloves-> the pockets.
    I discovered a few years back that dirty vinyl is renewed (like magic!) by a tire mounting spray lube I'd bought on a whim. Amazon lists the stuff as "1.7 Formula". It's a VG product for it's intended purpose but even better on plastic upholstery IMO. I don't use it on cage vehicle seats only tried on a MC/scooter. They look new and smell like a sweet lady...
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  12. ride4321

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    Got it out for a quick run this morning after changing the coolant and a few more cosmetic things. Man, the power on the highway is really nice. Doesn't really feel much bigger than my 250 size wise. It was tough to push around this morning and when I was loading it the other day. Front calipers are dragging and need a good cleaning and one pad is missing about 1/4 of the pad. Waiting for PB blaster to do it's thing so I can remove the pad bolts. I'll also see how the front wheel bearing feel once the brakes are both off. I am pretty sure this scoot is a keeper. Filling the tank without lifting the seat is an added bonus for traveling.
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  13. cdwise

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    FWIW, the BV 250 and the BV 500 use the same body with body parts being interchangeable. I don't know if the same is true of the Scarabeo 250 and 500 but it could be. It really is the Vespas slightly bigger brother. I miss mine.
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  14. ride4321

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    Nope, the panels are definitely different and the frame seems to be as well. I doubt there are any interchangeable parts with the other Beos. That sucks a little since it means any parts I need to replace will be limited to this model but not a big deal. I do love the way it feels and rides. I'll hopefully have the 250 on the market by next weekend if I can get some miles racked up on the 500 to be sure it's a keeper. I'm really glad I bought it now. I was having a bit of buyers remorse earlier in the week.
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    Too bad that there isn't as much interchangeability on the Scarabeo as the BV. OTOH, the Scarabeo is so much more comfortable than the BV 250/500. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed mine. I'd so love to trade the BV 500 I have in the garage in Breck for a Scarabeo 500.
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    You never know, might be someone out there willing to do a trade.
    I've managed to get one of four brake pad bolts off so far. Whoever put the pads on last really torqued these thing in. When I pulled the other caliper off the pads fell right out. Pads had separated from the carriers somehow. Both sets are ready to replace so I'll order a set and by the time they get here hopefully the bolts will have loosened up. The calipers seem to free opening and closing better now that I've cleaned them as much as I could.
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    Been dicking around with these pad pins for 3 days now and only one has been freed up. Handed the calipers off to a pro mechanic tonight who was sure he could free them up. I'll bet the calipers I sold from my totaled SC300 would have fit right on there. Worse case if he strips the pins but can easy out them new pins are cheap. New calipers...not so much.
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  18. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Heat and a hammer will make things move.
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  19. ride4321

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    I've tried that already. I've opened the allen head enough and don't want to strip them. Hopefully a good Snap-on socket will get them out. I can't believe how tight they're in. No need for that sort of torque on these things.
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    Got a guy coming to look at the 250 tonight. He's driving 3 hours to look at it so a serious buyer. I'll miss it if he takes it but it'll be going to a good home. He's 73 and will be hauling it behind his RV if he takes it home.
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