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

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

  1. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Did you use propane heat or oxy/acetylene heat on yer bolt? Makes a serious difference. Also by allowing a cooling, then heat again cycles, the corrosion bond might break.
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  2. ride4321

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    Doesn't seem to be any corrosion and I really didn't want to heat it much because of the o-rings and seals. The mechanic still has them. He was a little intoxicated when I gave them to him the other night and forgot he had them in the truck.:uhoh
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    Kitchen towel in our FL rental house Memorial Day= "You drink too much and cuss too much and have questionable morals, your everything I everything I ever wanted in a friend ".
    Sounds like yer wrencher is a friend:imaposer

    They usually don't look rusty, just black, kind of like parkerized & commonly seen with brake parts.
    On brake jobs on BMW cars the logic says to buy the rotor location screw as they always lock in and are soft, not a graded bolt and they are a unique shaped head.
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    The 250 is sold and on it's way to the RV lifestyle. I'm gonna miss that bike...a lot. But I got to ride it for two years and made a nice little profit on it so all is good.
    The drunken mechanic heated up the pins on the calipers and they broke free. Original locktite on them. Yep, I could have done it myself but I didn't want to put too much heat on the calipers. $30 well spent for piece of mind and I think I can still use the pins which saves me $20 for the new ones. Now if my pads would show up I can get this thing on the road and start beating the piss out of it.
    :ricky
    Oh, and now I can work on the 500 without having to move a bike out of the garage.:thumb
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    Sure didn't take you long to become attached to the 500. ;)
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    Well I only rode it for 5-10 miles but it's got what I was looking for and I'm sure it's going to work out just fine. Did I ever mention my attraction to the Scarabeo family? If not then I'll just say this should make happy ... for awhile at least.
    My first beef is the brake reservoirs have 3 screws exposed on each side but the 4th requires removing the wind screen, mirrors and control covers to access the 4th screws. I'll be taking the dremel to the control plastic so I can access the 4th screws before I put it back together. What were those crazy Italians thinking???
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  7. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    "What were those crazy Italians thinking???"

    That it would look nice?

    Good luck with the 500. I regularly fall in love with every scooter I adopt (except the cheapo Chinese 2008 that I started to hate 2 days after I got it), but then after a while I end up getting itchy for another buy, and the troll of Craigslist starts all over again. I love them when I buy them, and I love it when I sell them. I guess I'm just nuts.
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    I was able to double the cc, move back 20K miles and up the model year for $200. I'm getting pretty good at this scooter swapping game. Wish there was a market for a used scooter shop around here. I'd consider giving it a try. Let the gas prices soar.:D
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    My pads finally arrived and are installed. I'll give it a good run today and see how this thing goes. Fresh oil, coolant and brake fluid. This bike deserved a little attention in the maintenance department.
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    IMG_3102.JPG Maiden voyage brought a very pretty cop out of the woodwork
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  11. TrashCan

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    Just checking the speedo for accuracy, right?

    :photog
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  12. Fiftygrit

    Fiftygrit Been here awhile

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    Hahahaha well you know it will do over the speed limit for sure.
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    Naw, she followed me. Wasn't speeding. Inspection is expired but I'm still under my 10 pass with reg. No ticket
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    Your plastics restoration job looks good in that photo.
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    I thought the LEO pic looked sort of suspect...
    Seriously, what cop lets you take pics of a "real" stop?:roflNot to mention who's in the mood for pics when the blue lights shine:lol2
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    I probably should have asked for permission but she was busy running my license thru the system.
    I like this scoot a lot. The power is awesome and it's a comfortable ride. Filled up at 150 miles and still had 1.4 gallons left in the tank so that's a huge plus in the range dept. It's a keeper. Need to replace the original front tire and soften up the rear suspension (it's on the tightest setting now) and all should be good.
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  17. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Until the itch starts again, and trolling through Craigslist ...
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    tiger and cop.jpg
    This was in SC a few years ago. Had just come off the interstate and didn't adjust my speed (early morning). Saw the cop coming the opposite direction and got lit up before he even passed me. He dropped the speed by about 15mph so I didn't get points and I did ask permission for this photo, something along the lines of "since this is costing $175 can I at least take a pic?"
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    Inspection expired? What's an inspection?
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  20. kantuckid

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    Been there, done that, but not one picture to prove it...:roflno, it's not funny haha?
    Somewhere in the dungeons of ADV I've already told this story: of the IN State cop who stopped my Toyota PU for 68 in a 60 zone (coming home from Green Bay, WI with a vintage Honda CB400F in back- was 2010 or 2011) and made it into a memorable affair.
    He took my license, marched me to the rear of my truck, stood me against the tailgate and began hollering in my face (slobers and all, drill instructor style) which proceeded to go on for 20-30 minutes! I kid you not. I would have been in my late 60's when this was going on.
    After a bit my wife had heard enough and came back there to intervene to which I said best stay out of this as cautiously as possible.
    A totally one sided event from the get go. Guy seemed to mellow out toward the end, me not wanting to rock his boat in any way, shape or form and it ended with no ticket or warning. Kind of a blow off steam event for him with me the winner of sorts?
    When we got home I called the district he worked apparently was out of, gave the LEO's name and was totally rebuffed by his supervisor, said it didn't/couldn't have happened.
    Had zero interest in my version, as if I was making it up. A picture would have been interesting?:-)
    Given I hate lawyers, not LEOS, I left it alone as a bad experience.
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