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Forum: Battle scooters 10-19-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,124
Posted By seraph
This is my experience, too. Here in hilly Seattle...

This is my experience, too. Here in hilly Seattle I find myself counter-intuitively feathering the throttle to stay slow, by keeping the clutch engaged.

On flat land the Zuma 125 disengages and...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-07-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 29,740
Posted By seraph
From what I can tell CSC is nonexistent on a lot...

From what I can tell CSC is nonexistent on a lot of the West Coast, too. I've never seen one in Seattle or Portland. Their website doesn't even list any dealers.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-16-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,414
Posted By seraph
A friend of mine bought one of these Bintellis...

A friend of mine bought one of these Bintellis shortly after they arrived at a dealer here and it was a horrible POS. Spent more time in the ship than on the road until finally the dealer bought it...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-06-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,355
Posted By seraph
Just get one of these patches...

Just get one of these patches (http://www.scooterwest.com/item_details/Damn-Moped-Patch/79) on your jacket, it should help explain!

I get the moped/scooter thing all the time. I usually explain it...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-04-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,245
Posted By seraph
I disagree. A friend of mine rides like that -...

I disagree. A friend of mine rides like that - though we're in the city so he's more of an urban hooligan. Frequent wheelies, burnouts, jumps every curb, rides skate parks, rips around urban and...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-12-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,275
Posted By seraph
Bajaj is a different company, but a similar...

Bajaj is a different company, but a similar story. They also built Vespas on contract with Piaggio, and then under their own name, and then came out with their own (Vespa-derivative) models. My...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-27-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 854
Posted By seraph
A scooter company spending money advertising, in...

A scooter company spending money advertising, in the USA?? How rare!
Forum: Battle scooters 04-27-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By seraph
The tires are smaller, sure, but the power,...

The tires are smaller, sure, but the power, weight, and speeds are, too. 100% on a scooter is different than 100% on a sportbike and the tires reflect that.

The ground clearance can be a barrier...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 32,024
Posted By seraph
I have not heard good things. The last shop that...

I have not heard good things. The last shop that carried them here got rid of them because the dealer and parts support was nearly non-existent.

The shop that ended up taking over the RE contract...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-21-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,219
Posted By seraph
SYM's previous US distributor, Carter Brothers,...

SYM's previous US distributor, Carter Brothers, had a massive warehouse fire I believe around that time. It ended Carter's relation with SYM (maybe Carter's business outright). SYM's new distributor...
Forum: Equipment 02-19-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,432
Posted By seraph
I tried on dozens of helmets after wearing out my...

I tried on dozens of helmets after wearing out my EXO700 and realizing it just never fit right. The Arai Signet-Q was perfect, but too expensive for me, but the Icon Airmada finally ticked all the...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-21-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,859
Posted By seraph
There's a group here in the...

There's a group here in the Portland-Seattle-Vancouver area called the PSRA (http://pacificscooterracing.com/) that does road courses for scooters in various classes. So I can't imagine it'd be too...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-19-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By seraph
The Bintelli's headlight setup looks a lot more...

The Bintelli's headlight setup looks a lot more like the BWS 125, which is the Zuma 125 in other markets (Asia, for example). He didn't keep it long enough for any of us to see if the body panels...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-19-2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By seraph
A friend bought a Bintelli Havoc 150 from a local...

A friend bought a Bintelli Havoc 150 from a local dealer, a (visually) very close clone of a Zuma 125, that left him stranded almost immediately (within the first day or two) and then a couple more...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-31-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,164
Posted By seraph
That is fantastic.

That is fantastic.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 24,639
Posted By seraph
I just use the "avoid highways" feature - it...

I just use the "avoid highways" feature - it mostly just takes out interstates and a handful of other divided highways.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,945
Posted By seraph
I ride to work 90% or more of the year -...

I ride to work 90% or more of the year - excepting the few days where it's below freezing or there's a chance of snow here in Seattle - and ride any time I only have to get myself somewhere. When...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 24,639
Posted By seraph
Garrett is a very nice guy and everyone there...

Garrett is a very nice guy and everyone there seems top-notch. I have several friends that have bought (sometimes several) bikes from them while Garrett's been running it and all have been completely...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-07-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,354
Posted By seraph
It's actually much easier than that to find...

It's actually much easier than that to find Stella parts on SIP: Search for it under the LML Star. When you filter by LML as manufacturer, one of the options will be something like "Star / Stella /...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-26-2013, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 963
Posted By seraph
Grats! Now that you've got the scooter, join the...

Grats! Now that you've got the scooter, join the scene. Tons of groups in the greater Seattle area doing all sorts of riding on all sorts of scooters.

And the biggest scooter rally in the area is...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-25-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,106
Posted By seraph
Old Vespas - 60s and earlier. There's a decent...

Old Vespas - 60s and earlier. There's a decent selection 8" scooter tires on the market, though not as big as for 10".

Hiatt, I'm no expert - nor a lawyer, nor liable - but I don't think you'll...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-15-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,354
Posted By seraph
It's actually the earlier ones with the bigger...

It's actually the earlier ones with the bigger problems. '05s and earlier had a reputation for a 5,000 mile crank, so maybe you sold yours just in time!
Forum: Battle scooters 06-13-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,354
Posted By seraph
I think I'm at around 12,000 miles on my 2008...

I think I'm at around 12,000 miles on my 2008 Stella, which I bought new in spring '09.

The day I bought I rode 22 miles and the speedometer drive gear failed. That set the stage for the following...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-08-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 882
Views: 320,629
Posted By seraph
Clones of the Honda Joker.

Clones of the Honda Joker.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-31-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,638
Posted By seraph
She did indeed get a good deal! I spent this...

She did indeed get a good deal!

I spent this last weekend riding a borrowed GT200 - my Stella was broken and it was the first big rally of the year, it's nice to have trusting friends - and REALLY...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-12-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,155
Posted By seraph
Right on! I'm the dude leading that ride,...

Right on! I'm the dude leading that ride, actually, so whether you come to Cafe Racer or just turn up at Scooter Barn come say hi. I'll be on the scooter in my avatar.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-12-2013, 02:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,155
Posted By seraph
Grats on the new purchase! Those PCX150s are...

Grats on the new purchase! Those PCX150s are definitely among the best-looking modern scooters on the market now.

So you're in Seattle? When are you coming to a Vespa club meeting, Scooterist...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-20-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,073
Posted By seraph
When you get to Seattle you can expect a good...

When you get to Seattle you can expect a good time. There's a big group of very active, friendly, welcoming scooter riders of all types here.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-07-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,985
Posted By seraph
Oh, hey, I recognize this bike! I've forgotten...

Oh, hey, I recognize this bike! I've forgotten your name but we've met a few times - I think I saw this when you showed up at Cafe Racer for the Seattle Children's toy run, right before the ride...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,905
Posted By seraph
When I put a Sito+, Piaggio air filter, and...

When I put a Sito+, Piaggio air filter, and followed with a full carb rejet on my Stella, it seriously felt like a third more power on the butt dyno and the top speed went up as well. As a former...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,773
Posted By seraph
Very nice! I'm definitely jealous. A smallframe...

Very nice! I'm definitely jealous. A smallframe is on my shortlist as soon as I can get a second scooter.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,128
Posted By seraph
Zuma if you want to modify the stock engine -...

Zuma if you want to modify the stock engine - 70cc kit, pipe, big carb, etc - they can do 60mph or better and wheelie most of the way there (a mechanic friend has a 2-stroke Vino, same motor, and...
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,187
Posted By seraph
They may not have enough venting for you, but...

They may not have enough venting for you, but Corazzo has a few jackets that are simple Cordura and generally good-looking, too. Like the Speedway (http://corazzo.net/mens-speedway-jacket) - which I...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,731
Posted By seraph
A 2-stroke Zuma 50 would be at the top of my list.

A 2-stroke Zuma 50 would be at the top of my list.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,669
Posted By seraph
To add my perspective, "city" means urban...

To add my perspective, "city" means urban Seattle. I live right in the geographic center of the city, and in my neighborhood a lot of roads I contend with are very narrow, with lots of intersections,...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 27,265
Posted By seraph
The 946 is using the same 3-valve as the new LX...

The 946 is using the same 3-valve as the new LX and S bikes (though we haven't gotten that motor in the US yet) so I suspect the Germans probably already have it sorted. Or maybe the Italians do......
Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 27,265
Posted By seraph
I absolutely get the preference of national...

I absolutely get the preference of national origin on products, especially vehicles. Besides being a good car, a large part of why I ended up with my Ford Focus was that it was made in the States -...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2012, 10:26 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 27,265
Posted By seraph
I'll have to look for that on the Piaggios and...

I'll have to look for that on the Piaggios and Aprilias next time I'm in a shop. I don't doubt it, the Flys and SportCities are pretty inexpensive. And just so my position is clear: I do not own, and...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 27,265
Posted By seraph
Nothing's made anywhere anymore - which is to say...

Nothing's made anywhere anymore - which is to say everything is made all over. You can probably play "find the origin" with any motor vehicle manufacturer and it'll include China and Taiwan.

That...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-11-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 27,265
Posted By seraph
They'd be insane to ask $7k for it here in the...

They'd be insane to ask $7k for it here in the USA. The LX150 is $4,599. Even if they price it as a limited-run halo model I can't see it selling for much over five grand.
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