Originally Posted by Jeffrode
Help: The scooter started making a noise when starting. Does anyone know what the problem could be? And what I can do to fix it?
If the sound is the starter motor spinning, but not engaging, it could be a very easy fix. My own 1150GSA did it early this spring. The solenoid is simply gripping and the magnetic force is not strong enough to overcome the friction. Simply take the starter apart, clean thoroughly with WD40 and regrease. Check the solenoid and it will most likely show gunked up, or dry.
Time to spend a night in a motel with Wifi, not too far from a car parts shop if you need tools, and spend the late afternoon taking the scooter apart.