'09 Scarabeo 500 -- parts availability?
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Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:39 pm quote
Just saw a ludicrously-low-mile '09 Scarabeo 500 at a reputable dealer for a reasonable price. Seems in good shape (and very good shape for its age), and owners I know spoke very highly of them.

Were I to get it, I'd expect to replace the tires and belt just on general principles.

That said, does anyone here know if there are any show-stopper no-longer-available parts? I'm mostly concerned with brake, electrical, and powertrain components here. Obviously, body panels might be scarce -- especially color-matched ones.

Thanks in advance!
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:20 am quote
AF1 racing in texas has all you need usually in a day or two. Thet also have a forum. We have 2 scarabeos, 07 and 09, live them. All our maintenance parts come from AF1.
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:30 am quote
I 2nd AF1 racing for parts
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:50 am quote
I'd still have my 2009 Scarabeo 500 if it weren't for Harvey. No problem getting parts as AF1 and Scooterwest both carry them. Besides much of the scooter has the same parts as the BV and MP3 500s. That is the most comfortable touring scooter I've ever ridden. Seating position and suspension is much better the Burgman we had before it.
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:08 pm quote
Thanks for the info! AF1 and their boards look like a good resource.
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:42 pm quote
Rusty J wrote:
Just saw a ludicrously-low-mile '09 Scarabeo 500 at a reputable dealer for a reasonable price. Seems in good shape (and very good shape for its age), and owners I know spoke very highly of them.

Were I to get it, I'd expect to replace the tires and belt just on general principles.

That said, does anyone here know if there are any show-stopper no-longer-available parts? I'm mostly concerned with brake, electrical, and powertrain components here. Obviously, body panels might be scarce -- especially color-matched ones.

Thanks in advance!
Parts are readily available. If youíre talking about the one we just got we did a routine service and installed new tires. It wonít be there but another few days, buyers are circling.

Best,
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:46 am quote
Mechanical parts yes, are available. Body parts and plastic bits, not so much. I owned one and wanted to keep it looking nice. Things like trim pieces have faded and also gotten brittle with age and it was a challenge to find what I needed. But in the end, I did find some.
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:42 pm quote
I've owned quite a few Aprilia scooters and never had an issue finding parts. Like already stated AF1 is a great source. My 150 and 250 were pretty easy to find used parts for on eBay. I bought body panels and even a wheel there for those scoots. I've got a new seat coming from Italy through AF1 and it's taking a long time to get here but no rush since its a cosmetic replacement. Everything else I've ordered gets here fairly quickly. I do find the 500ie parts harder to find used than the Beo 150/250. I think more were imported here.
What, no pics of the bike?
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:57 pm quote
SDG wrote:
Rusty J wrote:
Just saw a ludicrously-low-mile '09 Scarabeo 500 at a reputable dealer for a reasonable price. Seems in good shape (and very good shape for its age), and owners I know spoke very highly of them.

Were I to get it, I'd expect to replace the tires and belt just on general principles.

That said, does anyone here know if there are any show-stopper no-longer-available parts? I'm mostly concerned with brake, electrical, and powertrain components here. Obviously, body panels might be scarce -- especially color-matched ones.

Thanks in advance!
Parts are readily available. If youíre talking about the one we just got we did a routine service and installed new tires. It wonít be there but another few days, buyers are circling.

Best,
SDG
I should have known you'd have done that before putting it on the block! And I have no doubt I'm not the only one interested.

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Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:02 pm quote
ride4321 wrote:
I've owned quite a few Aprilia scooters and never had an issue finding parts. Like already stated AF1 is a great source. My 150 and 250 were pretty easy to find used parts for on eBay. I bought body panels and even a wheel there for those scoots. I've got a new seat coming from Italy through AF1 and it's taking a long time to get here but no rush since its a cosmetic replacement. Everything else I've ordered gets here fairly quickly. I do find the 500ie parts harder to find used than the Beo 150/250. I think more were imported here.
What, no pics of the bike?
Didn't think to snap any while I was there.
It's silver, with a Givi top case and a two-part medium windscreen (Faco, I think; didn't check). Seat is black. There's a slight scrape on the left mirror, and the final letter "o" is missing from the Scarabeo logo on the left side. My guess is that those are just from storage mishaps rather than a drop.

Otherwise, it's a clean non-touring model (that is, not the one with the handlebar/windshield assembly that sits flush with the legshield).
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:24 am quote
It us a light model. Bags and fairing were last stock in 2006 i think, hence the !
Light description. The two piece adj w/s was stock in 2009. My wife has the same year. 2009 aprilia scarabeo 500ie !ight.
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:07 pm quote
Looks like someone else beat me to it. *sigh*

They got a good bike though!
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:29 pm quote
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Looks like someone else beat me to it. *sigh*

They got a good bike though!
Yep came here to update that itís sold.

Sorry pal.

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Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:11 am quote
If you come across a Scaraabeo 250 give it a try. I liked my Beo 250 better than my 500ie in almost every way. No under seat storage though but the 16" rear wheel was a big advantage so I'd call that a wash. Very capable scoot that handled wonderfully and pretty easy to work on for a scoot. I wish I'd have kept mine. There's one listed on CL for $1700. I'd try to get that for $12-1300.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/d/victorville-aprilia-250ccs-my-loss-ur/6787198812.html
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:29 am quote
SDG wrote:
Rusty J wrote:
Looks like someone else beat me to it. *sigh*

They got a good bike though!
Yep came here to update that itís sold.

Sorry pal.

SDG
It's ok -- I should have called earlier.
There will be other opportunities.

But thanks nonetheless!
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:16 am quote
ride4321 wrote:
If you come across a Scaraabeo 250 give it a try. I liked my Beo 250 better than my 500ie in almost every way. No under seat storage though but the 16" rear wheel was a big advantage so I'd call that a wash. Very capable scoot that handled wonderfully and pretty easy to work on for a scoot. I wish I'd have kept mine. There's one listed on CL for $1700. I'd try to get that for $12-1300.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/d/victorville-aprilia-250ccs-my-loss-ur/6787198812.html
That's a good thought! If I didn't already have a scooter in that class (Burgman 200) I'd jump on it.

I was figuring the 'Beo 500 would let me keep some fast-freeway and long-haul touring miles off my Burgman 650, eventually becoming its replacement when the big Suzuki's transmission wears out.

The 650's still got a few years left in it, I expect* -- I can wait.



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Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:15 am quote
Rusty J wrote:
ride4321 wrote:
If you come across a Scaraabeo 250 give it a try. I liked my Beo 250 better than my 500ie in almost every way. No under seat storage though but the 16" rear wheel was a big advantage so I'd call that a wash. Very capable scoot that handled wonderfully and pretty easy to work on for a scoot. I wish I'd have kept mine. There's one listed on CL for $1700. I'd try to get that for $12-1300.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/d/victorville-aprilia-250ccs-my-loss-ur/6787198812.html
That's a good thought! If I didn't already have a scooter in that class (Burgman 200) I'd jump on it.

I was figuring the 'Beo 500 would let me keep some fast-freeway and long-haul touring miles off my Burgman 650, eventually becoming its replacement when the big Suzuki's transmission wears out.

The 650's still got a few years left in it, I expect* -- I can wait.

I've got a BV 500 I'm planning on selling. Alli maintenance done to schedule and once the snow is gone so I could get it down from Breckenridge I could even be talked into delivering it; )



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Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:09 pm quote
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I've got a BV 500 I'm planning on selling. Alli maintenance done to schedule and once the snow is gone so I could get it down from Breckenridge I could even be talked into delivering it; )
By the time the snow clears up, up there, I might even have room in the garage for it! (I got the impression that it's been a good winter for snow this year.)

I'll definitely keep that in mind, and will follow up on this later.
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:27 am quote
Rusty J wrote:
cdwise wrote:
I've got a BV 500 I'm planning on selling. Alli maintenance done to schedule and once the snow is gone so I could get it down from Breckenridge I could even be talked into delivering it; )
By the time the snow clears up, up there, I might even have room in the garage for it! (I got the impression that it's been a good winter for snow this year.)

I'll definitely keep that in mind, and will follow up on this later.
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My brother lives in San Diego so I don't mind a ride back to California. From Breck you can visit several national parks along the way
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