2 cents needed - battery issues/kicking rebuilt P200 engine
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1981 Vespa P200E
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Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:10 am quote
Ok hereís the deal... Iím going through batteries like thereís no tomorrow, this will be the third one installed this year... Why?

Second issue is just rebuilt P200 engine, flywheel turns but when you kick it there is some resistance like enough to hurt your foot but once itís passed it will turn freely, if I pull the spark plug it kicks nice n smooth.. is this normal for freshly rebuilt engine upon the first start up? Thanks for your input and hopefully respectful advice... Cheers!
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Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:43 pm quote
For the battery- get a multimeter and see if your rectifier is charging the battery and if so, what voltage is being produced.

For the kickstarter- Do you hear grinding when you push down and it hurts your foot? Does the kickstart lever stay in the down position ever and not spring back? Is the motor in neutral when you try kicking it over?

Where in Socal are you?
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1981 Vespa P200E
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Location: Southern California
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:03 pm quote
MJRally.. I watched a video of it and it wasnít that bad... lol. No grinding and I had some thin sole shoes on.. the battery was toast, I trickle charged it overnight and it only read 9.2v so the kicking it over and over just sucked the rest of the life out of it.. it did fire up for about 3 sec then died.. I ordered new battery and hopefully everything is good! Iím in Bakersfield
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1981 Vespa P200E
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Posts: 15
Location: Southern California
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:20 pm quote
MJRally:
Hey thereís no grinding, the kickstart lever retracts to normal position and motor is in neutral.. I tried to attach small clip of when it fired but it wouldnít upload the video...
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73 Rally, 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 63 Li125, 65 Li225 Silver Special, 86 Elite 80, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
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Location: Oceanside/ SF
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:32 pm quote
So it sounds like your scooter isnít charging the battery. Can you look and confirm that the fuse is still good? When you did have a charged battery, did you notice the tail light and horn worked?

Your charging problem can be caused by a problem with the DC circuit in the harness, a red wire off the stator shorting on the engine case, a problem with the regulator/rectifier (common problem & located behind the battery or just a bad battery.

How handy are you with that multimeter on a scale of 1-10?

Wear some solid shoes and give the kickstart lever another try. Do you have a buddy with a scooter that you can compare yours to?
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