Well, scooter theft is not confined to large metropolitan areas. My awesome Matte Gray Sprint 150 with only 370 miles on the odometer was stolen from the parking lot of the Nevada Legislature. The good news is that the vigilant Carson City Sherriffís Office recovered it within days. The bad news is the kid who stole it obviously could not start it so he trashed the ignition and the rest of my previously pristine Vespa. My insurance company classified it as a total loss.
The happy ending to the story is my wife and I decided to buy a scooter for each of us instead of sharing one Vespa. She is now the proud owner of a portofino green 2008 LXV 150 with 450 miles. We added new Michelin City Grips, a new battery and had a few minor dents and dings professionally repaired and painted. A Vespa mechanic has also cleaned out the carb (fuel tank was empty). Iíve got new fuel lines to install when needed.
My new to me ride is a red 2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 with 1075 miles on the odometer. The previous owner was maintenance obsessed so my only adds were new Michelinís, a new battery and a brake line service.
Iím sorry I donít post/contribute often to the board. I lurk and enjoy othersí postings. Just thought this story may be of interest.