Workshop for MP3 in east Atlanta GA or Chattanooga TN
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MP3 250
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Location: Atlanta GA USA
Sat May 25, 2019 11:49 am quote
I would appreciate if someone can suggest a good workshop for MP3 250 in Lilburn-Stone Mountain area in GA. My MP3 starts in one go but stalls as soon as I accelerate. We have already replaced fuel injector, spark plug, battery, cleaned air filter, changed oil and reprogrammed ECU. At present it is in Rising Fawn GA (Chattanooga TN area) so workshop in that area will also be fine. Vespa Chattanooga was closed few years back and the closest workshop I could find is Vespa Marietta. Has anybody used this workshop for MP3.

Also let me know if there is anything else I can check before taking it to a workshop.

Last edited by akowatra on Thu May 30, 2019 5:40 am; edited 2 times in total
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Sat May 25, 2019 12:12 pm quote
Re: Worshop for MP3 in Lilburn Stone Mountain area in GA
akowatra wrote:
I would appreciate if someone can suggest a good worshop for MP3 in Lilburn Stone Mountain area in GA. My MP3 starts in one go but stalls as soon as I accelerate. We have already replaced fuel injector, spark plug, battery, cleaned air filter, changed oil and reprogrammed ECU. At present it is in Rising Fawn GA ( Chattanooga TN area) so workshop in that will also be fine. Vespa Chattanooga was closed few years back and the closed workshop I could find is Vespa Marietta. Has anybody used this workshop for MP3.

Also let me know if there is anything else I can check before taking it to a workshop.
Have you ever adjusted the valves?
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MP3 250
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Location: Atlanta GA USA
Sat May 25, 2019 3:12 pm quote
No. It has only 3400 kms so did not think of it. Should I get it done?

I have never done valve adjustment on any motorcycle so donít know process. I will check online and see if it is something I am capable of doing myself.
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Sat May 25, 2019 3:12 pm quote
akowatra wrote:
No. It has only 3400 kms so did not think of it. Should I get it done?

I have never done valve adjustment on any motorcycle so donít know process. I will check online and see if it is something I am capable of doing myself.
With that few miles probably not necessary, but then things have been known to be put together wrong...
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Sat May 25, 2019 6:21 pm quote
I have done valve adjustments on mine and couple friends. not hard but tedious to do and a lot of blind feeling work.

don't think that your issues but probably clogged intake ports in your throttle body.
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MP3 250
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Location: Atlanta GA USA
Sun May 26, 2019 5:08 am quote
Throttle body was cleaned few weeks back when new fuel injector was installed but I will do it again sometime next week.

It was last used in Fall of 2017 and started few time in 2018 (for few minutes ride around the block). Battery died in late summer of 2018 and it was not used at all till April 2019. Old fuel was not removed.

I want to take it to workshop as it is parked about 140 miles away from home. It is not easy to go there and work on it. Surprisingly it is little difficult to find a workshop familiar with one of the most common engine.
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Sun May 26, 2019 1:45 pm quote
have you tried talking to scenic city scooters? I know they work on vespas .
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MP3 250
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Location: Atlanta GA USA
Mon May 27, 2019 5:04 am quote
I tried calling Scenic City Scooters. Their number is out of service. I saw on google and yelp that the workshop is closed.
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MP3 250
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Thu May 30, 2019 5:43 am quote
I changed title of post just to see if anybody can suggest workshop in east Atlanta area.
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Thu May 30, 2019 5:52 am quote
Your other option when you get your bike into the Atlanta area is Marietta Vespa. Since your MP3/250 is similar to a Vespa GTS/GTV and other bikes, I would recommend them to do this work.

I also think as others have mentioned, its probably not Valves.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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Thu May 30, 2019 5:52 am quote
akowatra wrote:
I tried calling Scenic City Scooters. Their number is out of service. I saw on google and yelp that the workshop is closed.
Yea, there gone...
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MP3 250
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Thu May 30, 2019 9:45 am quote
Thanks Keith, I will take it to Marietta Vespa.
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:00 pm quote
Vespa Marietta is excellent.
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Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:27 am quote
Did I read the term "old fuel"? The first thing I would do is drain all the old gas out and replace with fresh premium from the pump, and put a few tablespoons of fuel system stabilizer in the tank. Old fuel can cause all sorts of running problems, stalling being about the least of them. Then go for a nice 50 mile ride. At the end, it should be running fine.

I put a capful of Royal Purple every time I fill up, just in case it needs to sit for a while. And I use non-ethanol fuel whenever I can find it. Because I sometimes let my bike sit for a month between rides. Years would be bad. Gas degrades quite a bit in that amount of time.
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Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:55 pm quote
Squeazel wrote:
Did I read the term "old fuel"? The first thing I would do is drain all the old gas out and replace with fresh premium from the pump, and put a few tablespoons of fuel system stabilizer in the tank. Old fuel can cause all sorts of running problems, stalling being about the least of them. Then go for a nice 50 mile ride. At the end, it should be running fine.

I put a capful of Royal Purple every time I fill up, just in case it needs to sit for a while. And I use non-ethanol fuel whenever I can find it. Because I sometimes let my bike sit for a month between rides. Years would be bad. Gas degrades quite a bit in that amount of time.
Yes, there was old fuel in tank. We removed old fuel and put ethanol free fuel but it did not help. Now we have a gas station near home that sells ethanol free gas so I am going to use this in future.
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