Apologies for diving in straight into this forum without any proper introductions but i was sorta short notice forced into looking for an online resource for scooter maintenance help. Modern Vespa was recommended by some trusted sources.
1) My good friend and long term fellow scooterist recently got hospitalized through his worsening Multiple Sclerosis, and i wanted to finish his GS150 project before he got too ill to appreciate it. I went to the hospital today (Bath, UK) and i dragged him outa his bed - to see the GS, running as it should a moving moment. For both of us.
2) Over the last year i have had three really dangerous and really bad experiences with the work of very established scooter shops here in the UK. Thus, I have now bought a lifting table, tools and all the manuals to start maintaining my bikes myself. I know its against policy to air these issues on this forum, so i will say no more.
3) I'm a UK scooterist of the 80s, first attracted by the flattops, grass skirts and lammy chops of the UK psychobilly scene. From there i got into vespa and have been there ever since.
4) I've only ever done cosmetic maintenance on my bikes, but now its time to do some deep engine work, of which, this resource will be invaluable. So - thanks for all your help so far - and i hope the combined knowledge here will vindicate my decision to go solo!