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2009 Piaggio BV 500ie
Joined: 03 Nov 2019
Posts: 2
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:24 am quote
Hello all. My name is Alex and Iím a new Piaggio owner. Iíve had a 2006 Yamaha Vino 125 that I bought new in 2006. It has Great service but if I donít start it every few weeks to a month it takes forever to get going. it is carbureted and even though I use ethanol free gasoline and stabil I have the starting issue. I am hoping that the electronic fuel injection will help with my starting issues .

So I ran across this 2009 Piaggio BV 500 with only 1600 miles on it. It had belonged to an 80-year-old gentleman who passed away and his family did not want it so they sold it to a local Chinese scooter shop. That is where I purchased it for about $3000.00. It is a heck of a jump from a Vino 125 to a BV 500.

My riding is mostly spring and fall months. I donít ride during the middle of the winter or middle of the summer . Itís just too hot or too cold.

I have a couple of questions . Forgive me if my terminology is a little off .
Why would anybody design a bike/scooter with the brake reservoir hidden under plastic where you have to take almost the entire front dash panel off as well as the Sideview mirror and the wind shield visor? Maybe I am being a little more sensitive since the Vino have the reservoir right up front where you could see it at all times.

Is there just one brake reservoir for the duel disk front brakes and the rear brake .

Those are my only gripes at this point. Thanks for any comments or suggestions. I look forward to being a part of this group
BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 3062
Location: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:37 am quote
Why does Piaggio hide the brake reservoir behind the handlebar cover? I dunno...

Why did Yamaha run the Vino's sight glass for the engine oil through the CVT case so that the oil has to be drained to change the belt?...

Welcome to MV!
2012 Kymco Like 200i (Sold), 2018 FLSL
Joined: 04 Jun 2012
Posts: 2683
Location: San Jose, CA
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:50 am quote
Welcome aboard.
Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Joined: 02 Oct 2019
Posts: 112
Location: Florida
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:32 pm quote
Sounds you got a pretty good deal with that low of mileage. Post up some pictures and welcome.
Granturismo 218
Joined: 04 Feb 2013
Posts: 6050
Location: NWAOK
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:15 pm quote
You can't see the master cylinder in your car while driving, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. How important is it to have instant access to the master cylinder?
Stop using stabil and ethanol free gas and your Vino will probably start and run a lot better.
2014 Commuter BV350(43,000)/2015 Scoot Life BV350(10,000)/2010 El Diablito SH150i(29,000)
Joined: 27 Dec 2013
Posts: 2415
Location: Orange Park Florida
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:57 pm quote
I hate dealing with handlebar plastic.
You could cut holes in the plastic to gain future access to the brake reservoirs.
GTS 300
Joined: 03 Jul 2019
Posts: 286
Location: lewisville , nc. 27023
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:20 pm quote
Hi and welcome, I own a 2020 Vespa GTS 300 Touring.

I'm just outside Winston Salem over in Lewisville.

PM me if you like , we can meet for a coffee and take a ride .
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8255
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:06 am quote
breaknwind wrote:
I hate dealing with handlebar plastic.
You could cut holes in the plastic to gain future access to the brake reservoirs.
That is one of the great things about my new Vespa Sei Giorni, no handlebar plastic on the thing.
Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 3266
Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:11 am quote
Welcome from Latina (Italy).
2018 Vespa GTS 300 ABS- Bianco
Joined: 20 Apr 2013
Posts: 2154
Location: E. KY
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:14 am quote
Welcome! Does the BV500 have a window/hole to see the master cyl.?
Most everything is covered up on a scooter, just how they are designed overall. A few motorcycles have lots of plastic coverings too and makes them harder to service, with the hope either way that service is occasional not always.
There is a reason your vino had become hard to start and you don't know why yet.
GTS 250ie Super, Italjet Velocifero, Scarabeo 150, S50,ET4
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 452
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:49 am quote
Welcome to MV and the world of Italian scooters. I'm glad to see someone who cares bought that BV500, it is a sweet looking scooter in great shape. Had I not just sold my BV250 I might have bought it. What ever you do don't let the guy you bought it from touch it ever again. He is a great guy and I love joking with him but he barely has a clue as to what he's doing.

Where in Winston are you? I live downtown and I'm always looking for riding partners for my GTS 250 everyone I know has 50cc's and its just not the same.
2009 Piaggio BV 500ie
Joined: 03 Nov 2019
Posts: 2
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:26 pm quote
Thanks for all who responded. The reason I started using stabil and non ethanol gas was because of the hard starting. Non ethanol gas solved the same issue with my chainsaw s, weedeaters, lawnmowers etc. somewhere along the line these past few years someone recommended stabil as well as ethanol ethanol free gas.

Kantuckid, Iím not sure I understand your comment about why I donít know why my vinoís are hard to start. We figured electronic fuel injection would help. My Piaggio has that.
2015 Vespa GTS300 Super
Joined: 26 Sep 2017
Posts: 429
Location: Connecticut
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:31 pm quote
Congrats on your new (to you) scooter!

I too had a Vino 125 before moving up to the GTS300. It would stall once in a while (usually in hot, humid weather), but it always reliably restarted. I used "up to 10% ethanol" gas and saved the Stabil for winter storage.

I liked the Vino 125, but there wasn't enough power for my needs. I think you'll like the improved performance of the BV500.

I can't speak to the access to the brake fluid reservoir(s) on the BV. On the Vespa, the reservoirs are covered by plastic pieces, but it is simple enough to get them off (one screw, I believe). I don't take the side mirrors off to remove the plastic covers... I just use some masking tape to secure the covers to the side mirrors, otherwise the covers are in the way.
GTS 300
Joined: 03 Jul 2019
Posts: 286
Location: lewisville , nc. 27023
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:36 pm quote
Hey there Pinkscooter and ANiforos , I went for a ride with two buddies on their motorcycles today.
Started in Lewisville, took old 421 out a way then cut over to Old Stage road, had lunch at the Old Stage . Then continued on out to Nc21 went north to old 421 and back home.

You missed a great ride !!

We should all hook up and kick some tires.
Pm me and lets see what is possible.
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