So I've been casually perusing Craigslist and Facebook marketplace (casually perusing, yeah right!) looking at what exists.
A PX150 popped up in Bellevue but the owner has some life changes happening and is super difficult to get ahold of, as in, not contacting me back.
Then this sweet green machine shows up on CL, looks nice, a 2008 Stella. A phone call, a few texts, some extra pictures sent to me, and my buddy Chris is pulling a Denver James for me. BTW, a very cool owner who was clear and precise with the ad, and super clean communication. The perfect person to do a long distance transaction with.
This all happened within a couple of days. He rolled yesterday to pick it up, sent me vids, took it for a drive, and gave me the thumbs up. I went over to Springfield to get it from him today.
It was stumbling down low and I had to keep up the revs. The gas smelled OK but it looks a little varnished in the tank. So we gave it "an Italian Tuneup", as Phil from Cleveland calls it. This means we flog the piss out of it until it clears up....or dies....
Well, good news - about 10 miles through our ride, it started running clean and no hiccups down low, and also no extra smoke. I have no idea what oil is in it at the moment, and the gas is probably old and full of ethanol, and it still ran fantastic, and kept up with Feebs, the P200 just fine. We were both surprised how well it ran, and how much power it had. Of course, we swapped bikes a bunch of times to note the differences and see how the scooter was doing from driving, and watching from behind.
It's not perfect, but what it needs is nothing extraordinary, just basic stuff. I'll get to that next post. But now, PICTURES! I'm so stoked!
Wait, before the pics, a HUGE THANKS to Chris for picking it up for me! Muchas Gracias my friend
Yup, that's Olive, the 2008 Stella. And me...
Olive is loaded up in the minivan turned scooter hauler with Chris on the left and me on the right. We're both a little hopped up on coffee and the good fortune of riding this sweet machine.
It's nice how a scooter fits just perfectly in the van, with tie downs in the floor and everything. Bonus!
She's on the lift and awaiting "the list"