what are the 50cc riders up to?
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Sprint 50cc
Joined: 13 Aug 2020
Posts: 12
Location: Maryland
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:58 am quote
Just checking in on the 50cc riders...
Hooked
2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 20 Feb 2019
Posts: 470
Location: Norfolk, VA
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:50 am quote
I had a minty 98 Yamaha Zuma that has been disassembled since LAST October for a cylinder upgrade. I ended up giving to a friend for free. His putting it back together will be his payment for it. Just wanted it to go to a good home. I like 50's but have a ebike now instead. Still have a Liberty 150 as well.
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2007 GT200, 2008 Yamaha C3
Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 690
Location: Denver
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:26 pm quote
I put 6 to 8,000 miles a year on my 50. It gets 115 miles to the gallon and will hit a bit over 47 gps verified miles per hour. I have a bigger scooter, but much prefer the 50.

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Hooked
2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 20 Feb 2019
Posts: 470
Location: Norfolk, VA
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:29 pm quote
I love the C3's! I can never find a nice one used for a honest price. All the ones I find have been wreaked or neglected on services. I'll end up with a Ruckus if I get the urge to get another 50cc. Not as fast as a C3 or as nice looking but its a Honda so all is not lost.
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Vespa LX50
Joined: 30 Oct 2020
Posts: 60
Location: Honolulu
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:59 am quote
I am a new 50 owner and got the scooter on the cheap since it wasn't running proper. Replaced fuel and vacuum lines and cleaned out the carb and she is running great. I've been looking for excuses to run short errands ever since.

I was initially impressed with the top speeds for my neighborhood runs (mid to high 40 mph) but recently replaced the OEM 12 year old rock hard tires with new (Michelin City something) and now I am low 40's on the same runs! I am running 32 front and 36 rear but am considering ignoring that recommendation and running to max tire pressure per the tire. I think it was 41 PSI. Does anyone see an issue with that. I might bump it up to 36,38 and then try 38,40 in steps but haven't got around to it yet so I'm just spitballing for now.

Also painted some of the corroded chrome bits black and I really like the the result.

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2007 GT200, 2008 Yamaha C3
Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 690
Location: Denver
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:38 am quote
I run my rear at 40 and the front at 34. Be careful taking a corner on top of a white cross walk stripe with dew on it. Check it often. They can be down to 15lbs and still look full.
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Vespa LX50
Joined: 30 Oct 2020
Posts: 60
Location: Honolulu
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:32 pm quote
I adjusted to the tire pressures to max which is 33 front and 41 rear. It helped a little with the rolling speeds. Not as fast as the hard ones I took off but a much better ride too!
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2019 Primavera 150, 2019 Honda Super Cub 125, 2017 Honda Metropolitan, 1965 Honda Super Cub 50 CA102
Joined: 15 Dec 2019
Posts: 56
Location: NE Ohio, USA
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:13 am quote
Re: what are the 50cc riders up to?
SALTY75 wrote:
Just checking in on the 50cc riders...
Sadly, all of my scooters, including the Metropolitan are put away for the season. I already miss my little “hauler”.

Chris From CLE

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ET2 50
Joined: 29 Jul 2020
Posts: 31
Location: ATL
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:37 am quote
I was given an '03 ET2 50 back in July out of the blue. Hadn't owned anything powered with two wheels for a few decades. Raced motocross, was junior mechanic at a big 4 dealership back then. It really is like riding a bicycle, it all came back instantly.

For me it has been a fun toy during Covid. I use it to run to the local Italian grocery/deli for sandwiches (the owner, his daughter, and staff love it because Italian), small grocery runs, etc. Or just do a lap of the neighborhood for grins and to keep the battery up, since that's more fun than hooking up the trickle charger.

Because of the excellent info I've gleaned here, I am about ready to do a parts order. Tires, belts, an LED headlight are the main items. I already replaced the air filter element (old one crumbled to dust in removal), previous owner had already replaced fuel lines. I still have my motorcycle tire irons from my teen years in my tool box! So that'll be a day in the garage this Winter.
Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 1968
Location: Minneapolis USA
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:25 am quote
Honolulu on a Vespa 50cc Scooter
Kevin T,

In paradise zipping around on a Vespa. Some people really
have it made.

It is colder than a "Well Diggers Behind" here in Frost Bite Falls Minnesota.

When first asked why they stayed and lived in the Artic, the eskimos responded that they did not know it was different anywhere else.

Well, I know it is different elsewhere.

Bob Copeland "Just Stupid"
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2003 Vespa ET2
Joined: 05 Apr 2019
Posts: 424
Location: Cambridge, MA
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:06 am quote
i just did a complete build out on my 2004 Aprilia Mojito Retro 50... it really compliments the red ET2 that i built out over the past winter...

the red vespa et2 will be a nod to the mods

the blue aprilia mojito retro 50 will be a nod to the rockers...

here are a couple shots from the weekend...stay tuned

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Vespa LX50
Joined: 30 Oct 2020
Posts: 60
Location: Honolulu
Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:49 pm quote
Re: Honolulu on a Vespa 50cc Scooter
Bob Copeland wrote:
Kevin T,

In paradise zipping around on a Vespa. Some people really
have it made.

It is colder than a "Well Diggers Behind" here in Frost Bite Falls Minnesota.

When first asked why they stayed and lived in the Artic, the eskimos responded that they did not know it was different anywhere else.

Well, I know it is different elsewhere.

Bob Copeland "Just Stupid"
I paddle in a six man canoe with a guy named Bob Copeland! I thought it was funny when I saw your name I had to look at your picture close. He isn't you though, he looks more like a surfed out Ace Freeley...heck of a nice guy. I've been to Minnesota and I've heard it said that in Minnesota there is 4th of July and there's winter! All that aside I bet the roads are better than here. We have scenery but the roads and driving conditions here are terrible...actually beyond terrible.
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