New, to me, Vespa LX 150
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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:16 pm quote
New to the forum and new to Vespa. Looks like there is a lot of good information and people in here. Just picked up a 2006 LX 150 with 419 miles on it. Drained the fuel, ordered a new battery, started cleaning the carb, removed the air filters (gooey mess). I hope to get it running again the coming days.

Any tips or tricks on getting a neglected scooter running again would be appreciated.

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 6920
Location: New Zealand
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:46 pm quote
Welcome to MV.

How long since it ran?

Id do oil, brake fluid, belt and tyres.
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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:32 pm quote
znomit wrote:
Welcome to MV.

How long since it ran?

Id do oil, brake fluid, belt and tyres.
Thanks for the reply znomit. The scooter has 2015 plates, so safe to say it has not seem much use since then. Both oil levels and colors looked good and even the tyres are in good shape. The scooter was stored in a garage it's whole life. I will have to inspect the belt though.
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2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 Malossi 187 "ISO"
Joined: 18 Feb 2017
Posts: 668
Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:57 pm quote
Greetings:

Congratulations on a nice scooter! This is a bit long (36 minutes) but pretty comprehensive.
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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:49 am quote
Wheelman-111 wrote:
Greetings:

Congratulations on a nice scooter! This is a bit long (36 minutes) but pretty comprehensive.
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Thanks Wheelman - that video was very informative; gives me some more things to look at. Good for me that my scooter is significantly cleaner than the one he was working on. The rubber and hoses for the fuel and carb are all soft and look to be in much better shape than what he had going on.

Appreciate the help!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:28 am quote
Welcome in MV from Latina, Italy.
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 1232
Location: Toronto
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:48 am quote
gmen0101 wrote:
znomit wrote:
Welcome to MV.

How long since it ran?

Id do oil, brake fluid, belt and tyres.
Thanks for the reply znomit. The scooter has 2015 plates, so safe to say it has not seem much use since then. Both oil levels and colors looked good and even the tyres are in good shape. The scooter was stored in a garage it's whole life. I will have to inspect the belt though.
Brake fluid absorbs water over time, so you should probably replace regardless.
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Joined: 15 Jul 2020
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Location: Brea, CA
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:18 am quote
Congratulation on getting your Vespa on the road.
Wish you all the best for a great driving experience.
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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:26 am quote
AlanSmith7 wrote:
Congratulation on getting your Vespa on the road.
Wish you all the best for a great driving experience.
Thanks everyone for the input. I bought new air filters yesterday at my local Vespa shop and they suggested changing out the fuel hose lines as well.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9652
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:37 am quote
Tires may *look* good, but rubber hardens, loses grip and cracks easily.

Oh, yeah, and welcome to MV
Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 1972
Location: Minneapolis USA
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:25 pm quote
Welcome from Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Nice looking scooter.

The last four numbers on the tire indicate week and year made.

example: Tire: DOT MK 87 LOWR 4202

The 42 means 42nd week, the 02 means year 2002

The problem with tires is that they can look like new (especially if not ridden much) and also just plain blow out. I would expect most would keep riding if
they are old but not worn. If you check the last 4 digits and the tires are original - I would swap them out. Cheap investment to save your skin.

Again welcome.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota

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Welcome to the Vespa adventure

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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:51 pm quote
Re: Welcome from Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Bob Copeland wrote:
Nice looking scooter.

The last four numbers on the tire indicate week and year made.

example: Tire: DOT MK 87 LOWR 4202

The 42 means 42nd week, the 02 means year 2002

The problem with tires is that they can look like new (especially if not ridden much) and also just plain blow out. I would expect most would keep riding if
they are old but not worn. If you check the last 4 digits and the tires are original - I would swap them out. Cheap investment to save your skin.

Again welcome.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Thanks Bob, and what an impressive scooter you have there!

The date code shows the tires are from 2006, so I will definitely be getting new tires. I am considering 130/70R10 as replacements. Any thoughts on sticking with the stock tire size as opposed to the slightly bigger tires?

I dismantled and cleaned the carb really good (twice) and got the motor running. I can even get the idle down pretty low, but on the initial test drive the scooter maxed out around 40 mph and I think the belt is burning up.

I ordered a new belt, rollers, etc. to overhaul the transmission now as well.

Getting there slowly but surely.
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2006 Fly 150
Joined: 27 Jan 2018
Posts: 56
Location: So. Calif / L.A. Harbor Area
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:39 pm quote
Hello & Welcome, I bought a 2006 Fly 150 two years ago from original owner w/ 2234 miles on it. Did about 55 top speed (Indicated). Only thing i did was replace tires & fuel hoses due to age and changed the brake fluid.

at 3900 i did full oil change engine & trans ( look at you tube for videos) bought a kit from scooterwest that included new belt, rollers , guides and nut $55


Whole Different Scooter ( does 65 indicated and will beat a new Honda Grom)...the old stuff was just old, belt was hard, rollers worn even with low miles.
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LX 150
Joined: 15 Feb 2021
Posts: 7
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:26 am quote
New, to me, Vespa LX 150 - Update
Replaced all of the fuel and vacuum hoses, new belt and rollers, removed the extra gas overflow stuff and changed fluids. She was barely making it to 40 mph. I had to re-clean the carb one last time- this time I removed the black top, removed the main needle, cleaned the slide and diaphragm real well and made sure the lip was seated in the groove before buttoning it back up.

Good news, she is accelerating quicklynow and I got over 60mph before I backed off the throttle. With 425 miles on her now, I will be 'breaking in' this old 2006 now.
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