P200e stalling in 1st
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Molto Verboso
1967 Gran Turismo 1963 Lambretta S3 TV175
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Location: Minneapolis
Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:27 pm quote
I just picked up a very nice 1980 P200e. About 7,000 miles on it, rebuilt engine, everything looks and works great...except one little thing. It bogs down and frequently stalls out when starting out from a dead stop. The spark plug looks ok, but I guess I don't know what a bad one looks like anyway. Could it have something to do with me riding it between 20 and 30 degrees here in Frigid Minnesota? Any suggestions?
Molto Verboso
79 P200e, 81 100 Sport
Joined: 23 Sep 2006
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Location: Iowa
Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:51 am quote
Sounds like a carb issue to me - check it for cleanliness.

And yes, cold can have something to do with it.
Ossessionato
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Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:27 am quote
Check to make sure your clutch cable is adjusted. It could be too loose or it's about to break.
Hooked
81 - P200E
Joined: 07 Jan 2009
Posts: 305
Location: St Louis
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:05 am quote
It sounds like a fuel mixture issue. I got that alot where it would bog or seem to stall or want to stall in first from a stop.

http://vespamaintenance.com/fuel/carbtune/

I followed these instructions. But just make sure you have the bike nice and warmed up first, like 20-30 ride.
Hooked
1978 Vespa P200e
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Location: SoCal
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:08 am quote
VLBJS1 wrote:
Check to make sure your clutch cable is adjusted. It could be too loose or it's about to break.
+1

When i replaced my clutch cable i ran into this until it was adjusted correctly.
Molto Verboso
1967 Gran Turismo 1963 Lambretta S3 TV175
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Location: Minneapolis
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:23 am quote
Thanks guys. Per Tom's advice I pulled out the choke just a touch, and that worked perfectly. Since I'm new to this and haven't ridden a motorcycle since I was about 12, How fast do any of you go comfortably? So far I've gotten my P up to about 50 with my helmet floating off my head. I felt like I was floating across the road.
Hooked
1960 Series 2 Lambretta, 1962ish API series 2 Lambretta, 1974 Vespa Super 150, 1978 Rally 200
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Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:41 am quote
danyouhandleit wrote:
Thanks guys. Per Tom's advice I pulled out the choke just a touch, and that worked perfectly. Since I'm new to this and haven't ridden a motorcycle since I was about 12, How fast do any of you go comfortably? So far I've gotten my P up to about 50 with my helmet floating off my head. I felt like I was floating across the road.
Glad to hear it. If you're planing on riding any real distance in this weather (like more than 10 miles at one time) you should probably ask the good folks at scooterville to rejet the bike for colder weather.

If you're going to wait for April to get here -- no worries the bike will run great as is in that temperature.

Tom in WI
Olivia Newton-John
p200, vbb, gt200
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Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:33 pm quote
scooterville
what's your class schedule look like the week of march 2nd? i'm going to take my et4 over to have the tires switched and the case looked at (something bad hapened, i came out and there was a quart of oil on my garage floor the other day).

you want to tag along?
Hooked
1960 Series 2 Lambretta, 1962ish API series 2 Lambretta, 1974 Vespa Super 150, 1978 Rally 200
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Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:14 pm quote
Man that's bad news. How cold is your garage? Could the case have cracked in the cold? Probably not going to be good.

I've got the 2nd (Monday) open. The rest 'o the week is super busy -- I'm headin' to Miami on Thursday for a conference. So if you're headin' to the cities on Monday or the the Saturday before... sure I'm up for that.

Tom
Hooked
81 - P200E
Joined: 07 Jan 2009
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Location: St Louis
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:47 am quote
Yeah, I've got mine at about 45-50. I still haven't grown the gonads to keep it consistently above 45.

I too have the helmet floating off my head feeling. Also, the wind seems to push my chest alot. I guess a wind screen may help, but I sorta feel the wheels get squirrely at those speeds.

I guess its just that I need to get comfortable with the bike, because I did have a bad crash in 1986 that I'm still geeked out about. I took a friends '82 Honda CX500 Turbo (rare bike) off of roughly 20' cliff. Hadn't ridden a bike since until I got this one. That's why I keep thinking the wife is trying to bump me off.
nothing at all
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Location: westla
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:07 am quote
hey olds,i had a bad wreck that put me off for many years.

it dos'nt seem to bother me now.

mine was no cotter pin rear wheel fall off.

my suggestion for all regarding speed is trust your bike mechanically.

when i am on the road doing 73 mph(thats what the dot radar sign says)i have in the back of my mind a voice that is telling me to keep a light hand on the clutch and throttle and firm trust in the bikes mechanical history.

these p's can handle alot of speed

it comes down to how comfortable are you at that speed
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