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of panic this evening. I took my 250 out to make a grocery and dinner run this evening. Unbelievable scooter riding weather for November. Anyway, I got to the grocery store pulled in to park and turned off my scooter. Pushed the seat release button and...nothing, no release sound no click, no nothing. Pushed on the seat, pulled still nothing. Now the panic starts to set in as all my keys, except for the Vespa, work, home, car, etc.
I decided to go ahead and do my shopping and deal with the problem at home.
Went to pull out the scooter keys and found that they were still turned a few millimeters to the right. Thought a second, turned key to completely off and then tried seat button. You guessed it. Worked like always.

Lesson learned...Make sure key is completely off or on to open seat.

Hope this is helpful to other members.

Chip
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There are those learning moments.

Hard not to panic sometimes..
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You don't mention if you tried the manual seat release lever in the glovebox?

My old 250 was dogged with seat lock troubles on and off throughout its life. Sometimes it was the connection at the powered button, sometimes the latch mechanism would jam with the jaws stuck open or shut. Glad yours was a simple oversight
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Ironfoot wrote:
You don't mention if you tried the manual seat release lever in the glovebox?

My old 250 was dogged with seat lock troubles on and off throughout its life. Sometimes it was the connection at the powered button, sometimes the latch mechanism would jam with the jaws stuck open or shut. Glad yours was a simple oversight
It was quite dark and I couldn't see the release in the glove box and honestly forgot exactly where it was. In addition my flashlight was on my keyring locked under the seat
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Those are fun moments. When we purchased the BV250, I didn't ride it much for the first few weeks, being that my wife practically lived on it.

However, I got my chance one fine Saturday morning. I rolled the BV out of the garage and onto the sun-drenched driveway, donned jacket and gloves, helmet and boots:CONTACT!! Nothing. CONTACT! Nothing, again. A bit of dread set in, as in full view of an ever-growing group of bemused neighbors who were starting to make comments about scooters, my manhood and the fact that Alice just whipped that thing around like nobody's business, I just couldn't get that damn thing to start.

About to give up and begin my 'backwards duck-walk of shame" by retreating back into the garage, I retracted the kickstand after righting the scooter. "Say...you don't think this thing maybe has an ignition interlock connected to the kickstand, do you?"

I did so many effing victory laps right there in the cul-de-sac that some of those same neighbors couldn't keep count, but I showed 'em, I showed them all!!
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ChipH wrote:
Ironfoot wrote:
You don't mention if you tried the manual seat release lever in the glovebox?

My old 250 was dogged with seat lock troubles on and off throughout its life. Sometimes it was the connection at the powered button, sometimes the latch mechanism would jam with the jaws stuck open or shut. Glad yours was a simple oversight
It was quite dark and I couldn't see the release in the glove box and honestly forgot exactly where it was. In addition my flashlight was on my keyring locked under the seat
That's why I got a miniature flash on my keyring.
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rkcoker wrote:
ChipH wrote:
Ironfoot wrote:
You don't mention if you tried the manual seat release lever in the glovebox?

My old 250 was dogged with seat lock troubles on and off throughout its life. Sometimes it was the connection at the powered button, sometimes the latch mechanism would jam with the jaws stuck open or shut. Glad yours was a simple oversight
It was quite dark and I couldn't see the release in the glove box and honestly forgot exactly where it was. In addition my flashlight was on my keyring locked under the seat
That's why I got a miniature flash on my keyring.
I guess it's time to get a second flashlight and put on my Vespa keyring.
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Just remembered when I first got my LX.... wouldn't start for me, couldn't figure anything out, believe I actually called the place that sold it to me, and only then realized I needed to hold the brake lever.

Speaking of needing a flashlight, I still struggle with getting the key into the ignition by braille when it's dark. Grrr.
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