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Hey y'all I drive a 2005 Vespa Grantourismo 200cc in need of a mechanic closer to me (Plano/Allen border) than only one I know/have used Vespa of Dallas down on Greenville. It's my only vehicle so hard for me to get to & from there to drop it off ect. I'm also on a sole SSDI income of $793 and they're kinda pricey I assume in part to their location so wouldn't mind someone that works on them on the side at home ect. I do NOT want someone that works on Chinese or Asian type p.o.s. scooters because in my opinion anyone fool enough to work on them need not be near mine. Any help? It's not charging the battery so it's anything from the regulator to the stator to the wiring in between. Also anything that may need preventative replacement due to age while in there and an exhaust leak. Your friend & MIME: Kevin "Rocket" Riley "Retired Love God of the '80's"
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No help on mechanics but I would certainly get it to the dealer for the diagnostic work on the electrical stuff.

As far as basic maintenance goes, look on YouTube. There are some great videos that show the whole process. Follow the instructions for GTS maintenance.

At a minimum, you will want to replace the fluid in the brakes and cooling system. Scooters that have been sitting for a long time are usually in need of flushing and replacement. There are also videos for fluid change on YouTube.

If your tires are as old as the scooter, they will need to be replaced also. The question is not tread depth but age and hardness and cracking. Blowouts can certainly ruin your day.

Happy scooting!
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Thank you.
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R i take mine to a moped shop. They have a few mechanics who work on Vespa's. Our "dealer" here sucks. So don't count the moped shops out.
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Also Vespa MotorSport (Scooter West) works on the cheap Chinese bikes and I definitely trusted them with my bike.

It's about making money, not competence.
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Rocket, I assume you followed these trouble shooting tips. Diagnosing Charging System Problems
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Thanks to all. Is Scooter West near me? I've ordered parts from them before but I have zero mechanical ability. Your friend & MIME: Kevin "Rocket" Riley "Retired Love God of the '80's"
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Scooter West is in San Diego if I am not mistaken. They post excellent how to videos.
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Sweet. They're always right by me. Told me the exact parts I'll need IF I need. Thanks to all. Have a happy safe New Years.
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I wouldn't want to have a motorbike that I couldn't get serviced locally. If there's only a Harley Dealer in the area, talk to him about your options.

P.S. For a guy with no moolah, you seem to be in an awfully nice space. No offense meant. Maybe you're foolishly buying more expensive food with money you should be spending on your bike
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Not quite sure what your point is. I rent a room in house with my sisters exe, his wife, and 4 kids for $210 a month abp plus babysitting the 8 & 11 years old 2 for 4 hours (3-7pm) 2 x a week. My meds (12 year cancer survivor) are about $60 a month, part D $14, insurance $60, and phone $68 a month not to mention putting a my son through college (UNT) where he got a 4 year degree in 3 with honors. Oh but I DO treat myself to 6-8 beers once a week (at home). For extra $ I sell 2 dozen or so things on eBay at seller: Rocketoriley2112. Even my couch ain't got no spare change lol ni iffense taken! Your friend & MIME: Kevin "Rocket" Riley "Retired Love God of the '80's"
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Ih yeah and I blew $5 free s&h on this pair of stem caps.
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And lastly: when I govto the grocery store I don't buy what I want I buy what's in sale! Still nit sure what you were ir weren't trying to say but there's my whole financial disclosure. I just got the boot from a 28 year relationship and no way am I dating so not spending $ on a gf!?! Even the box of crackers in the picture below were my roommates though customized by me. Kevin
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Hey Rocket,

I'm thinking that someone who works on Chinese scooters HAS to know what they are doing, given the stereotyped crap coming out of the factory (not necessarily my opinion in all cases, but this seems rather common with regard to Chinese scoots). Anyhoo, totally up to you of course.

I'm not from anywhere near your area so can't help find a mechanic beyond what I see online. Though it seems to me Kyle's Scooter Shop could be a good place to start. Or Vespa Dallas.

Good luck!
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My mechanic knows about SW but i bring the parts that i'll need when i bring it in. Easier that way. Bringing his in next week to get my front shock replaced. Finally wore out. Been almost 30,000 miles. Got some Clauss bushing for the front one (Malossi). Don't have them on the Malossi that i have on their now. Hopefully it'll make a difference. Only $9.99. Cheap add on
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Thanks both y'all. Gonna check out Kyle further. Just read his page. Your friend & MIME: Kevin "Rocket" Riley "Retired Love God of the '80's"
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+1 on Kyle's Scooter Shop. He's a good guy and does excellent work at a fair price. A win-win in my book.
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I just heard back from Kyle. He only works on vintage scooters. I don't think I can wait that long. Still open for suggestions and thank you all. Kevin
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I just heard back from Kyle. He only works on vintage scooters. I don't think I can wait that long. Still open for suggestions and thank you all. Kevin
Wow, he must be doing well to be able to turn down business like that. Perhaps he's not familiar with the electrical bits of modern Vespas.

Bummer.
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I did ask him for suggestions.
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Well sadly, Vespa Dallas is still your best bet outside of doing it yourself.

Their prices are not high due to their location, they aren't high at all when compared to what any Vespa shop will charge you. Their hourly rate is pretty average with all the motorcycle shops in the Dallas area.

I understand your on a limited budget, I feel you there. But bottom line, getting a professional shop to run down an electrical issue is going to cost a little bit of money. It takes shop time, and shop time costs money.

The other option I haven't seen yet is Moxie Scooters over in Mid Cities. They are a Genuine/Kymco dealership and I think they do "some" work on Vespas. Maybe just tires, maybe what you need, I don't know. But their hourly rate is pretty close to Vespa Dallas.

Sorry I don't have a happier answer for you.
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Well sadly, Vespa Dallas is still your best bet outside of doing it yourself.

Their prices are not high due to their location, they aren't high at all when compared to what any Vespa shop will charge you. Their hourly rate is pretty average with all the motorcycle shops in the Dallas area.

I understand your on a limited budget, I feel you there. But bottom line, getting a professional shop to run down an electrical issue is going to cost a little bit of money. It takes shop time, and shop time costs money.

The other option I haven't seen yet is Moxie Scooters over in Mid Cities. They are a Genuine/Kymco dealership and I think they do "some" work on Vespas. Maybe just tires, maybe what you need, I don't know. But their hourly rate is pretty close to Vespa Dallas.

Sorry I don't have a happier answer for you.
I just used Vespa Dallas for my first belt service, and I was VERY disappointed.

Called a couple of weeks in advance to schedule same-day service (which the sales guys promise you) but the service manager seemed very reluctant, but finally agreed. "I'll make sure the belt and rollers are here and we'll see you (date in future) around 11ish."

Get there at 10 a.m. (1 hour drive via Vespa for a little town up north) and now the service manager is all like "Let me make sure I have the parts in stock." Um, didn't you say you would do that two weeks ago???

Two hours later I get a call ... "Good news: we have the parts. Bad news: my two mechanics who have done this belt service before are AWOL and not answering their phones."
Livid emoticon

He calls a little later and says the mechanic showed up. Well, okay then.

Finally at 3 p.m. I get a call that the service is ready. $300 bill for 2.5 hours (funny, Robot at Scooter West does the same thing in less than an hour). I don't see the non-reusable locknut on the parts list.

I'm all for a relaxed work environment, but this was very unprofessional and wasn't handled well. Unfortunately most mobile mechanics (I love using them on my Honda because the local dealer is also a joke) won't touch Vespas, but will work on other scooters.

Next belt service, I'm buying the tools from Scooter West and letting Robot's YouTube videos guide me.

Also when I called for brass nuts to hold the manifold on (one disappeared into the frame) they wanted to sell me a separate nut and washer unlike what the factory uses. They do not inspire confidence.

That is my rant for the day. Thanks for listening.
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