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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:08 am linkquote
Well, guess what? EUREKA!!!! Taking a few things apart and blowing air thru a tiny straw seemed to fix the elusive problem. I couldn't even believe my luck! Suddenly I had my golden ticket to ride Blue for the first time in SO long and I started to get really excited! Had to finish quarantine first, but the minute the kids were back in school, I kicked Blue (only once!!!), walked right around to her curvy backside, stood right in the cloud of steadily chugging 2T smoke, breathed it deeply into my lungs and smiled. Then we headed to the beach.

"The longer the desert, the sweeter the oasis....."., one of my favorite personal sayings. And it had been a loooong riding desert. We had a blast!!!! It had been almost a full year since I had ridden, save for my one birthday ride extravaganza. I was totally out of practice and rusty and kind of nervous. But, boy was it satisfying to be back out on the road. Blue behaved superbly and sported a nice healthy idle with no naughtiness. We cruised right up to our private alcove and spent a happy afternoon by the lake. Ducks and sun and sand and swimming, all the favorite things, and we enjoyed them thoroughly. A little Uncle Kracker tune was blasting through my earbuds, "Feels So Good".......

Yeah, it did feel good. If I only get one afternoon per year like that for the rest of my life, I'll be happy as a clam. But we didn't just get ONE day. Minneapolis has had a stupendously warm fall. So we got two whole weeks of beach bum time. Was totally therapeutic.



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:14 am linkquote
C'mon, Blue! This is total cheesecake....🙄



Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:15 am

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Quack



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:16 am linkquote
It hasn't been all ducks and sandy shores. After just a few rides to the beach, Blue started acting up and would backfire a few seconds after kickstarting. Wouldn't hold an idle, just start/backfire/quit. I changed out the spark plug and it seemed to fix that issue for now, though I did hear another backfire yesterday when I killed the engine. Here's a pic of my old dirty plug. Wasn't that old, maybe a year.



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:17 am linkquote
And a pic of my new one after a longish ride.



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:18 am linkquote
Also, I was recently trying to squeeze a quick ride into a very busy day. I peeked into the gas tank before I left and thought I had enough for a shorty, but unfortunately I did not.....



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:19 am linkquote
I run my tank on Riservo all the time, because the open setting seems to clog, so my tank was dry as a bone. I called AAA and our local Bobby and Steve's came to my rescue. I had asked the dispatch to please be sure they brought me exactly 1 gallon of fuel so I could mix it to the proper ratio with my little can of oil. The guy showed up with an opaque gas can that was so filthy, there was no way to tell how much fuel was present. I did the best guesstimate I could and we made it home ok. Mr BobbySteve liked the looks of Blue quite a bit and we had a nice little chat about vintage Vespas.





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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:21 am

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Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:21 am linkquote
I now see that I put the wrong blend of oil to gas anyway, 40:1 instead of 50:1. Hasn't seemed to upset Blue yet😊

Well, this is probably post overload, sorry. But, thanks, Fatbear, for checking in. Hope you and everyone else here is doing well and enjoying beautiful fall scooting weather! I see MANY new threads that hint at great reading material! Time for me to catch up😊



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Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:07 pm linkquote
I don't think there is anything wrong with having life get in the way of Blue. Blue has already been around longer than your kiddos and (s)he? will be around after they're gone. Better to have a cozy but slightly neglected life in a garage than dumped like so many out behind the garage. I'm now on the other end of that window with a 13 year old who would much rather be off on her own and so I'm finding myself back with lots of hobby time. Just don't get rid of the scooter and you'll be fine.

Also yes jets. If there was an IT department for old scooters, instead of telling you to re-boot your computer they'd tell you to clean your jets. After sitting for a while? Clean the jets. Just changed your fuel lines? Clean the jets. Ran out of gas and then refilled the tank? Clean the jets. Its Tuesday? Clean the jets. Maybe rename Blue to be Benny and you'll never forget.

Good to hear you're still living the good life.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:20 pm linkquote
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I don't think there is anything wrong with having life get in the way of Blue. Blue has already been around longer than your kiddos and (s)he? will be around after they're gone. Better to have a cozy but slightly neglected life in a garage than dumped like so many out behind the garage. I'm now on the other end of that window with a 13 year old who would much rather be off on her own and so I'm finding myself back with lots of hobby time. Just don't get rid of the scooter and you'll be fine.

Also yes jets. If there was an IT department for old scooters, instead of telling you to re-boot your computer they'd tell you to clean your jets. After sitting for a while? Clean the jets. Just changed your fuel lines? Clean the jets. Ran out of gas and then refilled the tank? Clean the jets. Its Tuesday? Clean the jets. Maybe rename Blue to be Benny and you'll never forget.

Good to hear you're still living the good life.

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OMG I can't wait till my kids are at that stage of development. I'm a stay at home dad and having less than an hour at night to myself is exhausting, as much as I'll miss them all day every day when it happens and I'll complain about them not being around, it'll still be nice to have actual free time for once! And I agree, better Blue is in a cozy garage patiently waiting than outside neglected and left to rot.
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Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:32 am linkquote
Wow Kimono so glad you and Blue got out great photos!
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Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:25 pm linkquote
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C'mon, Blue! This is total cheesecake....🙄
Sounds like you're blaming the scooter but something must be wrong with my phone - is there a scooter in this pic?
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Hal—You make some very good points! Thank you for your wise view from the future (yikes, teenagers!). I thought once we were out of the baby/diaper stage I'd have more hobby time, but kid activity schedules have mocked that little fantasy. I'll just make sure Blue is cozy and covered in the garage and enjoy my rare but beautiful rides. Like I'd ever really sell her..... my kids already fight over who gets her when I die. Morbid little people Your jets advice was hilarious. I'll never forget. BlueBenny and her jets....haha

FridayMatinee—I KNOW!!!! Hard taking care of those messy demanding little critters, ain't it? I'm guessing your kids are younger than mine, but take heart. I think it does get easier, at least physically. Sometimes when I scoot to the beach on a Tuesday at noon, I feel slightly guilty, and then I remember that I earned that moment fair and square with all those endless years of 24/7 crittercare I have logged. Your days are coming. Enjoy the sweet baby years, though❤️

Hibbert—thanks! Always good to snap a pic so you don't forget the good times, right?

DeBiasio—yeah, my scoot is kind of a poser, always making me take pics with her. So vain. So annoying. What to do about it, tho?🙄 😉
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Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:51 pm linkquote
Don't feel bad about running out of gas. I do it all the time--just ask CM2.

I don't call AAA, though. I push it either home or to the gas station and view it as penance for not paying closer attention to the tank.

And yours just sips from the fuel tank. Once you start building over-tuned monsters like me, you'll discover that you can pass everything but a gas station.

Great pictures, too! I think your riding posts capture the sheer joy of these machines like few others.
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Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:53 pm linkquote
^^^ Yep, same here and more than once , but now I FORCE myself to carry an emergency bottle of gas which I've used a lot MORE THAN ONCE .

K, your 1st plug looks maybe fouled, the 2nd one looks much better - you do pretty good work . And yeah, as always great pics!
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Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:09 pm linkquote
Most excellent K! I'm glad to see you and Blue hanging at the lakeside.

And I've got to say, I'm quite envious. Blue's cousin, B-62 has got a big rattle happening so the engine has gotta come back out. Sigh....

On the plus side, I have other scooters that are running, so it's all good!
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Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:51 pm linkquote
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Don't feel bad about running out of gas. I do it all the time--just ask CM2.

I don't call AAA, though. I push it either home or to the gas station and view it as penance for not paying closer attention to the tank.

And yours just sips from the fuel tank. Once you start building over-tuned monsters like me, you'll discover that you can pass everything but a gas station.

Great pictures, too! I think your riding posts capture the sheer joy of these machines like few others.
Thanks, Chandler. It does make me feel better that even experienced Monster-tuners run out of gas. I contemplated pushing, but the closest gas station was over a mile away with a few hills and Blue is a bit "heavyset" if you know what I mean. I still kinda struggle to stay upright at an inclined stoplight.

Anyway, I'm taking V oodoo's sound advice and will never run out of gas again, la la la! (see pic). I upgraded to stainless steel from the plastic coke bottle you mentioned, V oodoo, because my glovebox gets really hot and I thought it might melt the plastic. Nice tip, thanks!!! I feel so Girl Scout with my secret stash

Qa—dangit, a rattle on B-62??? After all your fine tuning? What a bummer. But, yes, you do have a fairly wide selection of extra beauties congregating in your garage. I'm sure you'll get B fixed in no time. Wanna piece of my fresh banana bread for extra energy?

It was 73 degrees in Mpls today—wheeee!!! I zipped and zoomed all over the place, taking turns like a speed demon. Someone's gonna get pulled over.....



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Inside the "Girl Scout Pack"



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Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:07 pm linkquote
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Thanks, Chandler. It does make me feel better that even experienced Monster-tuners run out of gas.
That should probably read "especially monster tuners." All that power's gotta come from somewhere!

Great looking kit. Better than mine. I just throw mine in a ratty old nylon bag that a scooter came in. Some day I'll make or buy a tool roll, but not today.

If you don't have them in there already, I'd add some replacement pinch bolts to go with your cable inners. I also carry two 8mm crescents so I can tighten down cable fine adjusters if I need to adjust them, the clutch in particular, and a 7mm wrench for the pinch bolt.

And it looks like you have a spark plug socket, but I don't see a ratchet handle. That'd be awkward if that's the case and you need it...

Usually, I have an adjustable crescent and spare spark plug, too, but didn't have one in the kit when I took this picture. *shrug*

I'm jealous you were able to get out and tear it up a little. It's been beautiful here all week, but I've either been getting the GL back on the road or working to pay for all those go-fast parts. C'est la vie, I guess.


Contents of my tool bag before a ride earlier this summer

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I'm ready to plan a "work trip" to fix your fuel tap. Everyone deserves reserve.
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Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:55 pm linkquote
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Wanna piece of my fresh banana bread for extra energy?
Hell yeah I do - my favorite! I could use the boost. But only if it doesn't interfere with riding Blue And you have time to make fresh banana bread? I guess feeding the platoon you're in charge of also means you run a commercial kitchen, getting the troops to help, of course!

Oh, and I meant to mention, I love the Vespa Blue matching toenails
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Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:56 pm linkquote
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I'm ready to plan a "work trip" to fix your fuel tap. Everyone deserves reserve.
While you're there, after testing the cake for Scott, fit a Cosa clutch. The six spring was hand hurting, hard to pull and worn about 2 seasons ago. Vintage ownership doesn't have to be that kind of pain.
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:38 pm linkquote
chandlerman wrote:
Great looking kit. Better than mine. I just throw mine in a ratty old nylon bag that a scooter came in....

....I'd add some replacement pinch bolts to go with your cable inners. I also carry two 8mm crescents so I can tighten down cable fine adjusters if I need to adjust them, the clutch in particular, and a 7mm wrench for the pinch bolt.

And it looks like you have a spark plug socket, but I don't see a ratchet handle.

I'm jealous you were able to get out and tear it up a little. It's been beautiful here all week, but I've either been getting the GL back on the road or working to pay for all those go-fast parts. C'est la vie, I guess.
Nice tool line up, Chan! Looks like you've got it completely covered, except yeah, as you've mentioned, a spark plug. And maybe some gloves and wetnaps, to keep your hands fresh

My toolkit is kind of a random mess, but has a few goodies for emergencies. I've been stranded roadside quite a few times and only called for assistance twice in 5 years. Not too bad, eh? I use the Big Wrench there (11mm?) almost every ride because my side mirror jiggles loose. I pull over and tighten it down as HARD as I can, but it's always loose by the next ride. Small potatoes. I'll add your tool suggestions to the mix, thanks.

I've never seen a scooter come in a "ratty old nylon bag". Hmm, curious about this...

Hope you get to tear it up plenty later this fall. Our weather just went kaput. Might be the end
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:45 pm linkquote
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I'm ready to plan a "work trip" to fix your fuel tap. Everyone deserves reserve.
A very nice idea, Hal. I love it! However, after I ran out of gas recently, I flipped it to the open position and it suddenly worked, though hadn't been functioning for two whole years. Maybe was the jets blowout?

Anyway, if work ever brings you this way, come on over and I'll bake something good while we test fuel lines or some other lo-functioning scooter part. Thanks for the nice thought!
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:52 pm linkquote
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Hell yeah I do - my favorite! I could use the boost. But only if it doesn't interfere with riding Blue And you have time to make fresh banana bread? I guess feeding the platoon you're in charge of also means you run a commercial kitchen, getting the troops to help, of course!

Oh, and I meant to mention, I love the Vespa Blue matching toenails
If you bring your scooter expertise, I'll bring my mad baking skills I'm experienced in strong coffee brewing as well. Yes, feeding my mini platoon gives me thrice-daily practice at mass food prep and I certainly know my way around the kitchen a lot better than I do the garage.

Thanks for noticing the matching toenails. We all do it, right? Haha.
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Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:57 pm linkquote
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While you're there, after testing the cake for Scott, fit a Cosa clutch. The six spring was hand hurting, hard to pull and worn about 2 seasons ago. Vintage ownership doesn't have to be that kind of pain.
You remembered, huh? Yes, my clutch still pulls really hard. Luckily my sprained finger finally healed and I can ride for at least an hour now. But, it's not so comfortable. I'd ask Santa for the Cosa, but the install is rather daunting. Just a workout for my hand is how I look at it. No need for a strength ball....
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I use the Big Wrench there (11mm?) almost every ride because my side mirror jiggles loose. I pull over and tighten it down as HARD as I can, but it's always loose by the next ride.
Something to try on the mirror threads is blue loctite, medium strength. You put it on the threads, and refasten the nut. And voila, like magic, the mirror is locked tight!

Seriously, I use the stuff all over. These old machines vibrate quite a lot and the nuts and bolts, especially mirrors, vibrate loose. And it doesn't take much. Just a little tube of the stuff, which would fit into your badass first aid tool kit nicely.

When I get home later this week (or the next), I'll take some pics of my cigar box tool kit.
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I've never seen a scooter come in a "ratty old nylon bag". Hmm, curious about this...

Hope you get to tear it up plenty later this fall. Our weather just went kaput. Might be the end
Doh! Typo fail should have been a ratty old scooter cover bag, but given that everything I order comes in a plastic bag and the scooter is pretty much made of spare parts, it pretty much did at this point

for the mirror, how do you have it attached? Or are the threads just worn out? It's a 13 or 14mm wrench, IIRC, depending on the mirror bracket.

I use loc-tite as the fastener of last resort, but I use ny-lock nuts pretty liberally, especially for parts that don't have a specific torque spec. I don't think that's an option on the mirror, unless the stem protrudes far enough you could use one under the bracket, but if you could, that'd keep in in place really well and still be removable. That's basically how my home-made mirror mounts work and that thing never moves.

Lemme know if that doesn't make sense and I'll take or draw some pictures to better illustrate.
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Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:56 am linkquote
I'm with Chandler, you probably just need the right nuts and washers tightened properly.

It looks like you have the most common setup, a heavy steel bar with a hole for the mirror stem that's bolted two places underneath of headset.

Track down TWO of those special toothed washers he mentioned, then use one under top nut and other under the bottom one, then tighten up firmly and it should behave, but easy to loosen if you need to swing mirror in for storage or transport.




This type of washer, but this one is too big.
Nylok nut is nice for extra insurance.

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Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:26 pm linkquote
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Something to try on the mirror threads is blue loctite, medium strength. You put it on the threads, and refasten the nut. And voila, like magic, the mirror is locked tight!

.....Just a little tube of the stuff, which would fit into your badass first aid tool kit nicely.

When I get home later this week (or the next), I'll take some pics of my cigar box tool kit.
Ah, the infamous blue loctite that I've read about here a multitude of times, but wasn't really sure what it was used for, exactly. And now I know.

And now I have some! Except I had to buy a different brand because the supply chain issues are affecting even loc-tite. And everything else, including glow-in-the-dark Halloween cobwebs, per my hardware store buddies...

I didn't use the loc-tite yet, but might. A VERY handy addition to my kit, thanks!

I definitely DO wanna see your cigar box situation, qa!!!!



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Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:58 pm linkquote
Chandler and V oodoo: Nice call on the nylock washers n nuts. Never before heard the term, nor had seen one....


But they come in lotsa sizes

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Here was my "before" mirror set-up, which jiggled loose about 3 minutes into every single ride, forcing me to scrooch and squint to see behind me. The screw was long enough to allow for a nylock washer on top and bottom. No nuts were available at Ace, cuz "weird size" said the guy.



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Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:15 pm linkquote
Got my mirror all situated perfecto, then added a few goodies to my Vespa First Aid kit, thanks to Chandler for motivation and inspiration.

But will all of that stuff fit in the tiny little bag????



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Yep, albeit rather thickly. Even tucked that ratchet handle straight down the middle. Totally ready for disasters!

And praying they never come....



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Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:21 pm linkquote
My reward❤️

And a clear rear view the ENTIRE ride! Thanks, guys!



Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:28 am

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1979 Vespa P215E, 1965 Allstate 177
Joined: 19 Jan 2016
Posts: 99
Location: Claremont, CA
 
Enthusiast
1979 Vespa P215E, 1965 Allstate 177
Joined: 19 Jan 2016
Posts: 99
Location: Claremont, CA
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:28 am linkquote
Such a pretty bike.
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:40 am

Ossessionato
79 P200E (Ruby), 62 Allstate (B-62), 2008 Stella (Olive)
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 2505
Location: Florence, OR
 
Ossessionato
79 P200E (Ruby), 62 Allstate (B-62), 2008 Stella (Olive)
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 2505
Location: Florence, OR
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:40 am linkquote
memtnbike wrote:
Such a pretty bike.
I agree, and what a great pic, with the fall colors and all - amazing!
Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:51 am

Addicted
P125X, P200E
Joined: 02 Apr 2011
Posts: 885
Location: Fresno, CA
 
Addicted
P125X, P200E
Joined: 02 Apr 2011
Posts: 885
Location: Fresno, CA
Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:51 am linkquote
Wow! What a great way to finish up October!
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:10 pm

Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
 
Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:10 pm linkquote
MJRally wrote:
Sorry you got stuck. In the future remember you can start it in neutral, then run alongside it and then force it into second gear (without giving any gas), then hop on and accelerate off. You can then force it into the next gear and limp your way home. It's not ideal, and you may stall a time or two but it's another trick in your arsenal on how to get home without calling a tow truck.
Hey, MJ! This piece of GOLD from 4 years ago came in real handy today!

I was trying to enjoy my LAST RIDE of the season, because snow is forecast on Friday. I was bundled up to the max, merrily tooling along beautiful golden leaf-strewn roadways when suddenly my clutch felt really slippy and sloppy. I pulled over and took a peek under the cowl. I hadn't messed with clutch stuff in a long time, so I Pm'd V oodoo to see if he was around for a little real-time advice. He was and he kindly gave me some (thank you!!), said to adjust the pinch bolt first and clutch cable adjuster second. But, dangitt, I needed a 7mm wrench to adjust the pinch bolt and my Girl Scout kit had everything BUT a 7, of course. Decided I'd have to head straight on home, with just a wee quick stop at the taco truck first...

After drinking a thick spicy Mexican hot chocolate in the El TacoTorro parking lot, my delicious Queso Tacos Con Consome were ready to go. I attached the plastic take-out bag to my curry hook and jetted down the parkway, babying my clutch all the way. Got within a mile of home and PING!!! the cable snapped.

By this time, it had started raining, my phone was totally dead (so no easy roadside assistance from AAA) and I had to pick my kids up from school pretty soon. I was imagining a lengthy clutch cable repair debacle, roadside in the cold pouring rain, when I remembered MJ's Golden Nugget. Incidentally, I was only about 20 feet away from where my clutch snapped 4 years ago, the Bermuda Clutch Triangle.

All I could remember from MJ's post was that you had to run with your scooter, then leap aboard, and force it into gear. Blue was so slippery and totally soaked with rain but I gave it my best go and then hooted and hollered like crazy when it actually WORKED!!!

Laughing like a maniac, I sped home, running every stop sign and light. Made it safely to the driveway with only a few severe taco injuries to report.

I tucked a soggy Blue with her broken clutch into the garage and kissed her g'nite. She smiled, I'm sure of it.





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Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:14 pm

Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
 
Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:14 pm linkquote
How'd it get so GRIMY under here, huh?



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