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Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:44 am

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:44 am linkquote
My regular shop stopped servicing Piaggio. Next closest says they will not touch anything over 10 years old.

A&S, Roseville - NOPE
Elk Grove power sports - NOPE

Anyone know of a place I can go to in Northern California?
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:13 pm

Enthusiast
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 74
Location: California
 
Enthusiast
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 74
Location: California
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:13 pm linkquote
I think the inconvenience of service is an issue we're all facing.

I'll be due for the 6k mile service in just a few months. I think San Francisco (Scuderia) is the service shop I hear most often - but getting to San Francisco and getting there is quite the chore... I'll check out if Livermore, Walnut Creek or San Rafael places offer service too.

San Jose BMW aka Vespa doesn't want to touch MP3s anymore, even though I have a 20+ year relationship with them as a BMW bike customer and they still sell and service regular Vespas.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:40 pm

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 39838
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 39838
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:40 pm linkquote
I know Rockridge Two Wheels (Berkeley) will service MP3s - but there must be somewhere much closer to Folsom!

Perhaps an independent, unless the tilt-lock needs sorting. Standard service is pretty damn standard...
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:48 pm

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:48 pm linkquote
I would rather stay in the valley or Sierra foothills and avoid the Bay Area.

My Tilt-Lock is leaking internally but I can live without it once I disable the beep.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:42 pm

Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 424
Location: Belgium
 
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 424
Location: Belgium
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:42 pm linkquote
You might want to consider doing the wrenching yourself.

It is very satisfying, helps pass the time, and it saves a nice bit of coin.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:49 pm

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:49 pm linkquote
I have done it myself once. Well, three of us got together. 'Free time' is more of a problem now. That and self-confidence.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:02 pm

Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 424
Location: Belgium
 
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 424
Location: Belgium
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:02 pm linkquote
I understand. If you're dependent on a dealer for service, the US is about the worst place to have a MP3 since Piaggio treats North America as a dumping ground/outlet mall for products they can no longer sell on their hometurf.

Still, you shouldn't need 3 persons to do the simple stuff.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:55 pm

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 21632
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 21632
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:55 pm linkquote
sbaert wrote:
Still, you shouldn't need 3 persons to do the simple stuff.
Subjective statement no? Since you don't know the capabilities of the person making the comment you cannot make a judgement on whether it is "simple stuff." I've rebuilt a top end of an MP3. I could say it is simple. It's not for someone who has never done it. It wasn't for me. Took a lot of time and research since I am not a mechanic. Degrees of mechanics.
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:35 pm

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:35 pm linkquote
sbaert wrote:
Still, you shouldn't need 3 persons to do the simple stuff.
Three of us MP3 500 owners who had various tasks to perform so gathered in a garage to help each other out.

Yeah, I probably could do it myself. I'd rather not. I'm more of a software person. Also, not much room in the garage. Also, working on the MP3 hurts my knees.
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:04 am

Enthusiast
Liberty 150, MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 83
Location: Reno
 
Enthusiast
Liberty 150, MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 83
Location: Reno
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:04 am linkquote
Possibly these guys in Reno, their cutoff is 20 years old in general
Certainly easier than bay area, by appointment [across the street from the Peppermill Casino]
https://rideeurocycle.com/
tel:(775)358-3500
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:54 am

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:54 am linkquote
They are dropping like flies.
Quote:
This is Randy from Sierra Motorsports service department.
Unfortunately we are no longer a Vespa dealer, and as such no longer
have access to parts or service manuals for their products. To my
knowledge the nearest Vespa dealers to us are Elk Grove Powersports
(916)714-7223 or EuroCycle Reno (775)358-3500. Thank you for considering
us for your service needs.
Already talked to Elk Grove PS. They said no to anyting older than 10 years becuase "liability and parts can't be gotten"
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:42 am

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 371
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:42 am linkquote
I found an independent repair shop that will touch my 500! Best part is that they are not hours away. They will not be able to help with anything that touches the computer (re-MAPping) or such so I need to keep an eye out for that still JIC.
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