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Hi folks- it's been a while since I have been on the forum but I'm doing my best to get my scoot up and running. While I have some some maintenance on my scoot myself, I'm still struggling with a few things and would like to get a knowledgeable mechanic who is familiar with Vespas to take a look at it. Any folks on here close to Columbia, SC or know of anyone who is? The closest dealerships I can find are 4 -6 hours away. Thanks in advance!
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Watching for suggestions. I'm in Charlotte and also have no where to go for help. I was told there's a place in Marietta GA, but that's too far.
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The Vespa website lists Scooternerds in Greensboro, NC...they haven't used that name in years. It's Select Cycle now and they're a Vespa dealership.

If that's too far and you don't need an authorized dealership, it might be worth seeing if you can find any of the mechanics from a former Vespa dealership in your area. Check out the other motorcycle/scooter dealerships, especially European moto shops, and ask if any of the mechanics have Vespa experience. For example, the BMW/KTM dealership in Asheville hasn't carried Vespas in a long while, but I'd absolutely trust their mechanics to know what they're doing. They just probably don't stock Vespa specific parts, so you'll just need to order ahead.
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WaxhawFive wrote:
Watching for suggestions. I'm in Charlotte and also have no where to go for help. I was told there's a place in Marietta GA, but that's too far.
2Topia recently rebuilt my 300 GTS but they are in the process of moving/selling the business, now partnered with a motorcycle shop on the west side up on Freedom Drive.

What kind of service are you looking for?
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I did try a moto shop that specializes in Cafe Racers, and they say they can work on brakes and change a tire, so that's something. They won't do anything else. Columbia used to have a Vespa dealership in the mid 90's but now my closes options are Savannah Ga , Atlanta or Greensboro NC.

Guess I'm investing in a few more tools... You would think gas prices would warrant some new dealerships opening but I guess we just like our liquorcicles here in the south. Facepalm emoticon
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I think there is a Vespa shop in Greensville, SC, what model do you have?
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Tierney wrote:
I think there is a Vespa shop in Greensville, SC, what model do you have?
I have a 2006 LX150. If there is a Greenville shop could you post the details? Google isn't returning any hits for that area, but maybe it changed names or it's another shop that services them?
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What issues are you having? This place has a ton of knowledge and some very helpful peeps.
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Issues are backfiring after a carb clean, and getting the dang timing and idle correct!
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is it possible for you to transport your scooter by truck, trailer, etc....?
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Issues are backfiring after a carb clean, and getting the dang timing and idle correct!
I think the timing is non-adjustable, that is, it is run according to the pick up and ECU + CDI. The idle mix screw should be about 2 1/2 turns out from bottom. What year is your scoot?
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