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Curious, what peoples' thoughts are on having your Vespa serviced at a motorcycle service center/dealer. I mean, how different is a Vespa from a motorcycle?

Specifically, putting on new tires?
What other things would you trust them to do? Or not? Why? or Why not?
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Molto Verboso
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I get my tires done at SF Moto in San Francisco. They sell Japanese and electric motorcycles now, but as I learned on this forum, they got their start servicing Vespas when Piaggio didn't have an official presence in the US.

Tires are generic: Vespa GTS tires also fit on a Honda Grom. The front wheel literally bolts on. I wouldn't hesitate to get my tires changed at a non-Piaggio shop, so long as they had the equipment to properly install/balance a tire on a 12" rim.

My Vespa is my only motorvehicle, so I ride it to the shop when it's time for a tire change. Some of the folks on this forum will take the wheels off at home, drive them to the shop in a car, and get the tires changed that way. As you can imagine, labor costs are lower if they don't have to take your rear end apart to access the wheel.
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Hi, I just had 2 tyres fitted at my local Yamaha dealers without problem, although I had removed the wheels , this enabled me to tidy up the exhaust and get a discount on the fitting price, although this feels strange after having "free" fitting on car tyres for 40 years, these are my first scooter/ bike tyres.
I would be happy taking it there for other work if needed though.
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Depends on the shop. If they are professional and actually RTFM if they do not know the Vespa that well you should be OK. Also it helps a lot of they stand behind their work and again a professional shop will.

I'm moving from a city of about 3 million people to one of a little over 100,000. One of the first things I checked was bike dealers and I got lucky. There is a dealer that sells Vespas and can service all my vehicles. Reviews are great and they answered my email within a few hours, also a good sign. One irony is the BMW dealer does not include Motorrad. For that it's a 1.5 hour ride to Victoria.
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the only thing I can think of that a non vespa mechanic would possibly screw up when changing the rear tire is if you have an after marked exhaust then they could screw up the reinstall. like not sliding it on properly and positioning the clamp suitably etc. also many don't use antiseize when reinstalling making it a real real pain to get off next time. but chances are they will have done similar on a motorcycle and will be fine.

note: although most of these aftermarket exhausts have a slip joint with a spring, that can seize mean you have to disconnect the midpipe from the header.


PS, something that has always bugged me with this is that to you have to disconnect the rear suspension on the right side which involves pulling it strongly sideways. just feels wrong. is particularly bad if you have suspension with a larger diameter spring as it presses against the exhaust tank or if you use nylon bushings like the clauss. I ended up trimming the bolt shorter to make this not so bad on my scoot.
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Molto Verboso
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I avoid Harley shops, even if they carry Vespa without some serious vetting & glowing word-of-mouth recommendations. Been there, lost almost 4 months of riding, regretted everything about it, fixed damage done by their mechanic on my own dime & time afterwards.

If they carry a stand-alone scooter brand or a moto brand with a scooter line over 50cc...much better prospects IMHO.
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I have used independent mechanics since the first service on Rocket in 2006.

There is a Vespa dealership in Jacksonville, but I have found that my mechanics do a great job, so I stick with them.

I do oil and belt changes myself as well as removing wheels to take to an independent motorcycle repair shop for tire mounting.

It has worked for all of these years.

Bill
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