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First, I would like to thank again all of you who helped me waded through the mental swamp I created in my head to finally come to a point where I could decide to what to do.

I ordered a lot of parts and dropped the scooter off with the mechanic a few days ago with the words, "Call me when it's done." It's nice to not have that mental chess game going on in my head anymore.

The picture below shows a stop after 50 miles to get something to eat. And to check the tie downs. Imagine my surprise to find the underseat bucket gone. The only evidence that it was once there were the bungee cords in the bed of the truck.

How did that happen you wonder? Well, my seat latch doesn't work and I guess the air flow traveling at 65mph was sufficient to raise the seat and blow out the bucket.

Also below is the video I made about the decision process. If anyone cares at this point.

https://youtu.be/59pqssA7nYQ?si=aqxIdhn9rJzFKSth
On the way to corrective surgery.
On the way to corrective surgery.
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Imagine my surprise to find the underseat bucket gone. The only evidence that it was once there were the bungee cords in the bed of the truck.

How did that happen you wonder? Well, my seat latch doesn't work and I guess the air flow traveling at 65mph was sufficient to raise the seat and blow out the bucket.
This has been commented on several times before on MV I'm afraid. It's one of those things you have to check if putting the scooter on an open trailer - that seat has to be cinched down!
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I ordered a lot of parts and dropped the scooter off with the mechanic
including a new seat latch?

sorry, couldn't resist
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This has been commented on several times before on MV I'm afraid. It's one of those things you have to check if putting the scooter on an open trailer - that seat has to be cinched down!
This is a great solution for next time we get a "I've locked my keys under the seat" question.
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This is a great solution for next time we get a "I've locked my keys under the seat" question.
how fast do you think you'd need to go for a locked seat?
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This has been commented on several times before on MV I'm afraid. It's one of those things you have to check if putting the scooter on an open trailer - that seat has to be cinched down!
I always learn something new here. Too late this time! Crying or Very sad emoticon
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including a new seat latch?

sorry, couldn't resist
ScooterWest has it backordered. I'll have to install it myself when it arrives. Hopefully I don't need to change the cable!
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Imagine my surprise to find the underseat bucket gone. The only evidence that it was once there were the bungee cords in the bed of the truck.

How did that happen you wonder? Well, my seat latch doesn't work and I guess the air flow traveling at 65mph was sufficient to raise the seat and blow out the bucket.
I lost my seat bucket while hauling Vanessa to my mechanic to repair a few things.

I had opened the seat while the old Vespa GT was strapped down in the truck bed.

The way I had the hooks attached to the bars under the seat kept the seat from latching.

I saw the seat open and the bucket fly out on the top of the very big Dames Point Bridge.

A simple bungee cord would have held the seat down.

Because there is only a very small breakdown lane, I didn't think it worth risking my life to retrieve the bucket.

Had to order a new one from ScooterWest.

It happens.

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Windshields also do this if they are not really tight.
The flying seat bucket only happened to me once. I saw it leave the bike, and I saw someone hit it with their car as I went back to get it.
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I lost a pet carrier that way. You have to slam the seat down to get it to catch and I, apparently wasn't persuasive enough.

Lost a good pair of gloves too.
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First, I would like to thank again all of you who helped me waded through the mental swamp I created in my head to finally come to a point where I could decide to what to do.

I ordered a lot of parts and dropped the scooter off with the mechanic a few days ago with the words, "Call me when it's done." It's nice to not have that mental chess game going on in my head anymore.
(...)
I hope you will be delighted with the result.

Next to that: what nice roads you have out there.
There are similar roads over here but unfortunately they are quite far away from where I live.
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I lost my seat bucket while hauling Vanessa to my mechanic to repair a few things.

I had opened the seat while the old Vespa GT was strapped down in the truck bed.

The way I had the hooks attached to the bars under the seat kept the seat from latching.

I saw the seat open and the bucket fly out on the top of the very big Dames Point Bridge.

A simple bungee cord would have held the seat down.

Because there is only a very small breakdown lane, I didn't think it worth risking my life to retrieve the bucket.

Had to order a new one from ScooterWest.

It happens.

Bill
Live and learn. I've certainly expanded my knowledge of Vespa scooters through hard knocks and from the people on this forum. The lost bucket falls into the hard knocks category.
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Windshields also do this if they are not really tight.
The flying seat bucket only happened to me once. I saw it leave the bike, and I saw someone hit it with their car as I went back to get it.
Sounds like a bad dream, watching the bucket get hit...
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I lost a pet carrier that way. You have to slam the seat down to get it to catch and I, apparently wasn't persuasive enough.

Lost a good pair of gloves too.
It's always something. I cinched the seat down with a bungee cord.
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I hope you will be delighted with the result.

Next to that: what nice roads you have out there.
There are similar roads over here but unfortunately they are quite far away from where I live.
I hope so too.

Central Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to explore and ride. I'm still finding new roads and things.
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I have an extra bucket from an "08 (? I think?) Happy to ask Vespa Motorsport if it'll fit and send it your way, if you like.
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I have an extra bucket from an "08 (? I think?) Happy to ask Vespa Motorsport if it'll fit and send it your way, if you like.
That would be great. I think the same bucket is used through 2014. I have to call ScooterWest this afternoon. I can ask them and send you a private message so we can iron out some details.

The bucket is back ordered and would likely take months to get.
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That would be great. I think the same bucket is used through 2014. I have to call ScooterWest this afternoon. I can ask them and send you a private message so we can iron out some details.

The bucket is back ordered and would likely take months to get.
the years might be +/- 1 for the US but looking at this ks7877's 2008 should fit your 2006

for 2003-2013 part number 621155
https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/product/helmet-case-piaggio_PI621155

for 2014-current part number 1B000860
https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/product/helmet-case-piaggio_PI000860
⬆️    About 6 months elapsed    ⬇️
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Well, I should provide an update and resolution report on the repair, maintenance, and restoration of my tired 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie.

I dropped it off with an independent mechanic at the end of December and the work was completed a couple weeks ago. He asked me when I wanted it and I told him, "No hurry. I have lots of other things to ride."

He took me at my word and focused on the rebuilds of BMW airheads and old Harleys....

Anyways, the scooter feels like new. Quick, smooth, tight, and quiet. The wild front end wobble is now the same quiet wobble it presented when it was brand new.

I bought all the parts for the service. I spent just shy of $1000. Parts were acquired through Scooterwest and ScooterPartsCo. The only thing I missed was the rear wheel bearing so the mechanic got that.

The total cost for the labor, bearing, PA Safety Inspection sticker, and tax was $443.00.

When I heard that number it shocked me. Even more so than when I had him do extensive service on my 1992 BMW K75C a few years ago.

I shudder to think what this would have cost at the local Vespa dealership.

Here is a list of things that were done:
Replace front and rear shocks (Malossi)
Replace rear brake caliper
Flush brake fluid
Flush coolant
Replace all steering bearings and races
Replace hi/low beam switch
Valve check
Head gasket, seals and other gasket replacements
Replace front header and O2 sensor
Replace all coolant and fuel hoses
Replace belt, rollers, and sliders
Replace rear wheel bearing
Replace oil and filter
Replace sparkplug and lead
Replace hub oil
Replace front headlight bulb

I'm probably forgetting something but that's most of it.

AND. He repainted the muffler when he had it off. I scratched my head when I saw it. And he washed the scooter.

The only other thing I wish he had done was to replace the water pump and fix the seat latch. I have the part now for the latch so I'll do that.

I'm pleased with the outcome and expect my GTS to ride me to the rocking chair!
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Wow. That is awesome!
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So for $1443, you are set for another 45K miles. Well not really, there will be the usually maintenance along the way, but I consider this money very well spent. Keep it rolling, Steve, love the videos!
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I was surprised at the head gasket. Didn't you know it was bad, no symptoms?
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You didn't mention your mechanic.....Or would doing so be considered spam?
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Well, I should provide an update and resolution report on the repair, maintenance, and restoration of my tired 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie...

...I'm pleased with the outcome and expect my GTS to ride me to the rocking chair!
Wow, what a terrific outcome. I had been reading your lead-up to the work with some interest, and hoped to hear how it eventually unfolded. That sure sounds like a great slate of work for a very reasonable sum. I now look forward to more photos and videos of the "mature" but refreshed GTS.

My own GT200 has been in the shop since last October, initially for an intermittent stalling thing that has turned out to be a deeper mystery. The mechanic and owner and I now refer to it as "the science experiment", as they work to narrow the range of possible sources for the anomalous behavior. The mechanic tells me that he feels he is very close now, having eliminated all but a few potential electrical gremlins to investigate. I'm hoping to be back riding it before summer settles in here.

Enjoy those excellent central PA roads, and keep posting the enjoyable content, I appreciate it.

Cheers,

Bob
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Wow. That is awesome!
I'm happy with the outcome.
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So for $1443, you are set for another 45K miles. Well not really, there will be the usually maintenance along the way, but I consider this money very well spent. Keep it rolling, Steve, love the videos!
Aside from some catastrophic failure I expect I will ride this GTS for a long time. With five machines in the garage I'm spreading an ever decreasing amount of riding with them. If I put 3000 miles a year on the GTS I'll be surprised. Shocked.
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I was surprised at the head gasket. Didn't you know it was bad, no symptoms?
No symptoms and no problems with the head gasket. I just figured since he had things dismantled why not put a new head gasket in. They're inexpensive.

Sure wish I would have had him do the water pump now...
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You didn't mention your mechanic.....Or would doing so be considered spam?
I always hesitate naming names. Not sure why. But I see no reason not to share his info:

Tim Papinchak
Windber Cycle Works
Windber, PA

He's been a mechanic for 40 years. And had worked on my GTS when it was new and he was a technician at Kissell Motorsports where I purchased it.
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Wow, what a terrific outcome. I had been reading your lead-up to the work with some interest, and hoped to hear how it eventually unfolded. That sure sounds like a great slate of work for a very reasonable sum. I now look forward to more photos and videos of the "mature" but refreshed GTS.

My own GT200 has been in the shop since last October, initially for an intermittent stalling thing that has turned out to be a deeper mystery. The mechanic and owner and I now refer to it as "the science experiment", as they work to narrow the range of possible sources for the anomalous behavior. The mechanic tells me that he feels he is very close now, having eliminated all but a few potential electrical gremlins to investigate. I'm hoping to be back riding it before summer settles in here.

Enjoy those excellent central PA roads, and keep posting the enjoyable content, I appreciate it.

Cheers,

Bob
It all turned out well. And thankfully I've never had any gremlins like you describe. I've known people who have experienced such things and it seems to take a huge amount of acceptance to not make one miserable over such occurrences.

I hope you get your GT200 sorted and back on the road. I'll keep posting videos of my adventures in Central Pennsylvania.
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I appreciate you mentioning the mechanics name and location. Wouldn't it be great to create a thread where folks could post up names and locations of their favorite mechanics who do really good work and have reasonable prices. I know a few are struggling since the nearest vespa dealer closed
Tony in middle tennessee where both vespa dealers no longer sell vespas
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It seems the best mechanics are the humble, independent ones. Much like many tradesmen, they do it because they love what they do rather than just for the money. Maybe own their own business and don't have to charge $200 an hour to keep the doors open. A rare breed of people indeed.
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