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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:33:30 +0000

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2005 Dragon Red Vespa ET4 Speedster
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Location: Rappahannock Co., Virginia
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:33:30 +0000 quote
I needed a new rear tire (would not pass VA State Annual Inspection) and 2nd scheduled maintenance on my et4. My mechanic at Vespa Charlottesville, Woody, called me last wednesday to let me know the tire were there and schedule an appointment to install it. Told him I was about due for service. We scheduled it for friday (Veteran's Day). Great! I was off and they were open. We're off to a good start already.

I hung out in the shop during the whole tire replacement and maintenance and saw and learned more than I could have ever gotten out of any manual. In the 2 hours it took, he took the time to answer my 1000's of questions + I got the up close and personal view from someone who knew what he was doing, adjusting valves and rocker arms, opening the case and inspecting the belt, clutch and rollers including explaning how all of parts worked in relation to each other (Although I've studied the workshop manual, I don't think I could have found the rollers on my own. I now feel pretty confident I could replace them on my own, it I had one of them thar clutch holdin' tools) air filter replacement ($4) and fuel line replacement (under warranty), etc.

He even took it next door and got it inspected for me. Probably could have shaved an hour off the service call if I hadn't been there "helping" :? but I think I got my moneys worth.

I hear others on this and the BBS who say it takes a week or more to get service done. Just wanted to relate my experience. Props to Vespa Charlottesville and in particular to Woody who is the MAN!

Anyone else have any positive experiences to relate?
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:59:07 +0000

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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:59:07 +0000 quote
thnx, jerry. At what mileage have you had the service done?
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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 17:25:00 +0000

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2005 Dragon Red Vespa ET4 Speedster
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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 17:25:00 +0000 quote
It was around 2800, but a bit over 24 months. I could have waited a bit longer but I needed the tire to pass inspection so it was just easier to have it all done at once.
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:09:29 +0000

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Location: Richmond, VA
 
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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:09:29 +0000 quote
I have to say that my experiences with Vespa Charlottesville and Woody have been very positive as well. I live in Richmond, and when I went in for my first service, he was happy to do the service while I waited so that I didn't have to leave the bike and make two trips to Charlottesville. I also asked him exactly what he did and what would need to be done at the next service, and he offered more info than I could take in. Definitely a stand up guy who knows what he is doing.

Also, if anyone is in need of paint and/or body work in Richmond, I know a very good guy. My LX fell over one day when on its stand and suffered quite a few scratches and a good sized dent. It was fixed perfectly for what I thought was pretty cheap.
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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 20:42:07 +0000

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2005 Dragon Red Vespa ET4 Speedster
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Mon, 14 Nov 2005 20:42:07 +0000 quote
JerryG wrote:
It was around 2800, but a bit over 24 months. I could have waited a bit longer but I needed the tire to pass inspection so it was just easier to have it all done at once.
I meant 2800 miles, but a bit over 12 months. Sorry
Tue, 15 Nov 2005 02:10:59 +0000

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Tue, 15 Nov 2005 02:10:59 +0000 quote
Re: Props to my boo-tique: 2nd scheduled maintenance experie
JerryG wrote:
Anyone else have any positive experiences to relate?
Yep, I just posted mine in the oil change thread

http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2382#2382

Great experience!
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