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mister_p
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:00 pm  Reply with quote
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Hello all,

so the plan is to get a Stella this week. I've never scooted nor scootered. I have my motocycle endorsement but haven't really done much riding beyond the MMA safety course. I'd love to get tips from the learned minds of this forum. Stella and general scooter info welcome.

Vrooom vroooom beep beep!
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andyboon
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:12 pm  Reply with quote
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Welcome to the world of scooters... Have fun and hang on...

ask questions and take the replies semi-serious. Get involved in weekly rides and take your time... have fun most of all.
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Welcome to the wide, wonderful world of scootering.

One key piece of general advice to anyone new to scootering: patience. Have buckets of patience at all times -- for yourself, others, and your scoot. That, and a good helmet, will benefit you greatly for the long run.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:55 pm  Reply with quote
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Ed at Scooterville is a great, patient teacher. Don't be afraid to ask for help. You're in good hands.

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mister_p
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 7:09 pm  Reply with quote
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Great tips. Keep 'em coming. For example, how often do you find you need to top off the oil on the Stella? Any other maintainence tips? What about accesories that I must get. i was going to get the basic rear rack and weather cover (I park outside), anything else?

I see some info on parking, but what is actually the law regarding parking scooters in the downtowns?
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Moses
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mister_p wrote:
What about accesories that I must get. i was going to get the basic rear rack and weather cover (I park outside), anything else?


For accessories, ask Kent. He's in the know on making your two-wheel ride look abso-quadrophenia-lutely cherry.

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Don't pull in the clutch when kickstarting...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:21 pm  Reply with quote
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how often do you find you need to top off the oil on the Stella?


When it gets low. There's an indicator. You don't need to do it often.

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Any other maintainence tips?


Read the manual and ask for help when you need it.

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What about accesories that I must get. i was going to get the basic rear rack and weather cover (I park outside), anything else?

Eh, get what you want. I love the front rack because it's easily put on and taken off, and it carries a lot of stuff.

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I see some info on parking, but what is actually the law regarding parking scooters in the downtowns?


Park like you're a car. Plug your meter.

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dmarquis
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Everyone's stella is a little different. I have never seen the indicator on mine. I just filler'r up every 400 miles or so. They are real easy machines to work on and if you are not comfortable doing it yourself or are not sure, Bob at scooterville is really cool and his guy's can get you back into shape.

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Welcome to the scootering world! I came back to classic scoots after a nearly 20 year absence (lots of motorcycles during that time) by way of a Stella from Bob at Scooterville and have been having a BLAST. Last year I barely put any miles at all on my cycle.... but lots of miles scootering.

Get a good helmet and use it. Get good gloves and a good jacket too. I was riding with a new-to-scooters friend a while back who popped the clutch and dropped to the pavement at a stop. Minor scrapes to the scoot, but it was face-and-hand-to-pavement for the rider. Good helmet and gloves = no injuries (other than a briuse or two) and able to hop back on and continue riding.

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*get a helmet and jacket that you'll wear regularly
*check your oil once in awhile, tire pressure also
*do your service at the intervals or annually
*assume that the cars can't see you
*defend your lane
*wave or beep, ignore jerks
*carry a toolkit to change your tire and a spare clutch cable
*if you carry raingear or wear a rain resistant jacket, you can ride to work even if it looks like rain later in the day
*feel free to mention,"gas prices, not a problem, I get *** mpg on my scooter."

The worst enemy of a scooter is the owner (personal experience here). Ignore Stellaspeed or bogus modifications. stock=reliable. 150 cc Scooters are meant to travel at 30-50 mph.

Enjoy the ride.

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don't pee yourself...
and watch out for cabbies!!!

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Tom Lindsay
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Brad wrote:
The worst enemy of a scooter is the owner (personal experience here). Ignore Stellaspeed or bogus modifications. stock=reliable. 150 cc Scooters are meant to travel at 30-50 mph.


Brad, you sound so conservative! Embrace this fact - as they say, if it aint broke, fix it till it is! Seriously though, modify the bike only with your eyes wide open - know that it's more likely to have trouble the more you do to it. Still, I think Robert's the only TNR person who hasn't done at least some performance modification at this point...

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Brad
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Tom Lindsay wrote:
Brad wrote:
The worst enemy of a scooter is the owner (personal experience here). Ignore Stellaspeed or bogus modifications. stock=reliable. 150 cc Scooters are meant to travel at 30-50 mph.


Brad, you sound so conservative! Embrace this fact - as they say, if it aint broke, fix it till it is! Seriously though, modify the bike only with your eyes wide open - know that it's more likely to have trouble the more you do to it. Still, I think Robert's the only TNR person who hasn't done at least some performance modification at this point...


Conservative? It's all relative. I'm pretty hip for an overweigh middle aged white guy (this is where my kids start dying of embarassment).

It's fun to modify, really. But it's risky, especially on your daily ride. If you wanted to go fast, why not buy a bigger scooter or a motorcycle? A scooter is what it is and I've learned that's ok with me. Call it Zen.


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Tom Lindsay wrote:
Robert's the only TNR person who hasn't done at least some performance modification at this point...


So that would make him the smartest of the group!

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