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Raisin Hell
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:06 am  Reply with quote
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I got the ol' scooters out yesterday and gave 'em a spin for 15-30 minutes each.

My, oh, my, the tall windscreen I got from Scooterville made a huge difference in keeping my hands and face/head warm. (My insulated overpants and down jacket kept my legs and body warm with or without the windscreen.) The windscreen was nice at 40 degrees out, but is essential at 20 degrees.

It was sad, though, that the Vespa LX 150's battery could only crank twice before dying (although the battery tender for an hour or so juiced it up enough to get the LX 150 started), while the little ol' Genuine Buddy 50 battery cranked for 20 or more times and got that scoot started without the use of the Tender.

Shame on you Vespa. Cheap battery on such an expensive scoot.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:04 pm  Reply with quote
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Kick start it!

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Raisin Hell
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:03 am  Reply with quote
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Thanks, but I've heard kick-starting a LX 150 can crack the case.

I did actually kick start it the *ahem* first time my battery died, in the middle of summer at the Motorcycle Safety Course. The kickstart works sometimes. But I heard it's dangerous, so I avoid it now.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:13 am  Reply with quote
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Raisin Hell wrote:
Thanks, but I've heard kick-starting a LX 150 can crack the case.


Um, holy shit?

No recall on that?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:28 pm  Reply with quote
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433 wrote:
Raisin Hell wrote:
Thanks, but I've heard kick-starting a LX 150 can crack the case.


Um, holy shit?

No recall on that?


It's a weak point. But just the belt cover, not the engine case. And some people kick all the time with no trouble at all. I think it's gotta be a problem contributed to by significant user influence. Or a loose nut behind the wheel, if you will.
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Raisin Hell
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:44 am  Reply with quote
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So I should be fairly safe? And is that belt cover cheap to replace?

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