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Desmolicious
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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:29 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

At the top of this thread I wrote:

 

"Compared to my 2T Vespa PX 150:

Vespa has better paint, finish, instrumentation.

Stella has a torquier engine (I did not need to rev it up to get moving like my PX), smoother engine, quieter engine, better shifting."

 

Now that I have put 700 miles on the Stella, I need to revisit these comments.

The Vespa PX feels torquier, and it has better shifting.  The Stella is smoother and quieter.  I think its cables need to be adjusted to improve shifting because it's not as good as it was.

I also found out that the the bike will take 1.1 gallons of gas when ridden until 'empty' i.e. running out on reserve.  Which is a lot less than the claimed 1.4 gallon capacity. I filled it all the way to the brim.

Still enjoying this ride.  A lot.  Last tank average 93mpg in 100% LA stop n' go city riding.



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   Posted 7/7/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

New graphics:

 

Tom Hanks admiring my ride at the Larry Crowne premiere!:

 

That was cool, we had a police escort from Marina Del Rey into Hollywood, blocking off all intersections so we did not have to stop for red lights.



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   Posted 7/19/2011 10:29 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Awesome pictures, Desmolicious.


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   Posted 7/20/2011 1:16 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thanks!

Update, there seems to be an oil leak...
The dealership overfilled it last time they serviced it - it is only meant to take 800ml but they poured in the entire bottle. Lazy...
I didn't discover it until I got home, and then I drained the excess.
But maybe some already got blown into the air box, and that is where the leak is coming from.
I'll check it this weekend - open up the air box and see if it has oil in it. I'm hoping that is what it is, as that would be the dealer's fault, not a problem with the bike.

800 miles on it.


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   Posted 7/21/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Kinda think there was dual interest. Pretty hot babe next to the scoot.
Desmolicious said...

New graphics:

 

Tom Hanks admiring my ride at the Larry Crowne premiere!:

 

That was cool, we had a police escort from Marina Del Rey into Hollywood, blocking off all intersections so we did not have to stop for red lights.



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   Posted 7/22/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
ZX Rider said...
Kinda think there was dual interest. Pretty hot babe next to the scoot.
 
Thanks, that's my gf.
 
Chicks dig scooters.
 
smilewinkgrin 


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   Posted 7/25/2011 3:23 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
850 miles.

There is a rubber plug that seals the hole where the cable to the neutral light switch in the gear box goes to.
It is cracked and crumbling.
This bike is kept clean and garaged when not ridden.
Disappointing.


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   Posted 7/27/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Choke cable seems to not be attached at one end or the other. Can't tell as it is hidden by the bodywork and I will have to take a side panel off to see what is going on. it may have come like this and the dealership did not check it on the PDI as they were meant to, as the bike always started w/o choke but a few days I wanted to see what affect leaving the choke on had.
None...


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   Posted 7/29/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
When looking at the maze of scooters, while to our right was this woman about to get into the solo sidecar so could have been a few of them with scooters so tack on more weight to traction of a 49cc scooter OR it coulld be 250cc, but then we could not see the make or model of the scooter.


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   Posted 8/9/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
So... got the bike back from the dealer. They claim they changed some case gaskets and the PVC gasket and that fixed the oil leak. They also connected the choke cable, which had never been connected. They 'missed' doing it in PDI...

Which unfortunately (or not depending on your point of view) makes me think all the issues that I have been having with the scoot are due to shoddy/incompetent/dishonest dealer work. I now don't think they did a PDI on the bike, but of course charged for it.
The topper was when I went to pick up the bike, they tried to charge me for the work. Even though the bike has a 2 year warranty! I mentioned 'what about the warranty?' to which they said the mechanic did not find any defects with the bike. So I said oil leaks, inoperative choke etc are defects and I was not going to pay.
The dood then agreed, and I got my bike back. Of course after one ride the oil leak was back. So ... I don't think they did anything but wanted to charge me for it which is why they did not want to submit it for warranty refund from the mfg.

Which ties into my view that I think it is the shoddy dealer that is responsible for the issues that I have seen.

Anyway, I'm going to take it to another shop sometime in the future - one that has a much better reputation but is unfortunately a distance away (the shop I bought it from was literally down the street from me) - and see how the experience evolves from that.

In the mean time, I'm going to check the valve adjustment on this little beasty myself, as , again, I don't think the shop did it...

Shame how a crappy dealer can sour an experience.


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   Posted 8/29/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Bike's at the different dealership. They said it was not normal for it to leak oil (the original shop tried to claim it was normal due to the clutch design) and are going to fix it. And they said not to worry as it is warranty coverage. A very different vibe from the previous dealership that I feel resulted in these issues.


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   Posted 9/7/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The mfg (Genuine) has agreed that it should not leak as has shipped parts. Apparently it's an engine case as well as gaskets as they do not offer them individually.

They also mentioned they have only seen this leak in one other scoot, which I believe as on all the message boards mine is the only one with this issue.

Luck of the draw.


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   Posted 9/13/2011 1:19 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Oil leak was fixed by the competent dealer.

But, after that I ended up selling this scoot. I still enjoyed it but had found a buyer that was willing to meet my price w/o trying to haggle.
The Made In India 'quality' was reflected in the fact that with this new scooter I had to repair electrics, a clunking suspension, the choke, replaced crumbling rubber trim, replaced hand grips, fix evap stalling issues, fix an oil leak. All in 1000 miles. All (apart from the evap) warranty covered.

I preferred my Vespa PX to the Stella and no longer saw a need to keep the Stella.

Good luck w/ your next owner!


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   Posted 9/16/2011 5:49 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Gordon Jennings always said, "Avoid first year motorcycles like the plague". I've heard people with the two stroke model are chugging along happily. I'm sure your issues will register with LML and improvements will come.
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   Posted 9/16/2011 11:16 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Kz1000st said...
 I'm sure your issues will register with LML and improvements will come.
Umm, no.  The electrical issues have been in production with LML for about 8 years now on the 2 stroke version, w/ them doing nothing about it.  Same with the super low quality trim bits etc.
 
The claim was that this new 4T version was going to be different quality wise.  It is not.  Anyway, I had fun, sold it, moved on.


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