Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A postcard picture perfect ride

This past Saturday, I took scooter girl with me on some errands. On our way back, we drove through downtown Dunedin. Unfortunately the Green Market is stopped until fall so we couldn't shop for veggies and such. Dunedin is a very fun town. Full of Celtic heritage, but also some very progressive bars and great places to eat. It's definitely a great destination for a scooter ride. There are a number of artistic murals on the buildings in the downtown area. I just had to get a picture in front of the one which looks like a touristy Florida postcard.
Scootin' on Dunedin's Main Street

Monday, August 23, 2010

Vespa Brake Fluid Change (How to)

Scooter Girl demonstrates how to change the hydraulic brake fluid on the disc brakes of a Vespa LX150. It's important to change your brake fluid regularly. Vespa recommends every two years for the LX150. This procedure can be applied to any scooter or motorcycle with disc brakes.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Expanded Scooter Family

My brother Tom got a scooter. I'm very excited for him! He is very practical and was looking for supplemental transportation for daily commuting. Since he lives in New Jersey, he'll only be riding part of the year. So, he chose a very basic inexpensive brand. As part of the shipping process, the scooter was not fully assembled. He needed to finish the assembly which included items such as the front wheel, speedometer, front breaks, handle bars and top case. He also needed to charge the battery by adding the acid solution. The company he bought if from told him it would take about 30 minutes to assemble the scooter. Two days later he got it all together, and took it out for a test ride.

While at first it seems unfathomable that a company would require this much "some assembly required". I really think it had a good benefit. Tom is now fully intimate with most of the parts of his scooter. This is some really beneficial knowledge which will come in handy when he needs to do maintenance. Many people pay 2-4 times as much for a scooter, and then have no idea how to do some of the most basic maintenance, such as changing the engine oil, gearbox oil, or replacing a tire. So maybe having to put it together himself, while at first seemed cumbersome, could end up being a valuable experience.

I really wish Tom many miles of fun on his new scooter, and I'm happy to see one more two-wheeler in my family. :-)
Tom on his new scooter