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by johnk
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An invitation to trouble?
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

The same ad is up in every city near me, over in the northeastern US.
by johnk
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Video: Fixing up a P200E
Replies: 0
Views: 1318

Video: Fixing up a P200E

Vespa Motorsport/ScooterWest recently uploaded a multi-part video series documenting the process of fixing up a P200E. Aside from being fun to watch, there is plenty of information here that could be useful to people working on Stellas. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Engine rebuild Part 3: Electrical Part...
by johnk
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Has anyone converted their headlight to LED?
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

SIP sells an LED kit. I don't know exactly what the installation involves, but SIP is smart about their accessories.

Just checking: during normal riding, do you use your high beam?
by johnk
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Tire change
Replies: 3
Views: 963

I had the same problem . If you want to do your friend a big favor, I'd recommend sanding off the rust and repainting; otherwise the rust will keep spreading. I don't have any experience with RTV, but I agree with 2003stellaDave that some kind of grease is probably better than a sealant, as a sealan...
by johnk
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 28776

There's a nice tangerine Stella for sale in the Cleveland area for a decent price.

https://cleveland.craigslist.org/mcy/d/ ... 95922.html
by johnk
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Replies: 64
Views: 9136

dcarwin wrote:I've got one of these, and happy to answer any questions I can. I'm in the middle of a big ramp-up myself, of trying to understand what I will and won't be able to modify on this scooter.
What does it make you want to modify?
by johnk
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 49
Views: 5632

Here's a nice review of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 from FortNine.
by johnk
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Brake bleeder replacement (Stella 2T)
Replies: 2
Views: 947

If I were you, I would take the old part (good luck getting it out!) to a motorcycle shop, an auto parts store, or maybe even a bicycle shop, and see if they have a suitable replacement on hand.
by johnk
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Spare Genuine G Hexagon
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

If you don't mind a bit of brand clashing, you can get a Piaggio badge for $8.
by johnk
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: DR177 kit installation
Replies: 37
Views: 2280

Nice work! I am really glad you got it working again.

I also like that the kit is "for agonistic purposes only."
by johnk
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
Replies: 10
Views: 1133

Looks great! I'm glad you found something that works for you.
by johnk
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Post recent pic of your Stella (or P-series Vespa, or Bajal)
Replies: 68
Views: 18655

Mileslord: holy hell.
by johnk
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2T wiring for rear add on light bar with directional
Replies: 2
Views: 935

I don't know anything about lights or wiring, but slotrod65 has a ton of lighting mods, so you might find something by searching for his posts.
by johnk
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Nice work!

Most likely some fuel just splashed up into the vent hole. I wouldn't worry about it. I usually try to only fill up to about an inch and a half below the filler hole, but that's difficult to do with precision.
by johnk
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
Replies: 10
Views: 1133

Good luck!
by johnk
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Yeah, it should sit close to parallel with the floorboard when it's folded up. If you just lift it up a bit with your toe, does it stay? That's the arrangement I have with mine these days. Scooterwest sells a hardware kit for restoring the centerstand. I'm not familiar with the job, but I believe yo...
by johnk
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t as a commuter?
Replies: 2
Views: 939

I can't give you a good answer from experience, except to say that I don't see any reason a 2T wouldn't be able to do it. I do think 55 MPH is pushing the stock engine just a little bit, so I might plan on taking a few breaks. Is it absolutely crucial that you arrive on time every single day? If so,...
by johnk
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: a big shout out to all the people here on the forum
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Sorry to hear about that! It's really too bad that scooters can be difficult to own for reasons like yours. I hope you can ride again before long.
by johnk
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

All that, except scraping the centerstand in turns, sounds normal to me! The front wheel on my 2T sits on the ground while it's on the centerstand. I figure the centerstand has just bent over time (mine is sixteen years old), but it's also possible that the older bikes were built that way. I doubt t...
by johnk
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: That Scooter Thing 2T Engine Rebuild Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1021

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what's going on with your bike!
by johnk
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: That Scooter Thing 2T Engine Rebuild Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1021

That Scooter Thing 2T Engine Rebuild Guide

Lee, who runs the YouTube channel That Scooter Thing , is currently posting a series of short videos on rebuilding the engine on a Stella 2T. I'll keep this thread updated as he continues to post. The videos are extremely clear, and they would also be useful to people doing other DIY jobs on the bik...
by johnk
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: image sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 878

To post on Modern Buddy, photos have to be no more than 800x800 and 200 KB. But it's best to keep your camera set to taking higher-quality images and adjusting the images on your computer. On a Mac, you can open any photo in Preview and select Tools > Adjust Size. If you set the largest dimension (w...
by johnk
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella Specific Rubber Bits
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Here's a video from That Scooter Thing that will identify the engine-side electricals. I believe the black box you're talking about is just a wiring junction, and the right-angle boot on the back (going into the gearbox) is for the neutral indicator. If the scooter is shorting out in the rain, I wo...
by johnk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: easy tire questions
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Here's a good video from MC Garage on mounting tires. It is certainly doable, but you'll see that even an experienced person will struggle. And I think many shops charge far more than $5.

The video includes instructions for balancing, which most scooter riders don't find necessary.
by johnk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Repainting Spare Wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

I finished the job today.
by johnk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
Replies: 12
Views: 1075

If I could only have one, it would be the 2T—no question. The 2T is a quick, rowdy, simple machine. The 4T is a lumbering and ornery (but still loveable!) machine. I'm really happy to have both, but the only real advantage to the 4T over the 2T is the reduced emissions. If you find a nice 4T that ...
by johnk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
Replies: 12
Views: 1075

I think $2500 is a fair asking price if it really is in good condition. You might be able to talk the seller down a bit. If you'll be loading the bike on a trailer/truck anyway, there isn't much difference between a 4-hour drive and a 1-hour drive. If it's your dream color, follow your heart! My 4T ...
by johnk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
Replies: 12
Views: 1075

According to this post , there was a check-valve problem with the oil tank on 2009s, but nothing major. As far as I know, they changed very little from year to year. If you have options, I would buy as new as possible, just to maximize the life you'll get out of things like rubbers and electricals, ...
by johnk
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Bike Leans To The Left
Replies: 18
Views: 2933

That's a relief! Thanks for double-checking.
by johnk
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Bike Leans To The Left
Replies: 18
Views: 2933

I don't think mine is worn out or damaged. I bought it new, and the above photo was taken with about 200 miles on the odometer. It has never been tipped over. I saw a YouTube video a few months ago (I can't find it now) in which someone assembled an LML Star, more or less from scratch. He complained...
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
Replies: 4
Views: 964

I'm not a "max speed" kind of person, but the advice I've always heard is to let the bike cool down for five or ten minutes every hour. Probably more often if you're riding at wide-open throttle or if you have any performance modifications. In shopping for a used 2T specifically, I would a...
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Awesome. You might also find the Haynes Manual useful.
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Repainting Spare Wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

The wheel came out looking pretty good. Not perfect, but a thousand times better than it was. I used Rust-Oleum primer and Dupli-Color Wheel Paint. I think it could have used another few coats, and much more time to dry between coats, as well as more time to dry (more than overnight) before I put th...
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Regarding the battery/starter, it might make sense to buy a Battery Tender , which will charge the battery all the way if the battery can hold a charge. If it doesn't charge, then you know it needs to be replaced, and the Battery Tender will still be useful for keeping the new one charged. You can r...
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Welcome, and nice find! I think it's a good idea to change all those fluids, just for a clean start, especially if you're inclined to tinker. The drained gearbox oil can give you some idea of the condition of the engine. The 2-stroke oil would need to be sucked out with a syringe, which isn't diffic...
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Spare tire
Replies: 2
Views: 856

It mounts shallow-side-out so that you can check the tire pressure while it's mounted.

I have found that the plastic cover just doesn't fit over certain tires, like the Continental Zippy. But I prefer the look of the bare tire.
by johnk
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Repainting Spare Wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Repainting Spare Wheel

When I bought my 2003 2T a few months ago, it had not been well cared for. All three tires were date-stamped from 2001. I couldn't get the spare tire off the wheel because the inside was so full of rust. I had to cut the tire widthwise to break it free of the wheel. So I decided to repaint the spare...
by johnk
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NGK Iridium spark plug
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Iridium plugs are a bit sturdier than copper plugs. Personally, I would stick to what the manual recommends. Iridium won't give you a performance upgrade or anything. I think the real benefits of iridium apply to cars, where you might go 100,000 miles or more using the same set of spark plugs, becau...
by johnk
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting scooter sighting in SF today.
Replies: 4
Views: 698

I notice the motorcycle people give a kind of outreached "hand salute" that they sometimes do when we pass each other. Am thinking that is a way of saying hello, sharing a common bond. Is there more to it than that. They're being friendly! Usually these waves are pointed slightly downward...
by johnk
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

I spotted a Vespa PK50S in Groningen, NL . peabody99, if you do end up renting one, we'd love to hear about your experience with it. PS. What do you mean when you say helmet lock? The Stella has a helmet loop between the rider's legs, and I think some older Vespas have a clever little double-sided h...
by johnk
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

I think peabody99 knows that, but the Star different from the Starlite.
by johnk
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

I had never heard of a Starlite before! It looks like it's equivalent to a Vespa PK, not a PX like the Stella. But it does look like it has a glovebox. The biggest difference in their appearance is that the PX has removable cowls, while the PK has side doors. I believe the PK is also quite a bit sma...
by johnk
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy 125 light bulb below headlight bulb
Replies: 4
Views: 666

The Stella has one, too. I think of it as a reminder that your ignition is switched on while the engine is off. It has certainly helped stop me from killing my battery while working in the garage (when I am apt to just leave the key in the ignition).
by johnk
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CVT questions
Replies: 9
Views: 936

That's awesome! Nice work living up to your username.
by johnk
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: gas gauge
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

Here's a reliable and cheap multimeter on Amazon, if you don't have access to Harbor Freight.
by johnk
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: gas gauge
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

If I may join the club, the gas gauge on my 2T basically just bounces wildly while the engine is running. I'm not too eager to fix it (I don't really need it), but I'd be interested to know whether this sounds like a gauge, sending unit, or wiring issue.
by johnk
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dash Cam on a Buddy Kick
Replies: 5
Views: 903

Have you tried any of these options, thenikkiroom? I recently got a Yi Lite (a low-priced action camera) to put on my bike facing behind me. The image quality is good enough to read license plates, even on my very buzzy two-stroke. I just keep the camera in my helmet while I'm not riding, so it's ea...
by johnk
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

After getting some blank stares from the auto parts store, my trusty local hardware store had an exact replacement for 19¢!
by johnk
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Thanks, everyone! Nice researching, Stanza. I'm pretty surprised that Stellas came with adjustible shocks! And it's a relief to know that it's not a mod. milly: I tried removing the two bolts in fig. 3. The top bolt came out easily, but the bottom bolt couldn't get past the fork. So I started to uns...
by johnk
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper

I attempted to change the brake pads on my 2T today before realizing that the aftermarket shock on it (fig. 1), installed by a previous ownder, is blocking access to the brake caliper's upper mounting bolt (fig. 2, orange). What is the easiest and safest way to access the brake-caliper bolt? I don't...