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by illnoise
Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fuel tank blocked?
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Re: Fuel tank blocked?

Locked, double post.

Other thread here: topic27733.html
by illnoise
Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can you believe the nerve!?
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

In Chicago, if you park somewhere in public and take your plate off, the city will plasma cut your lock, or the frame, or whatever they have to do to pick it up and throw it on a flatbed and get it to the tow yard. It will then be labeled "abandoned" and thrown on its side on a pile of mot...
by illnoise
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P. James Garner
Replies: 18
Views: 2206

Reeeealy don't need to post every celebrity death here. That's what Facebook is for. : )
by illnoise
Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NSR-Last of The Ramones
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

It is. I always thought of him as "record producer Tommy Erdelyi, co-founder of the Ramones". Right? to the degree that I was surprised when I looked it up and found that he really hadn't done a whole lot of production outside of the Ramones, early Talking Heads, and Replacements. But tha...
by illnoise
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NSR-Last of The Ramones
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

There are FOUR Ramones left: Marky, the drummer of 15 years who played on most of their records, Richie, the drummer through several years in the 80s, CJ, the bassist who replaced Dee Dee for many years, and Elvis (Blondie drummer Clem Burke), who was only very briefly in the band, but he's awesome....
by illnoise
Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amerivespa 2015 - Indianapolis
Replies: 27
Views: 4182

I'll go, if only to find the f---er who stole my Blur150 from the IMS campground during the 2008 MotoGP race.
by illnoise
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: New Blur Owner - Buyer's Remorse (2013 vs 2014?)
Replies: 8
Views: 2805

ARE there any actual 2014s? Most scooters, aside from the very most popular models, are ordered from the manufacturer in a big batch and it sometimes takes a few years to unload that batch before they order a new batch. My Vespa Primavera says 1973 on the title and 1971 as the production date on the...
by illnoise
Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to upgrade the Blur horn?
Replies: 1
Views: 1877

I installed the Nautilus following Nathaniel's instructions, works great.

http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/diy/diy ... -air-horn/
by illnoise
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please help
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

I'm going to lock this thread to ensure all replies stay with the original thread. If you must "bump" a thread, simply comment in the original thread, Starting a new thread doesn't bump the original thread, and creates confusion. The link to the original thread is in the comment above. Tha...
by illnoise
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: blur comfortable
Replies: 7
Views: 2430

I don't think the 250 has been available for a few years, and it wasn't around long. It was a whole different engine and I don't think it did well in the asian market.
by illnoise
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oh Sweet Jeasus What a Winter...
Replies: 34
Views: 4123

On Monday and Tuesday in Chicago there was over a foot of snow and it was a record -16°, something like -30 with windchill. Couldn't get any worse than that, right? Today started out with something called "Freezing fog" and around noon it hit 40° and started pouring down rain and hasn't st...
by illnoise
Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: is keenway reliable chinese scooter?
Replies: 25
Views: 3144

I saw a lot of Keeways in Paris a couple years ago, but they were still a minority to Piaggio/Vespa, Honda, Yamaha, SYM, etc. They were possibly the most common Chinese brand though. But, as we know, the importer/dealer network is just as important as the manufacturing quality, and I don't think Key...
by illnoise
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 15
Views: 1607

Thanks, and right back at you and everyone on the list.

Merry Christmas everyone! Haven't been around as much as I once was, but it's always reassuring to check in and know that I'm not the only weirdo with mostly scooter ornaments on my tree.

Bryan
by illnoise
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keys in the trunk
Replies: 1
Views: 852

Rest of thread deleted at OP's request. Thread locked. As always, if you're a regular MB user and find yourself in this predicament, PM one of the admins and we can help you out. If you're new to the list, please forgive our suspicion if we ask you a few questions, there are way too many stolen scoo...
by illnoise
Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: best scooter for mpg
Replies: 19
Views: 2427

While "more MPG" is obviously better, when you look at it as "cost per mile" once you hit 60/70mpg things really start to level out. It's a classic case of diminishing returns:

http://2strokebuzz.com/2008/06/22/more-mpg-math
by illnoise
Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIP Lou Reed
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

Modern Lovers I'm a big Jonathan Richman fan, so when I saw this two things came to mind. First, Velvet Underground influenced the Modern Lovers? I don't think so. Second, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_SYDA-jVPg I guess they did! Did you mean this link? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTT-wj69O...
by illnoise
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIP Lou Reed
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

The Lou Reed, Adam Ant, and Grace Jones, and Devo Honda Elite ads came out when I was about 14, which was legal moped age in Ohio, so I was pretty torqued up to get on two wheels around then. I didn't know about the Velvets back then but I watched a lot of MTV and I knew Lou and Grace were the pinna...
by illnoise
Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chicagoland area - passing through
Replies: 14
Views: 2101

LSD is 150cc and over, and pretty fast, I've done it on 150cc vintage vespas in a group, and a few times solo on the 150 Blur but the last time I did it on the blur I hit a frost heave on an onramp at 50mph and was airborne for what felt like ten seconds. I actually test drove the prototype blur 220...
by illnoise
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: parking tickets, remove your plate?
Replies: 15
Views: 2684

In Chicago, they will plasma cut your chain (or the piece of the frame it's wrapped around, if that's easier), throw it on its side on a flatbed, and put it on a pile of motorcycles at the tow yard. Then when you try to claim what's left of it, after they take three days to find it (because it didn'...
by illnoise
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: A new Blur, maybe.
Replies: 5
Views: 2246

I've been riding my original '06 Blur 150 for 7 years now with no real issues aside from having it stolen (I replaced it with another used '06 model with roughly the same mileage.) I use regular gas, I've ridden in a variety of weather conditions, sometimes it sits for 6 months because one of my vin...
by illnoise
Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whats up with Scooterworks & Genuine? -not playing toget
Replies: 50
Views: 7737

Good news on the local front, anyway, at our rally, I whined again to a few SWchi employees about not being able to p/u parts from the SWusa warehouse, and they said SWusa is finally working on a local parts pickup window. That will make me and other local scooterists very very happy, that was my on...
by illnoise
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whats up with Scooterworks & Genuine? -not playing toget
Replies: 50
Views: 7737

There are a lot of scooterworks haters and I'm not one of them, they've always been good to me, but i'll take this chance again to say it's RIDICULOUS that I can't order something from SW USA and pick it up at their warehouse. I know they don't want tire kickers and scooter nerds hanging around thei...
by illnoise
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: speed cameras chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 1655

I just hate using the 3 shells. I ONLY get that reference because I just listened to the "How Did This Get Made" podcast making fun of that movie, but nicely played! Chicago's not like that though. In Chicago, they'd switch to three shells because the mayor's buddy is a shell contractor, ...
by illnoise
Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: speed cameras chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 1655

This is where I'd normally say "If you're obeying the law, you have nothing to fear" but even I'm cynical enough to know these things are just cash-printing machines for the city. I've been nailed twice by red-light cameras in Maywood, and everyone I know tells me I ride/drive like a total...
by illnoise
Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Things Every Motorbike Rider Should Own
Replies: 27
Views: 3224

Polarized sunglasses are great, I actually have my prescription sunglasses polarized and I don't have a problem with my Scorpion helmet (or my gauges) but after I read about that somewhere, i tried out some other combinations and sometimes it's a problem. Just something to look out for when you're b...
by illnoise
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Things Every Motorbike Rider Should Own
Replies: 27
Views: 3224

BuddyRaton wrote:Most LCD gauges are polarized so there is a good chance you will not be able to read them. A better choice is non-polarised with high UV protection
Even scarier, polarized glasses sometimes freak out when used with plastic helmet visors creating a rainbow effect that makes it hard to see clearly.
by illnoise
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Rallies, Events, Meetups
Topic: Slaughterhouse 19 Chicago, Labor Day Weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Also, for what it's worth, we decided to do it until 2014 (Slaughterhouse 20: Gold Watch!) then 'retire,' hopefully we'll find someone righteous to pass it on to (and we'll still be around as spirit animals)

Bb.
by illnoise
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: Rallies, Events, Meetups
Topic: Slaughterhouse 19 Chicago, Labor Day Weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Site is finally updated, sorry:

http://slaughterhousechicago.com

Hope to see you there, track me down and say hi.

Bryan
by illnoise
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another Reason Why Scooters Are Better Than Motorcycles
Replies: 13
Views: 2053

Did that just happen this weekend? I saw a few friends facebook posts over the last week about how "this was finally going to be Dani's year." Guess not.
by illnoise
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Turn signals in Florida for vintage vespa???
Replies: 12
Views: 1955

+1. Grandfather clause, you're good. IIRC, DOT started requiring turn signals in 1973. I have a '71 Primavera that was sold/titled in '73 that someone bolted ugly trailer signals to, with toaster cord, with a relay mounted on a wood (seriously) block under the cowl. it never worked right and I pulle...
by illnoise
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phil McCaleb stepping down.
Replies: 92
Views: 8923

I may of struck a nerve. Well, that's never happened before! The sad part is, I very largely share your opinion of 'retro' modern scooters. I just have a shred of tact and realize that the international scooter industry and scoooterist scene does not revolve around my personal taste. You're welcome...
by illnoise
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redneck italia
Replies: 27
Views: 2171

Wow, I'm usually an advocate of trusting the engineers and keeping it stock, but yours is very clearly an improvement.
by illnoise
Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine rumors - auto stella and a 200cc scoot for 2014
Replies: 50
Views: 7874

The US market isn't making or breaking anything. In LML's case, the US market is probably more important than it is to a lot of other manufacturers, and they're not huge in their own domestic market, but they're working harder on the domestic market lately (which probably is the top reason they're w...
by illnoise
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phil McCaleb stepping down.
Replies: 92
Views: 8923

Trotsky, you're the worst elitist I've ever seen. A real elitist would never ride a Stella in the first place.

Geez, I can't believe you have hydraulic disc brakes and gas shocks and a fuel gauge and neutral light. WHAT A POSEUR!
by illnoise
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phil McCaleb stepping down.
Replies: 92
Views: 8923

The demand hasn't been overwhelming. Turns out, many buyers in India and Asia don't give a rat's ass what people in the relatively tiny by comparison US market consider a "real" scooter. Don't forget that the people hung up on vintage scooters is an even tinier segment of the already tiny...
by illnoise
Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phil McCaleb stepping down.
Replies: 92
Views: 8923

The press release does not mention Scooterworks USA and Scooterworks Direct, will he still be involved in their day-to-day operations?
by illnoise
Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why a Buddy (or scooter) and not a motorcycle?
Replies: 28
Views: 5047

What!? It was onscreen for like three or four seconds! Actually, now that I look at it, I think I already had my first Vespa when that movie came out. So it must have been a Depeche Mode video or something. And I'm only a moderator in that I moderate my time here very efficiently by only posting dum...
by illnoise
Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why a Buddy (or scooter) and not a motorcycle?
Replies: 28
Views: 5047

I just bought one because of Robin Tunney in Empire Records. You guys think too much.
by illnoise
Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did I imagine it? (mystery facebook post)
Replies: 11
Views: 1683

it was there, It was a link to a story on another site, but I can't remember which. So even if the SW link is gone, the story's probably still out there. If only someone had a scooter blog and posted about it.

Bb.
by illnoise
Tue May 28, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella, Buddy, Chicago Scoot shop history please
Replies: 10
Views: 1991

Another note, just to clarify things further, LOTS of people built Vespas under license over the years for their local markets. Early on, Douglas (UK) and Sears/Allstate and Cushman (USA) along with Messerschmidt and Hoffman (Germany) imported and rebranded Vespas, eventually some of those companies...
by illnoise
Sun May 26, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella, Buddy, Chicago Scoot shop history please
Replies: 10
Views: 1991

Very long story short, Vespa's been in and out of the US market several times with different distributors. The last time they left left the US market was in the mid 80s, because of falling sales, the popularity of more modern Honda 4-strokes, and the inability to sell 2-stroke scooters in California...
by illnoise
Sat May 18, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Your 1st Scooter, what was it like for you....?
Replies: 26
Views: 3136

Similar thread here, with some good stories, including mine, heh.

topic22316.html
by illnoise
Sun May 12, 2013 3:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I locked my keys in my seat... I think....
Replies: 80
Views: 38975

Ha, reading is fundamental. Sorry!
by illnoise
Sat May 11, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I locked my keys in my seat... I think....
Replies: 80
Views: 38975

I wouldn't put keys in your top case! I've never seen a top case that couldn't be cracked open with a screwdriver, or cut through easily. Plus, how do you lock the top case if the keys are in there? For that matter, you should never leave anything valuable in your topbox OR under your seat, it's nev...
by illnoise
Tue May 07, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: accessories for blur 220
Replies: 2
Views: 1937

Givi made a perfect "tank bag" for it, but I don't think it's still in their lineup, maybe you could find one still in stock somewhere with a little googling: http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1076 Note that the first photo shows it backwards, it works much better the other ...
by illnoise
Tue May 07, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: lots of blur ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

I wouldn't call the Scarabeo "sporty," it's a retro-ish commuter bike. For that matter, I wouldn't be surprised if the Scarabeo has the exact same frame and engine as your Sportcity, minus 50cc and electronic ignition, i'd bet it's a very similar ride/geometry. The Blur is maybe a bit spor...
by illnoise
Wed May 01, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: lots of blur ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

I moved this to the Blur section of the forum, you'll get more Blur owner input there. To answer all your questions at once, it's a well-built, reliable bike with a good warranty, sold by arguably America's best scooter importer, it's plenty fast, and so long as you like the styling and riding posit...
by illnoise
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MSF...Positive vibes please...
Replies: 20
Views: 2211

Just rest assured you'll do better on the test than all the guys who are making fun of scooter riders and bragging about their harleys and hayabusas, saying their wives are making them take the class. If you care about learning to ride the right way, and your mind is open, you're already miles ahead...
by illnoise
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Blur Oil Change
Replies: 36
Views: 23205

I stripped the threads on my gearbox plug last time I did it, be careful not to overtighten it. I should add that to the oil change DIY thread.
by illnoise
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:59 am
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Flooded blur 220 what next
Replies: 6
Views: 1885

Also, if you have comprehensive insurance, now's the time to use it, take it to scooterworks and get it looked over. A running scooter isn't necessarily a reliable/safe scooter.