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  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
artfull dodger

Replies: 43
Views: 2735

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:14 pm   Subject: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
To me, a 20+year small engine mechanic on lawn equipment, that you have a CDI coil breaking down. Seen this many times on lawn equipment, even from new. The coils get hotter as the motor runs, both ...
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
artfull dodger

Replies: 10
Views: 363

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:09 am   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
She rode great to work, I can just break the 60mph mark(indicaated)on the speedo at WOT. Runs 55 like a dream for a small scooter. Excellent headlight output. The tall windscreen is nice for for ke ...
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
artfull dodger

Replies: 10
Views: 363

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:50 pm   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
My wife and I decided a 2T isnt the best choice for me right now for a couple reasons, one is the noise. Once kitted out to run 55+, the noise isnt going to agree with my autism or the neighbors at 1 ...
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
artfull dodger

Replies: 10
Views: 363

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:27 am   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
Owner didnt get home till late Monday night, had to reschedule for this Saturday evening
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
artfull dodger

Replies: 10
Views: 363

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:36 am   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
According to Mr Gick of Gickspeed in Indianapolis, that Stella is super clean and in excellent condition. He has been doing the regular maintance on it for the current owner. He said the oil leak on ...
  Topic: going to look at this one tomorrow
artfull dodger

Replies: 10
Views: 363

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:08 pm   Subject: going to look at this one tomorrow
Wasnt getting warm and fuzzy feelings on the beater LX150 Vespa so we are going to look at this 04 Stella thats not to far from home tomorrow evening. 3500 miles, Gickspeed down in Indy has done some ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:15 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I do know from 20 years experience with 2 and 4 stroke lawn equipment, you can have spark when testing or even with a test light inline while cranking/running. But...under compression inside the cyli ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:59 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Issues with the reeds maybe? I agree, I think we all need a beer on this one.
  Topic: Stella 2t as a commuter?
artfull dodger

Replies: 2
Views: 239

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm   Subject: Stella 2t as a commuter?
I have my Jeep, so if the weather looks uncertain, I will usually drive. I absolutly despise getting wet in the rain. Even going from the parking lot to the plant is not fun(part of being autistic I ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:48 pm   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
I second that idea, yank the flywheel and double check the key. Atleast then you will know for sure its ok or not ok. Seen many lawn mower engines sheer their key for no good reason. Usually beat m ...
  Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
artfull dodger

Replies: 15
Views: 469

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:46 pm   Subject: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
I would second using the pet cock when the scoot sits for any length of time. Thats what its there for. Keep up the posts about your new to you Stella. I am torn between a Stella or a Vespa LX150 m ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Exhaust plugged up maybe? Not letting her breath
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:01 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
You can also try this "cheat". Put a little oil in the cylinder thru the spark plug hole. This will help seal any issues with the rings and raise compression temporarily. If she starts and ...
  Topic: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
artfull dodger

Replies: 31
Views: 605

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:34 am   Subject: Stella 2T stopped, will not restart
Check compression with a gauge and see what it actually is.
  Topic: Stella 2t as a commuter?
artfull dodger

Replies: 2
Views: 239

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:46 pm   Subject: Stella 2t as a commuter?
I commute 23 miles each way to work, back roads, 50 to 55 mph most of the way. Is a 2t up to doing that on a regular basis 9 months of the year? I'm not planning to mod it or go after more power. If ...
  Topic: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
artfull dodger

Replies: 5
Views: 276

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:18 pm   Subject: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
And the point of having a non shifty stella is for those that might have struggles at times shifting. I am on the autism spectrum and bad days trying to shift the couple of motorcycles I had in the p ...
  Topic: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
artfull dodger

Replies: 5
Views: 276

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:37 pm   Subject: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
I was just asking as to why. If I get a Stella, it will be a 2T shifty. I do have a line on a Vespa LX150(version with a carb and not injection) but he lacks a title to it. Waiting to see if he can ...
  Topic: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
artfull dodger

Replies: 5
Views: 276

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:48 pm   Subject: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
Ok, I do ride nearly every day that it doesnt rain and I know how to properly stablize fuel or drain things before winter shuts down riding for a couple months. Even then, if its just stablized, I te ...
  Topic: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
artfull dodger

Replies: 5
Views: 276

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:41 pm   Subject: Why do we avoid the stella autos?
Other that being an orphan, why do we avoid the automatics? Isnt it basicly similar to other cvt set ups in other scouts? I know the 2t is more upgradeable being based off the original Vespa design ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:01 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
I agree with that as well. Usually the overall condition will show whether the scoot was maintained to any degree or not. Just have to see what comes my way or gets offered up for my current scoot. ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:29 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
With Indianas scooter climate geared more to campers/snowbirds vs folks using this level of scooter for a daily rider. Higher milage scooters are not common, low milage are. Most every Stella I fin ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:51 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
No worries about emmisions, even a 2T probably puts out less than my 14mpg(on a good day)92 Wrangler that sits on 35" tires with 6" of lift. Thats one reason I use the scoot around town for ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:14 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
Whats your opinion of the 4t engine vs the 2t 2 stroke? I havent seen a 4T for sale around here for sale, but in case one pops up. If he still has in a couple months when I might be getting a sign ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:05 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
I wish I could just pull the $$ out of the bank on the green one down in KY. Not that well blessed $$ wise. If I can get my elite 250 sold or even a partial trade for a Stella, I will be happy. Fo ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:42 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
Thanks John, the newest is a mint condition 2009 in the advacado green(the color I really want) but he is asking 2500 for it and its about a 3 to 4 hour drive to where its at. Closer to home there is ...
  Topic: Are there better years for the Stella?
artfull dodger

Replies: 12
Views: 304

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:21 pm   Subject: Are there better years for the Stella?
Are there years to avoid or look for when looking to buy a used Stella? Most of the local 2T's have under 2000 miles on them since we cannot really ride year round. Several were just errand runners ...
  Topic: Lets see your helmets!
artfull dodger

Replies: 2
Views: 327

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:05 pm   Subject: Lets see your helmets!
Time for a helmet thread. Here is my new Italian made helmet that I got last fall. Covers my ears, which really helps with my very sensative ears, the flip down visor can be swapped out for a tinted ...
  Topic: Favorite Stickers or Decals on your Scoot
artfull dodger

Replies: 205
Views: 72450

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:01 pm   Subject: Favorite Stickers or Decals on your Scoot
Here is mine, on the back of my Elite 250 for now. But I will move it to the Stella once I get one. Yes, I am on the spectrum and that is one reason I ride a scooter. Mike
https://i.ibb.co/4psBG ...
  Topic: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
artfull dodger

Replies: 4
Views: 278

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:51 am   Subject: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
Once I do get one, a CHT gauge is top on the list. Had them on my air cooled snowmobile. Have to get my current scoot traded or sold. I cant swing the price of the local Stellas I find, 1100 to 250 ...
  Topic: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
artfull dodger

Replies: 4
Views: 278

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:15 pm   Subject: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
I was just curious what a safe cruising speed was with a 2t? My old elite 250 will run nearly 70mph, but is comfortable running 55 to 60 all day. Great for back roads and exploring
  Topic: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
artfull dodger

Replies: 4
Views: 278

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:15 pm   Subject: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
I am looking at finally getting a 2t in the next few months. What is the safe max speed to run on at on road trips? I am used to Hondas that you can keep at WOT all day and the engine could care les ...
  Topic: LED brake light for top case
artfull dodger

Replies: 1
Views: 455

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:18 pm   Subject: LED brake light for top case
My Honda Elite 250's brake light is down low on the rear. I have the optional factory top case on the back and would like to put a thin LED brake light either on top of the case(has a nice flat top t ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:26 pm   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
Previous owner put on brand new Bridgestone Molas L50's front and back with new metal 90' valve stems last summer. Both were quite low on air, that being the main reason she didn't want to get up to ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:06 am   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
I bought the old girl. Ran pretty good for not much use for the last several years, he was just putting around the lake they lived on. Was just over 80 miles to home. We stopped for dinner about 3/4 o ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:24 pm   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
I just sold my motorcycle!!! Would have liked to have gotten more for it, but was getting no bites till I dropped the price. We are going to go look at a 1985 gold Honda Elite 250. Has windscreen, ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:43 am   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
The other Genuine scoot I like is the Italia version of the Buddy in either 125 or 170i version as the 50cc is to small engine wise. My new job is at the local Fiat/Chrysler factory. If all goes wel ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:20 am   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
I am still holding out that I can get my MC sold and find a Stella that I can afford somehow, without to much down time without a ride. I have my eyes on one on craigslist not to far away, and from ...
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
artfull dodger

Replies: 67
Views: 7330

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:29 pm   Subject: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
I plan to check out several scooter clubs, there is one in Indy as well. Mike
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:48 pm   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
Thanks, yes they are a lot of bike and a lot of heat that is just not fun anymore for me. I am still hoping for a Stella, running or not, that is a price I can manage or someone that will let me mak ...
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
artfull dodger

Replies: 67
Views: 7330

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:42 pm   Subject: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Good luck with the interview!!!!
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:12 pm   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
Whats others thoughts on an old Yamaha Riva 180? He had it running last year, wont start this year. SO could be carb or that expensive auto choke valve that is like $200 from Yamaha. He wants $35 ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:27 pm   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
Thanks for the welcome. I do watch for a Vespa to turn up, but most are way beyond my means. Kind of hoping one that is non running turns up at a price I can afford, then I will get it running again ...
  Topic: Coming back to the scooter world
artfull dodger

Replies: 14
Views: 1677

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:09 am   Subject: Coming back to the scooter world
I am in the process of coming back to the scooter world. Started out several years ago on a Honda Met 50cc, moved up to a Chinese 150cc and got my MC endorsement, then a 250cc Honda Helix before movi ...
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
artfull dodger

Replies: 23
Views: 1819

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:57 am   Subject: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Locally, they will let you take the class with your scooter if you have no intention of ever riding a conventional motorcycle. My wife and I took ours on a pair of 150cc Roketa Chinese scoots. Doing ...
 
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