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legalgooner
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Location: San Diego
Genuine Stella

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:45 am    Post subject: New Stella + lurker = New Member! Reply with quote

Hi all,

After years of lurking and wanting a P series scoot, I picked up a brand new Stella today. I caught the scooter bug in Greece and came back years ago looking to pick one up. Life got in the way, but I finally got to get back on a scoot and ride around San Diego today.

The guys at Motorsport in San Diego were awesome and took me through an entire tutorial and setup with the bike. After the setup, the service guys did a quick once over and I was ready to go. Pull out of the lot and everything is great until I get about 6 blocks away and the engine dies. I go through all of the steps that I just learned and still no kick. I then embarrassingly realize that the fuel switch was moved to the "off" position and thus the engine was not getting any gas. Sure enough, she starts up and I am back on my way to work.

So I will be busy reading up on these forums as I need to learn more about my Stella. Wanted to introduce myself and share a pic.

Thanks! Tim
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Steady Teddy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Tim...

I bet you will never forget to check the fuel valve before ya take off on a ride again! A common error made by 90% of new owners. Glad ya made it back to work safely, and that ya got it home safe and sound. See ya soon and thank you again for your purchase... we all appreciate it!

TC
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ericalm
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STELLA FOUR STROKE FURY! + Vespa LX 150/190 + '87 Honda Helix CN250

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!
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neotrotsky
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Joined: 01 Jun 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooohhh... shiny! Congratulations!
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BuddyRaton
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ride and welcome to MB!

As far as the fuel tap, don't feel bad...it happens to EVERYONE!

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jimmbomb
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to forum,Tim.Nice color choice too.. I chose the same color. Sharp looking scooter you got there!

Jh
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Mulliganal
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, yet another creme Stella purchase as I still wait for mine. Crying or Very sad

Laughing Enjoy her, she is beautiful.

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Redcatjack
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Joined: 15 Apr 2010
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Location: Norcal
2010 Stella 4T, 2007 Vespa GTV, 1965 Vespa SS180

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to MB! Another fan of the Creme, loving mine.

BuddyRaton wrote:

As far as the fuel tap, don't feel bad...it happens to EVERYONE!


...and to some of us, sorta regularly...

Have fun and ride safe.
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Dooglas
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great lookin' scoot! Ride safe, have fun. Cool
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DirtyRAT
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Stella 150 4T | Stella 150 2T 'Atomic FireBall' model

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! This is a cool forum, with many great people.

I too was P-series wanna-be (having owned two in college), and picked up an avocado green Stella two months ago, so I get it.

I made the same mistake with the fuel switch, too. heheh

When you are ready to get rid of those white stickers on the glovebox/legsheild, send me a PM: I have some paint-safe 3M automotive sticker remover, which seems to be the only thing that gets those off.

Some of us on www.modernvespa.com are having a scooter tag game, which would also be a fun way to break in your new stella:

http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic14824

Come join the fun

Cool

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desmolicious
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Redcatjack wrote:
BuddyRaton wrote:

As far as the fuel tap, don't feel bad...it happens to EVERYONE!


...and to some of us, sorta regularly...



Just did it on my PX. Picked up some gorceries, made it out of the parking lot before it quit...

Embarassed

(already did this on my Stella..)
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ericalm
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have yet to master the smooth move of switching to reserve and reviving the scooter without stopping.
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Silver Streak
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me either. With my old-man lack of flexibility and short arms, I can't even reach the tap while riding.
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desmolicious
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ericalm wrote:
I have yet to master the smooth move of switching to reserve and reviving the scooter without stopping.


I'm not even gonna try! Pull over and do it safely.
Even then if I'm sitting on the bike I smack my helmet on the mirror if I'm not careful!

What IS nice about this is if someone snaked yer ride, and was not familiar with the bike, they'd only get about a block away before it shuts off. So think of the fuel tap as a secondary anti-theft feature!

Hmm, a locking fuel tap would be sweet...
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DirtyRAT
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ericalm wrote:
I have yet to master the smooth move of switching to reserve and reviving the scooter without stopping.


Done the move several times.

Tricky, much luck involved, including fast reflexes when the subtle "oh noes, engine is stalling" sounds from the scoot emerge.

I've pulled over more than been a revival rock star

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neotrotsky
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DirtyRAT wrote:
ericalm wrote:
I have yet to master the smooth move of switching to reserve and reviving the scooter without stopping.


Done the move several times.

Tricky, much luck involved, including fast reflexes when the subtle "oh noes, engine is stalling" sounds from the scoot emerge.

I've pulled over more than been a revival rock star


Funny.. I never had a problem on my Stella. Then again, I have freakishly long Orangutan arms so that may have something to do with it.
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