Thursday, February 08, 2007

Midwest Scooter Enthusiast

Best CVT Advice Ever

Every now and then you run across something which reminds you of an important tech checksheet you put somewhere. A piece of paper you kept with a checklist of things to guage in the operation of some machine you use. Every now and then you find it again. Sometimes you find the sheet but the machine is long gone. Sold or given away.

Whenever that piece of paper reappears you read through its contents again. Chances are its oily. Maybe even a little filthy with that garage dampened dirt that sticks to everything. Just finding it and realizing what you're holding is kind of a momentary boon. There are little drawings accompanying some of the strange notes. Little more than quick doodles in the margin. But you remember them, you know their references.

Those kinds of notes have kept machines owned by every kind of garage and shade tree mechanic in the running for as long as machines have served man.

Today I found the modern equivalent in another blog by Combatscoot. I can't believe my good fortune because not only is it excellent advice but it also reminds me that I used to employ (apparently) more common sense than than I do now when it comes to these sorts of things.

These new modern scooters, these CVT final drive machines are almost too easy to maintain. Appliance easy. Maybe that's too easy a rut to get into and we need clear reminders that even so, maintenance needs to be balanced with common sense. To ask the right questions, as it were.

So without further adieu...

Best damn blog ever.

The Roadbum


Bryce said...

Wait a few years, and they need more maintenance. I can't say I'd look forward to checking the torque on the steering bearings on a Vespa ET, LX, or GT/GTS. Access is troublesome.

American Scooterist Blog said...

Compared to full on motorcycles there isn't really a great difference in my opinion. When the time comes to do certain maintenance work there are few machines which are designed for easy owner repair or upkeep. Vespas and scooters in general are no different.


Bryce said...

I don't entirely disagree with you, but my friend's Suzuki GSX-R 600 is pretty easy to work on. You have to remove the plastics, but that's a pretty quick procedure. We changed the oil pan on that bike, and did it in about an hour. We had to loosen, but not remove, the radiator. We then removed the exhaust system, and the pan was easy to access. The whole job was super simple.

Nothing I've done on a modern scooter was that easy. It's not entirely a fair comparison, because the GSX-R and similar bikes are designed to be worked on easily at the track. Still, I've got my principles. You should be able to easily get to a spark plug without having to unbolt the shock mount and halfway remove the engine.

Steve Williams said...

Now don't go messing with my GTS pink cloud experience.....*grin*

Everything is going to be fine and perfect!

John did a great job with his post on Combat Commuter.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Bryce said...

Time for another post. I've checked here a few times since the 8th and have been disappointed each time to find nothing new.