Sunday, July 23, 2006

Advice from the Scooter Swami

The Gentle Art of Shifting

Well, after some scouring of good old ScooterBBS (warning: thick skin and B.S. shovel required) the Dragon was armed with some strategies for starting Jes's new (to her) Vespa. Turns out the culprit was a tight clutch cable, the clutch lever only needs to be pulled in like a 1/4 of the way, too much and the kickstart doesn't engage. Once this was figured out, Jes and I have been able to start that baby purring like a kitten on the first kick every time.
The next step, for me at least, was reaquitanting myself with a manual transmission, and one that shifts from the left handle bar. So for any hipsters out there who might be thinking of a vintage scoot to beat gas prices, the Dragon directs your attention to the Scooter Swami, Sage of the Vespa-clone Bajaj Chetak, for his gentle advice on the gentle art of scooter shifting.

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