|Posted by John Churchman on August 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
There is a lot of competition when it comes to providing the most affordable scooter and to do so, most of our competitors cut out the warranty. We don't. We sell every scooter including the $750 Lotus with a full 1 year, 2000 mile power train warranty.
What does this mean for you? Well, it means that if you have any problems with your engine or transmission within the first year or 2,000 miles we cover the repairs. All other non-wearable parts are covered up to 6 months, 500 miles and the carburetor is covered for 1 months or 300 miles. So for $750 you get one of the most affordable scooters on the east cost, and great peace of mind.
|Posted by Matt Blades on August 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
There isn't much to a scooter but there are certain things you should check regularly to make sure your scooter is in tip top shape and to keep you safe.
First and foremost you want to check your oil: almost all major issues show symptoms in the oil. Make sure your oil is filled to the recommended specs, there are no leaks, and that it is not burnt or sludge-like. Next, check the battery and lights. Make sure they all turn on especially your turn signal and brake light. Finally, check the tires and add air if necessary. Flat tires are dangerous to ride on and bad for your scooter's fuel economy, speed, and durability.
These are just a few simple things you can easily check yourself to make sure you get the full life out of your scooter and that you stay safe.
|Posted by Matt Blades on July 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
A common question we get is what scooters come with a warranty and what does that warranty entail. First off every scooter we sell comes with a 1 year, 2,000 mile power train warranty and 6 month, 500 mile tire to tire coverage. That means the $750 Lotus up to the $1400 Puma Romeo, every single scooter comes with a warranty.
What does the warranty cover?
The 6 month 500 mile tire to tire coverage includes the frame, back rest, brakes, brake handle, throttle handle. Ignition switch, relay, CDI, shocks, gas tank, gas tank switch, wheel rims, muffler or exhaust system, fender bracket, front & rear fender (not including plastic parts), Dashboard & Instrument Panel, brake light housing, fuel tank cover, odometer, odometer cable, speed sensor, brake cable, throttle cable.
The 12 month 2,000 mile power train coverage includes the engine & transmission, the piston, valve assembly, cylinder head, cam shaft, variator, clutch.
What does the the warranty cost?
The warranty is free with every scooter we sell. The only cost to you are the materials we use to repair your scooter should any problems arrise such as, oils, lubricants, grease, cleaners, ect. If your scooter didn't have a warranty you would be paying $45 an hour plus the cost of parts out of your pocket.
What do you need to do to keep the warranty?
To keep the warranty the only thing you need to do is bring your scooter in to us for the regularly scheduled maintenance at 300 miles, 1,000 miles, and 2,000 miles.
For more information on scooter service, repair, and maintenance click here.
|Posted by Matt Blades on July 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Is your scooter not starting? Here is a simple checklist to go through before you bring it in to us.
- Make sure the kill switch is off.
- Make sure you are holding the brake.
- Turn the key to the on position and check your lights and horn. If your lights and horn aren't working the battery is most likely dead.
- Finally attempt to kick start the scooter.
If all else fails we recommend you bring the scooter by so we can look at it. Remember if you didn't store your scooter properly the battery could be dead, your carburetor could be clogged, or any number of other problems. See our storage article for more information.
|Posted by Matt Blades on July 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Unsure what type of oil to use in your scooter? Well we recommend scooter specific oils such as Maxima Racing Oil's Scooter 4T or Bel Ray Scooter Synthetic Blend. For the Maxima Racing Oil we use SAE 10W40 and for the Bel Ray Scooter Synthetic Blend we use SAE 10W30. Every scooter we sell comes with a fresh oil using Maxima Racing Oil Scooter 4T.
We urge you to use scooter specific oils as they are designed for use in small motors and to handle engines at continuous high revs. In a car you mainly drive around at 2-3,000 RPM, scooters on the other hand are running at 6-8,000 RPM all the time when you are riding, this means the oil must be designed to handle such hard use.
Check out our store to see what oils we recommend. Click Here.
|Posted by Matt Blades on July 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Looking at buying a scooter but don't want to pay full retail price? Used scooters are a great solution for most people but you should be cautious when buying from an owner versus a dealer like us. Scooters are much like cars when it comes to buying used, you always want to have them inspected before you hand over the cash. When you buy a scooter from us there are a number of things we do that most people don't.
- Full inspection.
- Free service, prep, and tune up.
- Full service records.
|Posted by Matt Blades on July 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Going on vacation this summer? Here is what you need to know about storing your scooter for long periods of time.
Step 1 – Battery
Place your battery on a trickle charge. What is a trickle charge? A trickle charge is a device which keeps the battery from draining while also preventing it from over charging as well. We have done a review in the past on the Battery Tender which highlights how important it is and how much money you can save. Simply plug the Battery Tender into the wall and clamp the terminals on the battery. Preventing your battery from draining and saving you an easy $50.
Step 2 – The Fuel Tank
First fill the tank to the top with gas and add some Sta Bil fuel stabilizer. There are two reasons for doing this. By filling the tank to the top with gas you prevent air and moisture from seeping in and rusting the inside of your gas tank. Second the Sta Bil fuel stabilizer stops the gas from breaking down saving your carburetor, fuel valves and a number of other parts.
Step 3 – Carburetor and Motor
This is probably the easiest step. Once you have filled your gas tank and added Sta Bil, turn your scooter on and run the engine for a few minutes, you can even take it for a short ride if you wish, just don’t use too much gas in the process otherwise you’ll need to fill it up again. This forces the Sta Bil through the engine and carburetor clearing it of deposits as well as coating crucial components to prevent damage from storage.
Step 4 – Gearbox and Engine Oil.
It is a good idea to do all tune ups prior to storage as opposed to after. Newer oil will last longer than old used oil.
Step 5 – Covering Your Scooter.
This is a very simple step and a good idea even if you store your scooter in a garage as it can help prevent scratches. We recommend placing a plastic bag over the exhaust and securing it with a rubber band, this stops moisture from entering the exhaust pipe and rusting it. Next we recommend you wrap your scooter in a cover, we offer the Prima Scooter Cover which fits every scooter we sell even if you have a trunk on it. This is necessary if you are storing your scooter outside but it is also highly recommended if you are storing it inside. Also don't forget to lock your scooter up and when you return check your tire pressure.
Remember we offer storage at very reasonable prices and we take the time to do all of this for you. Click here for more information. Or if you perfer to do it yourself we offer a deal on the Prima Scooter Cover, Sta Bil, and Battery Tender for a combined price of $84.99. The first use of the Battery Tender alone saves you the cost of a new battery which is $50, and Sta Bil can save you plenty on repair charges for uncloging carburetors, valves, and various other parts.
|Posted by Matt Blades on June 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Just like with a car, regular maintenance should be preformed on your scooter to keep it in good running condition and to ensure a long lifetime. The oil must be changed to prevent sludge, valves need to be adjusted as over time they will loosen and slide out of place, fluids need to be replaced in order to keep the scooter in top shape to make sure it goes when you want it to and stops when you need it to.
While all scooters purchased from us need to adhere to a maintenance schedule to be covered under our warranty it is a good idea for anyone with a scooter to follow them as well. The maintenance schedule goes as follows:
Your first service should be at 300 miles:
This service includes engine oil change, gear oil change, check spark plug, charge battery, re-inflate tires, and a safety inspection.
The next service should be at 1000 miles:
Engine oil change, gear oil change, check spark plug, charge battery, re-inflate tires, safety inspection, valve adjustment, clean air filter, new fuel filter, and tighten the brakes.
And the final service to reach the full extent of our warranty is at 2000 miles:
Engine oil change, gear oil change, check spark plug, charge battery, re-inflate tires, safety inspection, valve adjustment, clean air filter, new fuel filter, tighten the brakes, new oil filter, an new brake fluid.
After your scooter is out of warranty you should continue regular maintenance to get a full and long life out of it.
- Engine Oil - Every 1000 miles
- Gear Oil - Every 1000 miles
- Valve Adjustment - Every 1000 miles
- Spark Plug - Every 2000 miles
- Brake Fluid - Every 2000 miles
- New Transmission Belt - Every 3000 miles
- New Tires - Every 4000 miles