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Sep. 22nd, 2015 | 09:55 pm
posted by: writer00 in pittsburgh

I live in Highland Park and am thinking about getting a Vespa or similar scooter. Anyone know how safe they are parked on the street, ways to minimize weather effects (no garage), etc. Any advice would be appreciated!

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brian j. parker

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from: beeporama
date: Sep. 23rd, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
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My spouse and I got scooters from Genuine and rode them for many years. (BTW, she's selling hers, if you're interested in a cheap used one!) It's worth looking at them, especially the Stella, even if buying new; not the same name recognition, but a solid scooter at a good price. (You do probably want to at least spring for a trusted name brand.) And remember that anything above 50cc requires a motorcycle licence in PA, which is something I'm happy to talk about if you haven't worked that out. Definitely take the (free!) motorcycle safety training course; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing it.

Usually you can lock the front wheel at an angle to make it impossible to wheel off, and if you're paranoid, something like a bike lock run through the wheels will make it even more difficult for a would-be thief. Theoretically two strong people could hoist it into a pickup truck, but the minimum of safety precautions should at least make them move on to an easier target, especially since thieves can get much more stealing a motorcycle. And even then, the difficulty versus reward means people just don't steal bikes often when there are easier crimes to pull off.

You can definitely buy a cover to put over the bike, which I recommend for at least the winter, and you'll probably want a "battery tender." You remove the battery over the winter (it's not hard) and hook it up to this thing to keep from having a dead battery come summer.

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Erik

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from: writer00
date: Sep. 23rd, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for all the great info! Can you give me the particulars on the scooter she is selling? Model, year, mileage, and asking price.

Thanks.

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