Motorscooter Repair

A Success Story

Motorscooterists in the Los Angeles area are blessed with access to excellent maintenance service. Rich (Scooterdoc) Proffitt runs a mobile scooter repair service out of Pasadena. Specializing in newer Vespa models, he will maintain your scooter at your location or will cart it off to his workshop.
The Scooterdoc I had been to a number of mechanics with my scooter which had been losing power when starting up from a stop or suddenly accellerating. Carburetor issues were considered but nothing was found. I was dispairing of ever getting my beast running properly again.

Rich took it off in his trailer and played with it for a while, looking for the problem. He found it! It was an almost-but- not-quite severed ring terminal to a grounding wire which metal fatigue had caused to give way. He had been able to hear the arc and then, by running the engine in the dark, was able to see it and find the flawed connection.

Rich has been working on and riding scooters for years and I recommend his work highly. See The Scooterdoc page.

Accidental Alarm Setting/Unsetting Problems
(A recent personal experience See Chinese Motorscooter Alarms)
Alarm Remote

A Chinese Scooter Alarm keyfob kept in a full pocket or purse can easily be activated accidentally. One must be careful. They have a fairly long range, so it is common to hear the scooter chirping when compressing the keyfob in one way or another — just leaning over or having something (or someone) sit on one’s lap. Eventually this would run the battery down but the battery is fairly good and not easily killed. One effect of random keyfob button pushing is that the alarm is almost always going to be set — as it takes only one push of the arming button to set it, but two rapid presses of the disarming button to disarm it.

A more serious consequence of accidental keyfob use is somehow leaving a button depressed overnight — not common but possible in a packed pocket. This kills not only the battery in the keyfob, but the battery on the scooter itself (Yes, personal experience, but after two years not happening, this single occurrance seems to indicate that it’s not all that likely to happen accidentally.)

Solution: leave keys out at night nor use a keyfob protector. I intend to do the latter when I can devise one.