My friend is reliant on a mobility scooter for getting around. She has a fairly active lifestyle and as a result her scooter(s) often break down causing her serious inconvenience while waiting for them to get repaired. Could you recommend some good resources for learning how to diagnose and repair scooter faults? What are the basic skills (e.g. mechanics) that one could learn to help with the process? Bonus question: can you recommend a speedy scooter repair service in Dublin, Ireland?
posted by roolya_boolya
on Feb 24, 2014 -
What should I be aware of in terms of safely riding a small scooter (150cc) in the dark on icy city roads, with extra baggage? [more inside]
posted by Rainflower
on Nov 16, 2013 -
I have a short (3.5 miles) commute, and in considering my non-driving options, I've discovered electric scooters. What are the advantages, disadvantages, and best practices for using an electric scooter for commuting? [more inside]
posted by superlibby
on Aug 22, 2013 -
What are those super popular kinds motorcycles in SE called?
I've rented one in Thailand, Cambodia and the Phillipines. They were different makes but they all sort of work and look the same. They have 5 gears, but no clutch. You just let up on the gas then use a foot peddle to change gears. We could get them up to about 100km/h but that was about it.
Do they sell them in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Iax
on Jun 16, 2013 -
Which batteries can I purchase to replace the original from my scooter, a 2007 Honda Metropolitan? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja
on Nov 6, 2012 -
Looking for namedrop/shoutout songs like LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge", Daft Punk's "Teachers", and Scooter's "Hyper Hyper". [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Sep 14, 2012 -
I missed the 2012 Olympics. I've heard there was a great scooter portion. I'd like to see this, but can only find video from within the club that rode. Does anyone know a link to video of the scooter ride from the audience/media viewpoint?
posted by _paegan_
on Aug 18, 2012 -
Looking for music journalism discussing German dance group Scooter. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jul 19, 2012 -
I live in Seattle (Queen Anne to be specific), and I was wondering:
(1) Whether or not a Vespa would be a great investment, better than a car, taking into account the layout of Seattle, for getting around the city, no major trips, and about as frequent as every weekend, maybe twice a week
(2) Coming from NYC and not knowing how to drive, what is the best approach to learning how to drive a Vespa? Is any sort of license required, and where would I go to obtain that license? How long would it take, if I devoted time to learning regularly?
Are there any issues specific to Seattle that I should take into account in taking up this project of learning how to ride and purchasing a Vespa?
Any general commentary about motorized scooters is also greatly appreciated.
posted by brighteyes7
on Mar 25, 2012 -
Finding a good motorcycle or scooter mechanic in Arizona? Web directory with customer reviews? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean
on Nov 10, 2011 -
I am looking to buy a new helmet for the one I currently use with my scooter is falling apart....any suggestions for where I can try on before I buy in Los Angeles and surrounding cities? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Sep 29, 2011 -
I want to buy a vintage vespa (pre-1970) and I keep seeing a lot of sites selling them out of Vietnam and other parts of Asia.
Does anyone have experience with buying them from one of the websites? Am I better off buying a junker and getting it restored locally? Also - what are the licensing requirements for a Vespa in Massachusetts?
posted by joshuamcginnis
on Jul 26, 2011 -
I'm travelling on my Scooter about 1,200 kms (800 miles) over two days. Is there a way I can hitch up a 12 volt (car) or 5 volt USB charger to keep my Smartphone topped up while on the road and using power hungry apps? There is no 12v charger available, although there is adequate space under the saddle to store a work around. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck
on May 8, 2011 -
What scooter to choose, a 2004 Aprilia Mojito Custom 150 for $2000, or a 2010 Lance Cali Classic 125 for $1500? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Looking for a scooter to save on gas, maintenance, and insurance - don't know anything about them. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean
on Aug 6, 2010 -
I need a vehicle and can't afford a car so I wish to get a motorbike of some sort, I need some help though. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean
on Jul 24, 2010 -
Is there a place in Las Vegas, Nevada that services mobility scooters? [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Jul 21, 2010 -
When my scooter was damaged after someone backed up into it, I spoke to the driver of the car and we agreed on an amount. Later I discovered there was much more damage than I thought. Should I go to the trouble to ask for more money? [more inside]
posted by greasepig
on May 24, 2010 -
I want to spring-service my motorbike, help me put together a list of what I need to do and the best youtube or other tutorials to follow. More details and a confession inside.... [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on May 16, 2010 -
I'm about to sell my scooter on BikeTrader (I'm in the UK). What should I expect? I've never sold one before. Specific questions follow. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag
on Apr 23, 2010 -
Help me kludge a solution to the broken kickstand killswitch on my scooter. [more inside]
posted by waraw
on Mar 15, 2010 -
What kind of used scooter/motorcycle should I buy that will be relatively safe, repairable, and ~$1500 or less? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee
on Nov 2, 2009 -
I need a vehicle that's dirt-cheap, built like a tank, and easy to teach myself to maintain and repair — I'm currently a mechanical ignoramus, and I want to change that. Motorcycle? Scooter? Moped? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone
on Jul 16, 2009 -
Where can I find a good jacket to wear while commuting on my scooter? I'm in Texas so I'm looking for something that's both safe and cool. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah
on Jun 11, 2009 -
What are the repercussions for someone operating a wheelchair or motorized scooter who repeatedly runs into and/or injures others--accidentally or otherwise? Are the wheelchair-bound required to have insurance? Who pays for damages? Can restrictions be put on their speed or on the areas in which they're allowed to operate their wheelchairs? I'm seeking resources and/or detailed information for a research project and so far haven't had much luck.
posted by curiousindc
on Mar 11, 2009 -
I'm looking to buy a scooter (second hand) in London or Edinburgh: what is the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by YouRebelScum
on Nov 21, 2008 -
A new dress code at work requires suit and tie. So other than transporting my wardrobe to the office and changing there what is the best way to commute to work on a scooter and arrive in style? [more inside]
posted by Gungho
on Aug 31, 2008 -
How to recover a lost title for a scooter I would like to purchase from someone who got it in another state? I'm in Missouri, the title was in Illinois. Simplicity is a priority.
I normally wouldn't hassle, but it is mint and the price is better than right.
Additionally--I've heard rumor about some mysterious trick involving Arkansas--that just may make everything easier. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie
on Jul 22, 2008 -