Scooter Sunday #12
There’s something different about this week’s Scooter Sunday. Can you spot what’s missing from the photo below?
Yep. No scooter. And it’s not in it’s shed, either. Let me tell you a sad tale. No, it’s
stolen not that sad. But if you know how much I love my scooter, you may need a tissue.
Time for a Check Up
So last week, I took my scooter in for it’s 1200 mile check up. I did the 600 mile check up last year and want to keep this as properly maintained as I can. With the 4th of July weekend backlog the service department had on ATVs and motorcycles, it took almost two days for them to complete the work on my scooter.
Time for regular maintenance
Thursday, I got a call around noon that my scooter was ready. I left work, drove to Honda World in Sandy, parked my car, paid my bill, hop on my scooter and ride.
Not Quite Right
As I’m driving down the road, something seems different. I notice the brakes are a bit tightened up, but that’s always the adjustments they do. I get within half a mile from home, and the scooter slows down to under 10 mph. I can’t go any faster. I stop the scooter, get off and notice smoke coming from the front wheel.
That dark brown icky stuff is not normal
I get back on, start it up and finish riding the block to my house. As I was pulling into my driveway, I saw that the speedometer was not working. I’m fucking pissed. I spent two days without my scooter, and now there’s something seriously wrong. I call up the service department and they tell me to drive it back down to them.
I try to push the scooter and can’t. The front wheel is locked tight and won’t move. I go into the house and get a wrench and loosen up the front brake. It moves! It then occurs to me what happened: they tightened the front brakes way more than they should have. And the heat from the brakes must have melted the speedometer part inside the front wheel. Grease is now dripping down on the ground. Getting more pissed off by the minute. I grab some towels to clean up the grease and make sure the scooter is operational and drive it back down to the service guys.
They take it in the shop and make the exact same assessment that I did 15 minutes earlier. They apologize and tell me it’s a week to order a new speedometer cable and related parts. They are covering all of it because they fucked up and should have road tested it. But at this point, I just want to make sure it’s fixed right so I can enjoy my rides again. With the weather nice and gas at $4.20 a gallon, I am missing my scooter a lot right now.
4th of July
With the sadness surrounding my scooter, there’s only two things that can help take my mind off of this: fireworks and alcohol. Now I know what you are thinking: you should not mix those two as dangerous things can happen when drunk people are running around yelling “Woo Hoo!” while holding a BBQ lighter and a brick of firecrackers. But there were no fireworks allowed at Bear Lake. So it was just alcohol.
80% sober at the time this photo was taken
Seriously though, we had lots of fun. Our good friends Kris & Karen and Jaime & Ryan invited us. There were a few boats, which we went out on the lake the next day. For the almost 30 hours we were there, it did wonders for taking my mind off my scooter.
So hopefully, by next week’s Scooter Sunday, I’ll have my scooter back and can be back on the road having fun and saving gas.
If you were %0 sober, your pants would have been off…
dave2 – Well, I didn’t post any of the pics from the night before… 😉
So sorry about your scooter! But it looks like you had a great weekend.
tori – Thanks and yes, the weekend turned out pretty good. Busy, but fun.
Yes I can assure everyone that later that night Marty was less than 0% sober…. And his pants did come off…. LOL….
Boo for the scooter goof. The least they could do is give you a replacement scooter for the week. Or pay for all your gas.
kris – You are correct in that. That was a lot of vodka I drank. But no hangover (or pants) in the morning… LOL
nilsa – Paying for the gas would have gotten them off cheap. I was hoping for some sort of rebate on the $114 I spent to do the 1200 mile check up work. A loaner scooter would have been nice, too. Unfortunately, they are the only authorized place in town that I know of.
Aww, that sucks about your scooter! But hey, at least they’re paying for it. =] And you had a good weekend on top of that! So it’s not a total loss. ^__^
motley – You are right.. it’s not a total loss, thanks to the weekend. Just tired of driving my car in such nice weather that’s meant for a scooter.
Awww! I feel badly that your Scooter got messed with. Bad Honda mechanics! Hooray for fun in the sun with booze tho!
winter – yeah, still no part in as of this morning (Friday, July 11th). 🙁 I may have another Scooter Sunday with no scooter. Each day that passes, I get more bummed and pissed off. Thank god there is always the outside I can hang out and have a drink or two.
See thats what im talking about CW (chilly willy)ever since my friends brand new 2006 suburban caught on fire from having a car stero installed, I do everything to my cars and scooters my self, I dont want any body fucking around with my shit for that reason. Im glad during your holiday obstacles, you had time for a little RR. Hey if your scooter is still messed up when you get it back let me know I’ll come up to Salt Lake and slap the shit out of sombody. we got your back CW!!!!!
joe – Yep, you mentioned that to me some time ago. Now that my 1200 mile check up is done, I’m going to learn how to do all of my work on it. Never thought the official Honda dealer service would fuck it up, but they did. And I had to go two weeks with riding my scooter and spending more money on gas than I wanted to. And thanks for getting my back… even though all I want is my scooter back.