Two weeks ago, I ordered parts from George at ScooterPartsCo. They are parts that I know can go bad on a big ride, so I will be either installing them now, or carrying them or replacements, just in case the scooter breaks something, like the variator last time.
One part that can go in a big way on these Vespa GT's is the carburetor. At around 25,000 miles, they can start dropping pieces into the engine. When this happens, all hell breaks loose. One GT I sold a few years ago dropped a valve and destroyed the top end of the engine. This could have been caused by a carburetor part. Russ, our fearless club leader, had a piece break off during a ride. His engine stopped running and when he pulled the spark plug, he found the electrode smashed. That is usually a telltale sign of a ruined engine, but this time a piece came free from the carburetor, went in the intake valve, then out the exhaust valve doing only very minor damage. I had the carburetor fail on Rocket at around 50,000 miles, but no engine damage.
Because Razzo will have 20,000 miles on it at the start, and a new carburetor is less than $200.00 (significantly with George's SCR discount) I thought it best to go ahead and get it done.
So here is part one of the scooter prep.
Trying to make the photo a bit more interesting.