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I was thinking, after I posted, And when you have the scooter on the center stand, theres practically no weight at all on the tires.
Some people say to run the scooter with the gas off (older scooters have a petcock) until it stops, to empty the carbs bowl. However, If you do this the rubber on the floats needle can rot due to the air that its exposed to. If you add stabil and leave the gas in bowl, it will stay protected. Werd

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hows 'bout taking the spark plug out & putting a tea spoon of motor oil down the hole :?: I know it sounds kinky, but people do it :wink:
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The old oil down the hole deal ehh? Well, if you think about it, if you pour oil into the cylinder, it doesnt coat the walls. It just rolls down till it hits the piston and sits there. Eventually leaking past the rings into the engine casing. Now you have 2 stroke oil in your case. Even if you rotate the motor a few times to coat the walls, its still gonna gunk up over time. Letting it run just seems more sensible. Keep in mind the piston actually seizing is a worst case scenario. Its never happened to me, and Id like to think the motor would have to be dormant for at least a year or more and exposed to elements for that shit to happen

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In my experience the Stablizer and keeping the tank full seems to be a very sound idea.
Emptying the carb could result in glazing (fuel hardening up) on the surfaces requiring a possible carb rebuild.

If you have the ability to start it up once a week throughout the winter that is the best thing to do.

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Spoke to Alki at VespaQueens, when they store scoots they drain the gas.

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new scooters have plastic tanks, so theres no worries about rust.
If you have an old scoot with a metal tank, then keep it full to keep damp air from collecting in the empty space, which will lead to tank rust. Ive heard of people with old scooters empting the tank and the using a piece of rubber under the fule lid to seal out and water vapor. Not sure if it actually works...

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drunknpirate wrote:
new scooters have plastic tanks, so theres no worries about rust.


That's not universally true. My 2007 Roketa has a metal tank.

I'd be concerned about condensation (the cause of rust) and gas turning to varnish regardless of what the tank is made of.


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sorry, my post was aimed toward why Vespa Queens empties the tanks. The new P vespas have metal tanks as well.

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I will usually keep my tank full, and when possible, and safe, will ride. Keeps the fuel changed and moving through. I would think a shop empties the tanks on their scoots for a safety/storage reason.

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Mind old, water-absorbent, ethanol-laced gasoline.


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here is another way to winterize a scooter...

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WHAT???!!!




No slip cover protection against dust for the scoot?


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