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Scooter in Garage for years

Postby kevron99 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:24 pm

I am looking at craigslist and seem interested on a Honda Metropolitan 2006 model. Tha ad states the the scooter has not been started for years and needs battery? What are the consequences on bikes that has not been started a long time? What repair or restoration issues to get the bike running? Thanks
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Postby pehuskey » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:48 pm

It's a Honda. They hold up well to storage. Check the gas in the tank and the carb. Change the oil as I think that's a 4 stroke. Probably replace the battery and maybe a spark plug (but I doubt you'll need that).
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Postby oilyhans » Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:35 pm

as said , do drain the carb & gas tank then add new fuel. after adding the fuel i leave the drain screw open and crank the motor until
fuel comes out the hose to drain the lines & filter too.
if you can't start the scooter you may need to clean the carb
at most , but its worth the effort you will have a good scooter.

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Postby kevron99 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:07 pm

Thanks Guys...the honda metro has 462 miles only. Tomorrow I will see the bike. However I also found in Craiglist a nice looking 2007 Yamaha Vino 125 with 2000 miles on it. It says running very well with no problem, Mobile 1 oil used and well maintain. Now I am getting confuse which one to get. I am new to scooter,...which one do you guys prefer? Thanks again
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Postby mopedlar » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:44 am

A Honda Metropolitan is a 50cc scooter and will only top out at around 35 mph. A 125cc Vino should top out at around 60mph. It depends how fast you want to go.
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Postby John » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:26 am

Both are small framed scooters, but if you want to get anywhere I would lean towards the 125cc Yamaha Vino. Don't get me wrong, both are rock solid for dependability but you will tire of the Metro pretty soon. Finding replacement parts are a non issue for both.
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Postby oilyhans » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:49 am

for the 2 choices you have:
with the 50 you will not need a MC license in most states
for the 125 you will need a MC license

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Postby mopedlar » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:38 am

In NJ, where you are from, a Metropolitan is considered a motorcycle and will require a motorcycle license. Unless you are going to be driving solely on backstreets under 35 mph, you will not be able to keep up with traffic with a Metropolitan, and since it's a motorcycle, legally, you cannot ride it on the shoulder.

The above reason is why you see virtually no small scooters (under 125cc) in the state of NJ except for down the shore, RV parks and flea markets.
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Postby maddog » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:34 pm

When a scooter sits that long the cylinder and piston are dry so pull the spark plug and shoot some wd-40 then crank it over slowly, for cars you pull the distributer and prime the heads before starting.
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Postby supercub » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:50 pm

All said above I agree, the Metropolitan is a cool looking scoot but small for the average rider for a long ride. It wouldn't be hard to get it going again, and if you live is a state that doesn't require reg and insurance, it may be worthwhile not to have to shell out that money every year.
The 125 would be a good bike for all around use and keep you out of the shoulder of the road.
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Postby mopedlar » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:22 am

Ironically, I bought a 2004 Metropolitan at a garage sale this weekend. It only had 104 original miles. Top speed is in the low 30's, but I will only be using it on backroads and scooter rallies, so speed really isn't an issue for me.

It really is a neat little scoot. It's got Vespa styling and Honda reliability. It's so quiet, I can barely hear it running.
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Postby John » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:49 am

Wasn't there a couple of models? One marginally faster than the other. cute little bugger.
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Postby mopedlar » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:39 pm

John, in addition to the Metropolitan, there was a 25mph restricted model called the Metropolitan II.
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