5 Things That Every Scooterist Needs

So you’ve finally decided to man up and buy a scooter. First off, congratulations! Second off, this is gonna be awesome.
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There are some things that every rider should have, like proper safety gear, insurance, a tool kit, etc. This isn’t about that. Buy a helmet.

 

This is about the accessories that take your scooter to the next level. NEXT LEVEL!!!

 

1. A Scooter Cover!
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You may be asking yourself, ‘Why do I want that?’ and ‘Was that exclamation point necessary?’ Absolutely!

 

A scooter cover protects your paint job from the merciless whimsy of Mother Nature! No more faded paint, no more bird poop. Dry seats abound!

 

A scooter cover actually deters would-be thieves. They don’t know that you have a badass scooter under there. It could be a lame motorcycle, or even a grill (which you’ve decided to park on the street, for some strange reason). Scooter jackers don’t want to be bothered with an extra step.

 

2. A Lock!
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Again with your ‘What gives?’ and ‘More exclamation points?’ For Reals!!

 

There are a bunch of options out there, for both young and old alike. There are disc locks, which prevent your wheel from spinning by blocking the rotor. There are also chain and cable locks. These can be run through your rim to keep the wheel from turning. You can also run them around your frame or through something on your scoot and wrapped around a nearby post, pole or sturdy dog. Even chaining two scooters together will work wonders.

 

When a thief sees a locked up scooter, chances are he’ll just look for an easier target. Who knows, maybe all of the frustration you’re causing him with your lock and cover defense will make him decide to get his act together and go back to med school.

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3. A Rack!
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This one probably makes more sense. Exclamation point!

 

Now that you’ve taken care of protecting your scooter, you can start living it up. A rack opens up the world of possibilities. They offer flexible storage space, a great place to mount a roll bag or topcase, and some even have backrests

 

While we all wish that our new life as a scooterist will be fun and fancy free, there will come a time when reality calls and asks you to pick up a gallon of milk and a watermelon. With a rack, you can oblige. Strapping your messenger bag or backpack down to a rack will also help you avoid Sweaty Back Syndrome.
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4. A Bungee Net
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That’s right. There is no exclamation point here.

 

The bungee net is the understated, sophisticated ninja of the scooter world. Even if you don’t have a rack, it can still be used to properly secure items to your seat. In a survival situation, it can even be used to trap small animals, probably.

It doesn’t take up much space in your glovebox or under your seat, and you’ll be happy you bought one, when the time comes.

 

5. A Helmet!
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Joke’s on you! Of course you need a helmet, and of course it is on this list!
A properly fitting, DOT approved helmet is one of the easiest ways to make your mom happy. The best way to find the right helmet is to try one on in person. Why not bring your mom along? You owe her a lunch date, at the very least.

(Insert Lame ‘Green With Envy’ Reference Here)

How does the old saying go?  Something about chrome not getting you home?  Well like it or not, Ken, our tech advisor, has de-chromified this Stella – partially in homage to Stella’s P Series ancestors, partially because he is a chrome hater.

Genuine scooter with black trim and bezels

All bezels have been swapped out for black.  The clear lenses were replaced with amber lenses that would make even Stan Lee take notice.  The aluminum legshield trim was replaced with a crimp-free black one.  Even the stock rims were changed to black.  Ken also ditched the centerstand in favor of the black Cuppini sidestand.

Bitubo gas shock for Genuine Stella and P Series Vespa

Nose dives at red lights?  Forget those.  The front suspension was given a huge upgrade with the Bitubo gas shock that fits all Stellas and P-Series Vespas.Prototype black rack for the Stella Automatic, Four Stroke and Two Stroke

This green love machine also got our prototype 4T exhaust, for that distinct growl your grandmother warned you about.  (This pipe is still in development, so stay tuned. [Pun intended.  Deal with it.])  The beefy black rear rack is expected by this summer, and works on both the Stella 4T and Auto.

UPDATE:  The rear rack is finally here, in chrome!

subtly custom Stella 4T

 

Build List:

Stella Platform Rack (coming soon)

Sidestand (SSC1)

Bitubo Front Shock 174446BP

Black 10” Rim (R10B)

Floormat (FMPS)

Set of Four Amber Lenses (185979S)

Black Legshield Trim (LTR1-B)

Euro Tail light (140000)

Grips (179833)

Vintage Vespa Refurb

While this scooter didn’t quite start out as a barn find, it wasn’t too far off.  It had its humble beginnings as a bodge job, meaning that, at some point, someone made it look decent and wired it up like they were high on glue.

This 1966 Vespa VBC was has been restored and is ready for the next 48 years of its life.

Ryan Jeffries, Scooterworks alum, 100cc land speed record holder and all-around good guy, took this 1966 Vespa Super home with him and brought it up to snuff.  He started by stripping the bike down to just a frame and a fender.  He saved what he could, but some of it was better off in the trash.  Ryan then did a bit of body work, repainted the frame and fender along with the cowls and tank, and redid the trim.  He ran all new cables and a harness and replaced the rubber bits along the way.

Complete 150cc two stroke engine for most old Vespas

This scooter got a brand new LML 150cc 5 port engine, which included a 20/20 carb and a stock exhaust.  The new engine has an edge over its Vespa predecessor, with reed induction and electronic ignition.

1966 Vespa Super restoration shots

All of the fun stuff like the lights and switches were wired in.  Brand new bearings, suspension and steering went up the chimney with care.  The change over to a Sprint fork allowed this Super to run on 10” wheels, just like it always wished for.  Fresh rims, tubes and tires were installed along with new grips, levers, seat and speedo.

Vespa Super, chilling out by a wall, looking all brand new

Anyone who has ever restored anything knows that it is a labor of love.  Faithful restorations take time, money and an insane amount of patience.  NOS parts have long since dried up in many cases; repops don’t have same charm and, in some cases, quality.  If you are thinking about restoring the old Vespa in your uncle’s garage, or the one you got on Craigslist that ‘just needs a carb cleaning’, we’re here to help. We also carry some great books and manuals to help you on your way, and a boatload of accessories for when you’re finished.

 

Partial build list:

Two Tires Two Tubes Two Rims Deal (2T2R2T)

Rear Shock (83816)

Front Shock (137571S)

Front Fork Assembly (152300)

Engine Side Cowl (100097)

Glovebox Side Cowl (91836)

Cowl Rubber (135231B)

Sprint/Super Seat (CSS1)

Floor Rail Kit (FRKVNB)

Centermat (85072)

Centermat Trim (85074)

Taillight Assembly (70700)

Complete Cable Set (CCS6)

150cc 2T LML Engine (145227NI)

Grips (60304B)

Fender and Cowl Trim Set (90522)

Speedometer (183586)

Centerstand with Boots (91047)

Gas Tank (94146)

Stiletto Levers (70578)

Wiring Harness (92563)

Lower Your Genuine Buddy!

Short Buddy Riders Unite!

We have confirmed that the Scooterworks Low Down rear shock fits on all Genuine Buddys, RoughHouse, Rattler and Black Cat!

Lower your Genuine Buddy by three inches with this seat and rear shock

Our adjustable Scooterworks Low Down shock will lower the Buddy seat height from ½” to 1½”, giving you a new seat height of 28½”.  When this is combined with the Buddy Low Profile seat, the seat height drops an additional 1½”, for an overall drop of three inches, bringing the total seat height down to 27”!

 Lower the seat height on your Genuine Scooter up to three inches.

Installation is a snap.  To fit the Scooterworks Low Down shock on these models, you’ll need just to flip the lower clevis (so the offset is facing outward and the bolt enters from the inside).

 Close up of Low Down Shock installation on a Buddy Scooter.

For heavier Buddy riders, or those who ride two-up, we advise that you adjust the preload higher and set the height of the shock to no lower than a 1” drop, unless you remove the rear fender for added clearance for the fuel valve.  We tested the shock at this setting on a Buddy with a 220lb rider and had no clearance issues.

The RoughHouse low profile seat is due in this spring.

Welcome to the Slaughterhouse

Scooterworks Tech advisor, Ken, took full advantage of an unsuspecting Roughhouse last week.  The result was a very angry scooter that he dubbed ‘The Slaughterhouse’.

With a suspension overhaul, the Prima race pipe and a slew of NCY performance parts, he took this scooter from a back roads errand runner to an asphalt hell raiser.

RoughHouse Scooter, this 50cc 2t means business

Ken replaced the stock cylinder with a 68cc ceramic NCY jug and head, and the NCY Direct Ignition Coil was added for hotter spark.  He swapped the stock carb with an adjustable 19mm Malossi carburetor to compensate for the bigger displacement.  The air box was replaced with the Scooterworks racing air filter for more flow, and the new carbon fiber Pinasco reeds make this baby’s heart a-flutter.  All of these changes mean that this little beast is breathing the way it was meant to, and getting all of the tasty premix it so craves.   He also installed the NCY Super Trans Kit, using lighter weights for more delicious torque, and a Malossi Kevlar Belt to handle it all.

The beefed-up front end on the Slaughterhouse is probably the most obvious upgrade.  Ken replaced just about everything he could with NCY parts, from fork tubes and the disc brake to the caliper and valve stems.  The result- a better ride that eats stoppies for breakfast.

Multiple angles on this scooter's performance upgrades

Ken also snagged our prototype low profile RoughHouse seat (expected this spring, in black and red) and installed the Scooterworks Low Down Shock, reducing the seat height a full three inches in the process.

All of these upgrades are well and good, but perhaps the most notable and reasonable for the sane rider, such as you, are the tires.  By switching from the stock knobby tires to Vee Rubber sport tires, he has added about 4 mph to his top speed, all while giving the Slaughterhouse a more refined, business casual look.

Sport tires and a race exhaust on a Genuine RoughHouse Scooter

 

Side by side of a stock Genuine RoughHouse and a customized, angrier one.

The Slaughterhouse is not affiliated with the Slaughterhouse Rally, which is held in Chicago every year over Labor Day weekend, and is awesome.  For more info on that, join their Facebook group or scope out their website.  This year’s details are coming soon!

 

Build List:

Prima Race Pipe, Genuine 50cc (PE-THIRTYTWO)

NCY Super Trans Kit; GY50/QMB139 (1200-1171)

NCY Rollers 16×13, 6G (1200-1051)

Direct Ignition Coil 0900-1075

NCY Cylinder w/ Head 47mm, 68cc (1100-1245)

NCY Adjustable Front Forks (1000-1134)

NCY 200mm Floated Disc Brake  (1000-1289)

NCY Forged Brake Caliper (1000-1311)

NCY Banjo Bolt (1600-0010)

NCY Throttle & Grip Set (0800-0102)

NCY Brake Line (1100-1238)

Prima Rear Rack (RRRAT1-B)

Scooterworks Low Down Shock (1000-1293)

Vee Rubber Sport Tire, Front (0600-0063)

Vee Rubber Sport Tire, Rear (0600-0033)

NCY Valve Stem (0600-0005)

NCY Axle (1000-1263)

Scooterworks Racing Air Filter (1300-1112)

Malossi Kevlar Belt (M 6112729)

Pinasco Reed Petals (P 10387503)

19mm Malossi Performance Carb M 1611028

Don’t Fear the Reaper

One thing that sets the Genuine Buddy apart from the rest of the pack is the slew of upgrades and modifications available.  And another thing that sets it apart is the fact that you don’t need to change a thing to have a solid scoot— but where’s the fun in that?

One of the fastest Genuine Buddy scooters around, thanks to perfromance upgrades

Custom Buddys are typically geared more towards performance than looks.  It isn’t all about an air ride, custom paint, and LEDs.  It’s about adding horsepower and torque, everyone’s two favorite ingredients.

Genuine’s tech advisor, Massimo, decided to have some fun after work last fall with a Buddy 170i prototype and created what he affectionately calls the Reaper.  The Reaper’s hobbies include wheelies, burnouts, really fast rides along the beach, and sewing.

Performance Genuine Scooter Exhaust

Massimo kept most of his engine and transmission modifications pretty simple by using our NCY bolt-on parts.  He beefed up the suspension and brakes with more NCY goodness, and tweaked the look with our blackout kit, low profile seat and sport mirrors (expected in stock this spring).  He also upped the ante by changing the transmission gearing, and more importantly, installing a racing stripe.  The only thing missing is more cowbell.

Upgraded NCY suspension and brakes on this scooter give is a more comforable ride with some real stopping power

 

There are quite a few sleeper Buddys out there, and you won’t know them until they waste you off the line.

 

Parts List:

NCY Performance Exhaust (0500-1014)

NCY Front Forks (1000-1279)

NCY Brake Disc (1000-1013)

NCY Performance Shock (1000-1044)

NCY 177cc Ceramic GY6 Cylinder Kit (1100-1014)

NCY GY6 Super Trans Kit (1200-1048)

NCY Decompression Tube (1100-1282)

Big Valve Head (1100-1445)

Low Profile Buddy Seat (0400-1050)

Buddy Black Out Kit (0300-0107)

Black Buddy Rear Rack (maybe it is like a spoiler or something?) (RRB1-B)

Rogan’s Custom Ice Bear Maddog

Michael Rogan is up to his old tricks. This time he has gone after the Ice Bear Maddog, a Honda Ruckus clone that has been spotted terrorizing the US streets for the last year or so.

 

Custom Honda Ruckus

 

His first priority was performance. By upgrading the ignition system with our NCY CDI, Direct Ignition Coil and Performance GY6 Regulator, he was able to squeeze a little more fire out of this beast’s belly. He also added the NCY GY6 Performance Exhaust for a freer-flowing throatiness and the NCY Decompression Tube, for good measure. All of this was topped off with a Scooterworks Performance Air Filter.

 

GY6 engine in a custom Ruckus Clone.

 

He then went after the handling, to better tame the beast he’d built. He replaced the stock tires with Vee Rubber Sport shoes and replaced the grips, bars and clamp with NCY-goodness for a more comfortable feel and a better look. Rogan decided to keep the stock ride height so the rider can lay the bike down on sharp turns and hop over speed bumps without bottoming out.

When we last spoke with Rogan, he summed it all up for us;

What I made was a practical custom that is meant to be ridden while still looking as if it runs off robot blood.

Robot blood indeed, Mr. Rogan. Robot blood indeed.

 

 By changing the handlebars, clamp, and grips to NCY, this scooter is one that momma would be proud of.

 

Follow Mike’s latest projects at www.rogan.info.

Behold, the custom Bintelli Breeze, by Rogan Scooters!

Ever wonder what your 50cc 4T could be capable of?  Ever wind up with a one-off orange Bintelli and spend a couple weeks turning it into a 150cc dragon slayer?  Well, Mike Rogan, of Rogan Scooters, did.  He combined his years of custom building, a wish list of NCY parts from Scooterworks, and a touch of Irish charm to crank out an awesome scoot.

 

Rogan Scooter's Bintelli GY6 build with NCY performance parts

 

After all of his modifications, this little 50 that could barely crack 35mph can now hit 60 with ease.  There is still plenty of room to go, as he hasn’t gotten crazy and added a big bore cylinder and head yet.  Mike didn’t overhaul the body panels of the Breeze, but he did make improvements throughout that dramatically change the lines of the bike.  The GY6 swap gave him a mild 2.5” stretch.  He swapped out the stock 3×10 tires for larger Vee Rubber ones (3.5×10 in the front and 100/80×10 in the rear), giving it a more aggressive look.  And the custom CVT cover  and black exhaust pipe add a general air of badassery.

 

 

This GY6 engine with performance parts from Scooterworks is faster and cooler than the original 50cc motor.

 

These are just five of the parts from Scooterworks USA that Mike used to build this bad mamma jamma:

1.  Scooterworks Racing 45°, 45mm Air Filter (part #1300-1112)
2.  NCY Oil Decompression Tube (part# 1100-1282)
3.  NCY Turbo Fan (part #1100-1258)
4.  NCY GY6 50 Exhaust (part# 0500-1031)
5.  Vee Rubber 100/80 x 10″ tire (part# 0600-0037)

 

Some of the modifications Mike had to apply are beyond the novice level, like fabricating engine mounts and welding them to the frame.  He also modified the 50cc exhaust bracket to fit the 150cc engine  This is why it pays to stay on your local builder’s good side.  Either way, just don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t grow up to be a badass orange scooter that goes by the name ‘Crush’.

 

Custom GY6 swap

 

There’s a lot you can do to improve the look and performance to your scooter, and we’re here to help things get out of hand.

Presenting the Gentleman Moustache Face Mask, from Prima

Are you sick of face masks that can’t keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle?  Are you tired of trying to keep up with the routine care and maintenance required by your homemade moustache?  Do you get a little depressed when you’ve realized that you just ate an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting?  We’ve all been there, buddy.  But now there’s hope.

 

We are happy to present the Gentleman Moustache face mask, from Prima!  Constructed of neoprene, known for its magical wind and water resisting properties, and featuring the classiest reflective moustache available to man, it is sure to meet both your mask and ‘stache needs.  This is quite possibly the coolest way to keep your face warm while riding your scooter.

 

At $14.99, you are practically losing money by not scoring yours today!  Pick up an extra one for that special scooterist / cyclist / biker / skier / postal worker / dog-sledder / face-haver in your life.

Soft Italia 42L Comet top case takes it all off.

The Soft Italia 42L top case detaches easily and has a handle. Take that, other top cases! You can pack it at home, pop it on the mounting plate, and pop it right back off at your destination. There are no anchor screws to fiddle with, or adjustable straps to unclip- you just turn the key in the opposite direction and pull.

Don’t want it to be detachable? Fine, be that way. There is a lock on the inside of the top case that will override the latching mechanism.

It is available in five different colors and comes with a Vespa or Genuine color-matched insert.  Still not convinced?  Check out how its smaller cousin stood up to our testing.