Scooter

Saying Goodbye to Stella

Me and Stella. Special thanks to my Honey for taking the photograph for me.

To make a rather long story short, the new scooter that I bought in June gave me more trouble than it was worth. I had to bring the bike to the shop twice for 4 separate issues. Shifting was a bother in L.A. traffic, and I decided that it was time to get a different scooter before I was turned off of them completely. I had my eyes on the Buddy 170i by Genuine Scooters and I decided that this bike would be a better choice. Fortunately the scooter shop where I got the Stella was able to do a trade-in for the Buddy.

Now, I’m sure many other people have very different views on either bike, but this is the list that I made to help me decide what to do. Most of the pros for the Stella were because of her great looks. But I know that if I had gotten the Buddy in the first place, I would have wondered what it would like to own the Stella…I guess I figured that out

STELLA:

Pros: * Beautiful bike * great fuel economy: 140 mpg * easy access to engine, wheels, shifter cables, etc. for repairs * 90% metal body * Beautiful Bike *same body as a Vespa P series, interchangeable parts and extras * you can get a sidecar for the Stella…I could ride with my cats or future dog! *

Cons: * MANUAL TRANSMISSION: Shifting difficult in L.A. traffic * high maintenance: there’s a reason they made everything so easy access… * qwirky to drive * seat height a little too high for me. Made driving and stopping on an incline difficult. *

BUDDY:

Pros: *Cute bike * good fuel economy: 90 mpg * apparently built like a little tank: some riders have over 30K miles on their Buddy * AUTOMATIC transmission: I can pay full attention to the road, not which gear I’m in * 170 cc engine means a speedy bike (once I break the engine in) * great suspension and shocks *

Cons: *fuel injected engine means that battery and spark plugs must be carefully maintained * plastic body * NO kick start…if I can’t get the electric start to work, I’m out of luck *some people have talked about getting gremlins (but not as many as the Stella) *

Both bikes come with Genuine Scooters‘ amazing 2 year warranty and roadside assistance, so that is a BIG reason to buy their brand. So far I’ve used the towing on my Stella, and I even had to use the manufacture’s warranty for the repairs that needed to be done when I first bought her (some stuff was out of whack from the factory).

In the future, when having two bikes might be an option, I would be interested in getting a Stella (or similar shifter bike) for my “number two” bike, but for now I think that the Buddy and I will be getting along nicely.

Buddy is pretty cute, don’t you say?

I am sad to say goodbye to the Stella, but I think that the Buddy will be a better choice. I guess time will tell!

Photography, Scooter

NEW SCOOTER!

As you may have read in an earlier post, my beloved Il Bello scooter has been on her last leg for a while. Ever since my first day at the studio, actually (I was in a small accident. Turned right on to the road the studio is on and the road was wet from some construction. That combined with someone turning left from the opposite lane as I was turning caused me to turn too fast, especially with the wet, muddy road. I took a spill with the bike but was “safe”. I hadn’t filled her up with gas, so the tank was low and didn’t overflow, but the handlebars got off-kilter and I believe the fall (which was on the engine side) hurt the engine. Because a few months later, despite repairs, the engine kept cutting out and eventually got to the point where riding her was quite dangerous. Repairs were expensive, my position at the studio was looking up, so I decided to spoil myself!

AND HERE SHE IS:

What a pretty face!

Now, the Stella Scooter is a sexy little number made by the Genuine Scooter Company.

She is a 150 CC, manual transmission beauty with a metal body and a bit of pep. I’ve ridden manual cars, motorcycles, and ATVs before, but I’m newer to the manual scooter transmission. I’ll be sure to keep y’all posted as to how that goes. I know it’s not art-related, but since she’s so pretty, I decided to make an exception.

My new scooter in the foreground and my old scooter in the background.

*If i get the cash, maybe I’ll have the old scoot fixed up. I wanted to trade her in, but the

Dealer said they wouldn’t take her since she’s Chinese. Whatever.