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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby not_quite_indie » Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:23 pm

I found the title, thankfully! But I will take any pointers etc...for dealing with the DMV, Ive never registered a vintage scoot. What do I need to do to use that license plate i got?
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby Dave » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:06 pm

Mike is an expert at registration, but he goes to Junction City.
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:44 pm

not_quite_indie wrote:I found the title, thankfully! But I will take any pointers etc...for dealing with the DMV, Ive never registered a vintage scoot. What do I need to do to use that license plate i got?


since you're doing a title transfer, the Springfield DMV on Main will work. Junction City is good too. Avoid W. 11th like the plague.

They'll need to inspect the VIN, so you'll need to take the scooter. We can either haul it there in my van, ride it (get insurance), or haul it on your own. they'll cut you a registration and give you a plate. Title transfer and registration will be around $140.

you have a plate?
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:50 am

My thoughts about Plates:
- a old, bent and crusty used plate would look the best. I might have a '60's plate you can buy off me...?? black w/ white lettering I think
- new plates (and old I believe) can be set up the normal way or the vintage way on the DMV's records.

The normal way is that you get a registration sticker and pay that fee every so often.
The vintage plate
- has a slightly different plate with SP (special) on it
- costs more at 1st because the registration fee is doubled (one time only)
- the registration fee never happens again
- your scooter has to be at least 20 years old
- can only be used for classic shows and events, club meetings, club rides, parades, ...ect

that is what you tell the cop when he is about to ticket you for not using your blinkers. Then notices that your scoot doesn't have blinker, that speedo needle is pointing @ 23mph while parked and is older then he is. The trick is to not stop talking about the scoot and your love for it. During your ramble he either decides to write a warning or a ticket.

once I was pulled over by a cop and he told me he just wanted to talk about the scooter. For some reason he was about to ticket me but changed his mind.

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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby Dave » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:51 am

Depending on when I might be able to tow for you. As I said Mike has lots of experience in registering old plates and vintage and even no title, all done at Junction city. There is lots of paperwork, and it is not inexpensive, but all they look at on the bike is the vin number.
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:26 am

spiderwebb wrote:My thoughts about Plates:
- a old, bent and crusty used plate would look the best. I might have a '60's plate you can buy off me...?? black w/ white lettering I think


This GL is a '64. Plate for '64 is silver with black numbers.

using a vintage plate is possible if the number is not in use. your plate will need to be in good shape as the DMV has rejected plates in the past.

and Will, Gretchen does have a little experience dealing with the police :wink:
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby Miguel » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:04 pm

If you have a title it should be easy. One form to do the transfer and a VIN inspection. If you want to use a vintage plate (specifically a 1964 plate) they can inspect the plate at the W. 11th DMV or Junction City will need to make a copy of it and send in the paperwork in for review. I'm told that the Eugene DMV can require the plate to be in very good shape so I make the trip to Junction City, and they treat people well.
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:07 pm

25 miles on the clock. Seems to be running smooth. Mike and Dave, if you guys want to give it a spin, I'm home in the afternoons. as soon as the lights are sorted and new tires installed, it will be ready for riding outside my neighborhood. 8)
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:59 am

28 miles
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby Miguel » Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:59 pm

Keep up the good work!
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:40 pm

32 miles. all lights work (speedo unknown)

rear shock spring is fatigued and has widened, rubbing rear tire. it's original. this happened on my GS. it will need to be replaced along with front shock. it's rideable but the shocks need to be replaced.

here are some decent stock front and rear shocks.

http://www.scootermercato.com/Scooter-P ... cks/174238
http://www.scootermercato.com/Scooter-P ... ks/137571M

also, you need a new pair of grips. those appear original and are worn slick. I believe I have a pair, if not you'll want to order some. looks like 22mm

http://www.scootermercato.com/Scooter-Parts/Grips/60304

I gave you my gray seat cover from my GS. it's has some torn rivets, but is much better than the cream one I gave you.

Dave is building a 24/24 carb to replace the 20/17.

I think this baby is ready for it's new home!
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby spiderwebb » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:50 pm

have her get a rear shock that has adjustable spring tension (3)
these better for both town use
and then when you pack up for a rally ride you can adjust it for the added weight over the rear tire

those stock shocks are just not up to what we put them threw
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:01 pm

spiderwebb wrote:have her get a rear shock that has adjustable spring tension (3)
these better for both town use
and then when you pack up for a rally ride you can adjust it for the added weight over the rear tire

those stock shocks are just not up to what we put them threw


stock will be fine for her scooter. she can always upgrade later if she wants too. I have 26,000 miles on my rear stock shock. that's a few rallies.
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby joe » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:20 pm

new tires on the scoot now. the michelin is a little skinnier even though both are 3.5x10. so for now the shock isn't rubbing. so replacement is not critical right now, but you'll want replace before run-in is complete.

Gretchen, you'll want to transfer title, register it and get insurance asap. I can ride this to your place now. you're welcome to practice in my neighborhood for a while tomorrow as well :)

40 miles on the scooter
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Re: Vespa GL Assistance

Postby not_quite_indie » Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:03 pm

Ok, payday is friday, so hopefully I can get to the DMV that day or Saturday. Is JC open saturdays?
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