Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time for a new belt on your Vespa scooter?

    Do you think it is time for a new belt on your scooter?  Some scooters need new belts sooner than others. Not sure if you need one? Call us, we can help. We know the change intervals on the belts for most bikes. We have a few tricks to tell you when it's time.

      One thing you don't want to do is let it go too long. Changing a belt that is still in one piece is a fairly simple, inexpensive job on most bikes. However, if  it comes apart while riding, the belt tends to wrap itself around everything in sight. As well as turn all its small bits to dust. This can take upwards of two hours to clean and remove. so, pay attention to that belt, or you will be paying for the shop time to fix it. Call us and we can tell you what to look for so you don't end up with a mess that looks like this.
                                                                             



Even after a ride through the parts washer we still have to unwrap the Kevlar cord which is now wrapped around the pulley under spring tension.

If your belt does explode; all is not lost. We have the tools and patience to clean everything and get it back to proper working condition. If it needs rollers, springs or sliders; we keep those in stock too.
 After some clean-up, and grease where needed, a little TLC from our mechanic, and things can be as good as new. Most importantly, it's time to ride again!

These guys do a lot of work, so keep the parts fresh.
 

If you think you might need a belt; give us a call or stop by. We ARE experts on the subject. 
Not only do we know what we are doing, but we are honest,too. 
We won't sell you what you don't need.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Whiskey Dick VI

    Presented by the Middle Of Nowhere (MON) scooter club. Whiskey Dick VI was another great weekend with friends and some cool machines.

        We set out Friday morning to take the long way up. A trusty Stella scooter and a Genuine  buddy 125. Cody and I took Gold Mine Rd. over the mountain, found some rabbit trails, goat paths, and some dirt/coal dust roads (we ride dirt bikes too) to play on while attempting to get lost. Even a little roadside stop for a special pic.
                                                                 

 We pulled into the hotel with almost 200 miles on the clocks, ready for dinner. JUST IN TIME. Eric was getting the group ready to go. No rain as of yet, warm air and a bunch of oil burning two-strokes. What better way to ride to dinner.

      I must say, it is ALWAYS a wonderful thing when you pull up to a rally, and get greetings of handshakes, hugs, warm wishes and the sound of your name being called out. That has never gotten old in all my years of riding on two-wheels and the scooter crowd does not disappoint.
                                                                         
    We all rode out to The Original Pocono Pub who took good care of us on a Friday night. The food was good, the staff friendly. The weather even treated us all nicely until we arrived back at the hotel.
                                                      Ah, the smell of pre-mix in the air. (Thanks Tim for the video)
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   Some of us hung in the pool quietly enjoying the warm water till the wee hours of the morning, while others turned in early for a good nights rest.

      Saturday morning we were greeted with the rain that had so nicely held off the night before.  Not to worry, the scooters didn't melt over night.        

 There was even a short ride organized out to The Beer Stein for some lunch.

   If you ever wanted to see a well set-up gymkhana at a scooter rally; well, I was impressed. Yes, it was raining, and YES we had a blast anyway. We shower every day, what's the big deal doing it a little early.
                                                     
                            We started off by riding in through the saloon doors.

                         Then you needed to grab your dynamite and knock off the bank teller.

From there an escape down the railroad tracks.

There were some obstacles to navigate, and then it was time to "blow" the safe (it would be better if you didn't  ask).

From there you had to escape by crossing the river on the ferry. And just like Bucklebury this wasn't easy.

Then you had to lasso a bull on your way out.
He was mean, but easy to get a rope on if you took your time. 

Dinner had been prepared for us, and there was a new sheriff in town explaining things.



Saturday night awards are always fun. The Corsa IFP (look for an upcoming blog) winners came up to accept their trophies (we wanted to see Carl get that back on his bike).

The Carlisle Cycle and scooter crew won longest distance ridden again, and we are so proud of  Cody wining the Gymkhana for the 2nd year in a row.


We even had a local schoolgirl that stopped by to check out the cool scooters. 

Remember that kid in school with the dunce cap?...well.

Of course, afterwards it was time for some bull in the pool.

                                                            We even saw a rare unicorn.

Leaving Sunday is always bittersweet. You have to say goodbye to old friends, and usually a few new ones,too. This picture sums up not just scootering , but all two-wheeled riding for me. The young ones are the future of this sport/hobby/lifestyle. If we don't welcome them in and show them why we enjoy this so much. It will disappear forever. I was glad to have these guys along.



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Vespa and what we can do for you.

       We have been getting a few calls lately about Vespa. Several dealers in the area have stopped selling the brand. Most of those shops still work on the bikes they sold, but yes; we do also.

We will work on your modern Vespa. We get calls wondering if we "do that". Sure we do. A Vespa is a well made machine and we don't mind doing the work. Tire changes, oil changes, air filters, and belts are regular items for us. We keep the tires, oil filters and spark plugs in stock for most Vespa models.

In the spring and summer we are busy enough that we only do the jobs that keep our customers on the road. Belts, rollers are a regular maintenance item for us. Call ahead so we can get the parts if we don't have them here. We will get you on the schedule and get your Vespa purring like new.
                                                                       

When the cold weather hits we have the time to invest in the tougher jobs. All you have to do is call in to schedule something. DON'T wait till spring; we are too busy keeping customers bikes on the road to do a transmission job in the spring.

We even buy and sell used Vespas when they become available to us.

Keep an eye on our bikes in stock page; as we keep that as up to date as possible with new bikes on the floor.

Call us or stop by. If you don't ask, we don't get the chance to say yes! 


Monday, May 1, 2017

What fits well on my R.V.?

    We often have customers who are searching for a good scooter to place on the back of their RV. This is quite a good idea.
                                                                                 
                                                             
You get the RV to your campsite, everything is set-up for the week, and you want to run into town for ice, food, or to see that cool band at the bar. Who wants to haul that giant RV into town when you can hop on a 49cc scoot; throw on a helmet and some gloves and have a nice ride into town?
                                                                         

I  know what we would do. We have been bringing a "pit-bike" with us to the races and off-road events for years. It occurred to us early on to have one with a legal tag. We could run into town, get firewood, or just take a nice ride in the county-side for a few hours Saturday night.

Allow us to share what we offer.
We still prefer two stroke engines due to the power advantage over the  four-strokes. However, the 4T's are getting faster, with better cylinder heads, and higher tech engines. All of these bikes can be seen on our sales pages  here.

Genuine offers the buddy 50  starting at $1995. A small 49cc 2T runner. We have seen buddies 10 years old with over 20K miles on the clock and running like a top. If the rider is shorter than 5'3" this is a great choice as this company offers a short seat as well as a lowered shock to accommodate "fun-sized riders".  We have a customer  with both feet on the ground at 4'10" tall.

The Roughhouse 50 is the more rugged version of the buddy. Equipped with 50/50 tires capable of light dirt use and asphalt riding as well. This is the one you want to take the dirt "road" down to the fishing hole. The same 2T motor as the buddy 50. Both of these bikes are capable of 45 MPH ( derestricted) and have a host of well fitting accessories such as rear racks, windshields and hop-up parts.  Again, $1,999 gets you on the road. The sport version goes for $2295.

Then there are the  four-strokes. These are  the clean and green versions of the 50cc world. Genuine Scooters are on board with their new Venture for just $1,599. A 3 valve engine with water cooling so it can run hard and stay reliable.
Lance has been in the 50cc game for a while with several offerings. They have gone all four stroke with their bikes. This means no oil to mix with the gas.
They have 5 models to choose from in the 50 cc range:
The SOHO 50cc at $1799



Their Cabo comes in a 50cc version at $1,699.


The PCH50 at $1,599.



The Cali Classic  50 sits at $1,799 with a different look for a small scooter


As well as the Havana 50cc at $1,799 to round out Lances offering.

We would be remiss to forget to mention SYM and their Mio 50 and its unique looks at $1,999


As you can see, there are plenty of choices for that 50cc to fit on the end of your camper or the hitch of your pick-up. The prices range from $1600 to $2200 so you won't have to break the bank to have some fun. Did we mention fun? Yes, not only are these economical to ride and maintain, often getting 100 MPG in fuel economy, but they are a blast on a warm day. Far more fun to explore with than the big guys.

Stop by and chat with us. We can show you some scooters and even help you figure out how to haul them. We know what works and what doesn't. We keep several different ones in stock, so you can try them all out for size.












   

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April specials


    Come in and take advantage of our specials for the month of April! GREAT deal on remaining Icon helmets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's SPRING!!!

  The winters get kind of long in the motorcycle business. So...on that note. The song came on, things happened.
                                                           
                                                           
                                                                   

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shrinky Dink 4

    Spring is officially here. It is time to ride. We sure hope you spent THE WINTER getting your projects done, your bikes fixed and purchased your riding gear.

    This means the Shrinky Dink IV has officially ended.  We had a few more active riders than last year, but could always use more. We know there are more of you out there riding in the cold. Look for the 5th annual and join in for the fun next year.

   Now to the results. Tony won this year, because he was just a machine. Long rides two up early on in the contest racked up almost an insurmountable lead. Tony and his riding partner Yvonne were riding 10 miles to go workout, and then 100+ to go see the inner Harbor in Baltimore. He was really putting the miles on.
                                                                 
                                                                     

There is a rumor he takes Yvonne so she gets chilly; just so he gets to warm her up at home. In all honesty; they make use of good heated gear, properly set-up bikes to put in the miles. Does the electric gear cost him a few points on the tally. YES (everyone asks), but he puts down so many miles it doesn't matter.

Second places goes to Michael (Stiltz) for taking the time and effort to make the cold rides in Baltimore, even in the slush a few times, sometimes....without the best of gear (you may have seen the video).


Stiltz received 2nd place thru gentlemanly determination and a wee bit of madness.


We believe third place needs to log more of his entrees. We see him on two wheels all the time, but he fails to record them with us.. Tim was beaten out of 1st place and relegated to third this year.
                                                                                   
   Tim's technique for winter riding is much like mine, just get on the bike and ride. Wear enough gear until it doesn't hurt. 

    Good job to all three winners. We had other entrees, but these three riders put in the miles. It was an odd winter for the contest as there were no truly awful days with negative temperatures to go for the honorable mention worst ride of the year.

Prizes? Oh yes, there are. Did we forget to mention? This isn't just for fun, but we give away prizes to the winners as well.

1st Place. Since Yvonne rides with you. You get 2 free tee shirts from Carlisle Cycle and Scooter AND (drum roll). Two free bike inspections for 2017. Bring your rides by the shop and we will do your PA state inspections on us.

2nd Place gets a free tee shirt. The size and colour are your choice.

3rd place gets a free tee as well, but we get to pick the colour. ( It has to be less than 2nd somehow).

    Thank you for taking the time to enter. We think this is quite a good time. We WILL be doing it again next year! Remember to watch for the start at the beginning of the Winter Solstice.