Millennials Not Buying Harleys by: rockynv - Aug 23, 2017 0:43:33 GMT -5
Post by rockynv on Aug 23, 2017 0:43:33 GMT -5
Still have no idea where you are coming from with this stuff.
I checked Modern Vespa and there are only issues with a guy causing ABS faults by installing two very different sized tires on the bike that is so far out of spec that not even the newest ABS Flash can overcome it, some stalling on a bike that has not had a valve check in over 6 years and is over 10 years old, a Yamaha rider with a real problem, someone with a left brake switch problem which impacts a myriad of other brands and similar checking the most recent dozen or so threads. Yes some 25 or 50 year old bikes have known issues however they are still operational after a quarter to half a century.
I won't bother going back through months of threads there looking for the few that might be real problems with a new bike. Those in my experience just do not happen at that high a rate and when they do Piaggio will take care of it for you if you allow them.
The Piaggio Service Station Manual is less than $10 and puts it very plainly. "A failure of ... is more likely to be due to the connections rather than the components." and leads you through what fuses and connectors to check for pulled wires, blown fuses and the occasional switch that may need attention. Most can be dealt with if you go by the book without any new parts with the exception of replacing a fuse.
One of the biggest issues I see aside from lack of SOP maintenance catching up with them after several years is with people who mod their bikes with add-ons and pull a wire, cause a short, etc that automatically start changing voltage regulators and other parts known to be highly reliable instead of really investigating what they themselves had done to shoot themselves in the foot. Those that left the ignition switch on and shut the bike off with the kill switch running the battery down and then burnt out their starter trying to get it to crank on the now weak battery are also a common one. Some will even tinker with the bikes and break things during the warranty period and not man up to it or have a simple issue covered under the warranty but try to cobble it themselves instead of letting Piaggio do it right under the warranty and then complain about the reliability of the bikes.
People having issues with used bikes that were messed up by the previous owners actions or problematic due to being recovered thefts are really out of scope.
Again if you follow the simple inexpensive, easy to follow maintenance schedule in the owners manual and don't do the things they specifically tell you not to do such as spray water up underneath the fairings into the wiring harness and controls you will see very good long term reliability. There is no magic formula aside from reading and doing as the owners manual instructs. Most required services are fairly cheap when you consider that they will need to be done every year or so and not monthly like on some other bikes. If there is a problem, a new Piaggio for the most part has a 100% 2 year parts and labor warranty plus service bulletin services are taken care of free of charge and not limited to the warranty period or original owner.