Some tips and advise for the newbie on owning this icon.

1. It’s a two stroke so you don’t change engine oil. You fill it with 2 stroke oil and it gets consumed.

2. You do change the gear oil.

3. The right side of the Px is heavier because of the engine so when you are taking it off the center stand and you are standing on the left of the scoot, let her lean a tad towards you (the left of the scoot). If you let it lean more on the right, gravity+the weight of the engine will make it tip over to the right.

4. Do not maneuver the bike while it is idling and you are off the bike. You can accidentally shift it into gear and the forward motion will pull on the throttle making your scoot lunge forward. Make sure you are on the scoot when maneuvering it.

5. Do not leave your PX idling on a side stand (if you have this option/accessory). The vibration of your scoot can get it off the side stand and tip over.

6. When you use the side stand, make sure the engine is off, the steering is locked , and you keep her in first gear.

7. Always use the center stand on a flat surface. If you have to park on an incline, make sure your scoot is pointing towards the peak of the incline.

8. Basic tools, to change a flat you need a 13mm socket wrench, and a spark plug remover to clean a fouled or dead plug. Anything else will be up to you, how much work you want to do on the roadside. If you go touring you will need more than the basic tools and some consumable parts.

9. Some sort of pipe to rest the rear of your vespa when changing a rear tire. Some use a juice can, I use a 2 inch diameter PVC pipe cut to length. Changing a rear tire flat is difficult when the scoot is resting on the flat tire when it is on the center stand. After loosening the nuts, raise the rear of the scoot then wedge the pipe under the engine. Vigano makes an accessory which you bolt to the engine that does this job, there are Asian knockoffs of this accessory.

10. Easy to remember air pressure is 20PSI for the front, 30PSI for the back. With pillion or if you are on the hefty side the rear is 35/PSI.

11. Some tips when starting your PX after a lay off. T-CLOCS then FINE-C but in this case do not turn the ignition on first. Use the kick start around 3 times without blipping the throttle, then turn on the ignition and kick start it. Let it warm up a bit, close the choke then blip the throttle a couple of times. I personally warm up my PX by getting it on the road and not letting it idle.

12. For your next morning cold start. T-CLOCS then FINE-C but again do not turn on the ignition, cycle the kick start around 3 times without blipping the throttle. Turn on the ignition then use the electric start. Let it warm up a bit, close the choke then blip the throttle a couple of times.

13. For a flooded engine because of multiple attempts at starting. Sometimes you will see some petrol dripping on the engine side when it is flooded or you will have a petrol smell. What I do is check the spark plug as it might be fouled, clean it or replace it with a spare spark plug. Then close the fuel tap, throttle all the way and kick start. You will have to blip the throttle to burn the flooded fuel. Things will be smoky but will eventually settle down, don’t forget to open the fuel tap.

14. For the gearbox-SAE30 Motor oil or SAE80 Gear oil
For the engine-“Good quality two-stroke oil” personally I use full syn
For disc brake models-DOT4 Brake fluid

15. Petrol-Pre-1980 leaded. For 1980 onwards unleaded. Using ethanol is controversial since our fuel tanks are not coated for ethanol. I personally use non-ethanol unleaded high octane fuel. There are already reports of seizures and the only thing the owners did differently was to use ethanol petrol.Though I know some owners who use ethanol blend of petrol.

16. When changing a rear flat tire. It is much easier if the tire is actually flat and totally deflated. You also want to remove the rear bumper and the spare tire first before removing the rear tire. Removing the spare and bumper gives you more wiggle remove as you maneuver and remove the tire from under the rear well. If properly done there will be no need to force and curse during the process of removal.

17. The spare tire on the left cowl slightly compensates for the engine weight on the right. So avoid transferring it to the rear rack.

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