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My Scooter Is Leaking Gas into the Intake

The problem of having gasoline leaking into the intake valve, causing a rich or flooding situation is for a scooter is one that shouldn’t be avoided. In fact, anytime you experience problems with fuel, the issue should always be discovered and a solution provided to reduce the potential of further damage to the engine or void any warranties.

For the most part, this problem is caused by a carburetor that has a float that is stuck or a clogged jet that is continually flowing fuel to the intake valve. If this is the case, simply cleaning a carburetor can be an easy solution.

Posted below are instructions on how to clean your carburetor for most scooters sold through Variety Powersports:

To clean your carburetor you will need to take the carb off the scooter. Typically there are 2 to 4 screws on the bottom of the carb you will need to remove.

After removal, make sure you have clear access to the float bowl and the carb jets. The jets look like two gold screws with holes in them. Unscrew the carb jets and make sure nothing is clogging them. Your float is usually white and you will need to make sure it moves up and down freely.

Clean the bottom inside of your carburetor and the bottom of the bowl with carb cleaner and this should remove most of the debris.

Reassemble your carburetor, reattach to the scooter, reconnect all hoses and cables and test fire your scooter to verify there are no leaks.
This video below shows you the inner workings of the typical carburetor that is used on most of the scooters we sell at Variety Powersports. Review this video to see what the parts look like and for tips on cleaning and adjusting your carburetor. However, it’s also important to remember to ONLY use premium gasoline; especially after cleaning your carb.

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My Unit Just Dies When I Come To A Stop, But Everything Checks Out

Nothing is worse than trying to diagnose a problem when you’ve pretty much checked everything. This situation gets worse when your scooter simply dies and stops running when you come to a stop. Typically this situation is caused by two things:
A fuel delivery problem

An electrical problem

If you have done everything from checking gasoline, cleaning the carb to examining the spark plug wires, plugs themselves and ignition system, the chances are that the problem is related to the valves needing to be adjusted. Typically cylinder valves can become loose on a scooter motor after an extended period of operation. In fact, in most cases, cylinder head valves don’t require any adjustment until they’ve reached 1,000 miles of operation.

If you’ve come to the point where you can’t find any other issues with fuel or electrical that may be causing your engine to quit running when you come to a stop, it’s quite possible that the valves are loose, causing a ‘flooding’ situation of fuel, or the reverse, where they are too tight and restricting the flow of air/fuel or exhaust, causing the engine to misfire and quit running. If this is the situation, contact our sales team to get the proper adjustment clearance measurements for the brand of scooter you have so you can have the valves adjusted professionally; or if you’re comfortable, doing this on your own.

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Temperature sensor stays on all the time

The temperature sensor is a critical warning indicator that alerts you to a potential problem with your scooter from Variety Powersports. For time to time, this warning light will appear to stay illuminated, bringing up the obvious question; ‘is it the sensor or a major problem with the engine’. Due to the importance of the temperature sensor, it’s important to find out why this is happening so you can fix the issue and potentially save thousands of dollars in repairs. Here is a list of things to check that will help you discover if it’s just a minor issue, or the signs of a major problem.

Remove the Seat: The first step is to check the actual sensor to see if something came unplugged or if the sensor is faulty. To check this, you need to remove your two seats and then take off the center console.

Find the Carb: Once the seat is removed, you will need to be on the passenger side of the unit to find the carburetor.

Located the gold sensor: Directly under the carburetor will be a gold-fitted sensor plug that is plugged into the motor. Follow the wire that comes off that plug and about 12 inches down it will plug into the wiring harness. Make sure that it is plugged into the wiring harness. It is very common that it can become unplugged. If it is plugged in properly, then you probably have a bad sensor that illuminates frequently because it is not reading any temperature off the motor.

If you’ve checked the sensor and fixed it, and the temperature sensor still illuminates frequently, you should call our sales and support team at Variety Powersports quickly, so we can help you with the problem or help find a local certified mechanic who can diagnose and fix the issue for you.

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How Do I Adjust My Valves?

Adjusting the valves on a scooter is not an easy task, nor should it be completed without the proper tools or experience. For those who feel comfortable with this job, you’ll probably know that each manufacturer has specific rules and guidelines on valve lash (clearance) and how they should be set. Noted below is a basic instructional list of steps that you should complete when adjusting the valves of a scooter purchased through Variety Powersports. If you have any hesitation on completing this job 100% accurately, please STOP and have an experienced mechanic complete valve adjustment as needed.

First, a few indicators on when valves should be adjusted. When a valve’s clearance from the rocker arm and valve stem is too large, the valve doesn’t open up fully (and you’ll probably hear a clicking or knocking sound). Conversely, if the valve lash is too tight, the valve won’t close or open fully or correctly, leading to poor engine performance and in some cases, compression or exhaust issues that can cause major mechanical damage. For those who feel comfortable moving forward, noted below are a few important steps to follow about adjusting valves on a scooter motor.

    1. Always Adjust Valves Cold: A common rule in setting valve clearance is making sure that the engine is cold. If the engine valve is adjusted when hot, it will close or loosen when the engine is cold and vice versa.
    1. Place Scooter on a stand for stability and security
    1. Take valve cover off
    1. Find TDC: Place a wrench on the nut that attaches to the fan (if there is one) or the crank and rotate the engine until you reach Top Dead Center. If you look at the flywheel of a scooter motor, sometimes TDC will be marked with an “X” or “T” or they will be indicated on the outside of a cam-sprocket .
  1. Adjust Intake and Exhaust Valves: Once you’re cylinder is at TDC, you can adjust the valves. It’s always a good idea to start with intake and then finish with exhaust. Contact your engine manufacturer to receive the correct valve lash settings for intake valves and exhaust as most likely they will be unique and different per each scooter manufacturer. Again, you should know how to adjust valves if you’re trying this on your own, so we won’t get into the specifics about this process.

Adjusting valves should only be completed after contacting the sales and technical team at Variety Powersports to ensure any warranties or other issues are handled appropriately. Our technical team can help you with the proper valve adjustment settings and also help you find a local mechanic that is certified to work on your specific brand of scooter if needed.

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Whenever I am at Full Throttle My Engine Bogs Out

The problem of an engine bogging out is commonly caused by inefficiency of fuel or air flow or ignition to the carburetor. With a newer scooter, this could be caused of a few situations and one of them could be caused by driver error. When you’re under full throttle, the governor will not allow you to get any more power – and will result in a situation where the engine appears to bog down. However, if the issue is not with the governor, it may be directly related to other mechanical issues that can be diagnosed and fixed. Here are a few items to check along with a solution to fix them in many cases.

    1. Check the Air Filter: The most common reason why an engine bogs out under acceleration is because the air/fuel mixture is ‘dirty’ or inefficient. If the air filter is clogged or has a lot of dirt in it, it could be bogging down the engine. Clean the air filter and see if the problem goes away.
    1. Check the Carb: If your scooter is new, you might need to adjust the needle on the carburetor slide. To do this, find the carburetor through the panel under the seat. Take the screws out of the top of the carburetor, which will expose the carb. Pull the slide out with the needle attached. There are 3 notches on the needle. If the scooter is stock, this will be in the middle. Move the needle up to the top slot and put it back together. If your scooter is used, then still check the needle, but take the carb out, unscrew the bottom of the carb, and clean the bowl.
    1. Clean the Carb: Sometimes dirt or filth can get in the carb and clog the main jet or pilot and will not allow fuel to flow properly. If this happens, you’ll need to clean the carburetor to remove any ‘gunk’ or obstructions that are causing the bogging situation. Sometimes using carb cleaner to spray into the carb throttle body is easy enough, while other times complete disassembly and cleaning is the best solution.

Variety Powersports sells a huge selection of new fuel filters and air filters available for the scooters we sell. Replacing these items on a consistent and routine basis can reduce potential problems like having the engine bog at higher speeds or under acceleration.

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How do I Clean My Air Filter?

The air filter is considered the lungs of any combustion engine. For this reason, it’s vital to ensure that it remains clean and serviceable as often as possible. For a scooter sold through Variety Powersports, a clean and efficient air filter can mean the difference between smooth and long-lasting operation, and having a scooter that eventually breaks down.

Cleaning an air filter on a scooter is a simple process as indicated below.

First – remove the air filter. On the left side of the engine is an air intake box. It usually has 6 screws. Take the screws out and the filter will be exposed. Remove the filter and place on a work bench or clear space that allows you plenty of space to clean the filter.

Clean the filter with water or Compressed Air: There are two ways to clean an air filter for a scooter; either though water or compressed air. If you wash the filter with water it is critical that you let it dry completely before placing it back onto the scooter. Cleaning an air filter with compressed air is recommended if you’re in a hurry and want to complete the job without delays.

Replace the air filter: Eventually, your air filter will wear out, regardless of how often you wash or clean it. It’s a good idea to replace your air filter every 3,000 miles or every six oil changes. When you need to buy a new air filter, Variety Powersports has multiple in stock and available at very affordable pricing. Visit this page to check out our inventory of all replacement parts for scooters.

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I Hear Some Slight Knocking in My Engine

The four stroke engines that power today’s scooters sold through Variety Powersports are engineered to run smooth, efficient and most importantly – without knocking. Anytime you hear a knocking or ticking sound coming from an internal combustion engine, it’s typically not a good thing. The cause of the ticking or knocking sound can be minor or the sign of a major mechanical issue; that could lead to complete engine failure. Never the less, a slight knocking sound is typically due to a lubrication situation. As such, here are a few tips for diagnosing this problem.

Check your oil level: When you hear a slight knock or repeated tick every time the engine rotates, it’s commonly due to low oil levels or old oil that is not properly lubricating the engine components inside the cylinder head. The first thing you should do is to check your oil level if you’ve recently changed oil. If it is low, add oil slowly and in small increments until the oil level is full. Start the engine and see if the tick goes away.

Change the Oil: If you’ve check the oil level and added some and the tick or knock is still occurring, you need to change the oil and add new 10W40 conventional oil. Add the recommended level of engine oil, check the level to ensure it is full, and again, try to start the engine to see if the knock goes away. If the knocking still exists, the problem is internal with the engine and should be fixed as soon as possible before operating the scooter further.

Verify your gasoline usage: Sometimes scooter owners will use lower grade unleaded gasoline in their scooters. However, we strongly recommend using premium unleaded gasoline, as lower grades have less octane which can produce higher levels of carbon and poor engine efficiency. The knocking could be caused by this factor. If this is the situation, empty your fuel tank, fill up with premium unleaded gasoline and run the scooter for a while to see if the knock goes away.
If you’ve completed the above steps and still notice the knocking sound, or if the knocking sound gets louder and more pronounced, it’s possible that you have loose valves or something wrong with the internal engine components. Call our technicians at Variety Powersports for recommendations as to how to address this situation, but make sure to stop driving or operating your scooter to prevent additional damage.

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My Speedometer is Not Working Correctly

The problem of a speedometer not working on a scooter is actually more common that one might assume. The speedometer for a scooter is typically located near the front wheel and is attached by a wire going into the wheel. Occasionally, especially when the scooter is used on bumpy roads, this wire will become loose or fall off completely; in which case, the solution for fixing the broken speedometer is rather simple. However, there are situations when the fix is not as easy to find or fix. Noted below are a few steps you can take to check issue with a speedometer and solutions to repair the issue.

First check the speedometer wire going into the wheel for a proper fit. To accomplish this, you’ll need to unscrew the wire, pull the wire out, then put it back into the housing and make sure it goes in smoothly. As we indicated above, sometimes the speedometer wire can become loose or simply come off track and provide a false reading or no reading at all.

Check the front fairing: If the above solution does not fix the problem, then you will need to take the front fairing off the scooter and unplug the speedometer wire from the back of the speedometer. Then plug it back in and make sure it is secure.

Inspect the wire attached to the speedometer: The only other possible issue causing a speedometer to not work correctly is if the wire attached to the actual speedometer is malfunctioning or does not fit correctly. Check under the handlebars where the wire attaches to the speedometer to determine if this is the situation. If so, reattach the wire correctly.

If it still does not work, then you have a defective speedometer. Contact our sales department at Variety Powersports and we’ll find you the right replacement speedometer for your scooter manufacturer. We have a direct line with manufacturers and can order parts from them quickly and at affordable pricing.

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My Scooter has Power but it Won’t Start

When you buy a scooter and use it for an extended period, one of the common problems that can pop up unexpectedly is an issue with the starter. If you discover that your scooter has battery power, turn on the key and your lights turn on, but can’t engage the starter, this could be one of two problems; either the starter itself or your starter switch. Regardless of which one it may be, there is a system we recommend using to trace the problem, and solutions for fixing each one based on your own experience or comfort level.

Try to manually start the scooter: The first thing we recommend is to try and manually start your scooter with the start button on the handlebars. If you turn the key on and engage the button, but nothing happens, the problem is going to be electrical; meaning that it’s the starter button, the wires running to the starter relay, the relay itself or the actual starter. If you try to start is manually and the starter engages, but the engine won’t fire, then the problem is with the ignition system or fuel system.

Check the Engine Ignition and Fuel System: In most cases, the problem with a scooter not starting but with power is caused by an issue with the engine; either a bad spark plug wire, bad plug or a fuel system problem.
Checking the Fuel System: In order to check the fuel system, make sure you inspect the fuel lines running from the fuel tank to the fuel pump and to the actual carburetor / fuel injector. If you notice any leaks, replace the hoses with the new ones. You should also inspect the fuel filter and see if it’s clogged up with debris. This is a major reason why engines don’t start, especially if you drive your scooter on dirt roads.
Checking the Ignition System: The other major reason why an engine won’t start is due to the engine not getting the right spark. This is caused by a problem with the spark plug, spark plug wires, or the ignition coil. If you’re experienced in these systems, you’ll know how to check to see if they are the issue. If not, please don’t’ attempt to check electrical components as it could be dangerous and cause injuries. Take your scooter to a certified mechanic to complete this diagnostic check.
Checking the Starter: If the scooter won’t engage the starter when you press the button, it’s probably due to a bad fuse, or problem with the actual starter motor. In this case, you’ll want to inspect the fuses next to the relay or CDI. If the fuses are good, the problem is most likely with the starter and you’ll have to order a new one to replace. At this point, contact our sales technicians at Variety Powersports and order a replacement starter, or contact a local scooter parts supplier or mechanic to see if they can order and replace it for you.
If you’ve completed the above recommended diagnostic inspections and still are having trouble finding the cause of why your scooter won’t start, it is possible that you may have significant engine damage. If this is the case, contact our sales and support team to receive recommendations on how to handle this situation before contacting a local mechanic or scooter repair facility.

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My Remote is Dead

One of the best perks of owning a new scooter is having a remote starter. However, like any other battery powered system, the remote’s battery will eventually drain and stop working. You’ll want to want to fix the problem sooner rather than later; due to the fact that the remote starter contains memory for the specific frequency of your precise scooter. If you don’t replace the battery soon, the starter can lose this memory and you’ll have to take it to a repair show to be reinitialized.

To replace your battery inside the remote, find a small screw driver (usually a Philips) and remove the screws on the back of the remote.

Find the battery, typically lying flat on the front side of the remote and note the size or model number of the battery. Before removing the battery, purchase a new battery from a store or parts supplier.

Once you have a replacement battery, remove the old battery and replace with the new one, making sure to place it with the right side facing down (usually the + symbol).

Replace the rear cover, insert screws and retighten. Test the remote battery to ensure it works.

Fixing a remote that is dead is rather simple as long as it’s the battery. However, if the remote has been dropped or run over by accident, it can damage components that are not possible to fix. If you discover problems with your battery, or the remote starter, and need a new remote, contact our sales team at Variety Powersports and we’ll be able to direct you on where to buy a replacement remote.

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My Trunk Rattles

If you’re having a problem with the trunk rattling on a scooter, it’s typically due to a loose fitting trunk or some issues with the inner padding. There are two things you can do to find the root cause and repair this issue that does not require a lot of mechanical experience.

    1. First – check the trunk for tightness: There is a bolt that attaches the trunk to the chassis of the scooter, typically located on the sides of the trunk or on the bottom, inside the trunk and attached under the rear fender. Check to see if this bolt is tight or loose. If it’s loose, simply tighten it up, and it should fix the issue.
  1. Second – check the fitting of the trunk. If you notice that the bolt is tight, but the trunk continues to rattle, it’s probably due to the edge of the trunk simply not fitting securely to the frame. To fix this, remove the trunk, apply some thin weather stripping where the trunk sits on the edge of the frame and reinstall the trunk. This will apply a tighter seal and should solve the issue.

If the above two suggestions don’t fix the problem, it is possible that the trunk is damaged due to a fall, accident or other situation. Check with your manufacturer to see if this is covered under any warranty, but most likely this will be something you’ll have to fix through a local scooter shop or order a replacement unit from the manufacturer. If you need help finding replacement parts, contact our sales team at Variety Powersports.

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Scooter Starts But Loses Power

If you’re riding down the street in your scooter and suddenly it loses power, it’s typically due to a problem with fuel delivery or with electrical spark. Sometimes it can be as simple as a quick short circuit caused by water splashing onto the motor, or the signs of a more complex situation. Regardless of the cause, there is a system of checks that we recommend you completing before taking your scooter into a mechanic to be repaired; or trying to fix the situation on your own.

  1. Visually inspect all wiring: The primary cause of misfiring engines is due to electrical issues. In fact, 90 percent of all issues like this one are caused by a loose wire or one that has a short. Here is a list of specific items that you should visually check.
    • Check the battery for charge.
    • Check the wires from the battery to the starter and ignition coil
    • Check any fuses next to the relay box. You’ll notice this as there are multiple wires running from one spot near the engine.
    • Check the spark plug wires and the spark plug for signs of fouling. One way to check this is if the spark plug appears to be very wet or if a lot of excess fuel flows out of the spark plug hole after you remove it. This is a sign of a bad spark plug wire, a bad CDI or relay (which is highly unlikely) or a bad spark plug itself. The recommended replacement spark plug for any of our scooters is an NGK CR6HSA or CR7HSA.
  2. Check the Fuel System: The other main reason why your engine would shut off while the engine is running is due to fuel. There are basically three issues that can cause this problem; bad fuel, clogged fuel filters, or carburetor / fuel injector issues. The best way to solve this issue is to empty the fuel tank, inspect all fuel lines and filters, and clean the fuel system (carburetor or fuel injector). If you have experience with this type of mechanical work, you’ll know how to do the job. However, if you don’t, please either call our service department or contact a local scooter mechanic to complete this task. The fuel systems on most scooters we sell are complex and should be worked on by certified or experienced mechanics only.
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My Wheels Wobble Or Feel Loose

If you’re riding down the street in your scooter and suddenly it loses power, it’s typically due to a problem with fuel delivery or with electrical spark. Sometimes it can be as simple as a quick short circuit caused by water splashing onto the motor, or the signs of a more complex situation. Regardless of the cause, there is a system of checks that we recommend you completing before taking your scooter into a mechanic to be repaired; or trying to fix the situation on your own.

  1. Visually inspect all wiring: The primary cause of misfiring engines is due to electrical issues. In fact, 90 percent of all issues like this one are caused by a loose wire or one that has a short. Here is a list of specific items that you should visually check.
    • Check the battery for charge.
    • Check the wires from the battery to the starter and ignition coil
    • Check any fuses next to the relay box. You’ll notice this as there are multiple wires running from one spot near the engine.
    • Check the spark plug wires and the spark plug for signs of fouling. One way to check this is if the spark plug appears to be very wet or if a lot of excess fuel flows out of the spark plug hole after you remove it. This is a sign of a bad spark plug wire, a bad CDI or relay (which is highly unlikely) or a bad spark plug itself. The recommended replacement spark plug for any of our scooters is an NGK CR6HSA or CR7HSA.
  2. Check the Fuel System: The other main reason why your engine would shut off while the engine is running is due to fuel. There are basically three issues that can cause this problem; bad fuel, clogged fuel filters, or carburetor / fuel injector issues. The best way to solve this issue is to empty the fuel tank, inspect all fuel lines and filters, and clean the fuel system (carburetor or fuel injector). If you have experience with this type of mechanical work, you’ll know how to do the job. However, if you don’t, please either call our service department or contact a local scooter mechanic to complete this task. The fuel systems on most scooters we sell are complex and should be worked on by certified or experienced mechanics only.
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Scooter Maintenance

When you’ve just invested in a new scooter, you want to make sure it’s taken care of properly. The way to accomplish this is by completing routine service and maintenance. Believe it or not, maintenance for a scooter is very easy. Posted below are a few basic tips that when followed can significantly improve the lifecycle of your new scooter from Variety Powersports.

    1. Replace Engine Oil After Break-in: Each scooter that is sold by Variety Powersports is shipped to customers with engine oil already inside the crankcase. This engine oil is specifically engineered for the break-in period; which ranges from 50 to 100 miles depending on the manufacturer. It’s recommended that you change the oil in your scooter right after this break-in period. The recommended replacement oil is 10W40, four-stroke motor oil. Here are the instructions for changing your oil for a scooter:
      • Drain Oil from Crank Case: There is a bolt located on the bottom of the scooter that needs to be removed in order to drain the old oil from the engine. Locate the bolt then unscrew the bolt to allow the oil to drain naturally from the engine. Once all of the oil has been removed, replace the engine oil screw to its original location and tighten appropriately.
      • Purchase and Replace Oil: As noted above, you’ll want to purchase at least two quarts of 10w40 four stroke engine oil. It is highly recommended to use NON-SYNTHETIC or conventional motor oil. Do NOT use synthetic or synthetic-blend oil. Most of our scooters take 1.5 quarts of oil, but check with the manufacturer’s recommendations before adding new oil to the scooter. We recommend changing oil every 500 miles on the scooter.
    2. Check Coolant Levels: If you have a scooter that is water-cooled, you need to frequently check the levels of coolant. The coolant collection device is semi-transparent, so it’s rather simple for a scooter owner to check the levels. To find the coolant cylinder, look behind the front wheel through the front fender. Check the coolant level before any extended trip. To add coolant, use distilled water and standard engine coolant for a four-stroke motor.
    1. Check front and rear axles: Another maintenance item recommended for scooters is checking the front and rear axle for tightness. Occasionally these critical components will come loose due to frequent use; especially if the scooter is used off road or on bumps frequently.
    1. Tighten mirrors and handlebars: Like the axel, the handlebars and side mirrors can also become loose from time to time. We recommend checking these items once per month, and tighten as needed.
  1. Change tires: It’s very difficult to recommend an interval for changing tires, but it’s important that you don’t drive a scooter on tires that are cracked or are showing extensive wear. A good rule of thumb is to check your tread depth every 500 miles when you’re changing oil. When the tire grooves are starting to wear out unevenly or if they are worn out, replace them as soon as possible. Also, if you’re noticing that your tire pressure is always low, it’s a good indication of a small leak; and should be replaced – not repaired.

As with any other vehicle, proper scooter maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle for years. If you have any questions about service or maintenance for your scooter, please contact our sales team at Variety Powersports. We’re here to help.

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Regulations

If you have remote start, try and start the scooter. If it does not start, then follow the red wire from the battery to the starter relay, make sure the wire is connected, and then run the red wire from the starter relay to the actual starter. Secure this tightly. Try to start the scooter. If it still won’t start, run the negative wire to the ground on the scooter frame and make sure there is full contact and the wire is connected. If it won’t start and you don’t hear any clicking from the starter, then you probably have a bad starter. Call our techs at this point and get a starter on its way to you.

One other thing you can check is to remove the housing on the handlebars into which the start switch is plugged, take the housing apart, and make sure the button is making contact withthe switch. If you have remote start and the bike WILL start using remote start but NOT by pressing the button, then you probably have a loose wire connecting to your relay or cdi. Check the wires and make sure they are all plugged in. On a side note, check the spark plug and ignition coil. If your starter is clicking whenever you press your start button, but it does not start, this might be a reason. However, because this is so rare it’s almost not worth mentioning.

To check spark (and ONLY do this AFTER you have tried EVERYTHING mentioned above) you will need to unscrew the spark plug from the engine. This can usually be done by removing the panel under the seat. To find it, you will see a black wire with a huge piece on the end plugged into the engine. Take the ignition coil off the spark plug, unscrew the spark plug, and then plug the spark plug back into the ignition coil when it is out of the engine. Hold the ignition coil (NOT THE SPARK PLUG IN ANY WAY OR YOU WILL BE ELECTROCUTED IF IT DOES HAVE SPARK!!!!!!!!) and then press the spark plug end to a bolt connected to the frame (a ground). Then press the start switch. If the spark plug does not spark, get a new spark plug. The plug is an NGK CR6HSA or CR7HSA. Put the new spark plug into the ignition coil and press start again. If it still does not spark, then you probably have a bad ignition coil.

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Tax Title, & License (TT&L)

Buying a new scooter from cccc gives you the ability to have an easy-to-drive mode of transportation anywhere the roads may take you. However, in order to drive it on city or county roads, you’re going to have to register it with your local DMV first. We receive a lot of questions about this process – however, the reality is that registration processes are unique for each US State and may vary depending on the county you live. Noted below is a generic instruction guideline that will show you the basics about registering your scooter in the municipality you live.

  1. Contact Us to Receive MCO: Once you receive your scooter the first thing you should do is to contact Variety Powersports so we can complete the Manufactured Certificate of Origin (MCO). In order to accomplish this, we’ll need you to provide the VIN number, which is a 17-digit number that will be noted on the actual scooter and perhaps on the documentation in your order form. Once we have the VIN and your contact information, you’ll receive the MCO and Bill of Sale, which you’ll need in order to register the scooter with your DMV.
  2. Get Insurance for your Scooter: After you receive your MCO and Bill of Sale, you’ll need to contact an insurance company to activate a policy for your scooter for on road driving. Virtually all DMVs require you to show proof of insurance in order to register any motor vehicle in the state. Most scooter insurance policies are rather inexpensive, ranging from $50 to $100 per year.
  3. Set up a Vehicle Inspection: As we indicated above, each US State has different requirements for registering a vehicle for on road use. Most states require that any vehicle pass a safety inspection, completed by an authorized location. Contact your local DMV to determine which facility is acceptable to inspect your scooter (if needed), before trying to register the scooter.

After you’ve completed all of the required items to gain all the documentation you need to register the scooter with your local DMV, complete the process with your DMV office. They will provide you with all the required documentation, license plate, registration paper work and title (if applicable) once you visit the DMV.

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Scooter Assembly

Each scooter sold from Variety Powersports is shipped to customers directly in a secure crate that is designed to protect the scooter during transportation to your home or office. Once you take delivery of your new scooter, there is a process that we recommend for unpacking the scooter and completing the final assembly. As with any of the products we sell, if you’re not 100% confident about unpacking and assembling your new scooter, we’ll be happy to walk you through the process or help find a local expert that can assist you with this task.

Here are the steps for unpacking and assembly for your new scooter:

  1. Unpack the Crate: Remove all bolts from the bottom of the crate that are connected to the top of the crate. Once the bolts have been removed, and the top has been removed, inspect the crate to find a packing list that will document what is supposed to be packed inside the crate. Before removing the scooter, inspect the crate to verify that all items are contained inside the crate that is listed on the packing slip. After verifying the inventory of the packing list, carefully remove all items and place them aside for now.
  2. Remove the Axel Bolt: The next step is to remove the axel bolt that holds the scooter secure inside the crate. The bolt needs to be removed from the side of the scooter, so if you need to, remove that side of the crate so you can easily get to it. Remove the axle bolt, dispose of the nut, but keep the spacer as you might need this to assemble the front tire. Once the bolt has been removed, take the scooter completely out of the crate for easy access to complete the assembly.
  3. Remove the seat & install accessories: There is a trunk that is located on the back of the scooter (on most models we sell). Typically, these are taped down during shipping, but in order to remove it you’ll have to open the lock with the key. They key is usually inside the ignition, but may be contained inside a package in the crate. Once you open the seat, take the battery, mirrors, tool kit and other items that are inside and place them aside. Once you’ve removed all the items, find the instructions for each specific item and install them as indicated on the manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Prepare the battery: The battery that was located inside the trunk of the scooter needs to be installed on the actual scooter. Some batteries are fully assembled and don’t require the steps following. However, if your battery comes with acid, you’ll need to follow these steps. Take the battery out of the trunk and locate the area where the battery needs to be installed. You will poke a hole in each of the 6 battery acid holes and push the battery housing down on the battery acid piece. Once this has been completed, put the battery on the ground facing down and the acid housing pointed up. There is a “pin” inside the install kit, using this pin, “poke” holes in the top of the acid housing. Be careful that you do not accidently get battery acid on yourself, if you do, wash it off immediately with soap and water. When the acid is fully inside the housing, remove the acid housing and put the plug strip on the battery.
  5. Install Battery: Open the seat on the scooter (or sometimes the floorboard on the 50 and 150s) and plug the battery in with the battery bolts supplied. The black plug needs to be installed on the negative terminal on the battery and the two red wires (sometimes just one) on the positive. This will give the scooter power. Do not turn on the scooter yet. Let the battery sit for 30 minutes, it will ensure the battery will start.
  6. Install front wheel: As noted above, if your scooter has a loose front wheel inside the crate, you’ll have to install it onto the scooter. This step is best accomplished by placing the scooter on the stand.
    • Take the front wheel and align the disk to the brake.
    • Place the spacer on the brake side. Once the tire and spacer are aligned to the fork, put the axle bolt through the fork, then the spacer, then the tire.
    • After the axle bolt is through the tire, align the speedometer mounting which also acts as a spacer. Align this to the left side of the tire. The speedometer mounting will have a slit in it; make sure this is inserted into the fork when aligning the other side of the wheel to the axle bolt hole on the fork. When aligned, finish pushing the axle bolt through, and then put the lock nut provided in the bolt back on the axle and tighten the axle bolt.
  7. Add lubricants as recommended by the manufacturer: Follow the instructions provided for adding lubricants including oil and coolant’s (if needed). Most of the scooters we sell already have lubricants (oil and coolant) already added. It’s critical for you to double-check the levels however prior to starting your scooter for the first time.
  8. Add premium gasoline: After all lubricants have been added, and all bolts have been tightened, you are ready to finish the assembly by adding fuel. Variety Powersports recommends that you add only premium gasoline (minimum of 89 octane), as these engines are engineered to run on this type of unleaded gasoline.

If you discover that there are any parts missing from the crate in step one of the assembly listed above, please contact the sales and support team at Variety Powersports before moving on with additional assembly. If you have any questions about any steps above, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team. We’re here to help.

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