May 25, 2005

More Exhaust Woes

Posted in scootering, toys at 2:08 pm by Marise Phillips

So when Larry put my new exhaust on a few weeks back, he told me (under no uncertain terms) to take the scooter over to Scuderia West and ask them to tighten the top nut. Apparently, Lars' socket wrench was too long and wouldn't fit all the way up in there. In his words just today…

"Like a good woman, motorcycles are full of tight nooks and crannies don'tcha know…"

But did I go to the shop to get it tightened? Noooooooooo! And so yesterday when I asked a co-worker who rides a Kawasaki 1000 to take a look ('cause, to my untrained ear, it sounded like the exhaust had come loose), the nut, bolt and gasket had actually fallen off! ACK!

So I called the dealer who sold me the exhaust, asked 'em to send me some replacement parts, and if they come in tomorrow, I'll go over to Larry's and get the damn pipe tightened, and GOOD. He's actually getting the exact wrench for the job!

I don't know why I even dare to dream of owning a honest-to-god motorcycle someday! Maybe it's just the rabidly conspicuous consumer in me… jonesing for that next retail fix! So, without further ado, here is my short list of bikes I'm considering:

  • Honda Rebel 250
  • Honda Nighthawk 250
  • Suzuki SV 650

The latter, while a great deal more powerful, rarer to find used, and thusly more expensive, is so beautiful, I just had to post a photo:

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April 26, 2005

Scooting to Work!

Posted in knitting, scootering, weekend, work at 9:30 am by Marise Phillips

Sooooooo exciting – Larry fixed my Mojito on Saturday and it sounds soooo lovely and quiet and is much more zippy now! I've driven it to work two days running now, and I'm ecstatic!! Even got meself a full-coverage helmet (mostly to get J off my case). I love being able to smell the spring grasses alongside the road right after I pass the SF dump. Ha 😉

I rode all over town on Sunday, first to K's, then to Zeitgeist which was mercifully overcrowded with a line running out the door. If it wasn't the memory of me blowing out everyone's eardrums a couple Sundays ago, the knitting would get my ass kicked.

Speaking of which, I am finally persevering with an actual scarf, thanks to the very fluffy, forgiving yarn I bought at ImagiKnit.

K also pointed me to some online yarn porn, and I bought a few more cute skeins which I'm hoping will arrive later this week.

This is the project I hope to be good enough to embark on someday:

But first, must learn to bind off.

April 20, 2005

Mystery solved!

Posted in scootering, self-flagellation, weekend at 4:40 pm by Marise Phillips

Warning: This is a highly embarrassing story about me and my cluelessness.

But at least now I know what was wrong with my scooter (aka The Angry Hornet).

So I went over to Lorenzo's place Monday night and was even more embarrassed than usual driving such a heinously LOUD yet relatively-teeny-tiny scooter (50cc for those in the know.)

It's like chatting on IM with some guy you really like, and typing with caps lock on for a really long time without knowing, and then finding out…

but much, MUCH worse.

Anyway, this was not helped one bit by the fact that I had driven this same scooter to Zeitgeist a week before, only to hear from my friend N the next day that everyone in the back barbecue area laughed their asses off as I drove away (because not only is the fucking thing LOUD as hell, but continues to be audible, and annoying, for miles and miles away…) SIGH!

So, anyway, I had to endure this extreme humiliation once again as I drove to Larry's for my diagnostic-checkup-slash-massage date. As I predicted, Larry was outside waiting for me because yes, you guessed it, he'd heard me coming. We rolled the scooter into his garage, and as he bent low to look underneath the exhaust, he said, "Aha. So do you want to know what the problem is?"

Gulp. "Okay."

"The uptake pipe is rusted through. You essentially have no muffler."


But I have to say it's such a relief finally knowing what the problem is… It's just hard to stop beating myself up over the fact I had no idea where the exhaust was when I bought the scooter, nor did it ever occur to me to look *underneath* the exhaust once I found out where it was. People like me (clueless and impulsive) should NOT buy used vehicles on craigslist. M'kay??

But at least there is a plan in place. The shop in Livermore has shipped me one (1) lovely replacement exhaust which should get here by Friday. And on Saturday, Larry will replace it for me.

Best of all, I got to leave the scooter in his garage. Two reasons:

  1. No humiliating ride back through the Mission
  2. Instead, a ride on the (not loud at ALL) Ducati, baby!

April 13, 2005

Good Old Larry

Posted in scootering at 2:25 pm by Marise Phillips

He's my buddy.

I've been all distressed since I bought my Mojito off a guy on craigslist…

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…because it sounds like an angry hornet.

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I was convinced for the last few weeks that it was the custom Arrow exhaust making it so loud. Two so-called motorcycle know-it-alls told me that

increased torque/speed = noise

no matter what, nothing doing.

So I've been waiting for over a month for an affordable replacement part to arrive at the only Aprilia dealer in town.

Wait, wait, wait…

But then I spoke to the service guy at the dealer where the scooter was originally sold/upgraded, he said it might just be loose or broken. Too bad they're in B.F.E. (aka Livermore) 😦

Well, this is where Larry comes in. Or, I should say, Lorenzo comes in. Lorenzo likes to say "Ciao, bella!" and give me rides on his Ducati. He's also a masseur-in-training and is molto generoso with the practice massages! He works for burritos and beer! 🙂

So next Monday night, I got me a date with Lorenzo for a massage and a look-see at my baby Mojito to see if we can figure out what's going on with my exhaust. And I also found this cool link along the way!

Why did I wait so long???