Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coming down to the wire

Bobskoot has left Vancouver and is on his way to our agreed meeting place.
I still have preparation to do, including a little electrical work on the GTS to add an SAE power lead direct to the battery, I need a memory card for my GoPro, and a few other odds and sods.

Yesterday my Vespa went into the shop and got its oil change, a new rear tire and CVT belt, and a full tune up.
 Everything was looking peachy, and I expected the intermittent hiccups the engine was having to be a thing of the past.

I was hoping that my second-hand bike would be as fresh and functional as a brand new Vespa straight from the factory.  Like this one for instance.
Not so fast optimistic one!

The hiccups are still there. So the bike is back in the shop. The culprit has been found. An intermittent fault in the fuel injection. Oh dear.

I don't think it's going to be a problem. The only issue is getting it fixed. The dealer doesn't have the injector in stock. That's the bad news. The good news is that it doesn't need to come from the plant in Pontedera in Tuscany. Also the offending part is very small and should travel quickly (photo is from the ScooterWest site - if you need this part too, click the photo).
Still, my departure planned for Saturday may get postponed, which will delay my return. Not the end of the world because it is unlikely to put the trip in jeopardy or the rendez-vous with my fellow travelers.  I just want my GTS back in tip-top shape.

So cross your fingers for me and pray to the Piaggio injector gods.

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PRECIOUS TIME PASSED
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I checked back with my dealer.  They don't have the injector and can't get it for seven to ten days.

That news set me on a search farther afield.  

ScooterWest has the part, but getting it here in time is beyond the realm of possibility.  I then called Vespa Toronto West and was waiting for their service department to call me back.  

My next step was to call Kissell Motorsports in State College Pennsylvania.  Talk about service.  Of course I did drop Steve Williams' name.  But still.  They confirmed that they could get the part by Monday or Tuesday and slot me in to have it installed.  Craig Kissell mentioned that they gets lots of Canadian riders coming through and they reserve shop time for travelers' needs.  How cool is that?

Then Vespa Toronto West called me back.  They have the part, and they can install it on Tuesday when I'll be in Toronto.

Colour me very relieved.  Very relieved.

So the Great 2013 Coast to Coast Moto Blogger Get-together Extravaganza (Eastern Edition) is set to launch on schedule on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (all other things being equal).

The Great 2013 Coast to Coast Moto Blogger Get-together Extravaganza (Western Edition) launched on schedule yesterday.

Bobskoot is now here, well into Montana:

9 comments:

  1. Last minute gremlins are the bane of all motorcycle travelers. But these things always have a way of sorting themselves out.

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    1. Dave, I have a lot to learn about touring: the joys, trials, and tribulations.

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  2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll get the issue fixed - nothing worse than having the 'hiccups.'

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    1. Thanks Karen... I'm holding my breath.

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    1. Thanks Keith. I'm not religious, but I don't not believe in a supreme being, and so when you say "praying" please don't truly pray to the God of your belief, because it's important to reserve serious prayer for things like world peace.

      But casual prayer to the god of fuel injection is quite fine and strongly encouraged.

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  4. Fingers crossed the part comes in and you get away on time.

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    1. Thanks Trobairitz. Maybe get Brad to cross his fingers too, and encourage Squire Basil to cross his paws when he's flaked out in the cabbage patch.

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  5. Glad that Kissell Motorsports holds out some hope for you. They always go out of their way to help transient riders to keep them safe and on their journey. Looking forward to meeting with you next week.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

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