Roadside repairs


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Roadside repairs are a fact of life in scootering. These are things that everyone who rides a vintage scooter should know how to do on the side of the road:



  1. Change all cables; (clutch, shifter, throttle, brake).
  2. Change a tire and tube.
  3. Change / clean a spark plug.
  4. Clean carburetor jets.
  5. Bump start a bike.
  6. Improvise if you don't have spare parts
  • A broken throttle cable=broken cable wrapped around screwdriver,
  • No spare clutch cable=learn how to start and slam shift for emergency purposes, know that
  • A shift cable can be used as a clutch cable, or front brake cable in a bind, etc.)
  1. Diagnose problems by simple deduction and process of elimination.
  2. Repair simple wiring issues.

Items to Carry

Things everyone should have


  1. 1 gearshift, 1 clutch, 1 throttle - two of each is better!
  2. Cable hardware: pinch bolts and top hats.
  3. Wire and electrical tape.
  4. Tire and tube (or minimum of a tube, tools, and a good pair of shoes.)
  5. Extra nuts and washers for the wheels.


  • Spark plug tool (old school Vespa 3 way tool is great)
  • Screwdrivers or a multi-driver
  • Wrenches
    • Sockets - 10,11,13,17 and 22mm
    • Open ended - 7,8,11,13 mm
    • Box end - 13mm for wheel nuts
  • Vice grips
  • Wire stripper and cutter
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Vise grips - two pairs, one pointy.
  • Duct tape
  • Tire gauge
  • Punch - for knocking out bolts
  • Spark plug gapper


  • Spark plug
  • Fuses
  • Bulbs
  • Extra keys
  • Cell phone
  • Oil mix cup
  • WD40
  • Film can full of grease
  • 2 stroke oil
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