Saturday, June 30, 2007

Vespa Cosa LX200 & Sidecar

Tomorrow...if all the bits arrive...I will be fitting the sidecar...

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but for today...14/7/99...the long awaited front break light switch arrived...and to be honest...this has been a right royal pain in the arse...the new switch has the same fault as the old that it works when it wants to...

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what is this I see???...a brake light that works...let's hope it works in the morning...when it goes in for an MOT...I know my's red...and I don't have much luck with red scooters...

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just got back from the bike shop...the brake light still now has a MOT...the bits have arrived from Watsonian/ it all laid out...lets get cracking...

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this little job took over two hours...why???...because not one of the holes lined the holes in the strengthening plates weren't in line either...which is hard to understand as the cosa had had a sidecar fitted to it before...this ain't as easy as fitting one to a PX...the bracket anyway...I think this is about the point where you want to get a sledge hammer to it...not the bracket...the whole scooter...

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after the successful fitting of the bracket...the fitting of the sidecar frame was a piece of piss...this took a whole 2 minutes...

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the suspension unit and wheel...about 5 minutes...there are no elongated holes on this one to set a toe it must be factory set...things are starting to look up...

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on with the the most another 10 this point I must mention that Bec (the missus) has been helping me all day...a quick run down the road and...shit...the wheel bearings are knackered...

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soon righted...there is a trailer manufacturer less than a mile from where I live...ฃ13 for a new bearing hub...and ฃ11 for a new rim and tyre...and we're back in business...just a little tidying up to will have to be Monday...and away we go...two adults and five kids...touring in the summer...

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we were still well short of a few things...a (two parts)...beading...the list was rather than spend all me dosh on this...I decided to treat the PX to all the new bits and throw the old stuff in here...except for a split in the screen...there is nothing at all wrong with the stuff from the PX...

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this morning...22/7/ it was only just over 50 miles away I rode down to Watsonian/Squire to have all the bits fitted to the PX...and returned to finish the cosa...

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from this angle you can see that there is some damage to the mudguard...we will either replace or repair it at a later date...the scratches...we can cover them with stickers...what is's running...and it's now on the to get some serious mileage done...


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