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Sportique Scooters in Boulder Colorado Review

The viewable reviews on Yelp are a total farce.  Sportique Scooters in Boulder is awesome and I won’t let them get away with it.

The review I tried to post to Yelp but they filtered it out:

I’ve been going to Sportique in Boulder since they opened the first store.  I have no personal interest in their business.

I just took my 2001 Vespa ET4 with over 13,000 miles on it to get some repairs and maintenance performed.  I needed a rear brake issue and a speedo cable issue taken care of.  It also needed a comprehensive tuneup.

Set an appointment

I did have to set my appointment about 5 five weeks in advance.  The delay was my own fault as summer repairs are always backlogged for any motorcycle or scooter shop.  Winter is the time for maintenance to be performed as any seasoned scooterist knows.

Scooter mechanic diagnosis

Anyway, I arrived at 10 am and they helped me roll it off the trailer and get it into the shop.  Around 2 pm the mechanic called and gave me an update on the state of repairs.  He found additional items that needed to be taken care of.   My front brake disk pads were completely worn out (I didn’t know that since Malossi brake pads are high performance they wear out quickly) and and my front tire needed replacing too (Darn that Zippy tire).

The mechanic worked with me on the skilled repairs he needed to perform and the ones I knew I could handle myself.  He didn’t charge for anything extra for the additional repairs other than the cost of the tire and brake pads since he already had the front tire off the scooter.  I’ll be changing that headlight myself.

Front office contact

I found everyone from the front office to the mechanics to be helpful and knowledgeable about scooters.  They helped me carefully load the scooter when I picked it up.

Sportique guarantees their work

I later found that the speedo cable still had issues when I got home.  I called the next morning and they said bring it in now.  I rode it to the shop and they got right to it.  After I picked it up, they let me know they guarantee their repairs for 90 days.  There was no extra charge for the followup visit.

I didn’t have to pay for repairs until I picked up my scooter.

My scooters performance is back to normal and is a joy to ride.

I have to say the people who complain about Sportique must be real scooter novices and don’t know squat about their scooters or scooter maintenance.  Put 6,000 miles on your scooter and then you’ll start to understand what I’m talking about.  A tip: run away from away motorcycle shop or auto repair shop that doesn’t let you talk to the mechanic working on your vehicle.

They have a wide range of new and used scooters.  Prices depend upon scooter and condition.  All are fairly priced.  Boulder is not a inexpensive place to do business and they don’t sell disposable mainland chinese crap.

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Scooter horn upgrades

The stock horns on scooters sound cute but can be pretty weak in warning cagers that they are about to run over you.  There is a solution.  Upgrade your horn.

There are various upgrades one can do.  Some are a quick switch out while others are a major operation.  The more time or money invested in the upgrade generally results in a louder scooter horn.

All the upgrades will require messing around with the electrical system.  If you haven’t done much electrical work, read up.  You could short out parts in your scooter if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Some horns are louder than others.  Quality can vary too.  Do your research and find out what will work for your needs.

Stebel Flosser Nautilus Airhorn

Many scooterists regard the best scooter horn upgrade to be a Stebel Nautilus.  One honk on this and the cager next to you will think a Mack truck is about to run them over.  Other drivers will start looking around.

Installing a Stebel Nautilus is rather a major operation.  You’ll need to pull off alot of panels and do some extra wiring.  Where it will fit and the best way to install one will depend upon your scooter.

Most scooters have fan forums that have how-to installation guides.  Follow the directions and ask questions if you get lost.  It’s important for it to be mounted level.

One scooterists installed horn comparison.

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Larry Crowne: Reinvent Yourself

A Fun, Comedic, Scooter Movie

by G. Kunkel

When Larry Crowne comes to the “parting of the ways” with the big box U Mart store, his world comes crashing down. His already minimalist lifestyle becomes even more spartan as he finds he can no longer afford his gas-guzzling SUV or a mortgage. Middle age, a down economy, and the lack of a college degree force Larry to into attending classes at his local community college.

At first glance Larry Crowne is a light-hearted comedy as the films’ main character deals with the new and perplexing situations he’s dealt. As the film progresses, elements of romance, diversity, and old and new friendships are touched upon. In the end Larry Crowne is a comedic documentary of a man who reinvents himself with the help of new and supportive friends. He even comes away a new name.

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