Service is generally a painless exercise and if carried out correctly you will be in for thousands of care free kilometres. Scooters have service intervals like cars and it is important that these are adhered too as by skipping services will see the life of your scooter drastically decrease. Often you will find that all scooter brands will have their first service interval at 1000 kilometres and then a specified interval after that. For most Asian brands the service intervals are every 4000 kilometres while for the European brands we have the Piaggio brands at 6000 kilometres and for the Aprilia scooter range it is every 5000 kilometers.
A 1000 kilometre service would normally see a change in the “run in” oil as well as a check over to make sure all nuts and bolts have remained tight and in place . It is vital you don’t miss the first service on your scooter.
A 2nd service will again look at changing the oil, you may have an oil filter, a spark plug and a check of items such as brake pads, tyre wear and transmission oil. When you get around to the second service stage you might find a check of the drive belt and a change of tyres coming into play. Each scooter is different and it is best to check your maintenance guide when you get your scooter or even if you have already purchased your scooter it pays to do this.
A two stroke scooter like most 50 cc scooters on the market will be simple and easy to maintain. Things like oil changes don’t occur on a two stroke scooter as you are adding oil into the scooter as you ride. Don’t forget though a two stoke scooter will need the attention to ensure it stays at an optimum running order just like any other scooter.
A service will typically cater for the amount of mileage the scooter has been ridden. If you don’t ride your scooter often and as such you don’t put many kilometers on the clock it is still best to service the scooter once every 12 months. This will ensure fresh oil as well as a fresh battery for those days when you really need your scooter.
The costs associated with scooters will vary and it will also be linked with the type of engine you have, is it two stroke or 4 stroke. First services will be pretty simple and the cost is not an excessive one. Expect anywhere from 100 to160 dollars depending on what type of scooter you have. A small 50 cc 2 stroke is going to be a little simpler to service compared to that of a large 4 stroke scooter.
From here on it really does come down to what type of scooter you purchase and what needs replacing on the maintenance schedule. All up items like drive belts, tyres, spark plugs and front brake pads are the major items that will require replacement over the life of the scooter but these items are relatively inexpensive.
Tyres you would replace from 6000 to10000 kilometres and the rear will normally wear out before the front tyre does. Expect 60 to100 dollars plus fitting for a tyre. Drive belts normally require changing every 10000 to15000 kilometres and with this a cost from 50 dollars to180 dollars again dependent on what type of scooter you have. Most drive belts will retail far under the 100 dollar mark.
Brake pads 50 to100 dollars a set again normally at the lower end of the scale and replacing at 7000 to12000 kilometres. A scooter will last as long as you maintain it. A four stroke scooter can easily cover car like kilometers but few rarely do large amounts as they tackle the short commute to work. Whatever the case may be regular servicing will keep the costs down and minimise the need for expensive work even if you thought it was better to skip that service interval.