We're lucky to live in Colorado - a place with four distinct seasons but with mild enough winters to allow for some wonderful riding opportunities. We're not inclined to "winterize" our scoots here, but we can take some basic steps to make sure our machines are ready to ride when we are.
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We have on consignment this gorgeous 1972 Triumph Tiger 650 which was fully rebuilt and painted in 2012 by Isles M/C in Denver - the area's top British shop. The odometer reads 8,046 miles but the refurb was done 1800 miles ago. Bike includes service manual, NOS rubber tank pads (not installed), original tool kit and clean Colorado title. $5900 firm.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has issued a stern warning to its members that gasolines with more than 10% ethanol can (and will) damage the small engines used in mowers, trimmers, tillers, pumps, etc as well as in Utility Vehicles.
Well, guess what else has an engine similar to these machines? That's right; your scooter does. All scooter owners, especially those in Colorado (where ethanol is extremely common) must be wary of the fuels they are pumping into their scooters. We have seen a rash of scooters recently brought in for rough running, having difficulty coming off idle and stalling. Our technicians have determined that bad gas has been a frequent cause for these fuel-system related problems.
We are recommending to all our customers, including those who operate 300cc and larger machines, LOOK BEFORE YOU PUMP to make sure that the gasoline you use has no more than 10% ethanol content.
The summer riding season is winding down but that shouldn't mean that we simply hang our scooters up and store them until Springtime. Heavens no. Autumn is the perfect time for thanking our machines for all their hard work by upgrading them for the coming season. In this article I will highlight the five best "bang for your buck" autumn upgrades for modern scooters in need of some spiffing up.
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Sportique is proud to be the Denver area's exclusive dealer for Royal Enfield motorcycles. Soon we will recieve the white hot new Continental GT - a custom built classic cafe racer collectable right out of the crate. These beautiful machines feature a new, higher compression 535cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine and styling direct from the UK.
The Continental GT is available in red and in yellow and will be priced around $6,500 landed and prepped.
Now THIS is cool. Sportique is one of only three shops in the USA with the capability to "re-juice" your vintage flywheel. This cool old machine re-magnetizes the flywheel, improving engine spark and increasing electrical flow to lighting systems. Most Vespa and Lambretta scoots will benefit from this service.
We are offing an introductory price for this service of just $40
Locals can bring their flywheel in for 24 hour turnaround and national customers can ship their flywheels to us.
After a six year run in Englewood and nearly seventeen years in the Highlands, our journey has taken us to the hipster highway, Broadway. Read about and see photos of the transformation of our new building, which was constructed in 1906.
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The service departments at our Sportique locations in Denver and Englewood have seen a spike in scooters repaired improperly and damaged by unqualified technicians advertising their services on CL.
Most recently we saw a Scarabeo 50 with the wheels torn up from tires having been installed without the use of a tire machine. The paint damage on the wheels was quite extensive. We have seen pistons installed backwards, various forms of Home Depot type hardware used, gaskets made from soda cans, bolts stripped, screws gnarled and more.
We realize that we’re busy during the summertime and that our turn-around times can be frustrating. That’s not a reason to settle for shade tree mechanics without the proper training, tools, facilities, licensing and insurance. When these guys don’t have the proper tool or the proper part they simply “wing it” and the consequences can be bad.
Folks who have already spent hundreds of dollars are paying us hundreds more to unwind hack repairs. Worse, they are finding themselves without their scooters for weeks.
Sportique is not the only good place for service. There are many full-service dealers in the Denver area that are fine alternatives. We do, of course, think we’re the best.