by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY, US)

Today is the scooter's first anniversary of being assembled and started. It's been used many times even though it only has 1750 miles on it. As a grocery getter it's saved quite a bit of wear and tear on our cars and supplied me with an education in the care and feeding of a Chinese scooter.

Maintenance has been easy and it hasn't surprised me with anything unusual during the oil changes. I read somewhere that you're lucky if a Chinese scooter lasts a mile for every dollar you pay for it. That skeptic will be surprised to know I'm well on my way to two miles for every dollar. I expect much more.

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Apr 08, 2012
Three Year Later NEW
by: Jim Zeiser

The Milano now has 6500 miles on it and is saving me so much in gas Ebenezer Scrooge would approve. I can safely say that the scooter has proved the Vespa owners creed that, "These things are only good for 1200 miles or a year and a half. Whichever comes first" is untrue. I could conceivably reach 10,000 miles if the weather cooperates this season. Now that would be an achievement.

Nov 16, 2009
My Z
by: JIm Zeiser

This has to be one of my friends. I sold my KZ1000 with 125,000 miles on it and it had all its original engine parts. Along the way a few problems cropped up but I had the shop manual for it and a background in motorcycle repair from years of working in my Dad's shop. Mostly I rode it within sane limits and changed the oil at regular intervals. It rewarded me with a long, happy existence while I had it. I'm applying those same lessons to the scooter.

Nov 16, 2009
Re: Give yourself credit, Jim
by: Anonymous

Readers may not recognize that this man is a mechanical genius, with the ability to read complex repair diagrams and translate them into simple terms. Add in the knowledge and patience to solve mechanical problems. Perhaps he can reveal the mileage on his KZ1000...

Aug 01, 2009
Ownership cost per mile
by: Anonymous

I have a Scarabeo 250 and I am down to 20 cents a mile.
I am hoping for 10 cents

Aug 01, 2009
Give Yourself Credit, Jim!
by: Kathi

I suspect that one of the big reasons you're having such great success with your cheap Chinese scooter is the investment of time & effort you've put into learning about it and how to care for it effectively. So good on you, as they say!

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