I bought a beaten up old (~15 years?) 150cc Yamaha scooter a few months ago to use as a spare and somehow fell in love with the old girl. She’s reliable, surprisingly perky and has a big fat 200kg ass to give me something to hold on to.
Now I’ve been getting less and less happy with my regular mechanic lately. I’ve been saying to him for months that this thing is running on tyres best suited for a lightweight 100cc scooter and I really would like some bigger ones please. He kept making up excuses about why they really didn’t need changing, which I intrepreted as: ‘In other words, we don’t have any bigger tyres in stock and/or don’t know how to fit them and/or can’t be bothered because we make all our money off oil changes.’
Since I had a rare hour spare this afternoon I decided to check out the scooter mod shop that someone had recommended on Xi-tun Road [Taichung]. I changed the rear tyre two days ago so just had the front replaced with a nice fat Pirelli and bugger me, it’s like having a whole new scooter. Braking, handling, comfort… you name it, we got it. Sod the waste, I’m going to have the rear tyre changed over tomorrow as well.
So anyway, after mooching around this store for half an hour I have to admit I started to lust after all those aesthetic mods… I’m beginning to see now why Taiwanese kids are obsessed with throwing money at what I previously saw as superficial crap. I’m now kind of disappointed that my old girl has the heart of a champion but the body of a slug. She’s been good to me and I think she deserves a bit of a spring clean so finally I’ll get to my question:
- Is there easily applicable paint available for spraying scooter shells?
and 2) Can I legally change the colour of my bike. If not, can I change less than half of it or something? Or would I just need to have the change noted on my registration card?
- Is there anything else I can do to easily pep up performance and/or Really Awesome Cool Factor without messing too much with a tired old engine? (Don’t worry, racing decals and go-faster-stripes already on standby!) I don’t ride it fast but I ride it a lot so anything that improves comfort and/or acceleration is a bonus [it’s a single-cylinder 149cc 4-stroke. And it’s got handlebars!!].