Going beyond Honda emblems
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Some miscreant stole the chrome (-plated plastic) cap from the GTS’ transmission case!
It gets parked about a block from West Seattle High School. The cap is quite easily removed if you have a screwdriver or a Swiss Army knife. But still. I don’t notice any of the high school kids wearing ornate necklaces with Honda or VW badges, so why pinch a Vespa transmission cap?
I don’t guess going without one is the end of the world, unless you frequently ride through puddles. The cap covers a hole that exposes the nut holding the centrifugal clutch and engine-side variator to the output shaft.
But it’s best to assume the people who design things have a good reason for putting a cover over something. Luckily, the GTS shares its engine/transmission with a bunch of other bikes, so if you don’t want GTS-standard shiny chrome (which is what I’m guessing attracted the perp in the first place), you can get black or painted silver. I got the latter. Just line up the bosses with the holes, give it a couple good whacks with the heel of your hand, and you’re good to go.
Such is life in the big city. Here’s hoping the bike doesn’t get tagged.