meme: /meem/ n. [coined by analogy with `gene’, by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do.
Scooter ownership seems to be a fertile field for memes. In the case of the PX and the GTS, it probably doesn’t help that the owner’s manuals appear to have been written in Italian and run through Dictionary.com’s text translator. I’ve had the GTS for less than a month and these memes have already surfaced:
“You can’t open the glovebox door without the key in the ignition.” Sure you can. With the key inserted and turned to either the “off” or “on” positions, you can open the glovebox door by pushing the key in. If you turn the key to the “off” position and remove it, you can open the glovebox door by pressing on the face of the key slot, as illustrated below.
“You can’t open the underseat storage compartment without the key in the ignition.” Again, not true. Again, turn the key to the “off” position and remove it. Press the button with the open padlock and you’ll hear the little solenoid make its noise. You can then lift the back of the seat and place your items in the storage compartment. Remember, NO PETS!
“There’s no way to open the underseat storage compartment if the battery is dead/solenoid quits working.” You get to the engine and the fuel spout by opening the seat. Piaggio included the electrical/solenoid setup because you need to have clever features like that if you’re going to ask people to pay over $6,000 for a scooter. But there’s another way to open the seat—the little lever shown in the photo below:
Pull the top toward you. It won’t move much; you’ll hear the seat unlock, then you can open it.
Don’t take my word for it. Try this stuff yourself. You can probably also do all this if you have a GT.