I bought my scooter last summer and managed to knock it over within two weeks of wiping the zero off the odometer.
At first I thought I was lucky that the whole thing happened on grass (and of course if I'd stayed off wet grass it would never have happened in the first place). Of course, luck was actively working against me (as usual), when I inspected the damage in the daylight the next morning I discovered some cracks (fractures, really) in the lower cowling.
The damage looked fairly minor so I figured I could get away with leaving it till this spring. (I'm a lazy good-for-nothing bike abuser what can I say?)
The panel has the usual foam rubber liner on the inside so I can't tell if the cracks go all the way through. I saw an article in a magazine a couple months ago about repairing ABS plastic so I figure I'll give that a try..
My questions are these:
1. Should I take the lining off the plastics and inspect the underside to see how deep the cracks are?
a. If so, is there any way to get it to come off clean?
b. Should I look at reinforcing the cracked areas on the underside (assuming the cracks do show through)?
2. At least one large decal has been damaged by the cracking, so I need to remove and replace it. What's the easiest way to do this? A hair-dryer and WD-40 just like the warning stickers? I vaguely recall mention of some kind of decal remover compound.. does using that make removal that much easier?
3. Would it be easier to just replace the whole thing (the other side is slightly roughed up from another random act of senseless stupidty)?
a. Any ideas where I can get factory replacements cheap?
b. Anyone wanna send me a set? I'll pay the COD charges..