So it turns out this weekend's quality motorcycle time was spent with the VX800. I had a better time of it than usual, but the thing isn't back together yet. The troublesome bolt continues to trouble me.
On the other hand, I got the old oil filter off and the old oil out of the bike. I haven't put the new filter on or the fresh oil in, but I probably will tonight. Incidentally, everyone should have an oil filter strap wrench - my new top candidate for tool that makes a specific job much much easier. I wish I would have had one when I had to change the oil in my Nissan 200SX (hardest filter to get to EVER).
The oil drain bolt was on super tight, and I got a nice cut and bruise on my right hand ring finger when the bolt finally broke free and I bashed a pointy bit on the exhaust. Poor, poor me.
Concerning the trouble bolt - I just need a vise and a torch. I'm going to sacrifice a cheap wrench and bend it into a nice S-shape. That oughta get it. Do any of you in the Phoenix area have a vise, and a torch?
That pretty much sums up the progress on the VX.
Lady Luck and I also took the cage in to get a tire replaced. Naturally, that meant using the scooter as a support vehicle. On the way home from the tire shop, Lady Luck rode on the back. On the way to pick up the car again, I did. I am continually impressed with our Vespa. It really does it all, with style and grace.