Before placing my order for a TaoTao Roman 150cc gasoline scooter from China, I did a lot of research. From what I found, the basic design of these inexpensive Chinese scooters is sound and the engines are reliable, but certain components are often made of inferior materials and are likely to fail. Most people who were fans of the scooters recommended replacing these ‘weak link’ parts immediately to avoid problems down the road.
After ordering the scooter, I placed an order for my upgrades. The parts to be replaced included the gear oil and engine oil, the spark plug, the fuel line, the inline fuel filter, and the vacuum line. It was also recommended to purchase some blue thread lock to help minimize parts vibrating loose during operation.
Here is a list of the parts I purchased:
- Pico 1/4″ ID Vacuum Line Tubing 4ft
- Helix Racing Products Colored Fuel Line – 1/4in. x 3/8in. 3ft
- NGK CR7HIX Iridium IX Spark Plug
- Visu-Filter Slimline Compact Body Fuel Filter
- Penzoil Gear Oil 80W-90, 1Qt
- Loctite Threadlocker
- Pennzoil 20W-50 Motorcycle Motor Oil – 1 Quart
It was also recommended that I replace the valve stems on the wheels, but I they didn’t seem as urgent as replacing the engine components and fluids. So, I decided to wait on that for now. The battery is also on the upgrade list, but I want to take the included battery to the store to make sure any replacement fits the available space.
Beyond the replacement parts, I had a couple extra items I would need for this scooter to be an effective car replacement. I needed to replace my briefcase with a sturdy backpack, and purchase a DOT certified helmet to protect my delicate skull.
Here are the options I chose (the helmet is an excellent color match for the scooter.):
All told, I spent about $150 on these upgrades and gear. My total investment is just slightly over $1000 at this point. I’ll need to add a chain and lock to this list before I’m done, but I wanted to get the scooter assembled first to determine the best solution for security.
In a few days I’ll be assembling the scooter and prepping it for the first ride. I can hardly wait.