Had my bike serviced last month at the dealership (where I don't usually go). When they gave me the invoice they said, "oh, by the way, we had to replace a broken electrical coil". I asked what they were referring to and asked to see it. They showed me this
It's the electrical cord connecting the spark plug. As many of you know, in Scarabeo 200s this is accessed through the panel in front of and below the seat hinge.
I asked them how the rubber casing (yes, it's rubber - check yourself) would have cracked like that, and the sales rep suggested it was probably weather corrosion. As we know, this area of the bike is not exposed to the elements. Moreover, my bike is only 2 years old and is stored indoors in winter. When I held the broken cord and tried to squeeze it in half, the casing would not break. He tried it too, and said "see, it's very stiff." In fact, it was very pliable. It's new and was in very good condition. No amount of bending the casing will break it, so how did those "cracks" appear?
In fact, they're not cracks. They appear to be cuts. In this picture, the cord is in its natural curvature that it would be in if it were in its place on the bike, connecting the spark plug to the power source. Notice where the "breaks" occur: in the concave parts of the curves. In other words, in places where the casing is not stressed at all.
At the time, I paid for it (the only other choice they offered me was to put the broken cord back on!) but obviously took the broken cord with me. I showed it to several others, including my regular mechanic who told me that this simply doesn't happen. It's not weather corrosion and even if it was, you would not find this on a two-year-old bike. He agreed that the cuts appeared to be cuts rather than breakage, and that they occurred in the areas of the casing least likely to be stretched or stressed.
I was considering suing, but at the very least am engaging the help of the local consumer protection agency here. Any thoughts, opinions on this? Are there any lawyers on the board?