When I pay of the scooter and get another vehicle, so it's not my only means of transport, I think instead of just repainting the scooter, maybe revisioning it in a steam punk style might be a cool project.
Replace the chrome with brass. Ad some artistic touches. As the engine compartment is huge, put a window into that area, but then obscure the view of the engine with a layered array of gears.
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