France, Spain and Portugal on a Vespa GTS300 Super
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Vespa GTS300 Super
Joined: 17 Dec 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Italy
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:57 pm quote
Hi All,
So I just completed a 8,000km trip through France, Spain and Portugal, during three weeks last august, and then, after Vespa repair in Narbonne, back to Italy last week.



Dynamic Map: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B382aBxeDV8mMDF1bkhBMnpCUHM/edit?usp=sharing

I made this slideshow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eqohfxqoZWY

Hope you like!

Here https://plus.google.com/photos/116930294938217027894/albums?banner=pwa

or here https://picasaweb.google.com/116930294938217027894?noredirect=1 The complete album




Cheers,

Luca.

Last edited by doppiobleah on Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:33 am; edited 4 times in total
Hooked
Vespa ET4 150, Ebony.
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Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:01 pm quote
Wow, absolutely fantastic!
Thanks for sharing this, I am seriously impressed.
Mega.
Hooked
2009 GTS 250
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Posts: 238
Location: Dana Point
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:46 pm quote
I've been to some of those places. Brought back great memories. I would love to go back and do it on a Vespa too. Thanks
Member
GTS 250 ABS ; GTS 300 Super
Joined: 14 Dec 2010
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Location: Hungary - east
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:15 pm quote
Great trip, spectacular illustrations - congratulations!
Enthusiast
GTS300
Joined: 29 Dec 2011
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Location: Norwich UK
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:28 am quote
Wow, what a fantastic trip, love your photos as well. Thank you for sharing.
Ossessionato
2009 MP3-500 aka Red Dog 2007 Vespa 250ie
Joined: 16 Oct 2009
Posts: 2109
Location: Southern Oregon Coast
Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:56 pm quote
Must be some kind of record
Wow, riding anything 710 miles per day for a solid week (8000km) is one heck of a ride, your butt must be sore as can be!

LL75
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Location: Belgium
Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:15 am quote
Very nice trip....
Member
Vespa GTS300 Super
Joined: 17 Dec 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Italy
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:47 am quote
Re: Must be some kind of record
larrylarry75 wrote:
Wow, riding anything 710 miles per day for a solid week (8000km) is one heck of a ride, your butt must be sore as can be!

LL75
Ciao.
I'm riding for 3 weeks last august! Not one week.
"last week" (7-8-9 december) i returned in Narbonne in France to take back my vespa in Italy after stop Vespa because of a fault.

I apolagize for my bad english.

P.S. My butt it's ok
Molto Verboso
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Location: Mims, Florida USA
Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:48 pm quote
Many thanks for sharing that ! Well done.
Hooked
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Location: london uk
Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:36 am quote
briliant
Loved your tour. Great photograhy,great architecture. What camera were you using. The summer of 2012 I toured the northern coast and Picos de Euopa of Spain. Took ferries from England to Santander and Bilbao. Had lots of rain and grey, but would do it again. Trying to get ferries for riding to Spain again this summer, Go south to Valencia then ferries toIbiza, and Majorca, then to Barcelna, then back up to Bilbao. Trouble is, most ferries booked up already. What time of year did you travel. The weather looks perfect. Also done a trip from England to Rimini Italy,and back, and one around Britttany France. Need to post pics to inspire others. Bravo Gass silver machineGTS 250
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Vespa GTS300 Super
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Location: Italy
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:44 am quote
Re: briliant
gass wrote:
Loved your tour. Great photograhy,great architecture. What camera were you using. The summer of 2012 I toured the northern coast and Picos de Euopa of Spain. Took ferries from England to Santander and Bilbao. Had lots of rain and grey, but would do it again. Trying to get ferries for riding to Spain again this summer, Go south to Valencia then ferries toIbiza, and Majorca, then to Barcelna, then back up to Bilbao. Trouble is, most ferries booked up already. What time of year did you travel. The weather looks perfect. Also done a trip from England to Rimini Italy,and back, and one around Britttany France. Need to post pics to inspire others. Bravo Gass silver machineGTS 250
Hello.
I used a Nikon camera coolpix300, a good compact camera.
I traveled during the last three weeks of August 2012.
I met rain in Oporto, Bilbao and Santiago, lots of wind at Zaragoza, for the rest of the trip only sun so hot.
I wanted to see myself the Picos de Europa but have not had time.
Next summer I will make a journey through France, England Scotland.

greetings
Addicted
2012 GTS300 - Donatella Vespace
Joined: 22 Dec 2012
Posts: 846
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:55 am quote
Amazing slideshow and the Quentin Tarantino soundtrack was a blast. Thanks for sharing.
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET4
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Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:21 am quote
Thanks for sharing your adventure. Wonderful photos
Oberlehrerhaft
GTS 250 w/ 43,000 mi
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 1462
Location: South of "the middle of nowhere"
Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:04 pm quote
A wonderful adventure! Sigh! Thank you for sharing in such a colorful way. It shows you like modern architecture

I have a million questions:
How did you handle spare fuel?
What is that little box under the top box for?
Did the bag on your front rack block the headlight?
Did you do any repairs or maintenance along the way, except for Narbonne (what happened there?)
What would you do different on the next long ride?
Why didn't you show any pictures of your own beautiful country?
Did you ever feel this would have been a better experience if you were two instead of just one Vespa?
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Vespa GTS300 Super
Joined: 17 Dec 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Italy
Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:26 pm quote
Arno1 wrote:
A wonderful adventure! Sigh! Thank you for sharing in such a colorful way. It shows you like modern architecture

I have a million questions:
How did you handle spare fuel?
What is that little box under the top box for?
Did the bag on your front rack block the headlight?
Did you do any repairs or maintenance along the way, except for Narbonne (what happened there?)
What would you do different on the next long ride?
Why didn't you show any pictures of your own beautiful country?
Did you ever feel this would have been a better experience if you were two instead of just one Vespa?
Hi Arno, some answers in a bad english:

How did you handle spare fuel?
I didnít have extra fuel tanks, there were many gas stations along the way.

What is that little box under the top box for?
the box contains half a liter of oil, half a liter of coolant, a spark plug, three bushings for the exhaust pipe, fuses, spry sanitizing helmet, spare lamps for headlights and arrows.
Another box with maintenance tools were in the compartment under the seat.
Under the rear top box a wheel repair kit.
Under the front rack a red medicine chest.

Did the bag on your front rack block the headlight?
Yes, he did, when I was driving in the dark I moved the bag on the passenger seat, but it is inconvenient to fill up the tank.

Did you do any repairs or maintenance along the way, except for Narbonne (what happened there?)
I didnít do any repairs or maintenance, I just checked the oil level and coolant.
In Narbonne it has seized the engine. Because the tube of the coolant became detached and the liquid has come out of completely causing the overheating of the engine oil and the damage of the cylinder and the piston.

What would you do different on the next long ride?
I will bring less luggage, I will go as much as possible on secondary roads and I'll bring a more reliable navigator. Next summer I'd like to go in Scotland.

Why didn't you show any pictures of your own beautiful country?
During this tour drove in Italy just a few hours.
The following are some photo album of other tours in Italy:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116930294938217027894/ISOLADELBA?noredirect=1
https://picasaweb.google.com/116930294938217027894/VALDORCIA?noredirect=1
https://picasaweb.google.com/116930294938217027894/LAGODIGARDA?noredirect=1
https://picasaweb.google.com/116930294938217027894/ROMAGNA?noredirect=1

Did you ever feel this would have been a better experience if you were two instead of just one Vespa?
Yes, I did but only on some evenings, not while I was driving or while visiting places.

I hope to have fulfilled your questions.

Ciao. Luca.

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Oberlehrerhaft
GTS 250 w/ 43,000 mi
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 1462
Location: South of "the middle of nowhere"
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:23 pm quote
Thank you Luca for your helpful answers. Sorry to hear about your seized engine.

About the navigator, which one did you use, and do you know which one would be better?

I know what you mean about riding alone, I prefer it too...and having company during the resting times.

Enjoy your upcoming trip to Scotland this summer!

PS: awesome trips you've done in Italy too!
Member
Vespa GTS300 Super
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Posts: 6
Location: Italy
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:24 am quote
Arno1 wrote:
About the navigator, which one did you use, and do you know which one would be better?
I used MapFactor Navigator, a free navigator applied to my Android smartphone. is totally free and does not require connection but is not updated and the search system is very bad, made ​​me lose a lot of time.
Any traditional navigator is better. I tried Sygic on my smartphone, works well and does not need connection but charges are.
Oberlehrerhaft
GTS 250 w/ 43,000 mi
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 1462
Location: South of "the middle of nowhere"
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:52 pm quote
Good to know.

Grazie
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Mp3 500
Joined: 26 Oct 2012
Posts: 749
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:30 pm quote
Amazing ride. Glad you liked my home country, Spain.

Good choice of cities. I would add Merida, but coming from Italy you are probably not missing more Roman-empire ruins
Ossessionato
2007 LX150 la Negrita
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 2643
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:51 pm quote
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.....nice for dreaming in sub-freezing temperatuires here.....
Ossessionato
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Location: Near Pittsburgh
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:27 pm quote
This is a nice ride story. Thank you for sharing it and for answering all the questions so carefully. Do not worry. Your English is fine.
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