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Addicted
P125X, P200E
Joined: 02 Apr 2011
Posts: 588
Location: Fresno, CA
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:36 pm quote
I bought my first Vespa the day I turned 15 1/2 because in California I could drive a scooter at that age, but not a car... like all my friends. I bought my 2nd Vespa almost exactly 50 years later and now I've been driving it for 4 1/2 years.

Today I saw a post from a rider who is "nearly 60" (so he knows what he likes) and it got me wondering how old the riders on this forum are now and how long they've been riding.

Anyone care to respond?

70 in Fresno (10 years)
Molto Verboso
px200
Joined: 13 Apr 2010
Posts: 1262
Location: london
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:32 pm quote
50 years.

Grumpy
Ossessionato
T5 Pole Position, T for thoroughbred
Joined: 07 Oct 2010
Posts: 4630
Location: Dublin
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:34 pm quote
29 years old, riding 13 years solo. Started riding pillion soon as I could.
Molto Verboso
No moar Vespas...sold them all
Joined: 09 May 2012
Posts: 1087
Location: Denver City Denver
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:39 pm quote
34...started with dirtbikes when I was 10 or so. Worked for a Lambretta mechanic through college...Been wrenching on my own Vespa's for 5-7 years or so.

The "seniors" in the club are always fun....better riders too, or at least more cautious and less wreckless (generally).
Addicted
'79 P200, '74 VBC Super, '80 100 Sport
Joined: 23 Jan 2012
Posts: 713
Location: 32° 37' 40" N, 117° 2' 53" W
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:11 pm quote
first scoot at 15 - 1/2. same thing...excited cause I could ride with a permit.

that was 1983 and it was a 150 super.


2nd scoot -- got a p200 a few years ago at 44.

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kids on mopeds without helmets...circa 1983, in some ghetto ass area by Santa Monica.
rode from S.D to LA twice....much fun on 8's....

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now

Ossessionato
1979 P200e
Joined: 18 Mar 2013
Posts: 2479
Location: Lock Haven, PA
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:18 pm quote
Just turned 50, don't consider myself a "senior", and I don't want my AARP card, thank you very much.

Started riding at 17 (friend's Honda CB 350), forged my Dad's signature on the permit (hey, I wanted to be "legal").

Took some years off till I turned 34, and I had a couple of Honda Shadows (and took the MSF course).

Took off some more years (it's complicated), and got my first scooter in 2013.

My Dad rode till he married Mom at 28, he raced Indians and rode Cushmans (1940s and 50s) in NYC. Took 30 years off the road, then rode for another 10 years (small motorcycles) until his ALS caught up with his ability to ride.
Addicted
1990's 50s + DR 85
Joined: 24 Feb 2012
Posts: 558
Location: auckland, new zealand
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:37 pm quote
just turned 49

riding for only 2 years and 10 months

already owned and sold
1998 50s
1996 et3
1998 Honda joker
1996 italjet velocifero
2013 S50

currently own
1979 50s
1998 50s

about to own
1997 Honda dream50

Christ, talk about a mid life crisis
Hooked
'79 P200E, 2013 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight
Joined: 25 May 2014
Posts: 399
Location: Seattle
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:09 pm quote
First Vespa at age 14 (50 R)

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Current Vespa—5th one in my life—at age 50 (P200E)

Love every second of it!!!
Hooked
1961 VBB1; 1978 50 Special (no more)
Joined: 23 Apr 2012
Posts: 342
Location: Just outside the Beltway
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:21 pm quote
First vespa, my dad's delivery 50 (3 speed) on which I almost died on Christmas day when I was 13 (and riding illegally as the legal age was 14).
Second the 50 Special that i recently donated to my nephew.
Then at 19 i bought the VBB from a neighbor. That was 1982....

51 and, no please, don't call me senior (yet).
Banned
62vnb , 71 sprint ,1974 vespa90
Joined: 31 May 2013
Posts: 650
Location: Idaho falls
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:55 pm quote
I'm 46 , started riding at 17 in Costa Mesa , CA .
Addicted
250 Super
Joined: 04 Mar 2009
Posts: 769
Location: 93441
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:15 pm quote
50 years. I got my first VNB in Colorado in 1964 when I was 14.
Molto Verboso
1974 V90
Joined: 20 Jun 2014
Posts: 1403
Location: Rhode Island USA
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:17 pm quote
Age 52. I have been riding since age 52. Rode it a solid two weeks before I tore it apart.. No comments you guys, I'm getting there.

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 7101
Location: Victoria, Australia
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:23 pm quote
54. Been riding for maybe 15-20 years?
Enthusiast
Vespa GTV 300 IE
Joined: 16 Sep 2014
Posts: 68
Location: The Villages, FL
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:54 pm quote
been riding since I was 15. Am now 70.

You do the math..
Molto Verboso
2005 PX150 In a Love-Hate Relationship with a 2-Stroke Vespa Since 2007
Joined: 01 Sep 2007
Posts: 1813

Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:58 pm quote
Who you calling "senior"?
59 laps around the sun so far.

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Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
Posts: 4045
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:14 pm quote
I really don't want to say,but what the hell - I'm 58. I have been riding something or other with two wheels since I was 15 - Harleys, Triumphs, Jap bikes, etc.... All were projects to some degree. The only ones I care to own now are 2T Vespas or airhead BMWs. I tried a ET4 and it bored me to tears, got rid of it within a month. Got a project now (Rally 200) so I'm set.

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MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4218
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:26 pm quote
I'm 53 and not going to stop soon but I'm pretty sure that the senior member of the forum is Richard H. Lemmon at 91.
Addicted
85 Vepsa PX150E with sidecar, 80 P200 with sidecar, 96 Goldwing with Hannigan Sidecar, LR87aj5, LR91aj3
Joined: 11 Oct 2011
Posts: 550
Location: Central Washington State
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:32 pm quote
70 is in the rear view mirror, started riding at the ripe old age of 13. "She who must be obeyed" has ruled that I can have two or three more cross country then its only cross county after that.
Molto Verboso
1966 Bluebadge, 1974 Super 150
Joined: 03 Jun 2013
Posts: 1117
Location: New York City
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:34 pm quote
Rob98801 wrote:
70 is in the rear view mirror, started riding at the ripe old age of 13. "She who must be obeyed" has ruled that I can have two or three more cross country then its only cross county after that.
Hell yeah, brother.
Molto Verboso
2007 Vespa 250 gts / 1961 Vespa VBA / 1964 VBB
Joined: 02 Sep 2010
Posts: 1009
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:11 pm quote
I'm 53. Been riding since I was in 5th grade.
A lot to be said for learning how to handle a bike on dirt to carry over to street riding.
I started on a Honda Trail 70
Then my mom's Trail 90
Honda Passport (50cc) in High School
Honda CR250 Elsinore
Yamaha XT500
Honda Elite 250

Married/Kids/Dog

Vino 125
Vespa 250 gts
Vespa VBA (Gift from my wife) the bike and I are the same age
Piaggio MP3 500

Sure I feel old at times, but for the most part, I feel and act younger than I am.
Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:17 am quote
I had the misfortune of being born on Halloween while at the same time getting the gene that disdains dressing up. More precisely I was 57 last birthday and I included my age in my post as I get tired of being told by strangers ( usual young bucks with strong opinions and not much knowledge) online that I am an idiot. I have been told that in person much of my life, and those people now express many regrets about the passage of time while I find myself enjoying the freedom of mind that comes with having ridden unsuitable motorcycles up to the edge and not having fallen into the precipice.
I find the secret of youth comes in three parts, a strong generic inheritance is critical for happiness, it's hard to be joyful with chronic pain. Curiosity is a strong component of happy aging, and lots of good memories to fall back on are a reminder that you can and should take risks: fear of desire is crippling to happy aging.
In my avatar I was riding in California when there was no helmet law, after crossing the US and Mexico on a P200. A classic unsuitable bike for a stupid trip. No regrets at all.

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Member
Vespa GTS250ie
Joined: 26 Aug 2014
Posts: 38
Location: Westland, MI
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:32 am quote
73 years old here. Been riding a variety of motorcycles for about 10 years now. I pretty much rode every month until the polar vortex hit here in Michigan last winter. That broke my 7 year 'record' but good. Decided to just tinker with the scooter over the winter this year instead of riding.

Bought my used GTS250 last winter and am totally sold on scooters from now on. No plans to go back to a regular motorcycle and I'm pretty much sold on modern Vespas.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:34 am quote
That's what I like to hear. The Web has its good side.
Moderator
PX150 and 1 drowned P200,
Joined: 28 May 2008
Posts: 3880
Location: Hustletown, TX
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:36 am quote
Respect.

All you guys that have some mileage on the odometer and still shifting... Respect.


Oh... I'm 43. I rode pillion on the back of a P series circa 84 on the way to skate a half pipe... then got to drive.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
empty barn syndrome
Joined: 19 Oct 2005
Posts: 5387
Location: Puyallup, WA
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:13 am quote
57. Rode a Suzuki 360 around LA in high school (with the wind in my hair - pre helmet laws...but then at 16 you are indestructible and don't need one.)
My parents were terrified and got me into a truck to divert my attention from bikes, and it worked. Stayed in trucks for decades.

In a discussion with my wife 10 years ago during a gas crunch, she looks at me and says "you should get a Vespa." That statement rang a bell in my head and the next day I was off to a Vespa dealer to buy an ET4 - after a brief stop at the DMV to get a permit.

The ET was a gateway scoot, anyone who is into Vespa scooters knows the rest. 😉
Hooked
Ciao
Joined: 21 Mar 2013
Posts: 117
Location: Cheshire
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:18 am quote
pdxjim wrote:
Who you calling "senior"?
59 laps around the sun so far.
Great photograph : )
Hooked
Vespa PX125 Kitted 'n stuff. Lambretta GP150.
Joined: 08 Jun 2014
Posts: 173
Location: Bristol
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:42 am quote
Aged 44 and started riding at 18.

There are times nowadays when I glance over my shoulder and for a split second I'm sure I can see the Grim Reaper following me. Luckily he's on a Lambretta so has failed to catch me yet - no doubt due to breaking down every 20 miles or so
Addicted
85 Vepsa PX150E with sidecar, 80 P200 with sidecar, 96 Goldwing with Hannigan Sidecar, LR87aj5, LR91aj3
Joined: 11 Oct 2011
Posts: 550
Location: Central Washington State
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:50 am quote
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Paddy Holt wrote:
pdxjim wrote:
Who you calling "senior"?
59 laps around the sun so far.
Great photograph : )
pdxjim I'll second that!

For those of you that can get the time RIDE the LOLO!!!!!!!, one great ride up the Clearwater.
Ossessionato
1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 4887
Location: So Cal
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:06 am quote
Well this is starting to sound like an AA meeting, so ok here goes.

Hi, I'm Mike and I'm over 50.

Like most here I've always been fascinated by machinery. Still remember the time around 6 yrs old I took the little electric motor from an Erector Set and plugged it into the wall outlet. Yow.

Got a mini bike around age 12, and have owned a plethora of cars, motorcycles, and assorted other motorized toys since then. Dirt bikes, trail bikes, street bikes, old British, German and Italian cars... a few oddities, some rare and expensive ones, several clunkers. Enjoyed every one of them. Never in it for the money, just for fun.

Got the Vespa about 20 years ago when a neighbor knocked on the door, and said he was moving, did I want it? It was weird and ugly and had a motor so I said sure. The kids were too small to ride it and I was busy with other things, so I put it in the basement under a tarp and literally forgot about it.

Fast forward... son comes home from college last year and asks if we still have the Vespa. I say I think so. We (mostly me) haul it out, clean it up, and get it running. I've become very attached to it and ride it regularly. Still enjoy our motorcycles, but the quirkiness of the old scoot makes it more of an experience.

As someone above said, one of the secrets of happy aging is retaining a curiosity and desire to learn new things. I'd add another is maintaining a healthy sense of humor - seeing the funny side of situations and being ready, willing and able to laugh, especially at yourself.

Cheers all.
Hooked
2010 MP3 250
Joined: 30 Jun 2014
Posts: 113
Location: Newberry, Fl.
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:29 am quote
Senior Riders
Been riding motorcycles/scooters since I was in High School.
Was in band, strapped my Trombone to the back of my Honda Sport 50 ...till
it fell off one day.
Am still riding to work on my new MP3 250 when ever I can.
63 and still going strong!
Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:39 am quote
The sense of humor is vital. Laughing at oneself too. I call myself Mr Bean as I bumble through an unfamiliar project. The youngsters I work with call me the weakest link. Then ask ne how to do something.
Too many people fear aging unnecessarily. Death is inevitable but boredom isn't .
Gotta go "test ride" the Vespa. Tweak something I think.
Cheers
Michael.

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Molto Verboso
1966 Bluebadge, 1974 Super 150
Joined: 03 Jun 2013
Posts: 1117
Location: New York City
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:44 am quote
conchscooter wrote:
Too many people fear aging unnecessarily. Death is inevitable but boredom isn't .
This thread came at the right time... I am struggling with turning 33 next month. Figured my wild days were coming to an end. You guys really put things in perspective for me. Gracias.
Molto Verboso
Honda SH 300
Joined: 24 Nov 2009
Posts: 1118
Location: MALTA
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:57 am quote
creaks and groans
67 and been riding since 16 [Yes I was a mod back in the day] God willing and aches and pains willing, will keep on trying to throw the old leg over the seat [even tho I've got a step through] for old time sake [works once in a while]
Ossessionato
Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 3335
Location: pacifica,ca.
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:24 am quote
bought my px200e 10 years ago. 4 vespa's and 1 lammy later, i'm 63.!!!
Ossessionato
'09 250 GTSie '75 Rally 200 '79 P200 '09 Stella 221
Joined: 13 May 2012
Posts: 2413
Location: Midway, Kentucky
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:24 am quote
I got my first bike on my 9th birthday, July 1969. Previously, I had ridden several friend's mini bikes. I've had some sort of bike ever since. I've raced, played and traveled and see my obsession with 2 wheels and a motor lasting much farther into the future. My 9th birthday present still resides in my basement and is one of my most prized possessions, and always will be. I remember my grandfather asking me to get something from the back of his truck like it was yesterday. It was amongst and under a bunch of feed bags from where he'd been to town earlier that morning. I'm sure I was the happiest person alive. I can't imagine how many miles that little bike has, but it provided me with the best childhood I could have dreamed of.

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Moderator
PX150 and 1 drowned P200,
Joined: 28 May 2008
Posts: 3880
Location: Hustletown, TX
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:35 am quote
Wait...

Did they name the NSM forum after us, or our scoots?

*confused*
Hooked
1974 Rally (3), 1971 Rally 180, 1960 Li 125
Joined: 20 Mar 2014
Posts: 412
Location: Southern California, USA
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:42 am quote
I'm about ready to turn 48. Rode a Rally 180 from about 84 to 92. Helmet laws went into effect here in Cali and it turned me off to riding. I was also moving on from the scene (Mod).

Selling my 180 was a choice I still very much regret. I attended High Rollers in 2014 and it was enough to start the fire. I found my 74 Rally a little later and am now back into riding...with a helmet. I'm still not real keen on the whole helmet issue, but I do now realize that my head seems a little more pliable than it appeared when I was younger, ha ha. The street seems a lot closer too.

One thing for sure, I love riding my Rally. I also think it makes people happy since I get so many "thumbs-up" and smiles from folks. I feel like I'm spreading cheer when I ride.

I just got a '60 Li125 to keep my Rally company. So it begins...
Banned
2:6
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Posts: 7471
Location: San Francisco
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:54 am quote
Got a moped at 15 1/2 and my first scooter at 16 been riding 31 years now.
Hooked
bv350 (sold) and now,'14 honda ctx700 dct
Joined: 03 Aug 2014
Posts: 472
Location: spokane, wa
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:09 pm quote
howdy, well I guess confession is good for the soul. 65 year old going on 13 and been road riding for 50 years and have owned quite a variety beginning with 64 Yamaha 250 road bike when you still had to mix the oil in the gas for this two stroke engine. note-it wasn't good for hill climbing.

ken
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 7101
Location: Victoria, Australia
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:22 pm quote
kpgo wrote:
howdy, well I guess confession is good for the soul. 65 year old going on 13 and been road riding for 50 years and have owned quite a variety beginning with 64 Yamaha 250 road bike when you still had to mix the oil in the gas for this two stroke engine. note-it wasn't good for hill climbing.

ken
Hi Ken, guess what? Plenty of us here still have to mix the oil in the gas!
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