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nothing at all
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:46 am quote
This a "scooter forum" so i'll keep it scooter, otherwise i'm going back to 8yo with dirt bikes.

My first "bought and paid for" scooter was a 1979 P200 from Vespa at the Beaches in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego in 1980.

I am 52 1/2

Here is the infamous original poser photo that has yet to be out posed by any other poser trying to out pose.

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Molto Verboso
'74 Rally, '72 Sprint
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:11 am quote
jimmyb865 wrote:
This a "scooter forum" so i'll keep it scooter, otherwise i'm going back to 8yo with dirt bikes.

My first "bought and paid for" scooter was a 1979 P200 from Vespa at the Beaches in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego in 1980.

I am 52 1/2

Here is the infamous original poser photo that has yet to be out posed by any other poser trying to out pose.
I'll have to hunt out a poser pic to compare with that one Jimmy.

Just turned 49, had my first bike (150 sprint at 17), followed quickly by my first Rally 200. Long hiatus away from bikes from 20 though to 46, then bought my current Rally. Good to be back on two wheels again. Gave it away back then after a couple of cars had sped straight across my lane and stopped in front of me when they realised. always a joy when people freeze in your path. Far more cautious now of every car driver!
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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:03 pm quote
Nice Chucks. What's the deal with the stuff sticking out of the horncast?
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:14 pm quote
Looks like a pair of car horns
Mr. Clean
P,SUPER,V90, 50 Special
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:15 pm quote
They are horns.. 80's style.. here's another one just popped up on scoot.net

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nothing at all
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:54 pm quote
sdjohn wrote:
Nice Chucks. What's the deal with the stuff sticking out of the horncast?
Fiamms Mr Headly. Made in the USA.
The Chucks were made in the USA as well, not like the new pos that are made in China, boxed in enormous quantities of cardboard, trucked to the port of Shanghai, shipped by crude burning container to "a port near you or not", then trucked to your Converse dealer.


What a fukn racket we've gotten ourselves into.
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2006 PX 150 & Malossi Kitted Malaguti Yesterday (Wife's)
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:42 pm quote
jimmyb865 wrote:
I am 52 1/2

Here is the infamous original poser photo that has yet to be out posed by any other poser trying to out pose.
Just a child. Younger than our son by a year or two.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
px200 cutdown,px180,px150. Puch SR. Puch scooterette
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:16 pm quote
while i was looking for jimmyb posing on the front of a knitting magazine i found something slightly different

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2518107/Vaginal-knitter-artist-Casey-Jenkins-makes-scarf-wool-stored-inside-vagina.html
Molto Verboso
GTS 300
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:05 am quote
She's doing it to remove people's negative fears of the Volvu?

Clearly she's never ridden a scooter around women who drive those things.
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P200E
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:07 am quote
joshzingzing wrote:
while i was looking for jimmyb posing on the front of a knitting magazine i found something slightly different

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2518107/Vaginal-knitter-artist-Casey-Jenkins-makes-scarf-wool-stored-inside-vagina.html
Just the thing to keep a nose warm . . .
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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:10 am quote
Yeah I saw that scoot.net ad within minutes of my post - hilarious timing.
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:19 am quote
When did chucks start outsourcing? They just seemed to get shit at some stage when I was a teenager
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:03 pm quote
I still have quite a collection from my teenage years and they see frequent use. Black, blue, red, tan, white, and a few more are still hanging around. Love Chuck Taylors.
nothing at all
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:17 pm quote
Look on the bottoms. It should have USA in the middle space, otherwise they are China.

I'm guessing early 90's.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:39 pm quote
62, started in late teens on Honda 90 then Yamaha 100 twin, gave it away for a few years then mid 50s started playing again - just loving the scooter scene.
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p2, jet2, lml166
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Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:12 pm quote
28. Bought my first scoot when I was 20. Owned over 10 since, ridden cross country on one, and have 6 at the moment.
Molto Verboso
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Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:55 am quote
I thought this video was appropriate to the topic. Enjoy
http://www.flixxy.com/dream-rangers-tc-bank-taiwan.htm?utm_source=nl#.VNAIgFC5R9c.mailto
Hooked
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Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:56 am quote
Call The Lawyer
DailyRider28465 wrote:
I see copy right infringement.......................

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Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:13 am quote
30 today. But iv been a grumpy oul git for years
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Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:12 pm quote
Happy birthday Jackson! You are about half my age - you lucky bastard
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:48 pm quote
Just ran across this old thread and am updating it by saying that I just turned 74 and am still riding regularly... although now I prefer warmer temperatures
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:34 pm quote
It's been 116 years riding for me - being based in Wales, my current Vespa's manufactured entirely from wool.

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P 200E P125X
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Location: Hendersonville,NC USA
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:49 am quote
I’m 75 and just started riding my 1980 P200 in June of this year. Up until then I had never ridden on a motorized 2 wheel vehicle. I bought it as a basket case in 2017 and spent last winter restoring it. I enjoyed that project so much that 2 months ago I picked up a 1979 P125 that has become this winters project. I taught myself to ride in my neighborhood and have put about 350 miles on the 1980. Riding has now ended because of the 18 inches of snow we got last weekend. Riding is a lot of fun and something I wish I had taken up earlier in life. You are never too old. Will probably go for an MC endorsement on my license when the weather improves. My only suggestion as an older rider, because my reaction time isn’t what it used to be, is wear a good helmet and be aware of your surroundings.
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:20 am quote
Dang, shoprat! Good on you. I thought I had started late (in my 50's). You've got me by 9 years. Was up in your area (Dana) in October and rode the BRP with my child bride (61).

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P 200E P125X
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:21 am quote
rosscooter wrote:
Dang, shoprat! Good on you. I thought I had started late (in my 50's). You've got me by 9 years. Was up in your area (Dana) in October and rode the BRP with my child bride (61).
Nice. I'm afraid the BRP is above my skill level. I keep my riding now to the gated community I live in. Without an MCL I stay off public roads.
Hooked
1974 Rally (3), 1971 Rally 180, 1960 Li 125
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Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:00 pm quote
52 in a few days. Started riding in Saudi Arabia, 13 yrs old, (dirt bikes) when my Dad worked there.

Got my first Vespa at 16 and rode until I outgrew the scene and the people therein, about 23.

Was fortunate enough to get back into scootering with the help of a wonderful friend about 5-6 years ago now. Now I have 5 scoots, go figure. They breed, I'm telling you. Honestly, the rear of a Rally has always been a thing of beauty to me. Art on the go for sure.
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Primavera 150 touring
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Location: Virginia
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:28 pm quote
Turn 70 next month started riding in 1964. Many two wheeled vehicles, but purchased my 2019 primavera which will most likely be my last.

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PX150E
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Location: Florida, USA
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:57 pm quote
Almost 65....
I have been lurking on this forum for a couple of months, now, and was trying to find the motivation for my fist post. I learned to ride in Italy on a friend's 50 special, and have been riding for over 45 years, mostly European motorcycles.

But I have owned and enjoyed 3 Vespas, so far:

a 1983 PK 50S in Germany

a 1986 P200E Motovespa in Spain

and my current ride, a 1985 PX150E, owned since new, and forever my pride and joy.


I am convinced that you never get old riding a Vespa; one of the marketing slogans for Vespas in Italy was: A Vespa is the vehicle for all young people, no matter their age.....

Val in Mary Esther, Florida
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'08 Gunuine Buddy 150 St Tropez 'Simon' '04 Honda Metropolitian 'Archie' [Sadly had to trade it away ;-( ]
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:52 am quote
sp949 wrote:
my current ride, a 1985 PX150E, owned since new, and forever my pride and joy.
You gotta post a picture of that. I almost bought one then but other responsibilities prevented that.
sp949 wrote:
I am convinced that you never get old riding a Vespa; one of the marketing slogans for Vespas in Italy was: A Vespa is the vehicle for all young people, no matter their age.....

Val in Mary Esther, Florida
Welcome Val.
As I’ve never been this old before, I’ve long said that riding does keep me young, feeling at least....
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:00 am quote
i'm old and i ride a few vespas

me and allstate.jpg

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PX210 Polini, SIP Road 2
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Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:03 am quote
I,v been riding either Lambretta's or Vespa's since I was 17, iam now near 61 & still riding a Vespa, I,v had a Rally 200 [my first scoot] 3 GP 200,s, 2 series 2 Lammy's, 1 Gillera runner 200, 1 GTS250, 2 GTS300,s, 1 Lx125, and my current ride, a PX 210 Polini.
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Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:17 pm quote
Only as old as .....
Lambretta's or Vespa's from 16 Now 75 cross country on a p150 with sidecar at 68 now planning another x-country this time with a P200 with sidecar.
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Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
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Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:15 am quote
Owned my first PTW in the early 1970s, a Honda 90 then Yamaha 100 twin. Then nothing until about 10 years ago when we restored Bella, our 1968 150 Super. Then when we got Sofia I joined the forum and here I am at 66 restoring (when I get it back from the painter) a 180 Super Sport.
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Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:26 am quote
"A Vespa is the vehicle for all young people, no matter their age..." Damn, I wish I'd written that.

I'm an advertising guy and am always working on ad campaigns so I appreciate a well-written slogan or copy line. Vespa really hit the mark with that one!
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1965 VBB/2005 Stella
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:34 pm quote
Senior Rider
Bought my first Vespa (Allstate) in 1957. I was 14 years old. One could ride in Ohio on a permit at that age back then. The photo was taken in 1959 when I was 16. Yes, I did the funky paint job. I have no idea what year the Allstate was as I bought it used. Paid for it with my paper route. I used that Allstate for that paper route since some of it was out in the country. It served me well.
I have had a variety of bikes throughout the years. Never being without something to ride and tinker with. I am now 75 years old and at present I own a 1999 Harley Davidson FXDX, a 2005 Stella and a 1965 VBB barn find that I fully restored. I think I ride that VBB the most. Its just plain fun!

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Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:59 pm quote
Ah yes. 1959... back when we rode wearing hats instead of helmets!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:07 pm quote
Fatbear5 wrote:
Ah yes. 1959... back when we rode wearing hats instead of helmets!
Funny how that's changed, isn't it? Back in my mod (revival period) days I wore a helmet because we had to but beyond that the only thing between me and the pavement was a parka and a pair of Clarkes. When I went scooterboy at least I had a pair of DM's and a flight jacket with lots of rally patches that are oh so protective. Yet somehow I'm still here to post decades later.

FWIW I now wear a FF, riding gloves, armoured jacket and boots. In the summer I will go all crazy and wear sneakers sometimes. You know..... just to be a rebel.
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:36 pm quote
65 years old ride every day to work Berkeley to SF
I enjoy the Vespa very much and some days the ride to work or to home is so beautiful. I love winding it out and zipping around the traffic. I have 3 other motorcycles but for my daily commute the P200e is my go to bike. I probably look silly at 65 riding it. This last week one bike passed me and gave me a thumbs up and the bike following him just shook his head. I just think it is wonderful.
swanny
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:41 am quote
Another birthday, another post!

I’ve just hit 75 so it’s time for another salute to the more “worldly” of us who are still riding on a regular basis. My 1980 P200 is still going strong and so am I, although we both occasionally experience the unexpected backfire.

How many of us are still out there riding during our “golden years”?

Me on Vespa.JPG

Molto Verboso
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:56 am quote
Right on LuckyBear! Lookin good!
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