Last year at the end of October I was in an accident, I was headed down a four lane road in the left (i.e. inner lane for all you Brits, Japanese, Indian, Aussie, Kiwis etc.) and a gentleman attempted to turn from the center turning lane into a parking lot. I hit the brakes, tried to swerve and ended up taking off his rear bumper using the front end of my scooter.
The scooter was a total loss, but some good did come out of it, first I discovered that despite having reoccurring dreams of flying, I can't. Second seeing as I only payed $40 for the scooter in the first place (see herehttp://modernvespa.com/forum/topic138656?highlight=vespa), the insurance pay out was more than enough to replace it, although it went towards plane tickets instead so I could marry my now wife, speaking of this, this accident is what I feel really cemented our feelings for one another, so there is that too.
It took a few months for the road rash to fully heal, a couple of weeks for the pinched nerve to sort itself out and an unknown amout of time to get back on a scooter (I promised no more commuting and that I wouldn't ride a scooter until spring time, I ended up doing neither(I mean comon who could resisit a chance to ride a rare only seen once Japanse scooter, and I'm commuting once a week with a friend, saftey in numbers right...)).
Fast forward a few months, I decided I wanted a tatty looking scooter that will be a decent runner, for some reason that just really appeals to me. I approached a friend about a Motovespa 150 frame he had bought from a mutual friend and was at first planning on making an electric scooter, and then a sign for his business. He gave it to me for the low price of free, i.e. a wedding gift.
Here are some pictures.
The dent on the glove box and steering column corresponds to where my knee hit before I went flying over the scooter.
This is the damage to the front fender and fork
Closeup of damage caused by the rear quarter panel.