San Diego to Grand Canyon
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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
Joined: 08 Jun 2014
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Location: San Diego
Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:11 pm quote
We did it again! This time we conquered the desert, over 1460 miles In 6 days. 3 Vespa 300s and my wife on her Vespa Sprint.

Everything went as planned, and the 150 once again proved to be a touring contender. She did struggle a bit on hills and elevation, but handled the ride without any issues.


Here's the route:
Day 1: 3 parties, San Diego, Long Beach, and Temecula, Rendezvous Spot 79/371 Bound for Joshua Tree, Via Palm Desert.

Day 2: Joshua Tree to Sedona Via Flagstaff. Very long day, elevation 7000+, 40

Day 3: Chilled out in Sedona site seeing, and Jeep ride tour. What a magical place.

Day 4: Sedona to Grand Canyon, we did the 64 loop. Just Breath taking. Headed back to Sedona for a nice Dinner and many beers at the camp ground.

Day5: Sedona to Palm Desert, via Jerome and Prescott by far one of the best Twisties and roads on our trip, then down to hwy 10, and a long 4 hour wind blowing, dust, trucks, and boring boring boring ride to Palm Desert, best part, being on 2 wheels.
We did cheat here, we got a hotel after camping throughout the whole trip.

DAY 6: Palm Desert back to the Rendezvous hwy79/371, 2 headed north, 2 headed south. Our ride back to San Diego was epic, Warner springs to Julian to Cuyamaca to Lyons Valley to Jamul, then Chula Vista. Home!!!! 1424 miles.

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Jumbo Rock, Joshua tree

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Joshua tree

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Lake Havasu, London bridge

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Hwy 62

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Joshua tree

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Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon, Vespa everywhere

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Vespa everywhere

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Sedona Jeep Cowboys

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Sedona camp ground

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Sedona

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Vespa everywhere

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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
Joined: 08 Jun 2014
Posts: 125
Location: San Diego
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:01 pm quote
More pics

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Hwy 62

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Jerome

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Lo lo Mai, campsite

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Bellazul

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vespa gts 250 ie
Joined: 09 Oct 2016
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Location: piqua ohio
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:49 am quote
Thanks for the post.great pics
Molto Verboso
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300
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Location: St. Pete, Fla
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:35 am quote
Thanks
Nothing better than a good ride report other than a good ride.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 la Negrita 2015 GTS il pipistrello nero
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 6236
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:46 am quote
Looks epic! Great pictures.

Appreciate the vicarious experience on this gray and rainy (and scooterless) day in Wisconsin.
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GTS 300
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Location: Northern Cal
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:12 am quote
Great ride and report. Thanks for posting. I've plotted your route out and saved it as a possible future ride.
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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
Joined: 08 Jun 2014
Posts: 125
Location: San Diego
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:14 pm quote
Bilbo wrote:
Great ride and report. Thanks for posting. I've plotted your route out and saved it as a possible future ride.
Let me know if you questions about the route, it all worked out as far as gas, food, and pit stops.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:00 pm quote
Awesome! Can't imagine anything funner (that isn't in Italy )!

How fast could the Sprint cruise?
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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
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Location: San Diego
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:48 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Awesome! Can't imagine anything funner (that isn't in Italy )!

How fast could the Sprint cruise?
Did you say Italy? 2006, southern Italy and France.
As for the The Sprint, on a flat average 60-65, but didn't have the torque for hills, sometimes down to 50 on HWY40 towards Flagstaff, we did climb to 7000 elevation, that was the only part of the trip it had any issues, it handled the desert and Twisties awesome.

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Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
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Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:44 pm quote
TV200 wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Awesome! Can't imagine anything funner (that isn't in Italy )!

How fast could the Sprint cruise?
Did you say Italy? 2006, southern Italy and France.
As for the The Sprint, on a flat average 60-65, but didn't have the torque for hills, sometimes down to 50 on HWY40 towards Flagstaff, we did climb to 7000 elevation, that was the only part of the trip it had any issues, it handled the desert and Twisties awesome.
Tutta bella! Grazie!
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Location: Towson, Maryland
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:02 pm quote
Your pictures are wonderful!
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Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:24 pm quote
Fricken RAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2015 Primavera 150
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Location: Portland, OR
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:09 pm quote
Looks like an awesome trip. Will there be some Youtube footage appearing at some point?
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Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:33 pm quote
chula vista!!!!! Me as well!! Lets ride. [/img]

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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
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Location: San Diego
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:16 pm quote
salchipapa619 wrote:
chula vista!!!!! Me as well!! Lets ride. [/img]
PM sent. Let's ride!
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2016 Sprint S 150 (his), 2016 Sprint 150 Blu Gaiola (hers)
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Location: Vermont
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:51 am quote
Great report....brings back memories of being there with the kids, no scooters.

Like the report on the 150 as that is what my wife and I are purchasing for our first scooters and I was concerned about how far one could reasonably travel on one. No concerns now! Thanks!
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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
Joined: 08 Jun 2014
Posts: 125
Location: San Diego
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:16 pm quote
wbdvt wrote:
Great report....brings back memories of being there with the kids, no scooters.

Like the report on the 150 as that is what my wife and I are purchasing for our first scooters and I was concerned about how far one could reasonably travel on one. No concerns now! Thanks!
The 150 Sprint is a great scooter, I currently installed 12.5 weight rollers, lighter them stock. This will improve take off and mid range, keeps the RPMs in the power. Great cheap upgrade, will not effect your top end. You will actually get it a little faster. You will love the Sprint.
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For Sale: 2015 BV 350 (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma 125, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300)
Joined: 02 Apr 2014
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Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
Sat May 20, 2017 9:43 am quote
Man, Oh, Man! I loved living in San Diego. Not only a great city but also a great location to get to other great locations.

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.
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GTS300 SuperSport ABS
Joined: 10 Aug 2009
Posts: 110
Location: Toronto, ON
Mon May 22, 2017 12:24 pm quote
Wow, what an awesome ride!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! More pics please!!
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'16 BV350 '01 ET4
Joined: 03 Oct 2011
Posts: 191
Location: San Diego CA
Mon May 22, 2017 2:59 pm quote
Nice ride report. Exciting trip.
I also live in San Diego, and it is a terrific riding town.
The bad news for me is that every long tour I take , the first 3 to 7 hours is on the same roads, same scenery, same same, heh.
I can almost recite the signs. ; )
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