Keeping the Vespa in a Divorce!
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Vespa Piaggio 125
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Location: Sint Maarten
Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:07 am quote
Hi! My husband left on a boat and isn't coming back. He had a vespa 125 that I never rode except on the back. I was thinking about selling it but it's so economical and its practically new. What are your thoughts on a late 40's 5'2 woman being able to learn easily on an island with a bit of traffic? My concern is mostly that it may be to heavy for me?
Any advice?

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Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:14 am quote
Trust me, you got the better of the deal with the Vespa . My sister-in-law is about your height, about 10 years older and also lives on an island. She rides a Vespa LX 150. She took a motorcycle safety course to learn how to properly and safely ride before getting her motorcycle license. I would advise the same if one is available to you.
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:19 am quote
Ride and enjoy, if you're so inclined.

As far as weight, that scoot is a very light one, so unless you have some health condition (and even if you do have one) I'd think it perfect for riding around an island.

Love that blue!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:51 am quote
^^^^As above. Go. For. It. It's not that heavy of a scooter, and you'll soon get the knack of balancing it.

It'll be great therapy in your transition to hopefully a better life. He did you a favor with the scooter.

The subject line made me think of my ex...she had this nasty little bitch (literally) of a dog that didn't obey, humped everything including my male lab that outweighed her by 3X. The subject never came up, but I was ready to give her the divorce only if she promised not to leave her dog behind.
MV Santa
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:58 am quote
So, you're single?
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:59 am quote
Keep it! I'd think that would be perfect transportation on Sint Maarten!
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:21 pm quote
Find the local dealer or service shop -- you'll need them eventually. While you're there, ask about scooter clubs (or even loosely organized groups of scooter riders). Find a mentor who can give you advice on learning, riding, servicing, etc. Have fun!
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:33 pm quote
Late 40s, single, with a Vespa? Is this some sort of prank?
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Granturismo 218
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:42 pm quote
Trotter wrote:
Late 40s, single, with a Vespa? Is this some sort of prank?
On a tropical island....
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BV250
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:51 pm quote
A good portion of the male audience just fell in love.

Take a motorcycle course or read up as much as possible then rock that thing and ride it like you stole it.
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LX190
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:51 pm quote
It might be useful to get some lessons. I'm sure you'll have no problems finding a galant MV member willing to fly down/up/sideways there and show you the ropes. It may be difficult to make them leave though.
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:55 pm quote
On a scooter note that blue is stunning, and the wheels blend very well.
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:56 pm quote
Trotter wrote:
On a scooter note that blue is stunning, and the wheels blend very well.
Hey, I called the blue first!

Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:10 pm quote
Madison Sully wrote:
Trotter wrote:
On a scooter note that blue is stunning, and the wheels blend very well.
Hey, I called the blue first!

OK you've got dibs! That blue is the tits.
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:20 pm quote
Weight should not be an issue. As long as you can touch the ground you should be fine. Start out slowly, gradually working up to more trafficked roads. I've been on the island, and it's not NYC.

I can fly down and go over the scooter and give you some riding tips. I won't mind. It's 32F here with snow flurries.
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:22 pm quote
Trotter wrote:
Madison Sully wrote:
Trotter wrote:
On a scooter note that blue is stunning, and the wheels blend very well.
Hey, I called the blue first!

OK you've got dibs! That blue is the tits.




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Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:30 pm quote
Congratulations, Hbomb. Can you get some lessons there, so you can be more comfortable on the front of the seat?
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:35 pm quote
Syd wrote:
Congratulations, Hbomb. Can you get some lessons there, so you can be more comfortable on the front of the seat?
Never taken any lessons here, although I'm sure it would be beneficial. I started riding dirt bikes at a young age so it's very natural. I've always been a very law-abiding driver so the rules of the road come second nature.
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:26 pm quote
The VCdM has lots of women in your size and age range, and they ride the hell out of scoots all over France, Spain, Italy, and Greece! I agree you got a good trade, learn to ride and don't look back!
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:25 pm quote
Congratulations!?

Get it in your name, take a safety course, find a good mechanic, enjoy riding!
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:31 pm quote
So, instead of "Ride it like you stole it" perhaps the new saying is "Ride it like you got it in the divorce settlement". Meh, not the same ring is it?
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LX190
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:48 pm quote
Wonder if ex hubby is a member here?

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Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:51 pm quote
HBomb, I started riding at 47 and I haven't looked back. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful folks via scooters.

You keep the scooter, take some lessons, meet some folks and enjoy life. That's my perscription to you at this time.

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Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:05 pm quote
Rock that thing!
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:59 pm quote
A very good friend of mine got a Vespa GT200 after catching the bug from me and my scoots a few years ago. She was in her late 50's at the time and hadn't ridden since she was in her 20's. She addicted to that scoot and rides it all the time. I think it actually changed her life. Scooters have a way of changing the way you see things.
I'd say go for it. And like others have said, if you have a riding class available take it.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:54 pm quote
Sweety! You divorced the husband not the Vespa. Keep it by all means.
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:14 pm quote
In practical terms, it's an inexpensive, fun and relatively safe way to get around. You need to definitely take her out to a parking lot and if possible, take a training course so you are comfortable. You need to invest in a quality helmet. I am not certain how easy these are to obtain on your island but there are a lot of reputable online stores that will ship anywhere.

If it were me I'd definitely keep it and have a blast. Riding a Vespa will give you an exhilarating bit of freedom.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:17 pm quote
Paddlenround wrote:
In practical terms, it's an inexpensive, fun and relatively safe way to get around. You need to definitely take her out to a parking lot and if possible, take a training course so you are comfortable. You need to invest in a quality helmet. I am not certain how easy these are to obtain on your island but there are a lot of reputable online stores that will ship anywhere.

If it were me I'd definitely keep it and have a blast. Riding a Vespa will give you an exhilarating bit of freedom.
Absolutely.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:55 am quote
And hey, keep us posted. Even better share your island adventures with us.
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:08 am quote
keep the Vespa. Possesion is 9/10 of the law as they say. Vespa is better than a husband. It doesn't talk back and is easy to please. Just put gas in him and change the fluids and he'll be fine.
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:19 am quote
judy wrote:
Just put gas in him and change the fluids and he'll be fine.
Husbands work the other way around.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:55 pm quote
znomit wrote:
Wonder if ex hubby is a member here?

Unlikely if he walked on a perfectly good Vespa..

To paraphrase a popular gun bumper sticker from my youth, "My wife, yes, my dog, maybe, my Vespa never.


Just sayin'
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2016 GTS 300 Settantesimo
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:05 pm quote
Not to repeat all the above again, but you'll be more than fine. The size/ weight of the Vespa will be a non issue.

It will come down to your confidence only, and that will come with a course and practice.

It's a beautiful Vespa, definitely worth keeping and enjoying. And you'll make lots of new friends along the way.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:22 pm quote
REEZA wrote:
Not to repeat all the above again, but you'll be more than fine. The size/ weight of the Vespa will be a non issue.

It will come down to your confidence only, and that will come with a course and practice.

It's a beautiful Vespa, definitely worth keeping and enjoying. And you'll make lots of new friends along the way.
Reeza, how is your 2017 going so far>
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2016 GTS 300 Settantesimo
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:31 pm quote
Max6200 wrote:
Reeza, how is your 2017 going so far>
Lazy so far... trying to recover from the amount of drinking last night 😝 - Will be jumping on the Vespa soon to go grab my third coffee for the morning.

I'm guessing you're still in 2016?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:42 pm quote
REEZA wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
Reeza, how is your 2017 going so far>
Lazy so far... trying to recover from the amount of drinking last night 😝 - Will be jumping on the Vespa soon to go grab my third coffee for the morning.

I'm guessing you're still in 2016?
Yeah we are just so far behind we are not really thinkinhg about coffee, XOXOXO
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Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:18 pm quote
Hbomb, my ex left me with her pink Chinese Vino clone that had sat in the garage for a number of years. It became the gateway scooter for my addiction. I now have a GTS 250 Super and I'm as happy as I have ever been. Keep the scooter, it will never leave you.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:47 pm quote
Go for it! My wife just took her learners here in Oz and is riding around on a Sprint 150. Your bike is gorgeous too and a bit smaller. Enjoy
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:55 pm quote
I am hoping you have found a class, and are getting your license. Ride that blue baby and love it..age and size are not a problem, and neither is your gender. I'm 60, a bit taller and thos old Granny loves her rides. IF I can get my vacation scheduled for the last 2 weeks in June '17, my LXV and I are taking my old pickup to Canada, London, Ontario to be exact to play in the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally...will be my very first time out of the USA, and very first scooter rally!!! With stops at yarn shops going both ways, about 520 miles up there from my old house..
So, if I can ride, you sure can...
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:00 pm quote
No sign of OP. Must be still reading her PMs.
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