New Zealand - winter scootering
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patina SS180, tired P200E, project-on-hold VBC 150
Joined: 01 Mar 2013
Posts: 32
Location: New Zealand
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:23 am quote
On the underside of the world in New Zealand, it is winter, so no scooter trips. Or perhaps ...

This weekend three scoots (my SS180, mates on GTS 250 and Lambretta TV175) joined around 30 big Italian bikes (Ducati, Motor Guzzi etc) on a overnight 600 km = 380 mile road trip. Auckland to Bay of Islands (including a 10 min car ferry trip, middle pic below) and return. Mostly on sealed back roads. Fine weather, but cold for northern NZ (starting in 2C = 36F, warming up to 12C = 54F by afternoon).

I've owned the SS180 for more than a year, but until now I have only used for commuting (20km = 12 mile return trip) or occasional weekend rides (up to 60 km = 40 miles). This weekend was a test run, am planning to use it for our annual 1000 mile 4 day run in autumn. Scoot passed with flying colours. Rider a little sore and tired!




patina SS180, tired P200E, project-on-hold VBC 150
Joined: 01 Mar 2013
Posts: 32
Location: New Zealand
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:35 am quote
Of very minor interest only, the bottom pic is from a place called "Twin Bridges", where a single bridge crosses two rivers where they join. Is the only bridge like this I am aware of.

Google maps location link below (can't get to embed properly, so copy and paste the entire line into your browser). Click twice to move the view to the north, then spin 360 degrees to see what I mean.,173.8467742,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjEZcotQFX0TCeXFFkV7Skw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1190
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:30 am quote
Looks like you 3 had a great weekend. How did you go keeping those pesky big bikes behind you?
Joined: 21 Feb 2017
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:42 am quote
Suffering, yes, it seems to be pure suffering to ride a Vespa.
It will mostly be too hot, too cold and if not so it will rain.
I mean not really always, but it feels at least like most of the time.

One moment of respect for those among us suffering under the ownership
of classic Vespa's. For them the weather is even of secundary importance....

Let's all celebrate Vandem's survival
Must have been a real challenge, but a rewarding one!


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