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Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:26 am quote
Wow great pic Kimono you take some good ones and great author too.
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Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:12 am quote
Hmmm - looks like I successfully showed you how to flood your engine.
On a positive note - sounds like you're savvy now to when you are lacking gas vs have gas.
That puts you ahead of the curve.

Next time you go to your garage to give it your morning start - perhaps try the leaning method - but not so far you can barely keep from dropping the bike.
Just need to tilt it enough for the gas to drip. See if you get a nice first kick start and how far you have to lean to achieve.
If its small - and it works - then it'l be a nice trick to have in the bag.

Nice job on sorting out the flooded engine solution.
One of those insider knowledge things that make running these machines a bit a a specialty not everyone can do.
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Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:11 pm quote
starved or flooded?
Sometimes you just don't know. If you have a plug wrench with you, you can pull the plug to see if it's wet or dry so you will know what to do. Bravo for working it out and getting home on time.
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Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:22 pm quote
Hey, hey! We all just hit the final day of summer..... and now we Minnesotans must segue into chilly Fall. But first, I had the best last day of summer with Blue....

We rode all the way across the city, past the two busy lakes, and down the leafy parkway to the quietest furthest lake. Parked ourselves on a deserted point right next to the waves. Then we both laid in the hot sun ALLLLL day and soaked up the summer finale. It was a gorgeous 83 degree September day, sun a bright fireball in a cloudless blue sky, soft sand, quacking ducks, lapping blue waves, and just me and my lil Vespa....

Best. Day. Ever.

Why have I not done this before? Vespas are MADE for the beach. I loaded Blue up with a beach bag, oversized towel, sunblock, magazines, drinks and snacks....the works. Even a straw hat! She handled the weight admirably.

Blue looked like a million bucks next to the water. Beach bums, both of us.

A great way to end the season. Good-bye, Summer.......❤️

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Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:23 pm quote
Luv ya, Baby Blue❤️

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Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:09 pm quote
Poetic, is not a strong enough word.

Now that ^^^ is how to spend the last day of summer!
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Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:42 pm quote
Bikes looking great, love that seat. Way to get the last day of summer in, hopefully we get an Indian summer in October.
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Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:30 am quote
SWEET! How perfect is that!?! I'm glad you got to have a great day with Blue hanging out by the lake. And thank you for sharing!

Nothing better than taking a good portion of a day and kickin it on a blanket by a big body of water, soaking up those glorious rays. Very, very cool.

BTW, Blue is looking fabulous by the lake. I'm going to have to get some pics of B-62 by the water.
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:37 pm quote
hibbert wrote:
Wow great pic Kimono you take some good ones and great author too.
Thanks for the compliments, hibbert. Taking pics of my blue babe is almost irresistible. Can anyone relate?
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:43 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Hmmm - looks like I successfully showed you how to flood your engine.
On a positive note - sounds like you're savvy now to when you are lacking gas vs have gas.
That puts you ahead of the curve.

Next time you go to your garage to give it your morning start - perhaps try the leaning method - but not so far you can barely keep from dropping the bike.
Just need to tilt it enough for the gas to drip. See if you get a nice first kick start and how far you have to lean to achieve.
If its small - and it works - then it'l be a nice trick to have in the bag.

Nice job on sorting out the flooded engine solution.
One of those insider knowledge things that make running these machines a bit a a specialty not everyone can do.
Thanks, cm. I’m learning lotsa stuff from you

Will try this insider method next time.

Recently I kicked scoot while SITTING on it and succeeded. Felt super cool, ha ha.

(cuz that’s really challenging for a short person . 50/50 fire it up or simply tip it over.)
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:47 pm quote
V oodoo wrote:
Sometimes you just don't know. If you have a plug wrench with you, you can pull the plug to see if it's wet or dry so you will know what to do. Bravo for working it out and getting home on time.
So, V oodoo, I DID have a plug wrench with me (girl scout salute!) and that was my next step before calling for help. But my plug was kindafresh and so my diagnostic gut feeling just said nope.

But, I suppose I shoulda checked it for wet/dry status. Next time I will. And thanks for the great tip!
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:49 pm quote
poidog wrote:
Poetic, is not a strong enough word.

Now that ^^^ is how to spend the last day of summer!
You’re way too kind. But, yeah, it was kind of a poetic day....
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:53 pm quote
Lynnb wrote:
Bikes looking great, love that seat. Way to get the last day of summer in, hopefully we get an Indian summer in October.
Thanks, lynnb! That seat is comfy cushy. I always think about changing it to the classic buddy seat, cuz it’s cute, but comfort always wins out.

Indian Summer, PLEASE!!!!!

Down to 30’s at night next week here....
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:05 pm quote
qascooter wrote:
SWEET! How perfect is that!?! I'm glad you got to have a great day with Blue hanging out by the lake. And thank you for sharing!

Nothing better than taking a good portion of a day and kickin it on a blanket by a big body of water, soaking up those glorious rays. Very, very cool.

BTW, Blue is looking fabulous by the lake. I'm going to have to get some pics of B-62 by the water.
You are right in all regards, qa! There’s no better day than sand, sun, SCOOT, sea (okaaay, just a little lake for us non-exotic mid-westerners..)

And always snap a pic, no matter how inconvenient, cause then it’s forever a magical memory.

Get those pics of B-62 by the water, pronto!!!!

(though I’ve seen at least one good one already. Majestic west coast shoreline accentuating B’s Blue beauty. I think it was the day you got the cherry bearclaws....also memorable, yum yum!)
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:20 pm quote
Certainly is looking like fresher temps coming next week up here in Northern Ontario.
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Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 pm quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Indian Summer, PLEASE!!!!!

Down to 30’s at night next week here....
30’s?!! So maybe the next beach pic will be an ensemble of a puffy coat, government issue wool blanket, and a flappy ear winter trapper’s hat? Onlookers will wonder who the gal is trying to escape from a Siberian gulag on a blue colored moped. Ms. September in the official 2020 Vespa calendar will never look the same...
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Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:23 pm quote
Lynnb wrote:
Certainly is looking like fresher temps coming next week up here in Northern Ontario.
“Fresher temps”, Lynnb? Is that what ppl in Ontario call it? Such positive thinking....

Here in MN, we just go with plain COLD 🥶

Last week’s beach trips feel like a distant golden memory. Glad I indulged, cause now it definitely feels like chilly Fall. The leaves are sure pretty, tho....
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Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:29 pm quote
whodatschrome wrote:
Kimono32 wrote:
Indian Summer, PLEASE!!!!!

Down to 30’s at night next week here....
30’s?!! So maybe the next beach pic will be an ensemble of a puffy coat, government issue wool blanket, and a flappy ear winter trapper’s hat? Onlookers will wonder who the gal is trying to escape from a Siberian gulag on a blue colored moped. Ms. September in the official 2020 Vespa calendar will never look the same...
Oh, this is quite an interesting concept, ha ha..... I’m missing the govt issue blankie. Otherwise, all set.....

(digging for flappy trapper hat )

And it’s NOT a MOPED!!!!
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Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:31 pm quote
Checked my tire pressure lately. Shameful

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Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:46 pm quote
Greetings:

Oof, tha's a bit LOW! Can you blame the temperature change?
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Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:04 pm quote
Get the little wrench that tightens up the valves, they usually can get snugged up a bit. If they still leak replace them. You should be able to go months, it's not like presta valves on bikes.

Hal
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Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:21 pm quote
+1 and try to find the one that's built right into the cap like these:



Screw it on like any cap or insert upsidedown and tighten or remove the little valve. I always try to have one of these on at least one of my tires plus in my tool bag.
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:25 pm quote
Wheelman-111 wrote:
Greetings:

Oof, tha's a bit LOW! Can you blame the temperature change?
But of COURSE I can It couldn’t possibly be my fault.....keeping the caps screwed on loosely so I can get them off easily......
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:26 pm quote
Hal and V oo- I did not know the valves could get loose, so thank you both for alerting me. I’ll order those dual ended caps ASAP. Do they make cute ones that say Piaggio?......
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:50 pm quote
No but you're better flying under the radar a bit more. Find ones with Italian flag colors! I don't know if you have a spare, but thats where I keep the valve wrench.
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Kimono32 wrote:
Hal and V oo- I did not know the valves could get loose, so thank you both for alerting me. I’ll order those dual ended caps ASAP. Do they make cute ones that say Piaggio?......
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:57 pm quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Lynnb wrote:
Certainly is looking like fresher temps coming next week up here in Northern Ontario.
“Fresher temps”, Lynnb? Is that what ppl in Ontario call it? Such positive thinking....

Here in MN, we just go with plain COLD 🥶

Last week’s beach trips feel like a distant golden memory. Glad I indulged, cause now it definitely feels like chilly Fall. The leaves are sure pretty, tho....
Yes, we call it fresh

THIS is a cold day for a ride.

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Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:03 pm quote
Oh that's awful!! At 5:00 this evening it's 94 degrees in Central California. I may take an after-dinner ride.
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:31 pm quote
Harbinger, THAT is hardcore!!!

You’re definitely braver than most. I just THINK about that icy air going down my neck and shudder.

I know you’ve got all the gear, though. And it must be satisfying to enjoy the rides year round. Wish I had the moxie, but just no...
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:33 pm quote
JKJ—did I see you zipping down Xerxes this past weekend in full Toreador Pants, plus a balaclava?

I honked, but couldn’t really tell if it was you
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:35 pm quote
Could have been. I would have been wearing a bright yellow helmet and riding either my black Zuma or red Vespa. There are few places to go to nowadays; I just ride around the lakes and parkways and watch the seasons change. Honk louder next time.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:27 am quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Could have been. I would have been wearing a bright yellow helmet and riding either my black Zuma or red Vespa. There are few places to go to nowadays; I just ride around the lakes and parkways and watch the seasons change. Honk louder next time.
Hey, it WAS you, then, on the black Zuma! Love your bright yellow helmet and matching jacket! They really stand out.

The leaves are almost peak on the parkways, such beautiful rides! Hope you get a few more of them next week before those “fresher” temps roll in
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:04 am quote
Kimono first time I've seen the weather guy making mention of Wind Chills along with the temps, won't be long now before we need to upgrade the Fresher Temps to something errr a bit cooler.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:43 am quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Get those pics of B-62 by the water, pronto!!!!
Here are two pics on two different days. Unfortunately I didn't spend the afternoon lounging on the shore, but it was still great to see the water...

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B-62 by the beautiful Oregon Coastline.

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Cleawox Lake, the quintessential summer camp lake, complete with canoe rentals and a platform to swim out to. And fishing. And Sandboarding...

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Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:53 am quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Checked my tire pressure lately. Shameful
This is how we can tell blue has been running well... perfect nails!

And that seat looks better than the saddle seats I reckon.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:02 am quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Harbinger, THAT is hardcore!!!

You’re definitely braver than most. I just THINK about that icy air going down my neck and shudder.

I know you’ve got all the gear, though. And it must be satisfying to enjoy the rides year round. Wish I had the moxie, but just no...
Ha! Actually it really isn't that bad in Toronto. I've been living here maybe 20 years now and we've only had a few brutally cold winters. For the most part it does not get much colder than about -10C and if there is no snow I ride the Vespa which has a Tucano Urbano lap apron (skirt) on it that makes a huge difference especially seeing as how the rads vent in to it. With snow it's the Ural with insulated over pants and Icebreaker long Johns. Honestly I love riding in the snow and you get some strange looks riding downtown in the middle of a snow storm. Heated glove liners is the other real trick and it's not bad at all. Sure beats public transit and with 3 bikes in a condo parking spot we have no room for a car.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:17 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Kimono32 wrote:
Harbinger, THAT is hardcore!!!

You’re definitely braver than most. I just THINK about that icy air going down my neck and shudder.

I know you’ve got all the gear, though. And it must be satisfying to enjoy the rides year round. Wish I had the moxie, but just no...
Ha! Actually it really isn't that bad in Toronto. I've been living here maybe 20 years now and we've only had a few brutally cold winters. For the most part it does not get much colder than about -10C and if there is no snow I ride the Vespa which has a Tucano Urbano lap apron (skirt) on it that makes a huge difference especially seeing as how the rads vent in to it. With snow it's the Ural with insulated over pants and Icebreaker long Johns. Honestly I love riding in the snow and you get some strange looks riding downtown in the middle of a snow storm. Heated glove liners is the other real trick and it's not bad at all. Sure beats public transit and with 3 bikes in a condo parking spot we have no room for a car.
I only wish our coldest was -10 , up here in Sault Ste Marie it’s more like -30 on a calm day.
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Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:31 pm quote
Your “fresher temps” have now breezed down to my igloo, lynnb.... I was thinking we could update the name with “temps for those of hardy constitution and perennially cold butts”. But I’m just gonna call it “Popsicle Paradise”. Sounds kinda sweet, huh?

Seriously, Harbinger, I don’t know how you ride in this fluffy white stuff! The wind chills have gotta kill you, even with all your winter weather gear. Do you REEEEALLY still have nerve endings in your extremities? Toronto is a pretty cool town, btw. Been there once and enjoyed it very much.

Qa, who’s more attractive, the coastline or B62? Tuff call! Your pics make me feel so wistful. Cause they look WARM. I’m so glad you’re still getting out on some fab rides. The lakeside campsite looked very fun. But what exactly is sandboarding?

Pheasant Plucker, you are very astute. Shiny fingernails do indeed equate to a perfectly running scoot. First kick fire-up lately. Knock on every piece of wood I can find...

We got about a week of beautiful 60’s and 70’s, and I cruised around the crunchy red leaves as often as possible, very very happily....

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Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:38 pm quote
And then.....

The Siberian Gulag......

(total vanity pic and apologies for that, but whodatschrome kinda challenged me and I didn’t yet have any pics of Blue in the snow. Nor me. I tend to avoid such uncomfortable situations.... )

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Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:41 pm quote
That’s a wrap for 2020!!!

See ya next season.....

(I’ll still try to hang out here and keep up with other lucky ppl who get to ride ALL year round and tinker in their warm garages... )

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Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:51 pm quote
i'm so glad this story keeps on going, good job kimono - I know you had a challenging go at points but you and your scooter are made for each other!
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