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Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:02 pm quote
Nice shot in the low light!
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:16 pm quote
Snow this morning on a cold ride: 9F. Sunshine fooled me. It was cold!

Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:00 pm quote
This past weekend on a ride with the Vespa through the valley south of State College, Pennsylvania. Have some mud and muck to clean off the scoot...

Hooked
2010 Vespa GTS 300 Super
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Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:35 pm quote
Nice shot, i like it!
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
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Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:51 pm quote
Never would have guessed that was Penn.
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:08 am quote
tdrake wrote:
Never would have guessed that was Penn.
It is an unusual location about 15 miles south of where I am in central Pennsylvania. In the ridge and valley region of the Appalachian mountains there are often these open valleys with long views.

It's a fine place to ride.
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2016 Peugeot Django 150, 2008 Vespa GTS 250 (sold)
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Location: South Coast England
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:04 pm quote
Beautiful photos!
What a wonderful portfolio of work!
I love the ones in the snow and I'm full of admiration of your riding skills that get you to the photo shoot destinations and back in one piece! [/b]
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:01 pm quote
Last night, after a week with the flu and another week of recovery I just had to go for a ride. Cold, raining and getting dark, it was great to be on the road. A lot of mud and muck in the fields. I need more aggressive tires if I spend much time there.



Posted a couple more in a story called SWIFTLY CRAVED RIDE.
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:36 pm quote
Riding on a temporary hold for REQUIRED VESPA MAINTENANCE. Thought I would share a photo of a nice spring ride a week ago and a second during the last snow here. Things change fast this time of year!



Veni, Vidi, Posti
a herd of easy shifty rats
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Sun May 08, 2016 5:07 pm quote
You do get around and, like the mailman, regardless of foul weather. Very nice pics.

I'm mostly fair weather, but love off road so I'll play. Few sticks here though, but lots of stones.

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I found some sticks!

Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:22 pm quote
Made this on a foggy morning a couple days ago -- love prowling the forests in the fog...
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Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:17 am quote
Sticks is that like boonies?
or....

or..... ..... or..... or sorta like this?

Not many sticks but sort out in the middle of nowhere.
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Vespa LX 4T 2V
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Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:32 am quote
During yesterdays detour from work

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Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:31 am quote
southern cal
jaunt out to the local lakes on the Super.

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Molto Verboso
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:12 pm quote
A winter Vespa ride from a few years ago. We've not had this sort of rideable snowfall yet this year. End of December and almost 50F. Haven't even put the snow tires on yet...
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Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:03 pm quote
Great pics!!!!

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Molto Verboso
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:22 am quote
Thanks fried okra. The snow keeps hanging on. More snow this past weekend. Looks pretty but I'm so tired of it...
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:23 am quote
A photo from this past weekend's ride. Still snow around but the roads were mostly clear except in the mountains. Posted more pix on my blog....

Molto Verboso
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Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:04 pm quote
On a particularly rough ride that I should not have taken the Vespa on. Oh well. Nothing broke...

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2007 LX50 4T
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Location: The Netherlands
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:55 pm quote
I love this! I think our scooters have the same age, haha!
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Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:00 pm quote
VESPAsfw3 wrote:
A shot from a recent series of rides in frozen fog at the beginning of December. Seems like a fantasy world...

Posted more pictures on my blog post titled RIDING IN FROZEN FOG.

Ive been scrolling through your feed trying to decide which photo Id finally comment on (each is a work of art). This one spoke to me especially, so here I am commenting! Now off I go to see some more...great job, Steve...
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Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:53 am quote
Pamp Jack In Tyler
An old favorite back when we only rode Genuine Buddy scoots - miss this scoot!

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Pamp Jack in Tyler

Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:53 am quote
andyheckathorne wrote:
VESPAsfw3 wrote:
A shot from a recent series of rides in frozen fog at the beginning of December. Seems like a fantasy world...

Posted more pictures on my blog post titled RIDING IN FROZEN FOG.

Ive been scrolling through your feed trying to decide which photo Id finally comment on (each is a work of art). This one spoke to me especially, so here I am commenting! Now off I go to see some more...great job, Steve...
Thanks for the kind words Andy. I remember that frozen fog morning. Very pretty. And some slippery roads.
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:40 pm quote
Winter is approaching and I'm slowly trying to acclimate physically and mentally to the drastic decline in temperature. Riding over a nearby mountain revealed a dusting of snow at the top. Soon it will be time to put on the Heidenau snow tires...
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:52 am quote
Last winter

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Location: Bishop, CA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:36 pm quote
Took a ride just across Round Valley, to the Pine Creek washout. Last spring, due to a record-setting snowfall, the runoff overflowed Pine Creek, causing significant flooding, and it washed out this road. You can see how severe the erosion was, and how the creek changed its course significantly due to the incredible flow. It washed out the concrete bridge completely, and still hasn't been repaired. But, it was a beautiful day, and Pine Creek has been back to its normal, low flow since late summer. Nice day to take out the GTV and enjoy the weather...

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The canyon you see in the background is where Pine Creek flows out of the Sierra, and down through Round Valley. You can see how much the record-setting flow eroded the banks.

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This is the GTV, parked next to the bridge that got washed away. This is looking north, toward Sherwin Grade (between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes).

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This is looking south, toward the Tungsten hills, with the Sierra extending south toward Bishop.

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Trying out the new portrait mode on the iPhone X. Came out pretty well. The weather was perfect - crisp, clear, and not too cold.

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Peeking down from the washed out bridge, at Pine Creek, now just a trickle, but in the spring it was a raging torrent that ripped out this concrete bridge, and the asphalt road on top!

Molto Verboso
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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:06 pm quote
biffnix wrote:
Took a ride just across Round Valley, to the Pine Creek washout. Last spring, due to a record-setting snowfall, the runoff overflowed Pine Creek, causing significant flooding, and it washed out this road. You can see how severe the erosion was, and how the creek changed its course significantly due to the incredible flow. It washed out the concrete bridge completely, and still hasn't been repaired. But, it was a beautiful day, and Pine Creek has been back to its normal, low flow since late summer. Nice day to take out the GTV and enjoy the weather...
Beautiful landscape to ride in. Nothing like it here in Pennsylvania.
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:07 pm quote
Winter is here and I've been riding again in the cold. Took a bit longer to acclimate this year. Old age...
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Sun May 27, 2018 10:26 pm quote
Riding off-road and single trails with friends. Guy on left is on a Suzuki DR650 that he rode around the world. Other guy is on a Honda CRF250L. On this stretch of road they were standing on the pegs going 45mph and faster. I was being banged around at 30mph. The GTS suspension and Continental Zippy tires weren't the best for this. Only got worse as the trail ran through tall grass hiding big rocks and holes, later through mud and generally pretty rough riding.

They had a blast. I was sweating to keep the scooter upright and on course. And trying to go faster than I should. Alone I would have crept along looking at stuff. Riding with others I was struggling to keep up and not seeing anything...

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My Vespa GTS isn't a dirt bike.

Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:20 am quote
An unfortunate incident after parking the scooter on a too steep road. Nothing quite like the clang a GTS makes after coming off the centerstand and hitting a metal guard rail. No significant damage to the scooter and did not interrupt an otherwise lovely early October ride.

Here's a view of the incident:
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:53 pm quote
VESPAsfw3 wrote:
An unfortunate incident after parking the scooter on a too steep road. Nothing quite like the clang a GTS makes after coming off the centerstand and hitting a metal guard rail. No significant damage to the scooter and did not interrupt an otherwise lovely early October ride.

Here's a view of the incident:
As we say here in New Zealand, Bugger!!
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:36 pm quote
I wouldn't have uprated the photo (which is splendid) but for this:
VESPAsfw3 wrote:
... No significant damage to the scooter and did not interrupt an otherwise lovely early October ride.
...
Since there's no harm done, I can -- and did -- uprate it without hesitation!
Molto Verboso
2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 1622
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:48 pm quote
More from my collection of stupid Vespa tricks. This one because the ground was starting to thaw and the centerstand sunk far enough to let the scooter topple...

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