Vintage Vespa scene in San Francisco??
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1969 Sprint!
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Location: San Jose CA
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:46 pm quote
So I moved back to SF from the San Jose l/Campbell area and it sucks to not see all of the vintage bikes that used to be parked on the sidewalks of San Francisco.

Has gentrification hit the vintage scooterists? All I see everywhere now are those electric “Scoot” scooters everywhere.

The OGs at SF scooter center still around and that’s awesome! Just wondering.
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Vespas 1964 GS160, 1965 SS180, 1977 V9A1T, 1983 PX150E
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:43 am quote
introspekt408 wrote:
So I moved back to SF from the San Jose l/Campbell area and it sucks to not see all of the vintage bikes that used to be parked on the sidewalks of San Francisco.

Has gentrification hit the vintage scooterists? All I see everywhere now are those electric “Scoot” scooters everywhere.

The OGs at SF scooter center still around and that’s awesome! Just wondering.
I thought it was just tech billionaires (millionaires are so passé) and migrant workrers living there. I moved out of the Bay Area (Marin County) decades ago, so I can't help with information here.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:17 pm quote
I roll with the Migrant Workers Scooter Club on first Fridays.
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1979 Vespa P200E
Joined: 08 Feb 2010
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Location: San Jose, CA
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:40 pm quote
Re: Vintage Vespa scene in San Francisco??
introspekt408 wrote:
So I moved back to SF from the San Jose l/Campbell area and it sucks to not see all of the vintage bikes that used to be parked on the sidewalks of San Francisco.

Has gentrification hit the vintage scooterists? All I see everywhere now are those electric “Scoot” scooters everywhere.

The OGs at SF scooter center still around and that’s awesome! Just wondering.
Different times now. SF classic is still one of the biggest "vintage" rallys on west coast. Poke your head around in August.
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'76 Vespa Rally 200
Joined: 13 Feb 2011
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Location: Melbourne
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:51 pm quote
I bought my Rally when I lived there in 2008. At that time vintage Vespas had stopped being fashionable, I think partly because the prices had gotten silly, so hip folks were switching to mopeds. I saw fewer and fewer old Vespas until I moved away in 2017. First Kick stopped doing vintage stuff a few years ago, Scooter Center was the only place left for parts or service.
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1969 Sprint!
Joined: 24 Oct 2007
Posts: 45
Location: San Jose CA
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:19 pm quote
The community of folks here in the city has definitely changed.

I will definitely keep an eye out for the classic ride in August.

But yeah you used to see a bunch of P series and small frames all over!
Molto Verboso
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:24 pm quote
The last time i was down in San Francisco on my scooter was in 2008 for the SF Classic. My friend and i trailered our scoots down there a few days before the rally started. While we were out riding around exploring, we got held up by a very LONG motorcade funeral procession. I don't know who passed away, but all of the "blockers" were on vintage Vespas. They saw my buddy and i, and let us pass through the motorcade. I guess membership has it's privileges? It was a bit sombering though.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:29 am quote
Hook up with these guys, they're the organisers of the SF Classic rally:
https://www.facebook.com/BlackSheepScooterClub/
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