What caused you to get in to scootering?
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:28 am quote
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:30 am quote
getting into scootering
Back in 2005, lived in San Antonio, my friend Megan bought a moped. I bought one a week later and started riding. Went to a scooter rally put on by Alamo Scoots. I was hooked ever since. Sold my car and have been riding various scooters ever since.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:31 am quote
In 1983 shortly after making 18 I took the bike driving examination in a 125 Primavera, then I was able to get my own Primavera and that was the beginning of my freedom of movement. Going to the university, trips to the beach with my gf, summer trips, etc...
This was the first, and I have owned several Vespas since that first Primavera. Today I have a BV350 that I prefer over any other transport media! The scooter gives you the ease and freedom to go anywhere in the city without the hassle of the car.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:51 am quote
alloo wrote:
Back in 2005, lived in San Antonio, my friend Megan bought a moped. I bought one a week later and started riding. Went to a scooter rally put on by Alamo Scoots. I was hooked ever since. Sold my car and have been riding various scooters ever since.
You still in San Antonio?

EDIT: Nevermind, I see you’re now in Denver. Swing and a miss!
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:41 am quote
tdrake wrote:
Or, well, a picture is worth a long post deleted; I mean, c'mon:
Where else but Idaho (or eastern Washington) can you photograph your scooter sitting in the middle of the road without worrying about being run over.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:50 am quote
Dooglas wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Or, well, a picture is worth a long post deleted; I mean, c'mon:
Where else but Idaho (or eastern Washington) can you photograph your scooter sitting in the middle of the road without worrying about being run over.
Nevada anywhere outside of the Reno/Carson City and Las Vegas areas. I rode US 50 across the state and in over 300 miles I could count on my fingers the number of other people (including all occupants visible in the few cars/trucks). Then there was Alaska.

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:53 am quote
My wife and I do alot of camping (yes I still refer to it as camping even though it is a hard sided travel trailer, ~26ft hitch to spare tire) and I have a pickup truck with a extended cab and 8 ft bed. The truck can be difficult to park and maneuver in some locales.

We camping in Maine several years back and a couple in a Class C motorhome had some Vespa's on a trailer they were towing. We struck up a conversation with them about the scooters and they said they are the best for getting around when camping. I believe they were 150's. This got us to consider and start researching.

We ended up with Sprint 150's and they fit in the back of the truck to go camping. We really got into the scooters and did go to Amerivespa 2018. Since then, we have acquired 2 more Vespa's as the wife wanted a larger one to ride around here in VT.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:56 am quote
wbdvt wrote:
We ended up with Sprint 150's and they fit in the back of the truck to go camping. We really got into the scooters and did go to Amerivespa 2018. Since then, we have acquired 2 more Vespa's as the wife wanted a larger one to ride around here in VT.
We do the same. Take our two 125s camping, a Buddy and a Typhoon. (we have a small Class B motorhome)
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:17 pm quote
Hell, I don't know.... just seemed right.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:18 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Or, well, a picture is worth a long post deleted; I mean, c'mon:
Well said and beautiful photo! Makes me curious what we lost in that long post deleted!
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:43 pm quote
Ageing, and the loss of my BMW GS 1200 to a t*at who couldn't be bothered to see I was heading towards him and turned into my path in 2014.

I'd been thinking of 'downsizing' as the 1200 was not the best commuting tool (my longer trips had stopped) and I wanted to ride something with as much style as the Beemer

Bought my first Vespa 300 GTS without even test riding it.

Been a very happy (and stylish) 20 mile a day commuter since
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:18 pm quote
We bought a China scoot for my late wife. She decided a Rebel was more her speed but we kept the scooter. I used it, wanted to see if a bigger scooter was better all around and ended up with the 250.

The scooter is fun, practical and easy to ride.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:09 pm quote
It's nice to see others here have mentioned Triumph cycles.

I was riding my 1957 Cushman Eagle to high school and there was a new 1960 Triumph Bonneville also in the bike parking lot. I used to wait around to hear that Triumph fire up before I would head home. I've been hooked on Triumphs ever since. l am down to five old Triumphs now, from 1964 to 1972 models. Was up to ten total Triumphs for a while.....500cc, 650cc, and 750cc bikes.

http://www.classic-british-motorcycles.com/1960-triumph-bonneville.html

I am up to five Aprilia Scarabeo scooters now. Most riding is done on them now. Love those things!

fried okra
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:37 pm quote
Posted this before.

When I was 15, I told my mother I'd never ride a MC. Then my neighbor got a Husky 125 and made a liar out of me.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:03 pm quote
Thanks for posting the British motorcycle link Fried Okra. Read the whole thing. Very informative.
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:35 pm quote
howdy, fine thread this.
after 30 years of progressively heavier motorcycles ending with the gl1100 honda, i became totally disabled. Dad trimmed my toenails disabled. after ten years i had come back to the point i tried to ride motorcycles but couldn't quite so thought i'd try a scooter and bought the sym hd200 and soon found myself hundreds of miles from home and buzzing over mountain passes and thought a bigger one would be better for that. the kymco 250 should do it but after the first 300 mile day i couldn't stand the pain so bought a bv500 and a couple years later the new bv350. these were fine machines and i put abought 8,000 miles per year on and had 16,000 on the bv. i had a pick-up that i was trying to sell and the feller didn't quite have enough cash so i took a vt750 honda motorcycle and found i can now get the leg over it but didn't like the noise so traded it for the ctx700 with dct which shifts itself relieving the stress from the hand that can't quite do the clutch in traffic. soooo
i'm baaaack, but remember the scooters with some fondness for taking up less room in the garage-----
ken
Ossessionato
1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:46 pm quote
When I was 12 years old, my best friend got a mini bike for Christmas. I was hooked the first time I rode it. I saved up allowances and lawn mowing money and got one myself a while later.

From that I acquired various dirt bikes... Bultaco, Hodaka, Yamaha Enduro... and various street bikes, which I rode through college.

Fast forward 15 years... when my kids were young, I thought it would be fun to have a little Honda Trail 70 to take on camping trips and putt around on, so I got one. We had a lot of fun on that. One day a neighbor asked if I would be interested in an old Vespa they had. I said sure, why not. It was dented, dusty and hadn’t run in years. I got it running and instantly fell in love with it. That was in 1998. I still ride it.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:23 am quote
l am down to five old Triumphs now, from 1964 to 1972 models. Was up to ten total Triumphs for a while.....500cc, 650cc, and 750cc bikes.
Which Triumph are you going to sell next? I need to decorate my living room!
Tony in Dickson, Tn
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:02 am quote
no time to ride my motorcycles...commuting on a motorcycle isn't fun and pretty dangerous on my route...all my motorcycle buddies live farther away now...so i sold the motorcycles and bought a riding mower...but i can't be without a toy so i also bought a scooter for errands around town
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:44 am quote
berto wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Or, well, a picture is worth a long post deleted; I mean, c'mon:
Well said and beautiful photo! Makes me curious what we lost in that long post deleted!
Oh, just my usual, incoherent, early morning navel gazing.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:10 am quote
I got into the local music scene early on in high school thanks to some friends in a band called Checkmate. It was Ska (Early Jamaican music). Since I had friends in the band, my parents reluctantly let me go to one of their all ages shows. I was exposed to some great punk rock, rock and ska.

Fresno was spoiled by having 3 amazing and fantastic Ska bands: Let's Go Bowling, Checkmate and Los Hooligans. These three bands brought many talented touring bands to town.

At one of these shows Checkmate was main support to this amazing band called Hepcat. Hepcat brought out all the mods, skins and others that were also into the Vintage Scooter Scene. I was outside talking with my friends in Checkmate and I heard a beep. I jumped out of the way of a guy on a scooter. (I thought it was a Vespa but now that I know more, I think it was a Lambretta). THe bike was polished and gleaming at night with the chrome and all. The rider was decked out to the nine's in a Sharkskin suit. He had a matching red tie to the lovely young lady riding two up. She was STUNNING in her red dress.

That image was SEARED into my 17 year old mind. The stylish look of the bike and the riders. The connection to that show (One of the best live music shows I've ever attended!) It took me 13 years to finally get my first scooter. My 2007 black with full chrome kit Vespa 150.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:28 am quote
Btw, this is by far one of my FAVORITE threads in a long while!!!
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:58 am quote
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
Btw, this is by far one of my FAVORITE threads in a long while!!!
This thread has been brought to you by the number 9 and the letter Q.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:48 am quote
I've never in my life been in interested in motorcycles, but it was always in the back of my mind to get a scooter. Not sure how that seed got planted - I just always thought scooters looked fun and cool.

Circa 2015, I often saw a gray-haired lady riding a small, blue scooter as she commuted to/from her job here in my small town. That brought my latent scooter thoughts to the forefront of my brain, so in the fall of 2016, at the age of 53, I took a rider course in order to add a motorcycle endorsement to my driver license. Within two weeks, I brought home a new GTV 300 ABS, which has fulfilled all my scooter dreams thus far.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:59 am quote
My job changed.

I had been working in Downtown Dallas, and there was a bus route that picked me up 5 blocks from home, and dropped me off around the corner from work. It was great, especially since my employer paid for my bus pass.

Then the client whose site I worked at decided that they needed the space I was in for something else, so my employer moved me to a location that was not convenient at all. My wife and I knew we'd have to get a second car, and all that it entails, and were not looking forward to it.

While discussing the upcoming change with one of the customers, she suggested getting a scooter & parking it at my wife's work and commuting with her, since her work was between mine and home. Due to differing work schedules (I work 8:30-5:30, while she works 9-5), that wasn't going to work. But we figured we'd look into getting a bigger scooter and I'd commute the 12 mile one-way ride entirely on the scooter. It also helped that my work location is literally right next door to Vespa Dallas -- we share a parking lot.

I started work at this location on May 16, 2016, and took possession of my first BV350 on June 23, 2016. I ride it every work day, with few exceptions (maybe a dozen total in the 2+ years since).

It helped that Vespa Dallas is right next door. I was able to talk to the salesman on my lunch break, and after work while waiting for my wife to pick me up. When the time came for test rides, I was able to do it on my lunch break. They treat me great. When the freeze plug corroded out and all the coolant dumped, they gave me a loaner for the month it took to get it repaired. When I need service, I simply drop off the keys, and they pick it up and return it when complete. And when I started having electrical issues that they couldn't track down, they gave me a more than fair trade-in value on the 2013 BV350, and a great price on the new 2017 BV350.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:10 am quote
Calfs Knees
Because I wanted to meet people like you Jet.

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Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:38 am quote
Sun Visor
Actually, I can't back that up.

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Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:49 am quote
Re: Calfs Knees
Bill Dog wrote:
Because I wanted to meet people like you Jet.

Bill x
Now that's the best damned response I've seen in this thread.

I guess it isn't too early to be drinking in the UK at the moment.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:51 pm quote
In my first year of high school, my buddy (son of a local magistrate) had a 1946 James 125 cc two stroke that his dad got him to travel back and forth to school. He let me learn to drive on it and we shared it off and on. I was hooked on PTW's from that time 'til now.
Got the first Vespa in 2003 but had a few bikes before then.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:30 pm quote
There's something about scoot's that is just right. They fit my life. I can pretend to be Marquez without having to shift one moment and the next I can take a bag of groceries home.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:23 am quote
I wanted a PTW for as long as I could remember, from the time I first learned how to ride a bicycle and I even put playing cards in the spokes with clothespins. As a teen, mom and dad said no with no ifs, ands or buts. Although there was a 1941 Harley under a tarpaulin in the basement, long story, dad didn’t ride though. In the mid 80s I looked at a Vespa at a boutique store but newly married with a small child that didn’t happen. Fast forward a bunch of years, divorced and the kids almost grown, I rented a scoot on vacation with a lady friend, we had a blast. A year or so later my older son, middle child, was turning 16 and came to me a friend was selling an 04 Honda Met, I looked at and bought it the next day. He and I spent the next 3 years riding the hell out of it, it was his only transportation. He graduated high school, went to bootcamp, AIT School and etc, he came home and bought a Jeep and I then was it’s only rider. Less than a year later he was in Iraq, I s’pose I was suffering from empty nest syndrome or a bit of a mid-life crisis, I bought my 08 Buddy for myself as a 49th birthday present. Eleven years later here I still am. I don’t have that Met anymore, wished I still did, but I’m still riding the heck outta that Buddy on a regular basis.

Edit to add: I’m going to ‘upgrade’ to a Vespa 300 at some point before I, in his words, “become too old and enfeebled” as he wants to ride the Lincoln Highway end to end with me.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:59 am quote
KABarash wrote:
Edit to add: I’m going to ‘upgrade’ to a Vespa 300 at some point before I, in his words, “become too old and enfeebled” as he wants to ride the Lincoln Highway end to end with me.
Do it, sooner rather than later since you never know what life holds. Since he wants to ride it with you don't put it off.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:18 am quote
cdwise wrote:
KABarash wrote:
Edit to add: I’m going to ‘upgrade’ to a Vespa 300 at some point before I, in his words, “become too old and enfeebled” as he wants to ride the Lincoln Highway end to end with me.
Do it, sooner rather than later since you never know what life holds. Since he wants to ride it with you don't put it off.
Very good advice.

Your life can change in the blink of an eye.

Do it.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:42 pm quote
Timing.

I was always the youngest in my class so when my friends were all driving cars, I was stuck on a bicycle. At 15 1/2 though I could get my CA permit and ride a scooter. My first Vespa was simply a case of keeping up with my friends. I sold it when I went off to college.

Fifty years later I spotted a ScooterWest sticker on a client's car and we started talking about Vespas and that piqued my interest again. Just for fun I looked on the Fresno Craig's List and found, and bought, a 1980 P125. That was ten years ago and since then, there have been fewer than a dozen classic Vespas posted on the Fresno Craig's List so I was lucky to have found that one at just that time. If it hadn't been posted, I probably would have forgotten all about Vespas. Timing is everything!
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:45 pm quote
I couldn’t afford a real motorcycle.


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Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:16 pm quote
znomit wrote:
I couldn’t afford a real motorcycle.


I miss the kitten with the coffee cup

I remember my first scoot, a 79 P200e with 500 miles on it cost me $500 all in. Don't think I'll see that kind of deal again even accounting for inflation.
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2007 Piaggio BV 250
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:16 pm quote
Out of necessity, I had to get transportation to replace a cage. I began looking at the Toyota Prius and the $30,000.00 price tag was way too much. I took a long hard look at motorcycles and my commute which at that time was through a construction zone with the usual bumper to bumper stop and go traffic and couldn't see myself clutch and shift and brake so I started looking at scooters and decided on the one I have. I bought it new in 2007 and am the only owner that the scooter has known. I take it on the interstates and on surface streets, actually everywhere I need to go. I'll ride it till it'll go no more. At 70 years old that should last me till I won't have to purchase another.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:39 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
znomit wrote:
I couldn’t afford a real motorcycle.


I miss the kitten with the coffee cup

Yeah, it was a winner. Thought about it this morning when one of our cats jammed her head into my (thankfully empty) coffee cup. Not her problem.

It was a bit of an improvement on the cat-hunting P.M.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:59 pm quote
Yay It's back! The world needs more adorable avatars
fledermaus wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
znomit wrote:
I couldn’t afford a real motorcycle.


I miss the kitten with the coffee cup

Yeah, it was a winner. Thought about it this morning when one of our cats jammed her head into my (thankfully empty) coffee cup. Not her problem.

It was a bit of an improvement on the cat-hunting P.M.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:00 pm quote
Back by popular demand
fledermaus wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
znomit wrote:
I couldn’t afford a real motorcycle.


I miss the kitten with the coffee cup

Yeah, it was a winner. Thought about it this morning when one of our cats jammed her head into my (thankfully empty) coffee cup. Not her problem.

It was a bit of an improvement on the cat-hunting P.M.
Oh that wasn't our PM.

But speaking of PMs and scootering, here's ex PM Helen Clark's Honda
‘... this motorcycle was brought new by me in early 1971 for around $349 as I recall..."

https://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/collections/3031/objects/542762/motorcycle-honda-50-scooter

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