After starting a few threads about different questions - and mostly getting great replies I thought it is time to give back. And yes, it was my, now, wife idea to do a motorcycle trip for our nine weeks honeymoon.
So quick background - we wanted to go for a longer honeymoon and couldn’t really think of any better way to do it than on a motorcycle. I have for the past five years gone on MC trips with friends a few weeks every summer (now covered from Ukraine and Black Sea in east to Pyrenees and Portugal in west) - all on ”real motorcycles”.
We got married the 1st of June and left the day after. We did the first stop in Gothenburg and I realized that we cannot bring the camping gear due to too much weight on the Vespa. We also slimmed the rest of the stuff. Left it at my dads place. Continued and now the Vespa felt like it usually does when all the heavy stuff in a bag between my legs and only light stuff in the top box. We went down to Malmö and hanged out with a good friend (who just managed to get home after the wedding). For two more days we rode down to Hamburg (Germany) where we catched ”Autozug” (car train) and went overnight down to Lörrach (close to Basel in Switzerland but on the Germany ide). Very nice to not have to ride 850 km on autobahn. We took it easy thru the alps and spent some time in northern Italy (around Lake Como) and then went down to Livorno and the ferry to Corsica - where we are now. So far 1.5/9 week of the trip.
The only thing that is booked is autozug from Vienna (Austria) to Hamburg in the end of July. We are however going to east europe - and maybe Greece and maybe Istanbul.
So how is the Vespa doing? Very well and better than expected. The suspensions is not the same as my previous BMW R1200R (even had ESA) but the seat is comfortable for both of us. We are not doing crazy miles and our longest in one day is just over 300 km. We are trying to keep it to max 150-200 km since we are not in a hurry.
I have done some mods to it:
- USB charging - taking power from the parking light (and taking out the charging cable for my iPhone in the hole for mounting a screen)
- Extenders for passanger foot pegs
- Rear rack and top box (29 liters, home made mount)
Sorry for messy information and probably a lot of horrible spelling/gramma mistakes. However, if you have any questions regarding going for a longer trip on a scooter (with or without passanger) or in general touring in Europe - hit me!
Also, I am putting up some photos/videos on instagram - you can find them at instagram.com/hasselgren