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GTS 300
Joined: 03 Jul 2019
Posts: 103
Location: lewisville , nc. 27023
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:57 pm quote
Back in the saddle , after a stroke that left me partially paralized 3.5 years ago , a bunch of therapy and a never give up attitude
Today I rode again for the first time, took a test ride on a 2020 GTS 300 .Loved it , put down a deposit . I'm waiting on a rear rack and mid sized wind screen , then I'll be good to go. Oh yea there will be farkles.
'14 Piaggio BV 350
Joined: 14 Jul 2014
Posts: 904
Location: Seacoast New Hampshire (USA)
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:18 pm quote
Hey - sorry to hear about the health issue, but Welcome Back to the two-wheeled world! Show us a pic of the bike when you get it, and enjoy the ride! Welcome!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Typhoon 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 10848
Location: Oregon City, OR
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:13 pm quote
Welcome to MV and congratulations on the new GTS. It is my favorite ride as well. And we like pictures!


Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 5842
Location: New Zealand
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:27 pm quote
Welcome along Doug!
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 3493
Location: Tempe, AZ
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:34 pm quote
Congrats on your hard work, DandyDoug.
Molto Verboso
Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 1503
Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:14 pm quote
Welcome, i have used and still use the scooter as an additional therapy to get out of the tunnel of the disease ...
My mother asked me one day, "What are you doing with a scooter in your condition? Aren't you healthy enough? "
I replied: "It makes me feel so good and free that when i'm sick i have another goal to reach that increases my desire to survive".
Good road my friend ...
Joined: 03 Jan 2018
Posts: 33
Location: Ga
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:25 pm quote
Welcome to the club and enjoy riding on your new scooter. Post some pics next time.
2016 Sprint S 150 (his), 2016 Sprint 150 Blu Gaiola (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Excalibur Gray (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Black (his)
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 664
Location: Vermont
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:39 am quote
Welcome to MV and I admire your perseverance and great attitude. Pics when get the scooter!
Molto Verboso
portofino green GTV 300
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 1144
Location: Northampton
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:41 am quote
Welcome from New England Doug
2016 LXV 150 ie, 1978 Vespa P125, 2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 06 Jul 2016
Posts: 531
Location: central Illinois USA
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:38 am quote
Welcome back and ride safe. Pace yourself, don’t try to make that ‘quick run’ over to see the sunset off the west coast this summer, it will still be there next year and you will be stronger and riding longer!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 5465
Location: Downtown Toronto
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:29 am quote
Sorry to hear about the stroke but glad you are feeling better and back on the saddle! I took an advanced course last year and one of the guys was also recovering from a stroke and had just got his license given back to him. I could see how happy he was to be back in the saddle. I'm sure you feel the same. Enjoy the Vespa, they are a fun ride and very often my go to bike because of that.
2013 Vespa GTS 300, 2007 Vespa LX150 (sold)
Joined: 05 Aug 2010
Posts: 260
Location: Rochester, NY
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:52 am quote
Excellent!!! Congrats on your recovery and the new scoot!
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 998
Location: Washington DC
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:36 am quote
Welcome back, glad you’re on the mend...
2009 GTS 250ie
Joined: 24 Mar 2018
Posts: 514
Location: south Texas
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:59 pm quote
Hey, DD - good to see you here. Lots of good Vespa-centric info here, and another good forum for us scooter folks. Looking forward to some photos and initial ride reports.

As you know, two months was tough on me - you are one tough dude to keep at it for 3 1/2 years. Getting back on the scoot was incentive for me... and I feel stronger each time I ride. Keep up the good work, and hope your Vespa experience makes you feel the same.

2009 GTV 250, 2018 GTV300 sei giorni, 2012 LXV 125ie and V90
Joined: 11 Mar 2018
Posts: 329
Location: Guatemala
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:42 pm quote
Welcome! Glad you recovered and are riding again!
2010 Vespa 300 Super
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
Posts: 679
Location: NYC
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:59 pm quote
It is nice to open the Forum at almost 11PM EST & find this post as the most recent one. Refreshing and nice to know that you are recovering and enjoying the Vespa.
I bet we all could use some of the tricks you can share about the "never give up attitude".
2018 GTS 300 Touring Rosso Vignola, 2020 BV 350 Matte Green, 1956 VL3
Joined: 02 Aug 2012
Posts: 719
Location: Herriman, Utah
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:17 pm quote
Welcome from The Salt Lake Valley in Utah. Thanks for sharing your story. Enjoy the GTS.
2016 Vespa GTS 300 i.e. ABS, 2010 Vespa GTS 300 ie Super (sold) & 2003 Honda Shadow VT750 ACE (sold) & 2006 Vespa LX150 (sold)
Joined: 18 Oct 2009
Posts: 3043
Location: Toronto (formerly Montreal)
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:26 pm quote
Welcome to MV from the Great White North!
GTV 300
Joined: 24 Jul 2018
Posts: 16
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:58 am quote
Great work on the recovery & congrats on the new scoot.
You live in a sweet area for riding & GTS will be a lot of fun there.
Vespa GTS 'Ruby Roo'
Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 3097
Location: London UK
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:42 am quote
flyangler wrote:
Welcome from New England Doug
And welcome from Old England!
Joined: 10 Jun 2007
Posts: 2042
Location: So Cal
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:24 am quote
Re: Nooby here
DandyDoug wrote:
...a never give up attitude...
Love that!
Welcome to Modern Vespa from San Diego
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2502
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:55 am quote
Good on ya! Ride safe!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 8699
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:34 pm quote
Welcome to MV!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300, BV 500, Buddy 125
Joined: 05 Apr 2008
Posts: 7929
Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:11 pm quote
See you mate it over here, welcome back.
GTS 250ie Super, Italjet Velocifero, Scarabeo 150, S50,ET4
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 397
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:59 pm quote
Welcome from down the road in Winston. I'm glad to hear you're recovering. Not many Vespas in this area, I see a few occasionally but none of them new.
2013 Vespa LX150ie, 1968 Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 20 Feb 2011
Posts: 4029
Location: Ogden, UT U.S.A.
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:13 pm quote
Molto Verboso
2015 Ducati Monster 821 &'07 GT200 & 2012 Bonneville SE & BMW R Ninet Pure
Joined: 16 Nov 2007
Posts: 1403
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:58 pm quote
welcome back in the saddle!! Glad you are back and able to do something you love!
2016 Vespa GTS300ie abs/asr/ess Settantesimo '70'
Joined: 11 Jun 2011
Posts: 2147
Location: Starfleet Command, UK HQ
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:14 am quote
Welcome Doug, glad you hear you are in fine fettle again. Post often with your exploits concerning the new bike when you get it.
Molto Verboso
2018 GTS300 Super Sport - Donatello Vespace
Joined: 22 Dec 2012
Posts: 1271
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:44 am quote
Fantastic to be reading this. Welcome back to the madness. All the best.
saggezza di scala
2009 'Burma Shave' Red GTS 250ie
Joined: 13 Mar 2010
Posts: 6889
Location: Israel
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:06 am quote
Shalom and welcome from Israel.

Well done for fighting your way back. You deserve a reward and have picked a great one.
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