OK, I admit, I do it........
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:16 am quote
Hands up all you Vespa owners who, once out on the open road, dip their handlebars from side to side at the shear joy of riding their machine? - I admit I do it most times I go out on my GTS
Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:23 am quote
... how is Cyprus to come on holiday ..? Maybe next summer i'll come with my scooter.
I'm sorry, but i can't translate the sentence: "they are their handlebars from side to side in the shear joy of riding their machine". Ciao
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:26 am quote
Attila wrote:
... how is Cyprus to come on holiday ..? Maybe next summer i'll come with my scooter.
I'm sorry, but i can't translate the sentence: "they are their handlebars from side to side in the shear joy of riding their machine". Ciao
'Riding your scooter in a zig-zag fashion'
Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:32 am quote
Touring300 wrote:
Attila wrote:
... how is Cyprus to come on holiday ..? Maybe next summer i'll come with my scooter.
I'm sorry, but i can't translate the sentence: "they are their handlebars from side to side in the shear joy of riding their machine". Ciao
'Riding your scooter in a zig-zag fashion'
Ok ... I understand, sometimes i do it too but in my case in front there are two wheels ...
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:21 am quote
Guilty… To the point where I'm scraping the side stand so often it's tempting to take it off!
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:34 am quote
Birds do it.
Bees do it.
Even educated flees do it.

Seriously, who doesn't.

This is also a good way to scrub a new tire. Best if you do it during a easy start or a slow coast to a red light.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:42 am quote
Yep, the shear joy of riding your Vespa is a beautiful thing! I do it too....
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:32 am quote
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I'd settle for a wry minimalistic smile.

I must be a cold hearted emotionless individual.

No accordion playing either.

Bill x
Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:12 am quote
... no one is emotionless ...
But one can momentarily become estranged from them.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:50 am quote
There is a street near or house in Houston that has a lot of manhole covers. Sometimes I play saloam riding down it if there aren't many cars around.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:01 am quote
Sure, I think most of us do it once in a while when it's safe to do so. Not to mention is can be a safe thing to specially on the freeway as you show movement to the vehicle in front as you move between their rear view mirrors. It helps remind them you are there.

I have to admit my favourite thing to do are going WOT on an onramp and power steering through sweeping turns at high speed. Nothing like getting a knee out and pushing up hard on the opposite handlebar as your bike powers through a turn and you roll on and off the throttle.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:08 am quote
... here where I live it is normal to do this, to avoid holes in the road ... in fact there are more holes than roads.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:46 am quote
Touring300 wrote:
Hands up all you Vespa owners who, once out on the open road, dip their handlebars from side to side at the shear joy of riding their machine? - I admit I do it most times I go out on my GTS
Yes, it is a fun way to experience counter steering. And just the joy of riding!
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:18 pm quote
I wiggle my butt from side to side.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:23 pm quote
Dooglas wrote:
Touring300 wrote:
Hands up all you Vespa owners who, once out on the open road, dip their handlebars from side to side at the shear joy of riding their machine? - I admit I do it most times I go out on my GTS
Yes, it is a fun way to experience counter steering. And just the joy of riding!
In Indonesia too busy avoiding holes and bumps. But maybe that is the same thing.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:24 pm quote
One of the country roads near my house has a lot of tar snake patches and, assuming there's no traffic, I'll practice weaving through them. It's a bit fo a workout.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:49 pm quote
I just rode 1,150 kms over Thursday and Friday (return trip Toronto - Montreal).

Basically wide open throttle, averaging 115 kmh all the way.

With the throttle lock on, resting my open palms on the handle bars to let the wind bathe my hot gloved hands, changing lanes by oh-so-gentle counter-steering, like I was flying.

My butt may have been sore, but my spirit was soaring!
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:51 pm quote
I do it all the time, and I like it! When the winter comes, I ski.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:05 am quote
I do it regularly as I approach intersections to make sure the car drivers can see my 100kg frame in hi-viz on a GT200. But yes, also when out buzzing along at 100kmh.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:37 am quote
Guilty...I do this nearly every time I ride.

I also do this when leading a group ride to let others know there are some twisties coming up soon (of course maybe the others don't know this and think I'm crazy)

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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:53 am quote
pigletpilot wrote:
I do it regularly as I approach intersections to make sure the car drivers can see my 100kg frame in hi-viz on a GT200. But yes, also when out buzzing along at 100kmh.
That's a very sensible reason to do it. Any actions you can take that alerts motorists to your presence has got to be worth doing.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:56 am quote
David Masse wrote:
I just rode 1,150 kms over Thursday and Friday (return trip Toronto - Montreal).

Basically wide open throttle, averaging 115 kmh all the way.

With the throttle lock on, resting my open palms on the handle bars to let the wind bathe my hot gloved hands, changing lanes by oh-so-gentle counter-steering, like I was flying.

My butt may have been sore, but my spirit was soaring!
115 kmh WOT?! You need to put a kit on that thing

I'm kidding as I'm sure you were holding back a little on the throttle. On the 400 series I try to roll back the throttle at about 120 but find myself going well over that if I don't watch my lead wrist.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:38 am quote
... with three wheels it's easier ...
(with my 155 i detected 112 kmh to the GPS)
Molto Verboso
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:42 am quote
CrazyCarl wrote:
Guilty...I do this nearly every time I ride.

I also do this when leading a group ride to let others know there are some twisties coming up soon (of course maybe the others don't know this and think I'm crazy)

You're not crazy, you're just excited ...
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:34 am quote
Weaving and dipping while riding a PTW is mandatory in the state of Oklahoma; it's right there in Title 47 of the O.S.S. Yelling "Yeehaw!!!" while doing so is optional and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:09 am quote
What is a PTW?
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:24 am quote
Attila wrote:
What is a PTW?
It's short for "powered two wheeler" (motorcycle)

See here for additional definition of uncommon terms often used on Modern Vespa:
Glossary of Terms
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:28 am quote
Attila wrote:
What is a PTW?
"Powered Three Wheeler"

It's so guys like you can be in the club.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:23 am quote
Writing in English is easier, there is time to look for the right words and grammar ... but understanding it and speaking it is more difficult. Do you think my two sisters and brothers-in-law speak it correctly because they travel the world for work, one of them also speaks Arabic and Chinese. I am culturally the black sheep of the family ... the rude.



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Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:29 am quote
I do it all the time , such a joy to ride.
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:57 am quote
CrazyCarl wrote:
Guilty...I do this nearly every time I ride.

I also do this when leading a group ride to let others know there are some twisties coming up soon (of course maybe the others don't know this and think I'm crazy)

Hey Crazy, didn't know there was a signal for twisties ahead. I just swerve from side to side because I like the freedom. Pissing off the cagers behind me make me feel like I own the road.
So far I rode to work everyday this week w/o getting wet on the 45 mile round trip.
Ralph
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:22 am quote
meet up
Touring 300, sorry dont know your name. I was in Cyprus a week ago and with luck I'll be back in a couple of weeks, thinking of buy a small place in Pathos. Maybe we can meet up half way for a beer or 2.
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:42 pm quote
cdwise wrote:
There is a street near or house in Houston that has a lot of manhole covers. Sometimes I play saloam riding down it if there aren't many cars around.
Yep, I can dig that.

The dancing-with-gravity thing is truly fun, under the right circumstances.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:20 pm quote
Every few months I forget the clearance on my stella and scrape the left side center stand leg/exhaust port/floorboard crashbar on the ground doing that. Today was that day!
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Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:28 pm quote
Attila wrote:
... here where I live it is normal to do this, to avoid holes in the road ... in fact there are more holes than roads.
TRUE!
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Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:42 pm quote
I was away on vacation for the past week and got back last night. Today I took my scoot out this morning for fun and was weaving around all of the tar strips and pot holes, so much fun!!
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Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:52 pm quote
Riceroket wrote:
I was away on vacation for the past week and got back last night. Today I took my scoot out this morning for fun and was weaving around all of the tar strips and pot holes, so much fun!!
Paradoxically, with a three-wheeler it is more difficult to avoid the holes ... if you go in the middle with the front you will catch with the rear, if you want to dodge with two wheels in front it is more difficult. Ultimately it is better to do the slalom on two wheels, it is safer and more fun ...
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