Today, my wife and I were driving down off Monte Pisano near Lucca. There is a state highway leading back from Casicne Buti to Lucca. As we approached a T intersection which had a yield to us as oncoming traffic, I saw two Vespas enter the road quickly and without really looking. The rest of the intersecting road was blind to me. I slowed to allow them to accelerate away and suddenly a whole group (at least 25 scooters) blew through the yield right in front of me without looking to the left. I slammed on the brakes and then proceeded on in the middle of the pack.
As we drove along, I noticed the scooters ahead would pass each other, ride side by side talking to one another and hit the brakes as they entered the apex of turns. It was apparent some them didn't understand counter-steering. Then I see one asshole sitting side saddle on the scooter while talking to another person.
This looked to be one of those Vespa tour groups. The leader was an asshole. When you approach a stop or yield, you stop to make sure your group is together (they were strung out for a least a quarter kilometer). When you make the turn after traffic clears, one rider enters the intersection and stays stationary as the rest passes. Why none of this was passed on to the riders just pisses me off.
If I rode like that in a group in the States I would deserve to get hit. Sorry to go on, but that type of stupid behavior just pisses me off.