How manyPTW/ bikes do you own?
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Molto Verboso
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
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Location: Washington DC
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:23 am quote
riding is a fun addiction, so, how many PTW do you own? Thinking of adding a second bike but canít really justify two bikes. I figure my fellow addicts can talk some sense and convince me to add the second bike...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:32 am quote
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Posts: 5637
Location: Downtown Toronto
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:38 am quote
Three... and I love them all.

No time to really post right now but I should have time to elaborate tonight or tomorrow morning.

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Enthusiast
Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 17 Jan 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Portland OR
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:40 am quote
Currently 4
My biggest advice is to really question what you need, why you are looking and remember that you'll need to store it so be aware of your situation. That said bikes are just tools so if there's a need that you have that could be better addressed by another bike, and you have space and money for one, then ya get it.

Here's my collection:

Daily commute is done on a 2017 Vespa Sprint 150
Errands that require hauling are done on a 2003 Stella with all the racks, also often used for the local vintage club meetups
a Honda Spree for when friends want to ride
and project a Honda S90 that I've been restoring that gets weekend rides to a coffee shop

I have a house with a garage so I have space to work on and store these bikes. If I was still living in an apartment I likely would only have the Sprint.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 5464
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:58 am quote
Four, at the moment.

GTS 250, MP3 500, Buddy 125, and Honda NC700.

The deal I have with my wife is, as long as she can park in the garage she's OK with it.

Suffice it to say, my cage is outdoors.
Molto Verboso
Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:10 am quote
View list under my avatar
Ossessionato
GT200 & GTS250 & NC750X & Royal Enfield Pegasus
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Location: London
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:41 am quote
My garage is quite full of memories. I have 2 motorbikes that get a lot of use, one for when it's raining or I need to get somewhere quickly and the other for making me smile. I also have 2 Vespa which I bought new when they came out but I rarely ride now. My first car is also in there, I never drive it but I love looking at it. A paramotor (a flying machine) hangs on the wall but I don't fly it these days. I'm also just about to add a motorised unicycle. My advice is just to keep to one, two is a luxury and any more quickly becomes a pain.
Hooked
2003 Vespa ET2
Joined: 05 Apr 2019
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Location: Cambridge, MA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:51 am quote
robinm wrote:
.....any more quickly becomes a pain.
^^ this...

I have 4 ...the 3 in my signature line plus a 2001 Triumph TT600 that sits in the garage and never gets ridden
Ossessionato
2012 Kymco Like 200i (Sold), 2018 FLSL
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Location: San Jose, CA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:02 am quote
Madison Sully wrote:
Four, at the moment.

GTS 250, MP3 500, Buddy 125, and Honda NC700.

The deal I have with my wife is, as long as she can park in the garage she's OK with it.

Suffice it to say, my cage is outdoors.
Does that mean you can park them in your living room as well?

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Hooked
2008 GTS250, 2009 S150, 2017 GTS300Super, 2006 GT200
Joined: 18 Oct 2014
Posts: 206
Location: Houston
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:07 am quote
Five, that I got in this order...
Ď08 Harley Screamin Eagle Springer
Ď08 Vespa S150
Ď17 Vespa GTS300 Super
Ď06 Vespa GT200
Ď08 Vespa GTS250

The HD and 150 get ridden <1% of my total riding time but the GT(S)ís are shared equally because thereís just something special about each of them.
Molto Verboso
Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:07 am quote
What is a Buddy?
Ossessionato
2012 Kymco Like 200i (Sold), 2018 FLSL
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Location: San Jose, CA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:12 am quote
Currently only one PTW. I'm working on breaking down my wife resistance for a second bike. I like to add the new GTS 300.

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:27 am quote
Three
<<<Under my avatar.

The LX is actually designated for Mrs. fledermaus.

The BV followed me home last year, and though the GTS is still my main ride, it is different enough to enjoy the variety.

One of my rationalizations is that I can always use one as bait to get an out of state friend to come and ride...

Just in case one is down for maintenance, I always have a spare.

For example.....

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:27 am quote
Attila wrote:
What is a Buddy?
It's a US based Vespa knock-off. I don't mean that to seem harsh as a lot of people actually seem to like them. Me.... I prefer to own an actual Vespa but apparently there are some things people like about Buddy scoots. I think maybe the saddles are lower?? Price I assume is cheaper but don't quote me on that either. For not being a Vespa they actually aren't that bad looking and I see them here in Toronto now and then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuine_Scooters
Enthusiast
Vespa Sprint 150
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Posts: 67
Location: Portland OR
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:09 pm quote
Attila wrote:
What is a Buddy?
http://www.genuinescooters.com/buddy125.html
Molto Verboso
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 1015
Location: Washington DC
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:12 pm quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:18 pm quote
Budz wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
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Vespa Sprint 150
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Location: Portland OR
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:38 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
Unless you wanted to kit one in to a rocket ship and put racks on the other for GT service :thinkingface:
Molto Verboso
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
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Location: Washington DC
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:03 pm quote
My concern is, now that my GTS 300 is fully kitted it may be close in city performance to the BV 350 if not better but the BV will be much better on the highway, but I am hardly on the highway on a bike and use my car for that.
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4167
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:31 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
I guess that we are all quite different.

I own three Vespa GTs, a 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Some would say that there is no reason to own three of the same thing.

Not me.

Rocket is old and beat up, 91,000 miles on it at the moment.

Razzo is still beautiful approaching 30,000 miles.

These two are running great.

I am riding Rocket on a 1000 mile ride to the Unrally in Pensacola next weekend.

The 2007, Vanessa, unfortunately got knocked around in the 2018 SCR, then blew its engine when the oil all blew out of an open filler hole a few months later.

If I can get my mechanic, Chris, to open a gap in his busy business, I am sending it to him to get repaired.

For different, I have two Yamahas, an Xmax and a Zuma 125.

The Xmax has become my touring machine, totaling over 14,000 miles in the first year of ownership.

I am riding the Zuma today after finally getting a current tag on it after receiving it as a gift earlier this year. I find it a blast to ride.

Which is my favorite? It is whichever one I am riding.

Bill
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:47 pm quote
Budz wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Would love to, but I only could come up with $1,700 right now so don't think that would be enough
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:51 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Budz wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
You haven't ridden a BV350 then.
Vespa 300 scooter ride, like going straight, handles great and great for city.
BV350 wants to turn with the touch of the your hand like a crotch rocket more power of the line then a Vespa.
Vespa is a cruiser, BV350 is a sport bike/scooter.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:00 pm quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Budz wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
You haven't ridden a BV350 then.
Vespa 300 scooter ride, like going straight, handles great and great for city.
BV350 wants to turn with the touch of the your hand like a crotch rocket more power of the line then a Vespa.
Vespa is a cruiser, BV350 is a sport bike/scooter.
Yeah... It's probably not THAT big difference though. The C650GT yes, the BV I reserve judgement on. No don't try and say the BV is faster than the BMW.
Molto Verboso
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 1015
Location: Washington DC
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:11 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Budz wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Thinking of selling your 300 Super?
Want to buy my GTS? I am picking up a 2016 BV 350 with literally no miles on it. My 2015 GTS has full Malossi kit, suspension, 13 inch wheels etc. So I am not sure which Iíll like better and parting with the GTS maybe tough unless I absolutely love the BV 350 a lot, so stay tuned...
Yeah... if you're going to have more than one bike you want them to be different enough from each other that they offer a different experience . The GTS and BV are probably too similar to fall in to the "different enough" category.
You haven't ridden a BV350 then.
Vespa 300 scooter ride, like going straight, handles great and great for city.
BV350 wants to turn with the touch of the your hand like a crotch rocket more power of the line then a Vespa.
Vespa is a cruiser, BV350 is a sport bike/scooter.
Yeah... It's probably not THAT big difference though. The C650GT yes, the BV I reserve judgement on. No don't try and say the BV is faster than the BMW.
Your BMW has 60hp while the BV 350 has 33hp. Itís a safe assumption that the BMW is a beast!
Addicted
2009 GTS 250ie
Joined: 24 Mar 2018
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Location: south Texas
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:25 pm quote
Three that have my name (along with my wife's) on the title. The Vespa is mine, the Xmax and PCX are hers. I tend to be a one-bike-at-a-time kinda guy, unless that one is pretty specific. The GTS is a good "all around" scoot.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300, BV 500, Buddy 125
Joined: 05 Apr 2008
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Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:29 pm quote
Currently we have 5 between the 4 riders in our household. We got the BV 500 available for sale which will bring it down to 1 per rider. At one point we had 8 between the two houses but we've been downsizing.
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2020 Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 19 May 2019
Posts: 26
Location: Westchester, NY
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:55 pm quote
I have 4. One scooter that is my commuter. One old bike to remember how simple they can be. One sport bike to go fast. One adventure bike to take me past where the road ends.
Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:56 pm quote
just 2, but I'm really eyeing a(nother) brutale hard, and I really, REALLY want a new(er) BV350 w/ ABS...
Molto Verboso
Xmax 300
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1324
Location: Adelaide
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:06 pm quote
Only one. I have a wife, and would need to make a choice, wife vs more PTWs. Still thinking......
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2012 GTS & Ď04 ET4
Joined: 17 Oct 2018
Posts: 83
Location: Montgomery, TX
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:09 pm quote
Two at the moment, the ET4 and a recently-acquired GTS. I thought Iíd still ride the ET4 a lot, but Iím thinking Iíll put it up for sale soon. Itís a great scooter and a riot to ride around town, but the rural roads around here need something a little bigger to get around on.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
63 GS160 / GT60 (X2)/ ET4 (X2)/ ET2/ 78 P200/ 67 Sprint/ 09 GTS/ 03 Ruckus/ 13 946/ 16 Prima 70/ 15 Sprint
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:16 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Only one. I have a wife, and would need to make a choice, wife vs more PTWs. Still thinking......
You got this 👍

SDG
Veni, Vidi, Posti
63 GS160 / GT60 (X2)/ ET4 (X2)/ ET2/ 78 P200/ 67 Sprint/ 09 GTS/ 03 Ruckus/ 13 946/ 16 Prima 70/ 15 Sprint
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:20 pm quote
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SDG
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:00 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Only one. I have a wife, and would need to make a choice, wife vs more PTWs. Still thinking......


You can always test the waters.... I think I shared this already, but a while back sitting in the living room with wife and daughter, things were a little too peaceful so I announced, "I think I'll get another scooter!" She quickly responded, "you do and I'm divorcing you!" in a dead serious tone. I glanced at my daughter who was looking at me... "Well, I really didn't wantanother scooter..."

To be fair, I'd just been ranting about insurance and other expenses coming up that I wasn't too happy about, so there was that....
Molto Verboso
GTS 300 Super ABS/ASR
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 1015
Location: Washington DC
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:10 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Sledge wrote:
Only one. I have a wife, and would need to make a choice, wife vs more PTWs. Still thinking......


You can always test the waters.... I think I shared this already, but a while back sitting in the living room with wife and daughter, things were a little too peaceful so I announced, "I think I'll get another scooter!" She quickly responded, "you do and I'm divorcing you!" in a dead serious tone. I glanced at my daughter who was looking at me... "Well, I really didn't wantanother scooter..."

To be fair, I'd just been ranting about insurance and other expenses coming up that I wasn't too happy about, so there was that....
my better half wanted a Vespa to ride to work, I said itís too dangerous in the city and talked her out of it. She went on a business trip and I bought one, she hasnít forgotten...... to be fair her heart wasnít into riding and she is uncomfortable riding.
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2020 Vespa GTS HPE Touring
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Location: Euclid, OH
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:09 pm quote
My recent Vespa acquisition brought me back up to 3 bikes. I really do feel that 3 bikes is the magical number, unless you have unlimited space and resources. My stable consists of my 2011 BMW R1200R Roadster which I use for distance riding. A 2013 Triumph Bonneville SE which gives me my retro feel bike for nice day rides or bike nights. My new GTS Touring will be my city bike errand runner. Only thing missing is a dual sport but I am getting a bit old for that and have given it up. Started to late to learn to ride dirt and I no longer bounce but shatter! LOL

Here is a pic of my happy garage!

Rick G

Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:48 pm quote
rickg wrote:
My recent Vespa acquisition brought me back up to 3 bikes. I really do feel that 3 bikes is the magical number
and how many helmets, sir?
Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:51 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Only one. I have a wife, and would need to make a choice, wife vs more PTWs. Still thinking......
It neednt be this way? My wife bought me one of my current bike as a engagement present. I almost died on the thing several times and we're still married.
Molto Verboso
Xmax 300
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1324
Location: Adelaide
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:57 pm quote
tonyc wrote:
My wife bought me one of my current bike as a engagement present.
Has she got a sister?
Hooked
ET4, Vespa S 150, Lambretta DL200, Serveta Jet 200
Joined: 18 Jul 2007
Posts: 346
Location: Edmonton Canada
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:36 pm quote
Currently three; a Vespa ET4 that is my daily driver, a modded out Serveta with a ton of lights and mirrors for pure showboating, and a super sleek and speedy 69 Lambretta DL200. Iím happy with my lot, but two vintage bikes takes some upkeep. Iíd like to add a motorcycle to the list so I could get out of town once in a while - but I know I couldnít justify keeping all four around and Iím not yet ready to part with any of them. Two wheels is just too much fun and sooner or later youíll want to keep adding new riding experiences to your garage because each one has their own unique charm.
Hooked
2013 GTS300ie
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:25 pm quote
I have six.
1981 BMW R80G/S (2x)
1996 BMW R80 GSPD
2009 BMW R1200GS
2013 Vespa 300GTS
2018 BMW RnineT Urban GS

The optimum number of motorcycles to own is defined by the formula:

No = Np + 1

Where
No = the optimum number
Np = the number you presently own

So if your other half says "No" she is clearly referring to the above optimum number...
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