Possible to take a girl on dates with Vespa?
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Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:41 pm quote
Long story short. Went from 1.2 million to looking for quarters all over the house to buy a little caesers pizza in 1 year with a bad investment and scam.

I can't afford a car or suv. My situation now is just a little better and I can get a Vespa soon.

My question is. How do you take a girl on a date? I would not feel safe with a girl riding on my back since I will be brand new to scooters.

Is it weird to not pick her up in a car? Just small things I think of because in the past I always picked up my x girlfriend or any dates.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 am quote
How to start? You can do anything you want and whatever you can pull off. Just don’t lead with the “I used to be rich but...” line. She won’t want to hear that. She’s interested in you now and if she’s not into you because you’re on a Vespa then move on. Lots of ladies love the thrill and fun of a Vespa. Remember, the car does not make the man. Lots of money makes many things easier but lots of money doesn’t make you cool and fun if you’re not that already.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:27 am quote
If she's really into you, it shouldn't make an ounce of difference what you use to take her out in providing you get her a correct sized helmet.

If she's more concerned about her hair getting messed-up or she wouldn't be seen dead on the back of a Vespa, is she the right girl for you? - If she needs educating about PTW's, you could try explaining to her that a Vespa is the Rolls Royce of scooters.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:30 am quote
This ranks up there with some of the weirdest posts I've seen on MV ...

Having said that, the short answer is yes.



Still, there's gear to consider and all that, especially being new. Learn what "Toreador Pants" means and check out some of the gear threads. And then consider your date.

Happy riding!
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:38 am quote
I'd advise not taking anyone on the back until you have more small two wheel experience under your belt.
Be safe and have fun.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:41 am quote
VesperGeezer wrote:
I'd advise not taking anyone on the back until you have more small two wheel experience under your belt.
Be safe and have fun.
+1
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:47 am quote
Can't you just put in your tinderorwhateverkidsareusingtohookuptoday profile that they must have a scooter, and then they can pick you up. We live in enlightened times you know, and modern women like to be in charge.

Take these fine young ladies from australiawecantplayrugbyland who actually know how to ride themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=124&v=s4wnwUdVGzQ < Punishing chrome users.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:06 am quote
You just need the right bike and enough experience, at first short runs at reasonable speeds in light traffic, the right place and good weather, find the right girl to hold on to you who trusts you enough so she knows what to expect and isn't all tense. This needs to be stylish Vespa fun, not a thrill ride. Yet.

Now I can absolutely guarantee you that it isn't just adequate, it is the very best way to go.
You will get very close right off the bat.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:38 am quote
... but let's joke ..? I on the Vespa and on the motorcycle (when i was young ... ) with a girl I did everything! And here I stop ...
In Italy everything starts on two wheels, there are also books that talk about it.
The problem is to be on foot and not the other way around.
mpfrank wrote:
VesperGeezer wrote:
I'd advise not taking anyone on the back until you have more small two wheel experience under your belt.
Be safe and have fun.
+1
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Let us remember that on the use and maintenance booklet there is the maximum transportable pilot and passenger weight.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:48 am quote
There is always Uber.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:04 am quote
...too easy...the taste of adventure is missing.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:05 am quote
Yeh why not. Depends where you live I guess. She might not like it if it's freezing rain outside when you turn up. When I first got a scooter that's how I learnt to ride as it was my only transport in a foreign country but probably better to get some experience first.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:03 am quote
Is it possible
Is it possible to start a thread without telling us how you spunked your money away.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:47 am quote
Be quirky !
Ride the Vespa to her house and go out in her car.
That way she has to take you home to pick up your ride.
You never know what may develop when she sets the pace...

...and you can be certain that she's not after you for your money !

Instead of losing a fortune, you have shrugged off the chains of materialist consumerism in favor of a simpler, more meaningful lifestyle.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:55 am quote
znomit wrote:
Can't you just put in your tinderorwhateverkidsareusingtohookuptoday profile that they must have a scooter, and then they can pick you up. We live in enlightened times you know, and modern women like to be in charge.

Take these fine young ladies from australiawecantplayrugbyland who actually know how to ride themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=124&v=s4wnwUdVGzQ < Punishing chrome users.
https://youtu.be/s4wnwUdVGzQ'

This was HILARIOUS!
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:19 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
There is always Uber.
Exactly. It’s not like you’re the only single person out there that doesn’t own a car.

Sometimes I wonder if you’re trolling us.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:02 am quote
The main drawback to dating on a Vespa is that there's no backseat.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:17 am quote
ETres wrote:
The main drawback to dating on a Vespa is that there's no backseat.
... if you have to bring a girl it's an advantage, i remember: "brake test, brake test, brake test, brake test" ...
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:31 am quote
You need to explain in simple words how they should lean with the bike and not fight the handling. I took a friend out on my Burgman and she made riding SO HARD! Fought the turns, wanted to put her feet down and left claw marks on my sides! If your serious abut this scooter date thing buy a Grip-N-Ride waist belt.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:36 am quote
Romance on Two Wheels
I love everyone's input on riding ladies two up - you hound dogs! Especially,
the brake, brake, brake.

In my limited experience, mothers scare their daughters about the danger of
injury riding on a motorcycle. But a scooter - it is a "Chick Magnet".

It even worked for me. I was a lonely sailor in San Diego waiting for orders to go over seas. I had a small 125cc machine. I would buy a bottle of cheap
Paisano Red Wine, French Bread, Hard Cheese, and Italian salami.

Here was my pick-up line, "Do you want to ride up the coast, stop on the beach, sip on some wine and watch the sun go down".

Mama-Mia molto Romantico! Met several nice gals this way.

Hey, even a Blind Hog could find an acorn with this scooter set up.

That is the news from Lake Wobegon MN today.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:57 am quote
I take my girl on dates on the back of the scooter all the time...

few things to consider...

I would ride a season solo before attempting to take a passenger...the added weight can make the bike behave differently and you need some experience

luggage rack/back rest....i have a rear case that has a backrest pad on it...it makes her feel more secure knowing that its there and she can lean against it or hold on to it

sometimes dates involve a a couple adult beverages...i would not recommend getting on scooter after having any booze...especially for a new rider and especially if you have precious cargo

all in all its a great experience...just take it easy and be safe and always talk to her about it...if shes scared it wont be good for you.....my girl doenst like to ride pillion on the motorcycle but loves putting around town on the back of scooter with me
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:05 am quote
Thud
Fishing.

Walk away.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:14 am quote
VesperGeezer wrote:
I'd advise not taking anyone on the back until you have more small two wheel experience under your belt.
Be safe and have fun.
^^^ This. In the meantime you can always Uber
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:18 am quote
I have no idea... my wife doesn't let me date.

Plus, she rides her own scoot.

Back when we were youngsters, I think she dated me just to piss off her parents... the trifecta of what parents don't want to see show up at their door: long hair, played in a band, and rode up on a motorcycle. Could have been worse: I could have shown up in my ratty old van.

I think it all worked out: I taught her to ride on my Triumph 650 Bonneville, when we were both in high school. While we have ridden two-up for tens of thousands of miles, she prefers to have her own ride. The only time she has been on the back of my Vespa was when her scoot was getting a new tire and we went out for breakfast while the shop did the work. She was not a fan of "the reach" around the bulby back end of the Vespa.

You may want to look into the passenger foot-peg extensions. And definitely lose the "I used to be rich" routine... chicks don't go for a self-professed loser. Be that confident guy who rolls up in a manly sorta way on a Vespa.

Honestly, I have no idea if that works, but this is the internet, so... yeah, it works.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:20 am quote
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Fishing.

Walk away.

Bill x
That would save him money on groceries at least.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:25 am quote
Big
I think that your respective chains are being yanked.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:34 am quote
Re: Big
Bill Dog wrote:
I think that your respective chains are being yanked.

Bill x
Not on my Vespa, it's a shaft drive.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:37 am quote
So
Or a Belt.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:45 am quote
Re: So
Bill Dog wrote:
Or a Belt.

Bill x
Ah true... don't want my belt getting yanked!

Mind you at the end of a date....
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:40 am quote
sc00ter wrote:
I took a friend out on my Burgman and she made riding SO HARD! Fought the turns, wanted to put her feet down and left claw marks on my sides!
Sooo, did she last?
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:50 am quote
I don't know how old you are, and if you're over the age of, say, 50 or so, the expectations might be different, but you are not required to pick someone up for a date (Also, no woman with any brains should get into a car with someone until they know them better - hell, I wouldn't get on the back of a scoot with someone I didn't know.) Just meet at wherever you're going. That is generally the standard these days.

And yeah, don't pull any of the "I used to be rich" stuff.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:59 am quote
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sc00ter wrote:
I took a friend out on my Burgman and she made riding SO HARD! Fought the turns, wanted to put her feet down and left claw marks on my sides!
Sooo, did she last?
I'm lucky my wife (who has her MC license) is a great pillion. I honestly don't even notice she's there outside of a little loss of acceleration on the Vespa. It's not hard to teach someone to be a good pillion and it only takes a few rides. The biggest issue with a Vespa or any bike that is not a king/queen setup is bonking helmets on quick stops. I had a lot of girls on the back of my 200 CC 2-stroke scoots back in my mod days and it was never an issue. If you can plant your feet easily and are comfortable with the bike it's no problem. On a 4-stroke 150 I imagine it would kinda suck unless you both are lightweights. I can't stand slow acceleration or weak torque on a bike. My wife was afraid of the sidecar on the Ural at first but after a few trips she was literally checking her email and shooting video in no time.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:42 am quote
Re: Thud
Bill Dog wrote:
Fishing.

Walk away.

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Agree completely.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:20 pm quote
Re: Romance on Two Wheels
Bob Copeland wrote:
In my limited experience, mothers scare their daughters about the danger of
injury riding on a motorcycle.
I wonder if it's the motorcycle, or the boy who rides a motorcycle, that mothers find more scary?

Or maybe they are just envious.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:25 pm quote
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RENT A CAR! You only get one shot.
Explain that to all my exes
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:27 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
Back when we were youngsters, I think she dated me just to piss off her parents... the trifecta of what parents don't want to see show up at their door: long hair, played in a band, and rode up on a motorcycle. Could have been worse: I could have shown up in my ratty old van.
I showed up at my later-to-be-wife's stepfather's place with my long hair. I had been in a hard rock band. And I was driving a VW van that I had converted to a camper, complete with a bed in the back.

She was honestly worried that he was going to shoot me.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:28 pm quote
Re: Romance on Two Wheels
mpfrank wrote:
Bob Copeland wrote:
In my limited experience, mothers scare their daughters about the danger of
injury riding on a motorcycle.
I wonder if it's the motorcycle, or the boy who rides a motorcycle, that mothers find more scary?

Or maybe they are just envious.
I don't think too many parents are threatened by a Vespa... They may not want their daughters getting on the back of one but about the only thing threatening about me or any of my friends back in my dating days would maybe have been a military fishtail parka and pointy shoes....
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:34 pm quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
I don't know how old you are, and if you're over the age of, say, 50 or so, the expectations might be different, but you are not required to pick someone up for a date (Also, no woman with any brains should get into a car with someone until they know them better - hell, I wouldn't get on the back of a scoot with someone I didn't know.) Just meet at wherever you're going. That is generally the standard these days.

And yeah, don't pull any of the "I used to be rich" stuff.
I'm still not rich, but I used to be taller and better looking.

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