A Little Nervous About Getting My Vespa Wet
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:58 pm quote
I know folks ride their scooters in all sorts of foul weather (except for me), so why am I fretting over rain? I even creep through standing water on the road - I just never get it wet.

I have my scooter loaded in the back of my pickup. We are leaving for a long weekend, and I want to ride while there. However, tomorrow's forecast is for rain during our 4.5-hour drive. Covering it up isn't really feasible at 75-85 mph, so I guess it'll have to ride naked in the rain.

Should I just chill out and not worry about it? Tell me something good.
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:58 pm quote
Your Vespa can handle it... but, it's gonna be grubby. Road grime, road speeds, and driving rain. Yeah, you're going to have some clean-up to do. But, the Vespa can handle it.

Now, if you're talking about riding in the rain, that is a different skill set. I try to avoid that... after 50+ years of riding, nuthin' I enjoy about riding in the rain. But, the Vespa can handle it.
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:50 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
Your Vespa can handle it... but, it's gonna be grubby. Road grime, road speeds, and driving rain. Yeah, you're going to have some clean-up to do. But, the Vespa can handle it.

Now, if you're talking about riding in the rain, that is a different skill set. I try to avoid that... after 50+ years of riding, nuthin' I enjoy about riding in the rain. But, the Vespa can handle it.
Yeah, I won't be riding in the rain - I avoid that for safety and grime reasons. My scooter will just be a passenger in the back of my truck. Thanks for the feedback!
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:03 pm quote
ETres wrote:
Covering it up isn't really feasible at 75-85 mph, so I guess it'll have to ride naked in the rain.
No, don't cover it. Bugs will come off with hot water but a flapping cover will rub off the paint. Have fun!
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:13 pm quote
I really hate getting mine wet, too. Fact is, the Vespa can take it. Still, When mine does go through a rain event, it gets a complete sponge bath and waxing and all is good again. I agree about not covering it with that flapping tarp. Also be aware the tie down straps can stretch an loosen up when they get wet so check them periodically.

Bill
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:45 pm quote
Yep, strap it down and go. Water isn't going to hurt it any. Just bring some cloths along to dry it afterwards if you want.

I've trailered in the rain, ridden in the rain.....no problem. Beats trailering in bug season!
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:12 pm quote
Yes, Iím brand new (100mi as of today) but applicable: the ďdetailĒ is part of the fun and part of the maintenance. I range on both sides of Vespa with road/mountain/singlespeed bikes and a 20 yo Wrangler. Get any of them dirty and the OCD attention afterwards is an excellent way to monitor leaks, cracks, or anything else worrisome. On my human-powered, you spend a whole 10 minutes cleaning, but also looking for hairlines in the carbon or shock/brake line leakage. On the Jeep, Iím spending more time, but keeping an eye on the same but also loose bolts and rust. Embrace your Vís detail as a 15 minute all-over inspection with the added sparkle bonus.
ETres wrote:
I know folks ride their scooters in all sorts of foul weather (except for me), so why am I fretting over rain? I even creep through standing water on the road - I just never get it wet.

I have my scooter loaded in the back of my pickup. We are leaving for a long weekend, and I want to ride while there. However, tomorrow's forecast is for rain during our 4.5-hour drive. Covering it up isn't really feasible at 75-85 mph, so I guess it'll have to ride naked in the rain.

Should I just chill out and not worry about it? Tell me something good.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:33 pm quote
On the positive side: yes, Vespa can handle getting wet AND it is much easier to clean than a traditional motorcycle that has uncovered bits and pieces.

I ride for pleasure only and try to avoid rain too. Don't always manage to do this and even occasionally do on purpose some gravel roads (on motorcycle, did not so much with Vespa) , but I'm with you here: once you get used to how easy a bike is clean without riding in wet conditions, it's hard to give that up... I also avoid wet patches on the road if it looks I could survive being dry
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:44 pm quote
At the limit, only protect the parts where (if it rains) water can enter ... (ex. electric controls)

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Molto Verboso
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:49 pm quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
ETres wrote:
Covering it up isn't really feasible at 75-85 mph, so I guess it'll have to ride naked in the rain.
No, don't cover it. Bugs will come off with hot water but a flapping cover will rub off the paint. Have fun!
Yes, that's right ... due to the wind, rubbing a cloth over the paint (even if declared anti-scratch) can ruin it.
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:19 am quote
Might
Might consider taking along a couple of microfiber cloths and a bottle of auto detailer spray. I like Mother's or Meguiar's, but I imagine they're all much the same. So long as the road grime isn't too thick, and you are careful to find clean patches on the microfibers, not much chance of scratching the paint, removes light bug remains, and leaves a nice shine. Usually what I do on my scooters if I get caught out in the rain, or I notice the dust accumulating. Only rarely do I get out the bucket and hose. A nice coat of 'wax' before you leave might be a good idea as well.
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:45 am quote
Vespas handle the wet just fine. I always have microfibre cloths in my bikes to dry things down but that's mostly to keep my butt dry and wipe down the bars etc. Hell I'm about to go out in a little snow shower and not worried about it. Maybe not on a Vespa but still a metal bike. I did get undercoating on the Ural but that's just because I will be out in the snow. I've ridden the Vespa through a few winters and many, many rain storms and she's fine. Main thing to worry about is you and not the scoot.
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:33 am quote
Thanks everyone for the input and advice. I'm heading out today in the rain, and I'm not going to worry about it. It's going to be a beautiful weekend for riding!
Molto Verboso
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:57 am quote
Riding in the Rain
Like most of you, I don't like riding in the rain and avoid it. When on a
extended multi-day ride rain really can not be avoided and is all part of
the adventure.

I expect you regular Vespa commuters just ride on and rain gear up.

Bob Copeland
Canadian Cold Air Mass chilling today.
Those dog gone Canadians.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:53 am quote
It happened to me a few times but in the summer, it's hot being different ... if it wasn't strong i would proceed slowing down otherwise I would seek shelter (not under a tree, you never know ...)
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:03 am quote
FWIW the new Vespas with ASR/ABS work great in wet conditions. Why the hell they took ASR out of the Sei Giorni is beyond me. In heavy rain just look out for large puddles of water and rain gloves with the rubber wiper on the left gauntlet are a big help as is Rain-X. Also go easy on the throttle and don't accelerate hard if you can avoid it. If you have ABS brake as you normally would for the most part but plan more distance. You'll get a feel for it.

Heavy rain - avoid as you can't see bugger all and large rain drops hurt if you're moving at speed and need to have your visor up. I've been there a few times on the freeway and it's not fun.
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:09 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Yep, strap it down and go. Water isn't going to hurt it any. Just bring some cloths along to dry it afterwards if you want.

I've trailered in the rain, ridden in the rain.....no problem. Beats trailering in bug season!
Microfiber cloths for a wipedownwill gently remove any grime as and bugs as well while giving a bit of shine. Plus they dry faster than cottonwithout leaving streaks.
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:17 am quote
Not to pile on, but Vespas are famously all weather vehicles, form the ground up. If you want yours to be in pristine show room condition, you might have to do a little after ride cleaning. Enjoy the riding at your destination!
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:53 am quote
if you do a good wash and wax, it should bead right off..wipe her down when you get to your destination...
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Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:12 pm quote
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fledermaus wrote:
Yep, strap it down and go. Water isn't going to hurt it any. Just bring some cloths along to dry it afterwards if you want.....
have fun, enjoy!
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