What are you getting the scooter for Christmas?
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2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 Malossi 187 "ISO"
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Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:08 pm quote
Greetings:

A late-arrival - on a Sunday no less - of a Christmas present from the lovely Ms. Wheel-Person. I'll be up late reading, I guess...

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Vespa GTS 150 3v SUPER. Vespa V100 x 1. Lambretta Li150 x 1. Px 125 x 2. Px 200 x 1 (red bull special) T5 Classic x 1. Vespa Cosa x 2.CF moto 650mt
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Location: Perth Australia
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:48 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
An early Christmas for the scoot and me: a short outing. The gift? I had surgery for prostate cancer on Nov 30th... I was told to not even think about riding until mid-January at the earliest. I told my wife I was ready for a short ride, but I needed her help getting the scoot out. Fortunately for me, she understands me and knew this step would be good for my mental attitude and help the healing process. It wasn't far, it wasn't fast, but it was great. I was sore for a few days after (using core muscles that were poked, stabbed, and moved around during the surgery), but it was just what I needed.

Dec 22nd.

Good for you Sir. Hope you have a speedy recovery and enjoy 2021.
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LX190, Primavera
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Location: New Zealand
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:58 pm quote
My Prima still hasn't unwrapped the Malossi big bore kit I got her last year. 2020 sucks.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:19 am quote
I ordered a new steering/horn cover and some miscellaneous small do-dads. It'll give me something to do while I wait for Spring. I've got a little painting to do and making some cosmetic changes.
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Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:40 am quote
tom jones wrote:
Captain Jim wrote:
An early Christmas for the scoot and me: a short outing. The gift? I had surgery for prostate cancer on Nov 30th... I was told to not even think about riding until mid-January at the earliest. I told my wife I was ready for a short ride, but I needed her help getting the scoot out. Fortunately for me, she understands me and knew this step would be good for my mental attitude and help the healing process. It wasn't far, it wasn't fast, but it was great. I was sore for a few days after (using core muscles that were poked, stabbed, and moved around during the surgery), but it was just what I needed.

Dec 22nd.

Good for you Sir. Hope you have make a full recovery and enjoy 2021.
I'll second those sentiments. There's nothing more therapeutic than a ride out on a Vespa scooter. I hope you make a swift and full recovery Cpt Jim.
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Yellow GTS 300 Super, Black GTS 300 Super Sport
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Location: London
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:25 am quote
Im going to put mine back together. With a few little mods along the way😉
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Location: south Texas
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:07 am quote
Thanks for the well-wishes... getting better each day.
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BV350
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Location: Miami, Fl
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:36 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
Thanks for the well-wishes... getting better each day.
The want to ride never leaves us!

Speedy recovery 👍
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Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9108
Location: KS USA
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:07 am quote
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I'll second those sentiments. There's nothing more therapeutic than a ride out on a Vespa scooter. I hope you make a swift and full recovery Cpt Jim.
Same here. I wish you a fast recovery as well.

Had an accident on my LX50 about a month ago. Still not ready for the saddle yet but looking forward to it. My 'graduation' from PT is Jan 23, then another 30 days of no weight bearing on right hip. It looks like I will be better and improved by Spring.😃
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1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1988 T5, 1995 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
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Location: Veria, Greece
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:00 am quote
Building a new engine for my blue P200E. Got a new crank, carb and lots of bits and pieces (gaskets, bearings, seals, bolts, etc.). I'm 550 in so far...

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
300CC Italian scooter, 750CC Russian Sidecar,1650CC Bavarian ADV Tourer.
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Location: GWN
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:31 am quote
That's great news Jim! Best of luck on the recovery and hopefully you can get out for a longer ride soon and make the rest of us that suffer from winter jealous. Cancer is such a shitty thing and I donate every Movember to try and help a little bit.

For Christmas (OK a little before) I got my scoot a skirt.

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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
Joined: 22 Apr 2015
Posts: 2678
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:25 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
An early Christmas for the scoot and me: a short outing. The gift? I had surgery for prostate cancer on Nov 30th... I was told to not even think about riding until mid-January at the earliest. I told my wife I was ready for a short ride, but I needed her help getting the scoot out. Fortunately for me, she understands me and knew this step would be good for my mental attitude and help the healing process. It wasn't far, it wasn't fast, but it was great. I was sore for a few days after (using core muscles that were poked, stabbed, and moved around during the surgery), but it was just what I needed.

Dec 22nd.

This is fabulous, Jim. Best wishes for a proper recovery!
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
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Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:47 am quote
Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front
The last few months have busy, with my freelance tech work (luckily, in spite of our Ongoing Shared Catastrophe), involving twice-weekly trips from the Shore to Gotham, where I feel really lucky to have Melody for a steed. So, she (and I, by association) got a few useful trinkets this holiday season.

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An Early One: This (Astro Pneumatic Inline Pressure Gauge) got here a while ago, and I wrote it up in a review on MV. The upshot: It Works.

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Taking Charge: Melody has been a bit hard to fire up when temps go below freezing, so my first move was to have the means to charge/maintain *and* monitor Mel's battery condition. Review coming very, very soon.

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Finally: Even with the Piaggio handlebar muffs installed, sustained high-speed rides below 40F have been challenging. Thought about heated gloves, but nearly all of them are a bit bulky to use inside the muffs. Except these. Review shortly.

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Location: south Texas
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:48 pm quote
Max6200 wrote:
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I'll second those sentiments. There's nothing more therapeutic than a ride out on a Vespa scooter. I hope you make a swift and full recovery Cpt Jim.
Same here. I wish you a fast recovery as well.

Had an accident on my LX50 about a month ago. Still not ready for the saddle yet but looking forward to it. My 'graduation' from PT is Jan 23, then another 30 days of no weight bearing on right hip. It looks like I will be better and improved by Spring.😃
Sorry to hear that, Max. Wishing you a fast and full recovery. I had a hip replacement last year. The surgeon said, "Your riding days are done." I fired him. Doing the physical therapy for the new hip was tough, but the thought of riding kept me pushing hard. The physical therapists I had were great.

I appreciate the well-wishes, folks. I go back for more tests in February. I'm assuming that is a precautionary thing. In the meantime, I'm calling that 6 more weeks of good news.

Here's hoping for a good 2021 for all of us, with lots of great riding.
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Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
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Location: KS USA
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:28 am quote
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Sorry to hear that, Max. Wishing you a fast and full recovery. I had a hip replacement last year. The surgeon said, "Your riding days are done." I fired him. Doing the physical therapy for the new hip was tough, but the thought of riding kept me pushing hard. The physical therapists I had were great.

😄 I would have fire the surgeon too. Mine only said no wrenching or riding for three months.

I also have the privilige of having an occupational therapist. They all come to my house. It is really awesome.
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2020 Sprint S 125, 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon 800, 2017 Ninja 650
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Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:11 am quote
I got mine a battery tender as it sits in garage over the coming months and have a floor rack on order 😀
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BV 350
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Location: Nebraska
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:34 am quote
nothing
They already had battery tenders, and covers to keep them clean and warm during the long winter sleep in the garage. They both got a loving wash and wax before their hibernation, and Sta-bil in the full tanks and fuel systems.

I'll probably get them both new batteries in the spring. They're about 4 years old, and starting to crank a little slower. No reason to get them now, and let them sit for 3 months unused. If they seem a little hesitant in the spring, might also give them a dose of fuel system cleaner.

About 7 inches of snow yesterday, on top of some leftover street ice from the last storm. And they've doused the streets with brine. So the scooters won't be getting out until after the first spring rainstorm.
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'07 LX150 (Sold), '17 GTS300, '16 BV350, '15 EN650, '09 FXDF
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Location: Home of the Alamo
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:12 am quote
Sadly, the scoots get nothing this year.

Covid has killed my business and income.

Let's hope and pray 2021 gets better quickly!!
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
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Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:23 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Sadly, the scoots get nothing this year.

Covid has killed my business and income.

Let's hope and pray 2021 gets better quickly!!
Yikes...here's hoping you hang in there through this.
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GTS 300
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Location: London
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:39 pm quote
MMP
Mine got the Bluetooth module for the multimedia platform!

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Vespa Supertech
Joined: 17 Nov 2020
Posts: 51
Location: Australia
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:11 pm quote
I got Bluetooth for my helmet and am still thinking of new shocks for my Supertech

Bitubo vs SIP vs BGM
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1117
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:54 am quote
I have rather run out of farkle* presents for Sunny, my 300GTS.
So there remains only one avenue open for my retail therapy urges...


ANOTHER VESPA !


*farkle = fancy accessory, really kool, likely expensive.
(Just for Attila)
Molto Verboso
2007 Vespa 250 gts / 1961 Vespa VBA / 1964 Vespa VNB / 1961 Lambretta Li150
Joined: 02 Sep 2010
Posts: 1049
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:09 am quote
I got my vespas a new family member!
The opportunity Presented itself for something I wanted after I got my first vintage Vespa.
A 1961 Lambretta li150!
It is a completely different scooter than the vespa in its build and engine.
Ill have my hands full for months!
The motor is currently in California being rebuilt and up kitted to 195cc.

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Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:26 pm quote
Late Present
Greetings:

Late present for the ET4: New rear Bitubo shock to go with the front Malossi RS24 front. That Malossi wasn't the life-changing modification I expected, but the handling is at least a little better over bad asphalt. I'll let y'all know how the Bitubo performs once I have a few miles under the tires.

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From ScooterPartsCo, about $180, cheapest I could find on this side of the Atlantic.

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Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:05 am quote
Bitubo Smoothness
Greetings:

Rainy, unseasonably cool (48F, 282.039 Kelvin) weather afforded a noon-time session of Garage Therapy. The Bitubo rear shock installation took less than an hour, including breaking out the pneumatic rattle-gun to whangle the top nut off. Everything fit like Buttah, including the new top shock buffer.

Surprisingly, despite the sticker announcing the presence of this coveted premium shock, no leggy Supermodels came begging for the smooth Wheelman ride. Must be the rain...

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Discreet sticker placement to attract Supermodels.

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