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Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:06 am quote
I thought I would start a thread where we could post Vespa sightings.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:07 am quote
Spotted:

Milliken Ave Rancho Cucamonga, Red and White Vespa LX150 guy riding it.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:30 am quote
Cool saw 2 on campus yesterday, both lx150's. Not counting the X9 I was riding. Then there were the 2 Honda Elites....
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Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:26 pm quote
queeenbeee wrote:
Cool saw 2 on campus yesterday, both lx150's. Not counting the X9 I was riding. Then there were the 2 Honda Elites....
Indeed, I'm one of those victims of honda "elitism"- a student suffering from long term "brokeness" disease. While a Vespa is my only remedy, I must accept a yellow fiberglass star wars reject for now.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:14 am quote
I haven’t seen any lately, but rode mine around a bit yesterday.

Rode it to church, then home. Salty Dawn was not feeling well and stayed home from church, so I took the scoot.

Ran over to Trader Joe’s for some groceries, and some young girl said were you in Vegas yesterday? She had seen hundreds of them all over town.

I said no but I knew what she was talking about. I said it was a rally. Oh, is that a race?

No, it is just a get together for camaraderie.

Some other guy walked by and said his buddy looked at the Vespas, but bought a Honda instead.

It was a beautiful weekend for riding.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:39 pm quote
I am always rolling up and down foothill and all over the rest of the Inland Empire day after day and still have never seen anything.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:44 pm quote
sat the 17 i saw an LX driving while i was at a stoplight. was black with a tan street. only time i've ever seen a vespa in motion in the city i live in.
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Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:41 am quote
I see a MVs almost daily so expect I'll be posting here often. Unfortunately the only time I've been "spotted," I was riding my wife's pink Buddy 125. Ha. When we ride together, she seems to command all the attention: People will slow down in the lane next to her to check out the Buddy.

I try to keep mental note of the scoots I see on my daily commute from North Hollywood (which, for those not familiar with the area is not just north of Hollywood, but separated by about 7 miles or so) to Hollywood near Paramount studios.

Recent Vespa spottings: Woman on a green GT on Highland near Fountain/Hollywood Blvd. (spotted twice). Red ET headed North on Barham, quickly zipping through traffic. Vintage large frame with checkered legshield—thanks for waving back and acknowledging my checkered modern scoot.
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Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:44 pm quote
High 70s today so lots of scoots and MCs out on the road. Another one of those days that started with a lunch trip and then a bunch of destinations just so we could keep riding around. ETs all over today!

Silver ET, heading E. on Ventura Blvd. west of the 405. Guy with a beard. Thanks for honking!

Black ET, parked on S. side of Ventura in Studio City near Bookstar. Big-ass full windshield.

Alabaster ET, heading N. on Laurel Canyon between Moorpark & Riverside. Female rider with Vespa helmet.
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Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:02 pm quote
I know that Black ET with the windsail Eric! The guys name is Scott and he has a lot of mileage on her
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Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:33 pm quote
rudegirl957 wrote:
I know that Black ET with the windsail Eric! The guys name is Scott and he has a lot of mileage on her
I also saw that nice red seat of yours. Looks great!
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Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:51 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
Recent Vespa spottings: Woman on a green GT on Highland near Fountain/Hollywood Blvd. (spotted twice).
I think that was me...
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Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:48 pm quote
rweisman wrote:
ericalm wrote:
Recent Vespa spottings: Woman on a green GT on Highland near Fountain/Hollywood Blvd. (spotted twice).
I think that was me...
Do you find the whole concept of this thread kind of stalker-y? Just curious.

I'm actually very guilty of some form of scooter stalking. If I see a scoot ahead of me, I'll try to catch up just to check it out. (What's up with the sudden influx of NST scooters around here?) And my weirdly wired brain, which can't remember to do basic household tasks or half the things my wife asks of me ( ) but I remember most of the scoots I see around town.
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Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:29 pm quote
Rancho Cucamonga, Lady on a Purple ET4
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Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:12 pm quote
Vintage Red GTS Columbia and Iowa, Riverside.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:51 am quote
ericalm wrote:
Recent Vespa spottings: Vintage large frame with checkered legshield—thanks for waving back and acknowledging my checkered modern scoot.
hey, that was probably me!
at least, i think it was. i'm the only vintage guy in the area with checker'd legshield.


i always try and wave, but sometimes i'm shifting or just trying not to die so i don't notice...

best,
-greasy
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:26 am quote
greasy125 wrote:
ericalm wrote:
Recent Vespa spottings: Vintage large frame with checkered legshield—thanks for waving back and acknowledging my checkered modern scoot.
hey, that was probably me!
at least, i think it was. i'm the only vintage guy in the area with checker'd legshield.
Hm, you may have some competition (unless you have 2 checked Vespas)... From what I recall it was a white scoot, well-ridden (so to speak), with checks up the right side of the legshield (if you're facing it) and on the cowls. What I know for certain was that I spotted it on Hollywood Blvd. , between Highland and Vine around 10am.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:37 am quote
Spotted an older gentleman on a purple ET4 I think rolling down Valley in Rialto! Actually my 7 year old spotted him.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:49 pm quote
This morning: Blue ET4, coming down Barham/Olive just south of Warner studios in Burbank.

Saw the black ET with the giant windshield again, this time on Melrose between Highland and Vine. That thing's a monster of a tough-looking ET.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:16 pm quote
That same gentleman on the vintage red 250ie coming off of Marlborough onto Iowa. Will try to find where he's going one of these days.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:19 pm quote
On University and Lime, our David, of Riverside Vespa, on a midnight blue 200. He's back!!!!! LOL
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Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:10 pm quote
Yesterday afternoon, Magnolia Blvd. near Hollywood Way. Black GTS (or maybe GT) with front rack. Rider with a moustache.
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Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:23 pm quote
I saw a red GTS250 driving by yest at a busy intersection where i live, 2 ppl on it.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:42 am quote
in whittier the other day saw a guy riding a black px150 (i think). first vespa seen in whittier. seen a couple guys riding metropolitans around and another guy with a huge touring scoot. i hope more come out of the woodwork.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:04 am quote
On UCR Campus a blue Fly, with a young lady in pajama bottoms, riding in the bike lane She did have a top on, by the way!
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:05 am quote
I'm out every day, how come no one sees me????
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:24 am quote
queeenbeee wrote:
On UCR Campus a blue Fly, with a young lady in pajama bottoms, riding in the bike lane She did have a top on, by the way!
Wasn't THIS you??
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:28 am quote
Puleezeeeee I don't ride in the bike lane!
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:02 am quote
jediblues wrote:
in whittier the other day saw a guy riding a black px150 (i think). first vespa seen in whittier.
A "modern" PX150 is a great scooter spot; not many of them in CA because they couldn't be purchased here. I have seen 2 around my area.
Elc1247 wrote:
I saw a red GTS250 driving by yest at a busy intersection where i live, 2 ppl on it.
Nice Roy Mustang avatar!
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:45 am quote
queeenbeee wrote:
I'm out every day, how come no one sees me????
Queeenbeee,

I commute from Riverside to Colton every day, and am seen around my neck of Riverside (around the auto center).

Where abouts do you typically ride.

I’ll wave if’n I see you.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:29 am quote
queeenbeee wrote:
I'm out every day, how come no one sees me????
The one time I got spotted (that I heard about) it was by a friend and I had ridden the wife's pink Buddy to work that day b.c. my Vespa was in the shop. Kinda hard not to spot me, I guess.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:38 pm quote
Spotted on Lime and 12th Black LX150 (or ET4) was moving too fast to tell for sure. 1244pm today.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:40 pm quote
Swashbuckler, I reid to and from work about 3 miles one wat. North Riverside is where I live. Going to the ride tomorrow? 0730 starts at the Royal Falconer.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:23 pm quote
guy riding a silver GT/GTS
this afternoon, roughly 2:30~3pm
headed west on oxnard between laurel and whitsett.

best,
-greasy
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:12 pm quote
[quote="rudegirl957"]I know that Black ET with the windsail Eric! The guys name is Scott and he has a lot of mileage on her[/quote]


you mean this guy, right......

smallETandHonda.jpg

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Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:23 pm quote
Jmsn wrote:
rudegirl957 wrote:
I know that Black ET with the windsail Eric! The guys name is Scott and he has a lot of mileage on her
you mean this guy, right......
That may be the one I saw on Ventura the first time. The second one looked—while going the other way—like it was a sprayed matte black, a little more ratted.
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:10 am quote
Does it strike anyone else, that this thread is akin to UFO sightings?

Aren't we just BEGGING to see someone else on a scoot?


...im probably just projecting....


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Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:13 am quote
What? No sightings around Palm Springs??
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:46 pm quote
...there seems to be some kind of bell curve-action in California!
I've seen a few on the street from time to time, but there are always several in the parking garage I use in downtown Portland. I suspect I may start seeing more once the weather warms/dries up a bit more. I tend to see more on the street when I'm caging to work that always make me jealous!
I did chat with a gentleman on a Stella yesterday at a stop light...
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:50 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
Jmsn wrote:
rudegirl957 wrote:
I know that Black ET with the windsail Eric! The guys name is Scott and he has a lot of mileage on her
you mean this guy, right......
That may be the one I saw on Ventura the first time. The second one looked—while going the other way—like it was a sprayed matte black, a little more ratted.
That would be Paul N's ET. It has 24,00 miles on it.
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