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Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:45 pm quote
I saw a GT60 going down Miliken at 4th street in Rancho today at 1:00pm. Last night we saw some crazy lady driving a black GTS named Black rose.
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Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:46 pm quote
I was going down Miliken today on my GT60 but it was around 11:30ish
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Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:33 am quote
[b I saw a GT60 going down Miliken at 4th street in Rancho today at 1:00pm. Last night we saw some crazy lady driving a black GTS named Black rose. Finallysomebody spotted me! LOL [/b]
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Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:17 pm quote
Young Lady on a Yellow and Green Modern Vespa up Milliken and 4th at 5:20 PM 3/16/2006
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Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:28 am quote
Burbank, Friday night around 7:30 (on my way home fro work), gas station at roughly Riverside and Cahuenga. Saw someone fueling up a silver GT with chrome racks. I'm pretty sure it was Mike Frankovich from NoHo scooters headed out to ride with Reflections. I waved as he was pulling out; not sure if he saw me.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:11 pm quote
it's past tense, but, i'm pretty sure i spotted ericlm and other back in feb or so...

stopped at burbank and victory one saturday morning headed over to the great indoors to look at new ranges, i spotted a male riding a sky blue lx150 following a woman riding a pink buddy 125 going over the freeway overpass towards the ikea megaplex.

bob.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:23 pm quote
pacrock wrote:
it's past tense, but, i'm pretty sure i spotted ericlm and other back in feb or so...

stopped at burbank and victory one saturday morning headed over to the great indoors to look at new ranges, i spotted a male riding a sky blue lx150 following a woman riding a pink buddy 125 going over the freeway overpass towards the ikea megaplex.

bob.
That was me & the missus! I unfortunately spend too much time following that damn pink Buddy... it's a little rocket.
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:56 am quote
ericalm wrote:
That was me & the missus! I unfortunately spend too much time following that damn pink Buddy... it's a little rocket.
yeah, we'll need to fix that problem.
bring 'er on over to greasy's midnite garage and we'll tighten 'er right up!

best,
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:49 am quote
Saw a lot of scoots on my way to work this morning. I saw a gray older Vespa going west on Venice near Lincoln. Also saw a red modern Vespa heading west, couldn't tell if it was an LX or something bigger.

Heading south on Lincoln, I saw another classic Vespa, but couldn't get a close look. Then, in El Segundo, I saw what I believe to be a Buddy, but I've never seen one in person so I couldn't be sure.

The weather is getting nicer, so I'm glad to see all the scoots out there. Now they just need to learn to wave back!
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:11 am quote
I think I saw an LXV on Riverside Blvd. in Burbank around 9am...
Went by before I could check out the headlight. Beautiful scoot.
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:32 am quote
I had the day off thursday, so I took a ride down the PCH. Saw 3 ET's in Laguna Beach around 2:35 - 2:45pm. One Red, a White and a Black one. Had lunch at Rubys on PCH. It was a nice beautiful day for a ride, but the traffic was clogged going north on the PCH so I rode back through Laguna Canyon on the 133 to the 405 North then home to Westminster.
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:51 am quote
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:57 am quote
Yesterday was quite windy - brought my top speed down 10 MPH coming home from work!

I'm thinking of taking a ride up to S.B. in two weeks using the PCH. Anyone done this on a 150? The weather is too beautiful to pass up! I'd also like to check out the scoots at Vespa SB.
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:04 am quote
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:09 am quote
culturesponge wrote:
i'm going up on wednesday or thursday morning (from santa monica).

you just have to be careful when the PCH goes down to one lane - keep your eye on the traffic behind you as cars often try to cut in ahead very late.

also when you join the freeway for the last stretch, keep looking back for lorries - they can zoom up really fast!

culturesponge
Thanks for the tips. This will be my longest trip since I've got the scoot - I'm excited!

I just moved from S.M, to Mar Vista.. I miss S.M. a lot!
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:14 am quote
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:48 am quote
breakupthespace wrote:
Yesterday was quite windy - brought my top speed down 10 MPH coming home from work!

I'm thinking of taking a ride up to S.B. in two weeks using the PCH. Anyone done this on a 150? The weather is too beautiful to pass up! I'd also like to check out the scoots at Vespa SB.
I'd love to do this trip sometime. Let me know how it goes!
I think Vespa SB is closed on Sundays... last time I was up there Bobby was in just moving something or somesuch and he still let me in just to check it out and poke around.
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:48 pm quote
3/22/07 Black LX150 entering UCRiverside, on Linden Ave. Female rider???
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:41 pm quote
3/23/2007

Guy headed down Baseline in Rancho On a Blue Vino.
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Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:21 am quote
thursday, about 2pm at the corner of colfax and moorpark, a gentleman on a black LX was headed north.

i thought about running into traffic to hand out my card... but wisely stayed on the sidewalk...

best,
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:19 am quote
3/36, 9AM or so, sea green ET with trimmings (chrome rack, Sito pipe) at Riverside & Laurel Cyn.

Then around 6pm, white (ivory? alabaster? it was too grey out to tell) ET parked on Vine just south of Hollywood Blvd.
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:39 pm quote
I saw a blue LX150 on 10th and Market in Riverside last night @ 7:15
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:24 am quote
While the DH and I were out on a pleasure scoot around the San Diego harbor area, spotted a sweet burgundy P200 (couple, but no wave), and a shiny shiny black GT200. Also stopped by San Diego Vespa to chat with Kevin & Chris (too many scoots to list).

While hanging out at the house, a couple of chinese cheap-o's scooted past.. I couldn't read the badges, but may be Roket or something? I dunno - didn't care enough to stare, just to snigger (since the chicky's was pink too, Eric - sorry.)

Sounds like you guys need an exclusive LA/Riverside/Orange County thread for stalking.... no one else posted about ol' Diego here.

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Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:06 pm quote
14th and Market, Riverside, CA at about 1640 today. ET4 black chrome kit . Spock perhaps?
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:08 pm quote
3rd and Market, Riverside, CA 1645, black BV500. Turning towards the 60 frwy. onto Market. Ken I believe?
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:10 pm quote
X9 travelling North on Market, Riverside, CA. 1630-1640, turned onto 3rd st. Oh that was me!!!!!!!
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:36 pm quote
Riverside's a scootin' hotspot, I guess.

Last Saturday, I spotted a GTS with Vespa Riverside plate frames (and a very nice Momo lid hanging from the underseat hook) parked on Fairfax in front of the Silent Movie Theatre. My LX was parked a half a block north...
I think the riders had been to the Dean & Britta show, as we had.
Good taste in scoots, good taste in music.

Today's Hollywood ET Invasion:
Alabaster & teal 2-tone ET parked on Gower near Sunset.
Light blue ET, female rider, on Wilshire (or Melrose?).
Silver ET (?) coming down Franklin near Cahuenga.
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:18 pm quote
saw a guy and his daughter (at least i hope it was) on a grey gt60 on workman mill on la puente. la puente of all places! i never see scooters when i am out on mine. boo!
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:46 pm quote
Saw a guy on Venice Blvd. heading west toward Lincoln on a Silver ET4. The guy clearly had no idea what he was doing. I waved at him once and gave him a thumbs up at the next light, but he just looked at me then looked back. Maybe I should have given him a Los Angeles salute.

Then, with both his feet dragging (for balance?) he proceeds to turn onto Lincoln as traffic is going, getting him several honks. He then just pulls over into the bike lane / parking spots and keeps driving, while looking over his shoulder for a way to get into traffic (feet still down, "walking" the scoot).

Saw a very pretty seafoam green ET4 in Venice, parked.

The day before, I saw a silver GT I believe, heading south toward LAX on Lincoln. I waved at him twice (notice a pattern here?) but got no response, so I beat him off the line and zipped ahead of him until we hit LAX, and his faster scoot got the best of me.

Why don't I get the nice Vespa riders, and just the humorless yuppie fairweather riders who won't wave back?!
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:12 pm quote
breakupthespace wrote:
Why don't I get the nice Vespa riders, and just the humorless yuppie fairweather riders who won't wave back?!
Too close to Venice and Santa Monica, maybe?
Friends of mine who lived in Venice had some pretty strong complaints about local riders when I got my Vespa... much of which was along the lines of what you saw.
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:26 am quote
times two!

i saw somebody headed south on san fernando i think on an ET or LX-- i was in a pizza coma, so i can't be sure. FWIW, i was riding the loud ass vintage looking bike two up headed northbound to b'bank.

also saw somebody headed west on alameda in b'bank on a vino. perhaps a lurker here?

somebody's been parking a black LX on whitsett between oxnard on victory. if i see it again, i'm totally leaving a card on it!

best,
-greasy
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:28 am quote
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OK, so it's not So Cal, and not a scooter. Typical of what I see here in Afghanistan. Almost always a 125cc motocycle from China (Various brands), and occasional Honda 125. The Police here ride 200cc Suzuki's donated by Japan.

The blue thing covering the woman is the Burka that Taliban required all women to wear whenever they left the house.

Afghan Pictures taken 11 Apr 07 005 (2).jpg

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Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:08 am quote
I wonder where the police are when these fools (re: guy with his feet down in the bike lane) are out on their bikes. Hey PD could make a bit of money impounding the Vespas, for their yearly auction. I'd sure want to check out that auction.
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Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:08 pm quote
Sunset and Highland 5:00pm,ish
Plum LX westbound sunset(w/ topcase), I honked and did a thumbs up but no reaction, I wuz in the vette. DR
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Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:56 pm quote
Silver LX 50 or Lx150 on iowa ave , Riverside 11am today
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Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:31 pm quote
Cream/Seafoam ET4 outside of Whole Foods on National. Left a MV card
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Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:09 pm quote
Saw a black ET4 and an unidentified modern scoot downtown today—right in front of Disney Hall. Tried to catch up and wave but was stuck at the light. Noticed later—too late—that they had turned off to the right while I went straight. Maybe next time.
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Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:26 pm quote
I was in Santa Monica around Rose and Main on my X9 and saw tons of scoots riding around, no one really waved back though...then again in that traffic, I don't blame 'em.


Though this morning (actually afternoon by the time I got ready...hehe late night last night) I saw a lot of motorcycles riding around Studio City / Burbank and they all gave me either a wave or some acknowledgment.
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Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:57 am quote
This weekend (Friday), Indio, saw a young woman on a while GT moving through the line of cars waiting to get into Coachella.

Saw several scoots in the desert this weekend—nice aurora blue LX in Rancho Mirage (Date Palm Dr.). Don't know how the riders handle the extreme heat. Yow.
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Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:07 am quote
A couple of weeks ago, Salty Dawn and I were returning from the Newberry Park area, in Ventura county headed back to Riverside.

I was telling her that with the three wheels, the MP3 doesn’t require the M1 licensing, and out of the corner of my eye, on the 101, an MP3 was exiting the freeway.

She was stoked, and wants to take a look at it.

I know that David had one left, besides his demo unit, in Vespa Riverside, a couple of weeks ago.

I doubt that it is still there.
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