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Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:18 pm quote

Maybe it's YOU

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Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:19 pm quote
I go to that Mitsuwa all the time. I've seen that scoot, and chatted briefly with him. I think he works in the area. I ride my Brown GTV300 there almost everyday. Ramen...
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Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:49 pm quote
petermike wrote:
I go to that Mitsuwa all the time. I've seen that scoot, and chatted briefly with him. I think he works in the area. I ride my Brown GTV300 there almost everyday. Ramen...
I live and work close by. The Santouka ramen is too good. Will be nice to go there when I finally get my scoot.
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Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:07 pm quote
xtine wrote:
Was at the Mitsuwa shopping center in West LA on Centinela.
Mmmmm, Santouka!
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Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:39 pm quote
Was cruising behind two women on a red LX150 w/ matching top box today in Sherman Oaks, started heading west on Ventura Blvd then we turned north on Van Nuys Blvd for a bit before I turned off.
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:16 pm quote
Red Vespa (maybe GTS?) headed east on Ventura at Cedros in Sherman Oaks today. Guy was wearing a red corazzo jacket and white helmet.
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:02 pm quote
Guy on a white ET4 in Silverlake on Hyperion Ave. I had just parked as you scooted past.
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:01 pm quote
i was heading out to the freeway when i saw a guy on a midnight blue lx150 on soto and marengo in ela.
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Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:57 pm quote
Mid-week I saw a red gts with topcase, silver gts in West LA on Palms Blvd near Centinela.

I was in Hollywood on Saturday and saw so many scooters I lost count

Then there was a silver GTS (I think) strolling down Sawtelle Blvd.

It's weird how once I started to research Vespa heavily and got my scoot I've been seeing noticing so many more on the road.
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Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:07 pm quote
xtine wrote:
Mid-week I saw a red gts with topcase, silver gts in West LA on Palms Blvd near Centinela.

I was in Hollywood on Saturday and saw so many scooters I lost count

Then there was a silver GTS (I think) strolling down Sawtelle Blvd.

It's weird how once I started to research Vespa heavily and got my scoot I've been seeing noticing so many more on the road.
I was in Venice Beach and Hollywood this weekend, and did not see nearly as many scooters as I would hope or expect (maybe a dozen in 2 days TOPS). Just thousands of cars with one zoned- out person riding in them.
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Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:29 pm quote
i always see this nice scoot in downtown la on 4th street by los angeles street. i think its a vespa. its fixed up real nice. its definitely an eye catcher.
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:35 am quote
Grey GTV with female rider, all geared up with pink/white Shoei FF. Getting on the 101 at Laurel Cyn. in NoHo.
peabody99 wrote:
I was in Venice Beach and Hollywood this weekend, and did not see nearly as many scooters as I would hope or expect (maybe a dozen in 2 days TOPS). Just thousands of cars with one zoned- out person riding in them.
We had more than 2 dozen on a ride Sunday, maybe that's where all the scooters went.

We probably saw/passed 10 scooters on the ride, but we went through some heavily-scootered routes and high density areas such as Westwood (around UCLA). I see quite a few in Hollywood during the week.
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:46 am quote
are we spotting Just Vespas or any scooter? If just any I have seen lots of under powered 50cc last few days by my house.
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:12 pm quote
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:



GTV and LXV, very cool!
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:43 pm quote
xtine wrote:
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:

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GTV and LXV, very cool!
I know the owner of the GTV! Nice guy. He rides with our group sometimes.
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:56 pm quote
I got sighted
ericalm wrote:
xtine wrote:
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:

<image>

GTV and LXV, very cool!
I know the owner of the GTV! Nice guy. He rides with our group sometimes.
And he's the reason I have that LXV. And now the reason for joining MV
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:05 pm quote
Re: I got sighted
Scooter2025 wrote:
ericalm wrote:
xtine wrote:
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:

<image>

GTV and LXV, very cool!
I know the owner of the GTV! Nice guy. He rides with our group sometimes.
And he's the reason I have that LXV. And now the reason for joining MV
First post a sighting! That's great. Welcome to MV.
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Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:37 am quote
On Coldwater Canyon heading north, (down the hill) second time I've seen this commuter on a dark blue (GTS?) at about 6:30 pm.
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Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:36 pm quote
Saw a bunch today, but most notably:
Green GTS at Staples, Sunset & Cole, female rider. Leopard seat cover and Tucano Urbano hand warmers and Termoscud. Kind of an unusual sight.

Shortly after, what may have been a gopam sighting! Do you wear a white jacket? I was in front of the CNN building, chowing down on my lunch from Dim Sum truck.
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Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:45 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
Saw a bunch today, but most notably:
Green GTS at Staples, Sunset & Cole, female rider. Leopard seat cover and Tucano Urbano hand warmers and Termoscud. Kind of an unusual sight.

Shortly after, what may have been a gopam sighting! Do you wear a white jacket? I was in front of the CNN building, chowing down on my lunch from Dim Sum truck.
yeah that was me in white. I had just chowed down from the sushi burrito truck...yum.
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Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:16 pm quote
gopam wrote:
ericalm wrote:
Saw a bunch today, but most notably:
Green GTS at Staples, Sunset & Cole, female rider. Leopard seat cover and Tucano Urbano hand warmers and Termoscud. Kind of an unusual sight.

Shortly after, what may have been a gopam sighting! Do you wear a white jacket? I was in front of the CNN building, chowing down on my lunch from Dim Sum truck.
yeah that was me in white. I had just chowed down from the sushi burrito truck...yum.
I'm still a little wary of most sushi from trucks and sushi burrito just seemed like the only weird combination no one's done yet. Good to hear an endorsement; guess I'll try it next time!
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Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:15 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
I'm still a little wary of most sushi from trucks and sushi burrito just seemed like the only weird combination no one's done yet. Good to hear an endorsement; guess I'll try it next time!
The Fishlips Sushi truck is actually pretty good, and I also think the Jogasaki (sushi burrito) truck is pretty good. The "sushi burrito" is essentially a giant handroll..
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:43 am quote
I thought a "Giant Handroll" was something you do in the privacy of your own home.... With the door locked....... In a closet..... With a flashlight.....
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:19 am quote
JimmyTwoNutz wrote:
I thought a "Giant Handroll" was something you do in the privacy of your own home.... With the door locked....... In a closet..... With a flashlight.....
A lot of food truck menu items sound like something you might ask for at a back-alley massage parlor. My favorite: the Donut Slider (Flatiron Truck).

I need to start foodtruckmenuitemsthatsoundlikeeuphemismsforweirdsexacts.tumblr.com

I have thought about starting a local scooter spotting Tumblr, but wonder if that might seem stalkery/creepy.
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:09 am quote
Pink's used to have one called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Sausage" but they removed it, I guess after someone complained..

http://www.pinkshollywood.com/
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:46 pm quote
xtine wrote:
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:



GTV and LXV, very cool!
Is this in Pasadena?
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Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:55 am quote
GewGaw wrote:
xtine wrote:
These two scooters occasionally park in the business parking lot where I work:



GTV and LXV, very cool!
Is this in Pasadena?
Nope - Santa Monica.

Here's another from the same Business Park - Green LXV

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Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:58 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
I have thought about starting a local scooter spotting Tumblr, but wonder if that might seem stalkery/creepy.
ehhh… maybe it is but I started one anyways. Tumblr users can submit their own.

http://scooterspotting.tumblr.com/
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:21 am quote
Spotted: man in grey T-shirt on blue MP3 on Santa Rosa ave/St? in SLO
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:17 pm quote
gopam wrote:
Spotted: man in grey T-shirt on blue MP3 on Santa Rosa ave/St? in SLO
Did you ride up? if so, I'm jealous.
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:39 pm quote
Scooters Galore, Central Orange County
OK, so I never see scoots usually, but I spotted THREE this week!

Some guy on Red Hill and Dyer area in Irvine on a blue...something in the bike lane. Didn't look like a Vespa. He didn't even smile at me or anything when I threw out "the wave." He was not having a good day, hahahaha!

I saw a mint green LX (maybe) on the 55 freeway the opposite direction of me when I was going to work AND when I was coming home from work.

Finally, I saw a guy on a Buddy Roughhouse near my house on Green River in Corona going to the store. He was in shorts and gave me a big smile.

When are you OC people gonna spot me?
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:29 pm quote
ericalm wrote:
gopam wrote:
Spotted: man in grey T-shirt on blue MP3 on Santa Rosa ave/St? in SLO
Did you ride up? if so, I'm jealous.
Nah, didn't But damn do I wish I could ride here this weekend. I see the most popular color of Harley is black in SLO & for sport bikes it is red.
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:31 pm quote
Re: Scooters Galore, Central Orange County
motolawler wrote:
OK, so I never see scoots usually, but I spotted THREE this week!
...

When are you OC people gonna spot me?
Well, you need to ride a bit more south

I commute in Irvine around the Spectrum, and like you, rarely I see a scooter. But I think that I also saw the blue scooter riding on the bike lane as he was coming against me on Alton, around Woodbridge. Never waved back either.
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Tue May 03, 2011 12:50 pm quote
Wow, first Vespa spotting in a long while.
A gray GT200, riding this morning around 8:30am in Irvine on Alton and Laguna Canyon. A woman rider with a bright neon vest.
I was commuting on my bicycle (twice a week, else on the Vespa).
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Tue May 03, 2011 2:39 pm quote
This morning dood on a mint green GT200 w/ wicker basket. About 9.45am on Pico/Sawtelle.

Last Friday on Overland/Pico, about 7pm, some guy on a LX150 (I think) wearing a neon yellow short sleeve shirt. He apparently didn't notice his back tyre was woefully low on air, even though he wobbled making the turn onto Pico...
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Tue May 03, 2011 2:41 pm quote
Dood wicker basket
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Wed May 04, 2011 10:59 am quote
Silver GTS 250 with a Panda Bear sticker near Culver City - Jefferson @ Rodeo
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Wed May 04, 2011 12:39 pm quote
Yesterday, girl on an orange Vespa S on Willoughby. Guy in 3/4 helmet on Silver Vespa 250 on La Brea and another guy on La Brea headed N on a Vespa, didn't notice in time, but he was wearing black and safety orange. Seeing tons of scoots, mostly Vespas and Buddies. Although I saw 2 up on a morphous today in Silverlake.
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Wed May 04, 2011 8:56 pm quote
SoCal pair of Vespa's
Was out riding my Harley last week on my lunch break, couple in their mid 40's were riding Vespas'...pulled up behind me, then along side me.

Was able to yell hello and complimented them on their nice riding choice, she was riding an LX150 in Euro-Green livery...he was riding an older model but looked remotely like the LX150 in Black...going on their way down the road to Somis...wish I could have taken a longer lunch break
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Wed May 04, 2011 10:16 pm quote
Red LX S and black ET parked on sidewalk on Franklin outside Oaks Gourmet/Upright Citizens Brigade. 6:30-ish today.
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