Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:09 am

Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1845
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1845
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:09 am linkquote
My wife and I returned from a road trip to find that our Impala Lily had bloomed.
This plant was a gift from our son when he emigrated to Melbourne last year.



Sat Sep 24, 2022 12:44 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190 Friday afternoon special, Primavera, some pushbikes
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 8388
Location: Hermit Kingdom
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190 Friday afternoon special, Primavera, some pushbikes
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 8388
Location: Hermit Kingdom
Sat Sep 24, 2022 12:44 am linkquote
znomit wrote:
I fixed my refusing to start scooter by hitting it with a hammer. Now to hit the starter motor with some less violent tools to see what's wrong.
So if your scooter is turning over slowly (or not at all) and you have a good battery sending 12V to the starter motor it probably means one of the commutator brushes is sticking. Hitting the starter motor with an appropriately sized hammer can give it enough of a nudge to get it snuggling up against the commutator again, until next time. Carrying said hammer in the pet carrier can help out for a while, but who wants to do that forever? Well Thor does of course but not us mortals.

Air box loosened, intake removed, some connectors disconnected, positive terminal and two bolts securing the motor and its out. Two more bolts hold it together. Pulling apart reveals the reluctant brush. It took quite a lot of jiggling and contact cleaner to get it loose. Reassembly needs an extra set of hands to hold the brushes apart but I was able to poke some wire in holes adjacent to the springs.

Happy scooter again.









Sat Sep 24, 2022 1:18 am

Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
 
Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
Sat Sep 24, 2022 1:18 am linkquote
After more than 2 months without my GTS I am finally going to pick her up from the dealers this afternoon after her Fuel Pump failure on the way to Weymouth Scooter Rally in July.
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:22 am

Hooked
2019 Primavera 150, 2019 Honda Super Cub 125, 2017 Honda Metropolitan, 1965 Honda Super Cub 50 CA102
Joined: 15 Dec 2019
Posts: 368
Location: NE Ohio, USA
 
Hooked
2019 Primavera 150, 2019 Honda Super Cub 125, 2017 Honda Metropolitan, 1965 Honda Super Cub 50 CA102
Joined: 15 Dec 2019
Posts: 368
Location: NE Ohio, USA
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:22 am linkquote
I realize this is way off topic for this forum but… our beloved baseball Guardians are on the verge of clinching their division and a playoff spot. Lord, I love October baseball.

Chris from CLE


We have a "real" outfield now…

Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:20 pm

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GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
 
Addicted
GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:20 pm linkquote
I may have been riding PTWs for 13 years, but... I've never had to adjust the tension on a chain drive bike.
Until now.


I didn't break my bike!
...I think I actually got it adjusted, too.
...And neither wheel nor chain came off during the test ride!
...And I think the wheel is actually on straight!

I'm NOT comfortable learning a new skill like this without having someone to check and/or correct my work. That was terrifying until it was over and then it was exhilarating.
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:22 am

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1766
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1766
Location: Central New York
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:22 am linkquote
Cheshire wrote:
I may have been riding PTWs for 13 years, but... I've never had to adjust the tension on a chain drive bike.
Until now.


I didn't break my bike!
...I think I actually got it adjusted, too.
...And neither wheel nor chain came off during the test ride!
...And I think the wheel is actually on straight!

I'm NOT comfortable learning a new skill like this without having someone to check and/or correct my work. That was terrifying until it was over and then it was exhilarating.
I hope you left some slack in that chain! Don't want it to be under "tension".
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:51 am

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GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
 
Addicted
GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:51 am linkquote
kshansen wrote:
I hope you left some slack in that chain! Don't want it to be under "tension".
I'm still a little worried that we might have left too much slack, but I used woodworker's logic. "You can always take more off, but you can't add some back on."

I also lucked out on an impromptu tool scavenger hunt. My travel torque adapter from my GTS kit covers 8 to 80Nm and the rear wheel nut needs 110Nm. Harbor Freight just happened to have a digital torque adapter rated for 40-200Nm on clearance and one of the stores near me still had a few left.

So...now I have "fine-" and "course-adjustment" torque adapters that fit in my luggage!
Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:25 am

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2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 708
Location: Irving, TX
 
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2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 708
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:25 am linkquote
There were two events this past weekend that I was interested in.

1. DFW Fiber Fest (a consumer show for knitters, crocheters, and the spinning craft community).
2. Dallas Pen Show (a consumer show for people interested in pens (mainly fountain pens, but also rollerball & ballpoint).

My wife is into pens more than I am, and she really wanted to go. There weren't any classes at DFW Fiber Fest that I just HAD to take, so I skipped it. I didn't even tell her it was going on until we were at the Pen Show.

Shortly after arriving, I saw two of my Grail Pens - the Rotring 600 Fountain Pen and Rollerball pen. The guy who was selling them wasn't there, but his tablemate said he'd be back soon. So I checked some other tables in the room, and kept an eye on his table. I did find another table that had a very used Rotring Newton fountain pen that they were asking $175 for. But the ones at the first table looked like they had just come from the factory.

I saw the guy had returned, so I headed back over there. He was asking $195 for the Rotring 600 rollerball, and $225 for the Rotring Newton Fountain Pen. I asked if he'd work a discount for both together. He said he'd take $20 off. Then he mentioned that he had the black Rotring 600 Fountain pen, for $420. It wasn't in as good of shape as the other two, so I passed, and just got the two I initially saw.

In the main room, we checked out a lot of nice pens. We each ended up getting an additional Retro 51 Rollerball. She got the Bee pen, and I got the Roosevelt.

As we wandered around, I found a table that was selling custom made pens, and other custom made implements (seam rippers, bracelet clasp helper, etc.). I was about to walk by, but then saw they had crochet hooks. There's a crochet hook kit that comes with 6 hooks, and a handle body. Wood turners buy it and make custom handles for it and sell them at craft fairs, etc. I bought one a few years ago at DFW Fiber Fest. But the wood handle I got isn't as comfortable to use as I'd like. It was the most comfortable one they had at the time I got it. The guy at the pen show has ones that fit my hand better, and he was willing to sell me just the handle for $19. So I got one.

So I was able to satisfy both of my hobbies after all.


Rotring 600 Rollerball and Rotring Newton Fountain Pen


Retro 51 Roosevelt rollerball


Crochet Hooks. Original wood handle on top, new acrylic/resin handle on bottom.

Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:56 am

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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2282
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2282
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:56 am linkquote
Riding weather has finally arrived in Phoenix!
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:58 am

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GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
 
Addicted
GTS (sold)
Joined: 14 Feb 2013
Posts: 975
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:58 am linkquote
monogodo wrote:
There were two events this past weekend that I was interested in.

1. DFW Fiber Fest (a consumer show for knitters, crocheters, and the spinning craft community).
2. Dallas Pen Show (a consumer show for people interested in pens (mainly fountain pens, but also rollerball & ballpoint).
I need to read slower today…and maybe follow a few more interests than craftspeople, moto-travelers, and homesteaders on social media.
I saw fiber followed by pens, my brain connected the two immediately, and it was very confusing for a moment.

"Wait…what? Ohhh, not sheep pens, the pens you write with!"

(If we can't laugh with ourselves, who else will?)
Mon Sep 26, 2022 11:59 pm

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2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC)
Joined: 17 Nov 2020
Posts: 2064
Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
 
Ossessionato
2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC)
Joined: 17 Nov 2020
Posts: 2064
Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
Mon Sep 26, 2022 11:59 pm linkquote
Had a stress echocardiogram today and I'm apparently not about to die.
Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:13 am

Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1570
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
 
Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1570
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:13 am linkquote
monogodo wrote:
There were two events this past weekend that I was interested in.

In the main room, we checked out a lot of nice pens. We each ended up getting an additional Retro 51 Rollerball. She got the Bee pen, and I got the Roosevelt.
Neat stuff. I haven't been at it much, but I carry a few with me. In my pack now I have a Mont Blanc Starwalker (ballpoint) that's my daily driver. The fountain pens in my bag today are a Waterman Laureat, a couple of Parker Vectors, a Noodler's somethingorother, a Pilot Varsity and a 1940s era Sheaffer that I restored a few years back. Just ordered a Pilot Metropolitan from Goulet this week because I started talking to an engineer here about pens and it got me excited again.

And yet I sit and type on a computer all day.

Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:51 am

Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
 
Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:51 am linkquote
steelbytes wrote:
Had a stress echocardiogram today and I'm apparently not about to die.
Good news steelbytes


On a slightly similar theme I had a blood test today checking for Prostrate Cancer, hopefully I don't get a phone call from the Doctor.
Tue Sep 27, 2022 10:03 am

Molto Verboso
BV200, P200E (2),V90 and now a Big Ruckus
Joined: 07 Aug 2010
Posts: 1648
Location: Mims, Florida USA
 
Molto Verboso
BV200, P200E (2),V90 and now a Big Ruckus
Joined: 07 Aug 2010
Posts: 1648
Location: Mims, Florida USA
Tue Sep 27, 2022 10:03 am linkquote
Cheered up that my generator fired up on the first pull after sitting for many years in preparation for the hurricane. I can safely recommend small engines made by Honda or Subaru
Tue Sep 27, 2022 3:15 pm

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1766
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1766
Location: Central New York
Tue Sep 27, 2022 3:15 pm linkquote
tommylittlescooter wrote:
Cheered up that my generator fired up on the first pull after sitting for many years in preparation for the hurricane. I can safely recommend small engines made by Honda or Subaru
Best of luck over the next few days!
Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:17 am

Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1845
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1845
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:17 am linkquote
I tried...
I REALLY tried...
but in the end, the temptation was just too great !

Meet Esti.
She's a Dec 1982 BMW R80 ST.

...and I didn't have to sell a Vespa to buy her.



Wed Sep 28, 2022 11:20 pm

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1573
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1573
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Wed Sep 28, 2022 11:20 pm linkquote
Had the pleasure of being invited to the New Zealand launch of the Aprilia SR/GT200. A couple of us went up to our nearest motor racing circuit (Hampton Downs at Te Kauwhata if you want to search it on Google Maps) on our GTS300s, and Triumph NZ, the local agent for Piaggio product, had hired the kart track. They had four scooters there and we had a presentation on all the features before we were taken out to have a ride. The media guys went out on the first run and had 15 - 20 minutes of wizzing around the track. It wasn't long before stands were dragging and the limit of grip of the rear tyres under braking (Non ABS) was found. I was in the next group and soon found a level of comfort zipping around on someone else's scooter hoping not to bin it. After everyone had had a go we were served a beautiful lunch, then given a second shot at the scooters. My confidence was better and a scraping sound on the hairpin told me I was as far as I wanted to be, but it was a great chance to play with its abilities. After a nice afternoon tea and talking rubbish with like minded PTW enthusiasts we headed back home down the Expressway at 110kmh. Interesting aside, some people can't handle being passed by a scooter 🤣😂🛵🛵
Some features: 174cc, 17.4bhp, 17Nm torque, water cooled, 14 inch front wheel, 13 inch rear. ABS on front wavy disc only. RISS stop/start technology, adjustable rear suspension, blocky tyres for gentle off road work. Good under seat storage, side and centre stands, two foot positions available (although we didn't try the cruising position).


Aprilia SR/GT200 Sport


Other side. The Sport package is the orange wheels, body colour accents and decals.


Non Sport version in quite a nice blue. Wheels are black on the base model.


A bit of an idea of the lean angle available.


I really like this colour scheme on a Sport.

Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:39 am

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2015 Vespa Primavera 50, 2021 Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 05 May 2021
Posts: 622
Location: Naples Florida USA
 
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2015 Vespa Primavera 50, 2021 Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 05 May 2021
Posts: 622
Location: Naples Florida USA
Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:39 am linkquote
We made it through hurricane Ian. The Vespas remain dry.

We have the pleasure of riding weather year round in Naples, Florida. But the price is occasional hurricanes. As we live 1 mile from the Gulf of Mexico we were subject to our first mandatory evacuation on Tuesday. We packed up and moved to a friends house about 10 miles inland. The storm surge brought salt water up our street about 500 feet from our door. And then it stopped and receded . Many houses close by had the first floor of their homes covered in sea water. In 35 years, water has never made it to our house. Came close this time.

Our house and garage and Vespas remain dry. I'm very thankful. The power is out but our whole house generator powers everything.

This short video shows our fire station water damage.

Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:13 am

Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1570
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
 
Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1570
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:13 am linkquote
pigletpilot wrote:
Had the pleasure of being invited to the New Zealand launch of the Aprilia SR/GT200.
Man, being a Sportcity rider, I would ride that all day.

Edit :

Just talked to the local dealer. We will never see them in the US.
Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:19 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1573
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1573
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:19 am linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Man, being a Sportcity rider, I would ride that all day.

Edit :

Just talked to the local dealer. We will never see them in the US.
That's a real shame, they also do a smaller engine that we won't see. Also have a range of accessories like top box, aluminum case, bash bars, fog lights and later heated grips. Comes standard with the screen shown, a bigger clear one is an option.
Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:01 am

Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
 
Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:01 am linkquote
It's my Birthday and I was given Beer.
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:22 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10815
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10815
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:22 am linkquote
Coddy wrote:
It's my Birthday and I was given Beer.
I'm guessing you figured out what to do with it by now.

Happy Birthday!
Fri Sep 30, 2022 7:59 am

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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2282
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2282
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Fri Sep 30, 2022 7:59 am linkquote
pigletpilot wrote:
Interesting aside, some people can't handle being passed by a scooter 🤣😂🛵🛵
Ain't that the truth!
Fri Sep 30, 2022 11:14 pm

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Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 2136
Location: Adelaide
 
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Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 2136
Location: Adelaide
Fri Sep 30, 2022 11:14 pm linkquote
Coddy wrote:
On a slightly similar theme I had a blood test today checking for Prostrate Cancer, hopefully I don't get a phone call from the Doctor.
How did you go with the results ?
Sat Oct 01, 2022 12:55 am

Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
 
Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 234
Location: Oxford, UK
Sat Oct 01, 2022 12:55 am linkquote
Sledge wrote:
How did you go with the results ?
Thanks for asking Sledge.

I haven't been contacted by the Health Officials which is obviously good news but I haven't a clue how soon after the test they would call me if it was bad news.
Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:02 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1831
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1831
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:02 am linkquote
Coddy wrote:
I haven't been contacted by the Health Officials which is obviously good news but I haven't a clue how soon after the test they would call me if it was bad news.
You should be good Coddy. They're usually on the phone pretty sharpish if they find anything abnormal. No news is good news.
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:33 am

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'07 GTS250ie "Mechanical Squirrel", '66 Honda Benly, '19 Suzuki 250 cafe "Mouse", '77 Jawa 350TS, '42 Henschel PzKw VI Tiger
Joined: 01 Jul 2011
Posts: 855
Location: somewhere deep in the back of the garage...Burlington ONT.
 
Addicted
'07 GTS250ie "Mechanical Squirrel", '66 Honda Benly, '19 Suzuki 250 cafe "Mouse", '77 Jawa 350TS, '42 Henschel PzKw VI Tiger
Joined: 01 Jul 2011
Posts: 855
Location: somewhere deep in the back of the garage...Burlington ONT.
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:33 am linkquote
Going to try riding the new bike this morning...

My wife is having some balance issues following a bit of hip surgery and figures she can get back on a bicycle if I help share the balancing task, so this was purchased.

Wish me luck! Should be fun.



Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:59 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190 Friday afternoon special, Primavera, some pushbikes
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 8388
Location: Hermit Kingdom
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190 Friday afternoon special, Primavera, some pushbikes
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 8388
Location: Hermit Kingdom
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:59 am linkquote
Wherever your relationship is going, a tandem is the fastest way to get you both there.

Good luck.
Sat Oct 01, 2022 7:14 am

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Posts: 512

 
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Posts: 512

Sat Oct 01, 2022 7:14 am linkquote
My brain MRI showed no abnormalities. So i have that going for me.
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