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Ninety years old??? Damn, I'm impressed!

I was thinking that riding at 80 was going to be a pretty good accomplishment but I take my hat off to your dad. Wow!
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My true respect to all the older guys and ladies still riding vespas. I admire you for what you do.
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jroberts86 wrote:
In 4 days my Dad, aka Vespa Ed on the old BBS, turns 90. He still rides every week. He skips the bad weather days now or it would be most days. Has a stable of Vespas and a few motorcycles to boot including a couple sport bikes! His favorite Vespa that he still owns is the PX150.

I am 65 and there is not much as precious as when I visit and Dad and all three sons go on a ride. Waffle House always seems surprised to see the old geezers pulling up on such a mix of machines.
Wow! 90. You're dad is an inspiration. Sounds like he knows how to live. Not everyone does. It's an art form.
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scooterist wrote:
My true respect to all the older guys and ladies still riding vespas. I admire you for what you do.
For most of us I think it's just our way of staying "young"... or at least our version of it. I especially enjoy the fact that I'm still riding when I see people my age who have mentally given up and moved into a retirement home.

Not for me..
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It was 73 degrees in Fresno yesterday so I took a ride with a couple of other Old Guys… sure felt great!
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68 years old been riding 51 years
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Trip planned in 4 weeks to visit and ride with my 90 YO pop! Might have to tune up his old cut down.
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Jroberts - Promise me that you take some pics and post them on here.
MichaelRyerson - I was kind of in the same situation as you in the past. My wife asked me to quit riding when my daughter was young. The problem was, we kept having kids so there was always a young one. 15 years later I started up riding again. But during the down time, I wrenched on bikes and scoots in the evenings and weekends. It worked out because I worked out of my garage near the kids and it brought in a little coin, too.
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Trip planned in 4 weeks to visit and ride with my 90 YO pop! Might have to tune up his old cut down.
I just committed publicly to living to 90 and still be riding my scooters at 90kmh.
A little back story, my Dad died at 87 and a bit. He always said he wanted to live longer than his mother had. I confidently told a nurse at the home where he spent his final years that he had done that comfortably.


By about 2 months!

I need to do better than that.
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I just committed publicly to living to 90 and still be riding my scooters at 90kmh.
A little back story, my Dad died at 87 and a bit. He always said he wanted to live longer than his mother had. I confidently told a nurse at the home where he spent his final years that he had done that comfortably.


By about 2 months!

I need to do better than that.
You are in the right place to do that . I would move the NZ in a heartbeat if it were at all possible.
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MichaelRyerson - I was kind of in the same situation as you in the past. My wife asked me to quit riding when my daughter was young. The problem was, we kept having kids so there was always a young one. 15 years later I started up riding again. But during the down time, I wrenched on bikes and scoots in the evenings and weekends. It worked out because I worked out of my garage near the kids and it brought in a little coin, too.
Wrenching on Vespas is the second best thing you can do to a scooter. Six weeks to my 80th. Deep into my cold weather maintenance, carb rebuilding, checking the auto-lube drive, clutch and wiring. Replacing kill switch (broken lever), going to a halogen headlight. At the same time, ordinary maintenance on my other pride-and-joy, my'68 VW double cab. Temperature in my garage today a brisk 46. Got the oil heater going. Hoping for mild weather on or after Mar 27. Plan to truck Maggie May to Galveston and then ride her from Boliver Roads to San Luis Pass (a tad over sixty miles round trip). Then lunch on the Strand.
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jroberts86 wrote:
Trip planned in 4 weeks to visit and ride with my 90 YO pop! Might have to tune up his old cut down.
That is so cool! Your Pop is an inspiration. I ran across this song a few years ago and it seems to fit your dad. It's sung to the tune of Pinball Wizard

Burnin' up the highway
He rides as fast he can
Always on a Vespa
Won't drive no other brand
Throttle to the limit
He doesn't give a damn
That old man on the highway
Sure is a mean scooter man

He flies like he was 20
The years don't slow him down
If someone tries to smoke him
He runs them to the ground
Ain't no one left to challenge
'cause they ain't got the sand
That old man on the highway
Sure is a mean scooter man

He's a scooter demon
Never cries Enough
A scooter demon
He likes to ride it rough!

Why do you think he does it? I don't know
What makes him so good?

He won't wear no helmet
He's ridin' to be free
Don't need no limitations
That's how it's gonna be
He rockets down the backroads
Always in command
That old man on the highway
Sure is a mean scooter man

He's a scooter demon
He lives his Rock and Roll
A scooter demon
Don't ever call him Old

He rides like he was driven
By furies yet unseen
He may look meek and mild
But he ain't what he seems
Twistin' on the throttle
For every mile he can
That old man on the highway
Sure is a mean scooter man
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