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Team MV!

So, I took a weekend trip to LA on Saturday evening, on the basis of picking up my wife and kids and stopping by Vespa Sherman Oaks to see David and Lynda.

A few years ago I'd visited VSO and pledged to buy my first ride from then if/when I moved to the USA.

Well, today I made good on that promise - I purchased my new ride from VSO, which will be shipped to my home in Virginia in the coming days.

I thought about the 70th Anniversary Vespa GTS 300, but ultimately went for a Matt-black 2016 Piaggio BV-350.

I'm happy with my purchase, the service at Vespa Sherman Oaks is superlative, absolutely second to none. Dave and Lynda deserve everything they work hard for. At VSO, it's people first, bikes second. Truly amazing.

So there you go, my first USA-ride.

Anyone in NOVA wanna ride?
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Good choices, Dave. VSO seems a great shop and the BV350 is a great bike, though it forces me to make some bad decisions from time to time.
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Why not the Vespa?
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So ya, that is me in the pink helmet.

Don't judge me

😂😂

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Nice choice. Good luck with it.
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Well done. Have fun on that Beverly.
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Clap emoticon Clap emoticon Congratulations, and good on you for keeping your word.
SDG wrote:
So ya, that is me in the pink helmet.

Don't judge me
SDG
As long as you stay off of that little pink "scooter" in the second photo, it's all good. Eyelashes emoticon
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AirborneSpoon wrote:
Why not the Vespa?
Had an LX 125 and a GTS 250.
Onward and upward. Better mechanicals, wet clutch, 330cc, outstanding mid-range torque.

IMHO, a BV is a 330cc motorcycle, disguised as a scooter.

Bigger pet carrier too.
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wheelbender6 wrote:
Well done. Have fun on that Beverly.
I'm looking forward to riding Beverly hard.
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So, are you going to ride it back to NoVa, or have it shipped...? If shipped, how difficult was shipping to set up?
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new scoot
looks good, congrats.
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Congratulations on your new shiny ride.
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Good
That makes me so happy.

Well done to both of you.

Nice bike and a good colour choice.

Bill xxx
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Congratulations on your new shiny ride.
But, but, it's not shiny!
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Nautiker wrote:
So, are you going to ride it back to NoVa, or have it shipped...? If shipped, how difficult was shipping to set up?
Shipping back to NoVA. Easy?

"Dave, can you ship it?"
"Sure Dave"

That easy. Like I said, VSO *rocks*.
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Dooglas wrote:
TroutBum wrote:
Congratulations on your new shiny ride.
But, but, it's not shiny!
True! Matt black. Like those AMG Mercedes.
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I'm looking forward to riding Beverly hard.
Heck yeah! She can't wait, either!
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Lets face it Dave that bike is going to get the most comprehensive PDI of all time.

When will it arrive ?

Bill xxx
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Great picture Dave! Congrats on the new scoot!

I'm in Maryland, let's meet for lunch somewhere between Columbia and NoVa!

Maybe we can wrangle a few more local members to join us.

Have fun and ride safely - when it arrives.
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Bill Dog wrote:
Lets face it Dave that bike is going to get the most comprehensive PDI of all time.

When will it arrive ?

Bill xxx
Hopefully sometime next week. I then have to register/title and get VA safety inspection done, and presumably a license plate too before I can ride her.
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DaveLX wrote:
Bill Dog wrote:
Lets face it Dave that bike is going to get the most comprehensive PDI of all time.

When will it arrive ?

Bill xxx
Hopefully sometime next week. I then have to register/title and get VA safety inspection done, and presumably a license plate too before I can ride her.
Having been there and done that in NoVA, be prepared to waste some time...

But I DO have wonderful memories of riding my BV 350, Il Pazzo, for 6,000 all over the VA countryside with my scooter gang, DC Spin Doctors. Good luck and good riding.
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Love that picture of you with David!!!

VESPASO....simply the best. Enjoy the new ride!
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TroutBum wrote:
Congratulations on your new shiny ride.
But, but, it's not shiny!
There's shiny bits! You just have to look a little harder. Razz emoticon
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Re: Went to LA for the weekend, bought a new ride!
DaveLX wrote:
So, I took a weekend trip to LA on Saturday evening, on the basis of picking up my wife and kids and stopping by Vespa Sherman Oaks
Your wife is a real looker, I can see why you're such a happy man.
But why isn't she smiling, did she want a scooter to match her helmet?

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DaveLX wrote:
So, I took a weekend trip to LA on Saturday evening, on the basis of picking up my wife and kids and stopping by Vespa Sherman Oaks
Your wife is a real looker, I can see why you're such a happy man.
But why isn't she smiling, did she want a scooter to match her helmet?

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Now that's hilarious

😂😂😂

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Strick wrote:
Great picture Dave! Congrats on the new scoot!

I'm in Maryland, let's meet for lunch somewhere between Columbia and NoVa!

Maybe we can wrangle a few more local members to join us.

Have fun and ride safely - when it arrives.
Lunch sounds great. Nice ride Dave! Like Strick said, maybe he can use his wonder-twin powers to summon up the super friends for a ride sometime soon.
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Nice ride!

Check the MP3 forum for information on the gatherings, the last one was in VA and they are always a blast!
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Congrats! BV's are really nice scoots. Now about putting some flower stickers on the black paint....
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Michael B. wrote:
Congrats! BV's are really nice scoots. Now about putting some flower stickers on the black paint....
Noooooooooooooo!!

I got a nice Donkei-Skok sticker to go on there....
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Parts
I wonder who gave you that ?

Birreh !
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Bill Dog wrote:
I wonder who gave you that ?

Birreh !
The big chief donkeys cock?
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Welcome to NoVa! BV looks great. If you're looking to ride with some friendly folks in the area, I encourage you to check out the SpinDoctors:

http://www.meetup.com/dcspindoctors/
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Xine wrote:
Welcome to NoVa! BV looks great. If you're looking to ride with some friendly folks in the area, I encourage you to check out the SpinDoctors:

http://www.meetup.com/dcspindoctors/
Yes!! I'd love to, but I have a crappy work schedule this year - I work Wednesday to Sunday, Mon/Tues off until year-end.
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Z you need to come over to Hawaii and visit. I love your sense of humor. ROFL emoticon ROFL emoticon Got a comfy couch and a spare scooter for you to ride.
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Where's my invite?!
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Your gift box is coming tomorrow then we will box it up

😬🎁


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DAVE LX you are also invited anytime my friend.
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SDG wrote:
Your gift box is coming tomorrow then we will box it up

😬🎁


SDG
Hurrah!!
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