Gone over to the dark side
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Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE, Triumph Trident 660
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Sat May 01, 2021 3:59 am quote
Picked this up today



Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:04 am quote


Whoa! Looks sharp!
Ossessionato
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 61 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 86 & 96 Elite 80s, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:16 am quote
Any conversion kits to ditch the rear mudguard? Look much sharper with the license plate/ brake lights mounted under the seat.
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LX190, Primavera
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:20 am quote
Hot!
Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:22 am quote
MJRally wrote:
Any conversion kits to ditch the rear mudguard? Look much sharper with the license plate/ brake lights mounted under the seat.
I actually kind of like that detail. It's different.
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Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:32 am quote
Nice, congrats!

The fun factor should be high with those
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
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Sat May 01, 2021 4:33 am quote
Great bike!

But what am I supposed to do with all the popcorn I made, thinking this was going to be a thread about a car tire on a vintage Vespa?
Hooked
GTS250ie "Mechanical Squirrel", MP3 500 Touring "the Donkey", '66 Honda Benly, Suzuki 250 cafe "Mouse", Jawa 350TS
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Sat May 01, 2021 5:18 am quote
berto wrote:
Great bike!

But what am I supposed to do with all the popcorn I made, thinking this was going to be a thread about a car tire on a vintage Vespa?
Thats what i was thinking as well, instead we get a shot of some motorbike.

Its a properly beautiful motorbike, but there’s a few if those in the garage so thats not so exciting...

I was looking forward to shots of a GS 150 with a 155SR13 on the back.


That fender has to go though.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
300CC Italian scooter (RIP), 750CC Russian Sidecar,1650CC Bavarian ADV Tourer.
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Sat May 01, 2021 5:47 am quote
Nice! Congrats on the new bike. You know you can have your cake and eat it too? Hopefully there will be a Vespa back in your life at some point. I love both and would miss either.
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Sat May 01, 2021 5:58 am quote
Life is change.
(Sooner or later you will have to go back to the scooter ... )

Molto Verboso
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Sat May 01, 2021 6:50 am quote
Good thing it rarely rains in the U.K.!
O.S.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat May 01, 2021 6:59 am quote
There seems to be a lot of fog ...
Molto Verboso
Bashan 150, CF Moto Fashion 250
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Sat May 01, 2021 7:31 am quote
Those fenders are the latest and greatest these days. My favorite source calls this bike an excellent entry level motorcycle. It has 80 horsepower and weighs in at about 410 pounds. Slightly less weight than a Honda Forza 300. Insanity.
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Sat May 01, 2021 7:45 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Nice! Congrats on the new bike. You know you can have your cake and eat it too? Hopefully there will be a Vespa back in your life at some point. I love both and would miss either.
I still have the Vespas
Molto Verboso
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Sat May 01, 2021 7:55 am quote
When I read the title, I thought you put a car tire on your scoot.
I like what you actually did much better!
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Sat May 01, 2021 8:15 am quote
johnymoore wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Nice! Congrats on the new bike. You know you can have your cake and eat it too? Hopefully there will be a Vespa back in your life at some point. I love both and would miss either.
I still have the Vespas
... then you are forgiven ...
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Sun May 02, 2021 5:28 am quote
Very nice. I've had Bonnevilles, a Scrambler and a Street Triple. The twins were fairly lethargic and I think the triple was trying to kill me. Is the Trident somewhere in the middle maybe?
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Sun May 02, 2021 6:16 am quote
pokeyjoe wrote:
Very nice. I've had Bonnevilles, a Scrambler and a Street Triple. The twins were fairly lethargic and I think the triple was trying to kill me. Is the Trident somewhere in the middle maybe?
I believe so from what I saw in YouTube reviews. It is not meant to be intimidating at all but still can be fun around twisties.
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Sun May 02, 2021 6:21 am quote
Greetings:

I copped a ride on the original Trident 750 triple in the 70s. It was a Beast, and a bit uncivilized. Built in response to the All-Conquering 1969 Honda CB750 4 cylinder, Trident's performance rivaled that K0 model's but it lacked its appliance-like reliability. Too little, too late to save the British industry. What followed for 15 years were the cookie-cutter clones of the 4 cylinder air-cooled Honda design from the other Big Four Japanese brands and the term UJM*.

*Universal Japanese Motorcycle.

The Triumph easily had more "character", but the term usually means holding a spanner by the side of the road. The new Trident looks killer.
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Sun May 02, 2021 10:26 am quote
johnymoore wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Nice! Congrats on the new bike. You know you can have your cake and eat it too? Hopefully there will be a Vespa back in your life at some point. I love both and would miss either.
I still have the Vespas
Brilliant! The experience of riding both is a lot of fun and your Vespas will feel light as a feather and incredibly nimble. We've had too Manu users get a "real" motorcycle and disappear.

Reminds me I still need to replace my girl. With lockdown and the fact I'm still not cleared for 2 wheels I've put it off.
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Sun May 02, 2021 12:56 pm quote
My take: after 50+ years of riding (motorcycles until the last 8 years), the whole thing of scooter vs motorcycle isn't "light vs dark" - they are slightly different versions of the same premise. The State of Texas classifies my Vespa GTS as a motorcycle.

Twist & go vs shifting? Honda will make your Goldwing, Africa Twin, or Rebel 1100 as a manual or dual clutch (automatic) transmission.

Plenty of folks have both. Nothing "dark" about either. I "downsized" over the last 8 years because we are not long distance touring these days. My Vespa is great in the twisties, light & nimble, comfortable, and practical.

Enjoy the ride.
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Mon May 03, 2021 1:09 am quote
For a curious bureaucratic quibble, in Italy the small Tricity 125/155 is classified as a motorcycle and not a tricycle or even a scooter.
The Tricity 300 is classified as a tricycle because it has a foot brake and can be driven with a car license as well as all Piaggio MP3s.
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Mon May 03, 2021 1:16 am quote
Attila wrote:
For a curious bureaucratic quibble, in Italy the small Tricity 125/155 is classified as a motorcycle and not a tricycle or even a scooter.
The Tricity 300 is classified as a tricycle because it has a foot brake and can be driven with a car license as well as all Piaggio MP3s.
Similar to the UK. Although you can ride a 125 without a motorcycle license but you need to repeat basic training every 2 years and wear L plates. That is why you see so many L plates here.
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Mon May 03, 2021 1:18 am quote
johnymoore wrote:
Attila wrote:
For a curious bureaucratic quibble, in Italy the small Tricity 125/155 is classified as a motorcycle and not a tricycle or even a scooter.
The Tricity 300 is classified as a tricycle because it has a foot brake and can be driven with a car license as well as all Piaggio MP3s.
Similar to the UK. Although you can ride a 125 without a motorcycle license but you need to repeat basic training every 2 years and wear L plates. That is why you see so many L plates here.
We use the letter P.
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Mon May 03, 2021 5:24 am quote
OldSchooot wrote:
Good thing it rarely rains in the U.K.!
O.S.
A lot of the uk is dryer then you think !
Molto Verboso
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Mon May 03, 2021 5:34 am quote
The current weather may not seem to signal a drought, but Essex holds the record for being the driest county in the country.

Despite the dark skies and drizzle, the Met Office has singled out Essex as having the least rainfall last year - with Shoebury rated as the second driest place in the whole of the UK. St Osyth, in north Essex, is rated the driest.

In fact, many will no doubt be surprised to know Essex's average yearly rainfall is often so low that the county is drier than hotboxes such as Jerusalem and Beirut.
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Mon May 03, 2021 5:41 am quote
We also get all year riding unlike Ohio
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Mon May 03, 2021 5:53 am quote
I can't imagine a dry England ...
In the imagination of the English stories that I have read (Conan Doylee others) I got the idea of a damp and foggy but not unpleasant country; I like the steam atmosphere of the Queen Victoria era.
Excuse me but many imagine a hot and dry Italy and it has often rained even if for some years climate change has shaken everything around the world.
Enjoy the motorcycle but don't abandon the scooter, love and hate need to alternate.
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Mon May 03, 2021 7:02 am quote
Dark Side
I've now come to believe my Vespa 2020 300 HPE is merely a gateway "bike" to motorcycles. . .

Fighting the impulse for more. . .
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2019 Vespa Primavera 150
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Mon May 03, 2021 8:42 am quote
I do not understand the trend over the past few years to put jacked up seats on new standard Motorcycles, leaving a huge gap between the seat and tire.
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Mon May 03, 2021 8:58 am quote
If one likes to feel the physics of brutal acceleration & cornering forces, a motorcycle is one way to go. I love the Vespa but it's not a performer in that regard. I ride mine like that but I know that's not what it's for. If taking it easy, a Vespa is a good choice. So it depends upon how much adventure you seek and how much you can actually handle. If you haven't had the experience of a Ducati superbike at wide open throttle you are definitely missing out. However not everyone has that ability or that desire. Some just want to be seen on two wheels and that's good enough.
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