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LOL. Laughing emoticon Yesterday I pull into 7-11 to pick a 24oz and these 2 kids around 7-9 years old run up and say "Look It's A Vespa!". Never in my 27 years has a Scooter of mine received such attention. What The? emoticon I get a lot more looks and questions lately as well. I went to a well known Biker Bar and instead of the usual comments, I had people complimenting it. Wha? emoticon I know I have not gotten any more attractive in my old age, so I can only attribute this to Disney's Movie, Luca. I hope you are enjoying added notoriety as a result as well...
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I do notice a lot more kids pointing and smiling as I go by. They always have but it’s definitely had an uptick.
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Good for you. Me and myself don't need any more notoriety. LOL
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Yeah, notoriety is overrated. More and more I find myself donning sunglasses and a baseball cap to keep the throngs of my admirers from interrupting my day to day activities. It gets old really fast.


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If you stick a Ferrari sticker on it you will have even more visibility.
Maybe it was this then... ROFL emoticon
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I hope you are enjoying added notoriety as a result as well...
Excuse me? Notoriety is being famous or well-known for something BAD.
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We just got back from visiting our grandchildren in Illinois. I asked the 6 year old if she had seen the movie Luca. She said yes and I told her that my bike was a Vespa. I expected to see some excitement in her eyes...but nothing. So I pulled out my phone and showed her a picture of me on the bike. She said "That doesn't look anything like the one in the movie. It was a big disappointment. I had visions of her wanting to tell her friends at school "My grandpa rides a Vespa!" I hope the movie does well and becomes a classic, but she didn't seem too impressed.
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this reminds me, I need to watch that.
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Try riding an MP3 in the US. At first it was interesting and amusing but "I've never seen one like that with 3 wheels before." or "Won't that thing just tip right over when you turn?" and other statements and questions start to get old. Especially when you are in a rush. I always try to be polite though.
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I hope you are enjoying added notoriety as a result as well...
Hmm, bad timing. My Vespa is spending most of the month in the garage for various maintenance/repair issues. Now if they'd only made a Beverly-based movie.

It's fun to get notice from kids, even older ones sometimes.
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My neighborhood has experienced young families with kids replacing all the
original old farts like myself (Kids grown up and gone).

Each evening, they parade by with kids in tow or in strollers. Last week, I had the
garage door open and a little girl came up pointing to my Dragon Red Vespa 300,
exclaiming to her mother, "Look Mom its Luca".

I had no idea what she meant. Her mother said it was a Disney movie her daughter
has watched a dozen times.

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Try riding an MP3 in the US. At first it was interesting and amusing but "I've never seen one like that with 3 wheels before." or "Won't that thing just tip right over when you turn?" and other statements and questions start to get old. Especially when you are in a rush. I always try to be polite though.
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Try riding an MP3 in the US. At first it was interesting and amusing but "I've never seen one like that with 3 wheels before." or "Won't that thing just tip right over when you turn?" and other statements and questions start to get old. Especially when you are in a rush. I always try to be polite though.
I used to get a lot of people coming up to me at gas stations while filling up the MP3. This was a few years ago, when the Polaris Can-Am three-wheeler was relatively new, and people would often say they recently saw a different kind of three-wheeler, and describe the Polaris Can-Am.

I had a rehearsed response, which was completely bullshit. I would enthusiastically explain that the Polaris Can-Am was originally invented to allow disabled people to ride motorcycles, but now fully-abled people were riding them instead.

At this point in the conversation, there would usually be an awkward pause, the person would blink a few times and not really know what to say, and then walk away.
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I used to get a lot of people coming up to me at gas stations while filling up the MP3. This was a few years ago, when the Polaris Can-Am three-wheeler was relatively new, and people would often say they recently saw a different kind of three-wheeler, and describe the Polaris Can-Am.

I had a rehearsed response, which was completely bullshit. I would enthusiastically explain that the Polaris Can-Am was originally invented to allow disabled people to ride motorcycles, but now fully-abled people were riding them instead.

At this point in the conversation, there would usually be an awkward pause, the person would blink a few times and not really know what to say, and then walk away.
Laughing emoticon I'll have to remember that one.
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Hmm, bad timing. My Vespa is spending most of the month in the garage for various maintenance/repair issues. Now if they'd only made a Beverly-based movie.

It's fun to get notice from kids, even older ones sometimes.
Sigh...tell me about it: my dear Melody is still at the dealership awaiting a few replacement parts that still haven't arrived (more on that in a new thread shortly).

Meanwhile: the "Luca Effect " is certainly having its effect in a slightly different way: Google alerted me that my photos submitted through Google Maps (including some online reviews I've made) have had over 2.5 million views. That was startling enough, but then I broke down the stats: one of those photos, of the front entrance of Filippo Vespa in Vienna, is responsible for just shy of one million views alone.999,067 as of tonight.) Of my "top five" photos, in terms of number of views, three of 'em have Vespas in them.

Meanwhile, here I wait...
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The Polaris Can.Am is basically a "self - cycle", similar to the Morgan Three Wheeler https://www.morgan-motor.com/3-wheeler/
. The tricycle is a different thing but conceptually similar, the difference is in the way of driving which is like a motorcycle while the Can Am is driving like a car.
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I had a rehearsed response, which was completely bullshit.
Wait, that’s bullshit?
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I went on a ride the other day and a kid yelled out "Look, it's a Vespa!". I smiled, waved, and meeped at the little future rider.
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Excuse me? Notoriety is being famou s or well-known for something BAD.
I am sure you have never heard this before. But I believe you are right. Another variety is also achieved by being extremely obstreperous.
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I am sure you have never heard this before. But I believe you are right. Another variety is also achieved by being extremely obstreperous.
LOL...god....show off. Razz emoticon
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Jim knows I am kidding. In actuality whenever I have a mechanical problem I just post it on here and he will be the first one to help me out.
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Jim is like Dr. Mac Coy, Jess is Captain Kirk, and greasy is Scotty.
And I'm a redshirt that has somehow managed not to be killed in the line of duty.
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And I'm a redshirt that has somehow managed not to be killed in the line of duty.
Well ... Someone has to do it...
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Well ... Someone has to do it...
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Who does that make me?

My skant isn't quite right for Christine and it's in the wrong color for Yoman Rand.
At the San Diego Comic-con a few years ago.
At the San Diego Comic-con a few years ago.
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Who does that make me?

My skant isn't quite right for Christine and it's in the wrong color for Yeoman Rand.
Decided to look up "skant." Glad I did, because I didn't know how too many people would know how suitable or what color anyone else's "skant" would be, based on what I assumed it meant.
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Who does that make me?

My skant isn't quite right for Christine and it's in the wrong color for Yoman Rand.
Oh goddess!
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Who does that make me?

My skant isn't quite right for Christine and it's in the wrong color for Yoman Rand.
Tell Scotty to beam me up. LOL
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We had some neighbors stop by and when the kids came they screamed Vespa, look mom its a Vespa. I have never seen that type of reaction and that was the first time I heard about Luca. Of course then I needed to check out YouTube to see what it was all about.
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Jim is like Dr. Mac Coy, Jess is Captain Kirk, and greasy is Scotty.
Does that make you a Dalek?
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Does that make you a Dalek?
Doctor Who is part of a different pantheon ...
I don't like him very much, he's a negative character.
English science fiction is very noir (just read John Wyndham or Nigel Kneale) :?
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