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The Vespa bug but hard. The BV is no more.

Picked up a slightly used 2016 GTV.

We are in the de-sticker and bonding process.

After all the SOFT PAINT WARNINGS, well you know what happened. Battery/Footwell sticker. Non skid tape to the rescue.

The almost 5 mile ride in the chill of the evening (50 F ) to get burgers: Decision #1. A new windscreen. Borat's swimsuit covered more area.

Stay tuned more episodes on the way.

Some future episodes:

"Chrome isn't for Pirates only "
"WTF a battery powered clock?"
"Muscle memories and side stands"
" You did what with a power drill?"
"Our first 100 miles"
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Congratulations!, it looks like a great find. Please post pictures when you've done your embellishments.

P. S. Don't forget to change your profile, it still says you have a BV
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Touring300 wrote:
Congratulations!, it looks like a great find. Please post pictures when you've done your embellishments.

P. S. Don't forget to change your profile, it still says you have a BV
Profile changed. Thanks for catching that.
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Congrats!! I have the same model and am in love with her. Not that I'm partial, but it is the sexiest of all the Vespas!
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Duck Dodgers wrote:
The Vespa bug but hard. The BV is no more.

Picked up a slightly used 2016 GTV.

(...)
Slightly used? It has 15,8 miles on the counter. That is not used.
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Slightly used? It has 15,8 miles on the counter. That is not used.
Hey, It is 6 years old. It was placed in Service April 2015. So yes, less than 2.75 miles a year.

Back story. Gentlemen bought it rode it home. Two days later he was attending the Pearly Gates Scooter Rally. Widow kept it insured and tagged.

It had triskaidekaphobian mileage when I took it for a test ride. 13 miles. I bought, trailered it home. 15.8 miles starts my purchased, licensed and insured ownership.

Today:
19 days later.
19 days later.
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triskaidekaphobia: old Greek for feer of 13.

You say the gentleman who bought the scooter "attended the Pearly Gates Scooter Rally".
And then you say "the widow kept it insured and tagged".

You mean this gentleman did not dare to ride the scooter anymore because of the 13 on the counter? And then when he passed away his widow kept it insured and tagged?
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PeterCC wrote:
triskaidekaphobia: old Greek for feer of 13.

You say the gentleman who bought the scooter "attended the Pearly Gates Scooter Rally".
And then you say "the widow kept it insured and tagged".

You mean this gentleman did not dare to ride the scooter anymore because of the 13 on the counter? And then when he passed away his widow kept it insured and tagged?
Pearly Gates: Entrance to Heaven. He died two days after buying the scooter over 6 years ago. 13 miles was his ride home from the dealership.
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Well i a way I might think he went out with a smile. Who knows how long he had wanted a new two wheeler and he finally had it!

Have to feel bad for his widow, she must have known how much the GTV meant to him and she probably felt bad about the fact he never really had time to enjoy it.

I know where there is a 2013 GTV that has only 26,500 miles on it. That is my wife's ride and due to some medical issues of mine and this dang Covid that has shut down many things that GTV probably only went through a hand full of tanks of fuel in the last couple years.

I hope to see it get a few thousand this next year!
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Oh wow, what a find! I do like that silver.
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107.7 miles now. Replaced the gas that came with the Scooter. Filled up at exactly 100.0 miles. 1.999 gallons(US) for 50.25 MPG

Fog and drizzle. Fog cammo Vespa. Dry and inside projects today.
Chrome! Need mor chrome.
Chrome! Need mor chrome.
Reflectors fell off
Reflectors fell off
Will $1.99 model paint work?
Will $1.99 model paint work?
Pack originals, these are getting holes drilled in them.
Pack originals, these are getting holes drilled in them.
New name for this contraption. 

"The easy-peasy tip-over lever."
New name for this contraption. "The easy-peasy tip-over lever."
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Duck,

I noticed in the last photo, you have the small bell to keep away the bad riding spirits.

Who do Voodoo, you do Voodoo.

Bob Copeland
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Duck,

I noticed in the last photo, you have the small bell to keep away the bad riding spirits.

Who do Voodoo, you do Voodoo.

Bob Copeland
And Sea Monsters, and "sirens" both kinds.
And Sea Monsters, and "sirens" both kinds.
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The report back on $1.99 model paint for reflector plugs.
Front bumper area.
Front bumper area.
Rear panel area.
Rear panel area.
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Well in this episode we try to finish the pre-production before we go live on G "TV"
Mud guard from SLUK
Mud guard from SLUK
Representing the Club and the motherland.
Representing the Club and the motherland.
Voltage monitor & USB reg and USB-c. 
Plus a courtesy light.
Voltage monitor & USB reg and USB-c. Plus a courtesy light.
Let there be green light. Red makes it to hard to read PAPER maps.
Let there be green light. Red makes it to hard to read PAPER maps.
Rear crash bars.
Rear crash bars.
Injured on the set.
Injured on the set.
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Ya think that dangling key ring with tag and flashlight might beat up your nice new paint?
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Looking good!
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Ya think that dangling key ring with tag and flashlight might beat up your nice new paint?
That's the first thing that came to my mind. Wha? emoticon
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Mud guard from SLUK
Is it just camera angle, or is the mud guard interfering with the tire?
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Wow what a find..Congratulations
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Is it just camera angle, or is the mud guard interfering with the tire?
Photagruffy ain't me strong suit.
Is this better?
Is this better?
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Wanted to Introduce you all to the Star of G TV, "Argento".

We were playing tag on another forum and the name just dropped.
Tag was Reindeer.
Tag was Reindeer.
New destination is a Town Square or Statue  and Holiday decorations. See how the curb matches Argento's seat.
New destination is a Town Square or Statue and Holiday decorations. See how the curb matches Argento's seat.
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Photagruffy ain't me strong suit.
Wow...that looks far more slick than anything I've seen anywhere, including SLUK. Have to keep that in mind.

Congrats on the new (to you) ride. Looking forward to more stuff on Argento soon..
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Argento got a few gifts. Some light upgrades.
Classic Racks and a sign.
Classic Racks and a sign.
Steady running and pulse brake light. Oh, a mud flap.
Steady running and pulse brake light. Oh, a mud flap.
Classic Rack installed.
Classic Rack installed.
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Well after a long talk with Argento. Some mumbling and choice words about "You don't see BMW' or Porches or Ducati's plastered with flags, That's for Triumph and Harley. A few more changes were made.

Ditched the Italian flag. "It's more about the journey, than the destination."

So what replaces the flag for an Italian like Argento?

What?…… your scooter does not talk to you?
St. Christopher…..
St. Christopher…..
And I flipped the rack springs.
And I flipped the rack springs.
⬆️    About 2 months elapsed    ⬇️
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Scootering is Deere to me. The free top case I found in thee garage. Really leaning in the removable soft case direction.
Playing tag in another forum. Using a Helmet bag as my Possibles bag.
Playing tag in another forum. Using a Helmet bag as my Possibles bag.
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Ah, over on that other forum I told you how to remove the gremlin bell. I have to say that scoot has more chrome than my '79 Low Rider. I do approve of your floor mounted beer can holder. I think I'll get one for my Racing '60's, black of course.
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Bell is hanging on the tool board. I'll let ya know if it helps with those knuckle scraps, finger cuts, pinches and errant hammer blows.
The "NOT TACO" Bell.
The "NOT TACO" Bell.
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And more Chrome.
Clock is on order. I LUV those Vespa battery powered clocks.
Clock is on order. I LUV those Vespa battery powered clocks.
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Well after a long talk with Argento. Some mumbling and choice words about "You don't see BMW' or Porches or Ducati's plastered with flags, That's for Triumph and Harley. A few more changes were made.

Ditched the Italian flag. "It's more about the journey, than the destination."

So what replaces the flag for an Italian like Argento?

What?…… your scooter does not talk to you?
According to Vroom With a View/Vroom By the Sea author Peter Moore, those religious medallions are something of a thing in Italy with scooterists, somewhat akin to the whole "blessing of the motorcycles/scooters/bicycles" phenomenon here in the States. Agnostic fella that I am, I must say yours looks rather tasteful.

Also: what's the deal with that license-plate frame with integrated pulse-brake light? THat's the neatest implementation of a pulse-light I've seen to date.

And: Melody and me didn't actually talk…we just sort of understood one another. I think. (We'll see about Nica…)
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amateriat wrote:
According to Vroom With a View/Vroom By the Sea author Peter Moore, those religious medallions are something of a thing in Italy with scooterists, somewhat akin to the whole "blessing of the motorcycles/scooters/bicycles" phenomenon here in the States. Agnostic fella that I am, I must say yours looks rather tasteful.

Also: what's the deal with that license-plate frame with integrated pulse-brake light? THat's the neatest implementation of a pulse-light I've seen to date.

And: Melody and me didn't actually talk…we just sort of understood one another. I think. (We'll see about Nica…)
The plate is black. No Frame. The aux light is mounted behind and uses the same mounting holes as the plate. It's a Pazoma Racing they make knock-off or such parts for everything. Most (90% and there are many)complaints are on the reliability of their hard parts, mirrors, racks, tail kits etc. Mine works no complaints.

Their return policy SUCKS. So double check your checked boxes. Only order what you need and know will fit.

It (brake light) was $29.95 vs $125-140 elsewhere. The address label from here in the states was pasted over a label from China. Your emailing China (customer service) through the website. I also ordered turn signals. These I wanted to return. 4 emails later I get the address. Damn what a long address. Went to the Post Office and it was going to cost $27.50 to mail them back. So spend $27.50 to get $29.95 refunded. Now that's a deal.
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