Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:33 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:33 am linkquote
For Vespa owners on the East coast - do you ride your Vespa year round? What are your thoughts?
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:59 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:59 am linkquote
Yes, year round, except for ice, snow or salt covered roadways. It's fun to ride in the winter, provided you have all the right gear.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:09 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:09 am linkquote
I'm in Toronto, Canada. My Vespa is my beater bike. I picked it up for $1500 Canadian (about $1140 US) and ride it year round, salty roads and all.

Pretty sure we had a thread last year about winter riding with some long essays by Scooter In The Sticks and myself.

There's a ton of very valuable information on all sorts of topics here: https://modernvespa.com/forum/search.php
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:12 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:12 am linkquote
IMHO, winter is where scooters really outshine motorcycles. Get a Termoscud or other leg cover to make use of the radiator heat, some way to take care of your fingers (bar covers, heated grips/gloves), and bask in that leg shield behind a windscreen.

Even without a leg cover, no foot controls means you can wear your favorite clunky winter boots without worrying about fitting the toe under a shift lever. I had a pair of -40 rated mountaineering boots that were gloriously toasty on a 20F ride.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:25 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:25 am linkquote
I didn't when I lived in NJ, but I do now that I live in VA. Much warmer winters here.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:26 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:26 am linkquote
YES year round rain or sunshine.
When it snows I don't ride till after a few days only to avoid getting too much salt onto the undercarriage..
What allows me to ride in the colder months are:-
1. Windshield
2.Heated handle girps
3. Termoscud (skirt that allows to keep legs warm)
4. Muffs for the handle grips (cuts out the cold air and keeps fingers from freezing) heated gloves did not help me.
5.Layered clothing and merino wool base layer.

For now I have to fix my Vespa and get it ready for the cold i.e put all these things back on probably by the end of September Ill do it even though it wont be cold cold, but later in the year it isn't fun to be working on installing things on the Vespa out in the open.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:32 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:32 am linkquote
Thank you all for your responses and suggestions.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:33 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:33 am linkquote
giallo wrote:
Yes, year round, except for ice, snow or salt covered roadways. It's fun to ride in the winter, provided you have all the right gear.
Pretty much took the words out of my mouth...


A While Back: Not much riding in this anymore, though.


Rain: Dressing for the occasion. (Full-face, hands-down.)


Muffed: Melody got these; Thelonica adds heated grips.

Mon Sep 05, 2022 8:28 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 8:28 am linkquote
Yes, just not on the days of snow and ice. This honestly only happens a few day during the winter, but when it does snow the streets get icy quick.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:11 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:11 am linkquote
Tierney wrote:
Yes, just not on the days of snow and ice. This honestly only happens a few days during the winter, but when it does snow the streets get icy quick.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:26 am

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:26 am linkquote
Yes - unless the roads are icy.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 12:34 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 12:34 pm linkquote
I did when I lived in upstate NY. The only time I didn't was when I couldn't be sure the roads would be clear enough the entire time I was out. You do have to have some decent warm gear for that, and it does frequently cut down significantly on the fun factor... but it can be done (depending on how much frozen precip you get, that is).
Mon Sep 05, 2022 3:15 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 3:15 pm linkquote
MLS wrote:
For Vespa owners on the East coast - do you ride your Vespa year round? What are your thoughts?
East coast? How about East coast of Australia

Yes I ride all year around



Mon Sep 05, 2022 5:24 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 5:24 pm linkquote
steelbytes

Great picture!
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:29 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:29 pm linkquote
so living in AZ my riding is very different, during the year i ride all the time summer is just too hot sort of strange
Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:09 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 7:09 pm linkquote
Year round rider here. I try to avoid snow but I sometimes get it wrong. If it's really bad I just get a ride home. My only gripe is the yucky muck they put on the roads for de-icing. Even after the roads dry the muck still gets all over the bike. I hate dirty bikes! Most of the self serve pressure washer places are closed when it gets near freezing but I've noticed that my Liberty hasn't gotten corroded or rusty. The finish of everything is top notch. I do stay on top of it though. If I ride into work and my front caliper is covered in de-ice grime I go out with a big bicycle water bottle full of scalding water and rise the fork legs and caliper off. My departments sink has hot water straight from hell!

I have 25,500 miles and have no pitting on my fork sliders, no weird creaks and never had a sticking caliper from corroded pistons. Again, quality is pretty foul weather proof.
Mon Sep 05, 2022 9:22 pm

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Mon Sep 05, 2022 9:22 pm linkquote
So I don't have cold and snow to contend with, but there are plenty of days where it's just not nice enough to ride here in AZ. It's in the summer when it's 100 - 120 out with the sun blasting down... not sure how I would feel about snow and ice, haven't lived anywhere that I had to worry about that in 6+ years... and never plan to live anywhere cold enough every again LOL I'll take floating in the pool in the hottest summer months over freezing and sliding around on ice during the winter any day!
Sun Sep 18, 2022 9:47 am

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Sun Sep 18, 2022 9:47 am linkquote
This is a personal taste thing. I applaud everyone who bundles up with leg covers, heaters, etc. More power to ya. But I'm a SW guy (California and Arizona), now in Virginia, and I ride for fun, and fun only.

If it takes me more than about two minutes to put on helmet, gloves, and a warm cycle jacket, then if you're going inside at your destination then you have fo take it all off, then put it all back on again when you leave...it ceases to be fun for me. But I can ride in 110 degrees. So I generally won't ride under about 50 degrees. Just not fun. My opinion.
Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:35 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:35 am linkquote
Come to England if you want all year riding
Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:21 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:21 am linkquote
MLS wrote:
For Vespa owners on the East coast - do you ride your Vespa year round? What are your thoughts?
You mean where it snows, correct
Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:41 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:41 am linkquote
This was from testing my new heated gloves back in 2014. The temperature reading is in Fahrenheit.



Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:11 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:11 am linkquote
RVAJim wrote:
This is a personal taste thing. I applaud everyone who bundles up with leg covers, heaters, etc. More power to ya. But I'm a SW guy (California and Arizona), now in Virginia, and I ride for fun, and fun only.

If it takes me more than about two minutes to put on helmet, gloves, and a warm cycle jacket, then if you're going inside at your destination then you have fo take it all off, then put it all back on again when you leave...it ceases to be fun for me. But I can ride in 110 degrees. So I generally won't ride under about 50 degrees. Just not fun. My opinion.
Canadian here.

If it takes you over a minute, let alone over two minutes, to put on your winter gear, you're doing it wrong.

But even if it does take two minutes, so what? Two minutes is a barrier to fun? LOL. Look at all of the women you've dated who probably spent hours doing their nails, hair, and make up. They spend hours gearing up. Then they go out and have a blast...

I mean, they probably had a blast... As long their date didn't think two minutes was long enough
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:11 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:11 am linkquote
johnymoore wrote:
Come to England if you want all year riding
I live in South Africa.
We may not have electricity all day every day but we do have sunshine...
almost all day every day.

If it does rain, it is a half hour summer thunderstorm.
Just duck into a convenient coffee shop and wait it out.
At most it will be a two cappuccino thunderstorm.
Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:30 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:30 am linkquote
In southwest New Mexico you can ride almost any day without much threat of wet weather. Sunny all winter.
Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:41 am

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:41 am linkquote
I'm in the Dallas area - it's still in the mid-90s here. I hate the heat, but I suspect I will appreciate it a little more when I can ride comfortably most of the year.

And let's hope the grid survives this winter.
Mon Sep 19, 2022 1:16 pm

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 1:16 pm linkquote
All year riding in Naples, FL. A little less during the rainy season (personal preference)
Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:17 pm

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:17 pm linkquote
Yes, Vespa riding year round.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:08 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:08 pm linkquote
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East coast? How about East coast of Australia

Yes I ride all year around
You snow riders are hardcore. I'm never going to complain about having to put on long pants and a jacket again.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:44 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:44 pm linkquote
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You snow riders are hardcore. I'm never going to complain about having to put on long pants and a jacket again.
I only do it occasionally as a novelty. There's no way i would do it all the time.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:47 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:47 pm linkquote
I live on the East Coast, but in warm Florida, where some of the best riding weather is in the winter.

So, yes, I ride year round.

Bill
Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:53 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:53 pm linkquote
adri wrote:
Canadian here.

If it takes you over a minute, let alone over two minutes, to put on your winter gear, you're doing it wrong.

But even if it does take two minutes, so what? Two minutes is a barrier to fun? LOL. Look at all of the women you've dated who probably spent hours doing their nails, hair, and make up. They spend hours gearing up. Then they go out and have a blast...

I mean, they probably had a blast... As long their date didn't think two minutes was long enough
Wow. Very clever. I envy your way with words. A regular Hemingway.

I knew my opinion would lead to insults, I just didn't think it would come from a "nice" Canadian.

Have fun ice fishing in May while I'm sitting by the pool with a margarita.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:03 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:03 pm linkquote
RVAJim wrote:
.
chill
Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:06 am

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Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:06 am linkquote
I'm starting to think two minutes may have been generous
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:06 pm

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Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:06 pm linkquote
From 2003 until 2015 I did not own a car. Year round riding was a requirement. But I lived in Arizona. So my discomfort came mostly on the high temperature side. Coldest I've ever ridden in was 17F and the hottest was 120F.

-Craig
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:01 pm

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Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:01 pm linkquote
caschnd1 wrote:
...and the hottest was 120F.

-Craig

...And I thought my 103F record was decent. Holy heatstroke, Vespaman! How?!?

I'm hot natured, so I like it cooler. 55-75F is my ideal riding temp range. I was all proud of myself for coming out of the mountains and adapting to mid-90s summers.
A hundred and TWENTY....
Does not compute.
If we ever meet, ice cream or other frozen treat is on me!
Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:49 pm

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Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:49 pm linkquote
Mid 90s in NC is pretty uncomfortable because of the humidity. In the Arizona desert, when it's 120F, the humidity is usually <10%. It's not as bad as it sounds.
Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:04 pm

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Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:04 pm linkquote
Yes!

I live in Korea and we have chilly winters but pretty dry apart from the occasional snow. If its icy or snowy I don't ride, but I happily go out in sub zero temps. I used to wear ski pants on the bike and last year got a termoscud leg cover ... GAME>. CHANGER! Its amazing ... can't believe I have been riding 20 years without one. I also use scooter mits which cut all the wind and cold air on my hands, and then just my normal wool gloves inside those.

Its great riding.

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