Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:01 am

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2022 Primavera 150
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:01 am linkquote
I'm three weeks in to this whole Vespa thing, but it feels like way longer! I've been having a blast. Here are some observations so far:

-- I was born and raised in countries where scooters are ubiquitous, so I never thought that people would really notice my Vespa. But people stare at me every time I ride. One guy recorded me on his phone as he drove past. It's gotta be the orange color, right?? LOL

-- I got my first Vespa-to-Vespa wave yesteday! I was so excited I almost didn't return it. Other than that, people tend to nod around here, more than wave. There's a "biker bar" in my town (which is for what I think y'all call the 1%'ers?), and every time I drive past it the guys outside smile and wave at me. It's really nice.

-- Helmet noise sucks. I had no idea it was going to be so loud. I wish I could hear the sound of the engine better, but I'm not going without a helmet, so it is what it is! I also can't afford to buy a super-expensive helmet that would be quieter, so...road noise it is!

-- I'm not in love with the way the seat slopes downward. I feel like I'm constantly having to slide myself back onto it, especially after starting again from a stop. The seat itself is comfortable, though.

-- The glovebox is pretty much useless so far. I don't think I've used it once.

-- I've only been around my town so far. There are some fun, low-speed twisty roads, and I'm still getting used to maneuvering and handling, so it's a good place to gain confidence.

-- The joy I feel when riding is indescribable! But I don't have to describe it; you guys know. I don't have a lot of money, and it was a big decision to buy this, but I don't regret it for a minute. It has improved my life in such a short time, and I'm so glad I have something that makes me so happy.

Thanks for listening!
Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:12 am

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:12 am linkquote
ViVi wrote:
-- Helmet noise sucks. I had no idea it was going to be so loud. I wish I could hear the sound of the engine better, but I'm not going without a helmet, so it is what it is! I also can't afford to buy a super-expensive helmet that would be quieter, so...road noise it is!
Wear earplugs. They really help.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:33 am

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2022- 300 GTS SuperTech
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Location: Michigan
 
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:33 am linkquote
ViVi wrote:
-- Helmet noise sucks. I had no idea it was going to be so loud. I wish I could hear the sound of the engine better, but I'm not going without a helmet, so it is what it is! I also can't afford to buy a super-expensive helmet that would be quieter, so...road noise it is!
What helmet do you have? Just curious since I'm a newb and searching through all the info on helmets and which it buy (full face).

Thanks for the write up, I'm going to get my Vespa 300 in a few weeks so it's good to hear about newbie experiences!
Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:50 am

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2022 Primavera 150
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:50 am linkquote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Wear earplugs. They really help.
For sure going to try that!
Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:54 am

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:54 am linkquote
vetteb_96 wrote:
What helmet do you have? Just curious since I'm a newb and searching through all the info on helmets and which it buy (full face).

Thanks for the write up, I'm going to get my Vespa 300 in a few weeks so it's good to hear about newbie experiences!
It's a Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS. The guys at Cycle Gear helped me pick it out. I really like it; it fits well and the visor gets darker in sunlight, which is nice.

I hope you love your Vespa as much as I'm loving mine.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:13 am

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:13 am linkquote
ViVi wrote:
It's a Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS. The guys at Cycle Gear helped me pick it out. I really like it; it fits well and the visor gets darker in sunlight, which is nice.
Ha! As luck would have it I'm going to Cycle Gear tonight!
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:30 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:30 am linkquote
Ditto on the ear plugs.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 11:59 am

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 11:59 am linkquote
ViVi wrote:
It's a Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS. The guys at Cycle Gear helped me pick it out. I really like it; it fits well and the visor gets darker in sunlight, which is nice.

I hope you love your Vespa as much as I'm loving mine.
Your helmet is on the cheaper side, that's one of the downsides, along with it having a polycarbonate (plastic) shell as opposed to fiberglass or carbon fiber.

Ear plugs are a good cheap fix, and you can spend more or less on those. I use to use none and the hearing loss is noticeable after many years. Then I used the foam disposable ones. Cheap. Hated them. Then I used reusable ones that were relative inexpensive. Good, but a little awkward sometimes. Then I got custom made ones and they are perfection.

Unfortunately, the first year of riding is always the most expensive, so most of us have to cut corners, and it's only after a long time of doing the same thing that a slow learner like me learns valuable lessons.

Hope this helps you learn faster than I did
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:48 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:48 pm linkquote
-Earplugs are a must.
-The glovebox is there to hold a glovebox bag.
-The joy is good.


Gigi's glovebox bag and matching seat cover.

Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:55 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:55 pm linkquote
ViVi wrote:
(...)
-- Helmet noise sucks. I had no idea it was going to be so loud. I wish I could hear the sound of the engine better, but I'm not going without a helmet, so it is what it is! I also can't afford to buy a super-expensive helmet that would be quieter, so...road noise it is!
(...)
That wind noise is unavoidable and without a helmet it would not be better, probably even worse (although I never tried).
Air plugs have been suggested here and that is fine but I do not wear them.
To me it is part of the game. On your scooter, or in general on a motorbike, you are open to the elements. It is not a car.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:57 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:57 pm linkquote
adri wrote:
Your helmet is on the cheaper side, that's one of the downsides, along with it having a polycarbonate (plastic) shell as opposed to fiberglass or carbon fiber.

Ear plugs are a good cheap fix, and you can spend more or less on those. I use to use none and the hearing loss is noticeable after many years. Then I used the foam disposable ones. Cheap. Hated them. Then I used reusable ones that were relative inexpensive. Good, but a little awkward sometimes. Then I got custom made ones and they are perfection.

Unfortunately, the first year of riding is always the most expensive, so most of us have to cut corners, and it's only after a long time of doing the same thing that a slow learner like me learns valuable lessons.

Hope this helps you learn faster than I did
Yeah, the helmets they showed me at first were all in the $800+ range, and I was like, "Unfortunately, I am now broke after buying the Vespa, so give me something more in the $250 - $300 range, max." LOL

I have definitely had some sticker shock, but I figure once I buy everything that will be it for a while. I'm only riding for fun, so I'm going for medium-grade stuff, for the most part.
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:58 pm

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:58 pm linkquote
Guzzi Gal wrote:
-Earplugs are a must.
-The glovebox is there to hold a glovebox bag.
-The joy is good.
Oooo, glovebox bag! I didn't know those existed!

Gigi is beautiful.
Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:08 am

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Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:08 am linkquote
Guzzi Gal wrote:
-The glovebox is there to hold a glovebox bag.
Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:58 pm

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Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:58 pm linkquote
Glad you are loving your Primavera. I have been riding a Honda for about 10 years and then upgraded to a gorgeous blue Sprint (I live in Korea) last November and am loving the ride.

I had a bell scout open face helmet (you can get a face shield) which I really liked and was vespa style. Reasonable price and not too noisy.

I did have an old full face helmet and I ride in the winter (in -10 C temperatures) so was looking to get another winter helmet. I was initially looking at full face but a couple of months ago I upgraded to a Vespa Jet Helmet and I love that thing. The things I love:
- it has two layers of visors - one that is like sun goggles that slide down (use all the time) and the other is a clear visor that covers all of your face - you can have both sun and clear visors down together if needed.

- it has cut outs in the ears so you can insert headphones or whatever. I wear hearing aids and I was always getting feedback in them from the tight fit of the helmet ... doesn't happen at all now.

- it was a reasonable price - I think I paid $350ish USD.

Happy riding
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