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2023 Primavera 125
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Location: Surrey, England.
 
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2023 Primavera 125
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I Took delivery of my first ever bike yesterday, a black 125cc Primavera! I've been wanting a Vespa for years and have been lurking on here for a few months, so I finally decided to make it happen! Took it for its maiden voyage earlier and loved every second of it, I even managed to put the first scratch on it trying to manoeuvre through my garden gate Facepalm emoticon but it was bound to happen sooner or later, so at least that's out the way now!
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Molto Verboso
'16 Sprint S 150, 2 x '06 GTS 250, '12 GTS 300, '74 Vespa 150 Super
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Location: Vermont
 
Molto Verboso
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'16 Sprint S 150, 2 x '06 GTS 250, '12 GTS 300, '74 Vespa 150 Super
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Welcome to MV from across the Pond! Nice looking scooter and you will enjoy riding it!
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Hooked
2016 GTS300 ABS
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Location: FL and VA
 
Hooked
@marret avatar
2016 GTS300 ABS
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Location: FL and VA
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Congrats and welcome. Nice photo too.
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Ossessionato
Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
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Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Ossessionato
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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
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VESPug, welcome to MG! You obviously lurked around long enough to notice that we LOVE pictures and posted a beautiful one.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Location: Oregon City, OR
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Nice scooter! Welcome to MV from distant Oregon.
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Enthusiast
2022 gts 300 touring
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Location: pennsylvania
 
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2022 gts 300 touring
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welcome from Pennsylvania
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GTS300 Super Sport
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GTS300 Super Sport
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Howdy and welcome from Arizona
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2023 Primavera 125
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Location: Surrey, England.
 
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Cheers guys and girls! Went for a celebratory burrito and then got caught in the rain on the way home, still loved every minute of it though!
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2015 Sprint 150, 2018 GTS 300
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Location: SoCal
 
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2015 Sprint 150, 2018 GTS 300
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Cool bike 😎
Black brush touches up nicely
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Molto Verboso
portofino green GTV 300
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Location: w.ma. Northampton
 
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portofino green GTV 300
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Welcome from New England
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2022 Primavera 150 "Arancina"
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Location: Texas
 
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2022 Primavera 150 "Arancina"
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Welcome from Texas! I have a 150 Primavera; she is my pride and joy.
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Hooked
2001 ET4 "Mona"
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Hooked
2001 ET4 "Mona"
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Welcome from South Jersey. What beautiful pic.
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Welcome to MV, VESPug. Congratulations on making your dream a reality. It sounds like you have a great attitude.
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2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
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Location: Minneapolis USA
 
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Welcome from Minnesota. The riding world of adventure is yours.

I noticed you have the L on the scoot. How long does it take to
remove the Scarlet Letter? I know you Brits do a better job of
safety training to ride. Is it a test or time frame to remove the
L?

Bob Copeland
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Molto Verboso
2022 Liberty 150S-"Meg"-SOLD
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Welcome from West Texas!

This is a great group of folks.

(whispering in your ear..."don't ever ask about which oil to use...)

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Molto Verboso
2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Location: 🤷‍♂️
 
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Those British mudflaps always make me giggle.
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'14 Piaggio BV 350
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'14 Piaggio BV 350
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Greetings from 'New' Hampshire! Beautiful bike and what a lovely area to ride (or hike)... Welcome to MV - join in!
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Molto Verboso
Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE, Triumph Bobber Gold Line
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Molto Verboso
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Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE, Triumph Bobber Gold Line
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Bob Copeland wrote:
Welcome from Minnesota. The riding world of adventure is yours.

I noticed you have the L on the scoot. How long does it take to
remove the Scarlet Letter? I know you Brits do a better job of
safety training to ride. Is it a test or time frame to remove the
L?

Bob Copeland
You need to pass 3 tests to remove it: 1 theory and 2 practicals. You can just keep the L plates but need to repeat some basic training every 2 years if you do.
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2009 S 125
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Location: Mid-Wales
 
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2009 S 125
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Hi and Welcome from Mid Wales nice scoot
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2023 Primavera 125
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Location: Surrey, England.
 
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2023 Primavera 125
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Bob Copeland wrote:
Welcome from Minnesota. The riding world of adventure is yours.

I noticed you have the L on the scoot. How long does it take to
remove the Scarlet Letter? I know you Brits do a better job of
safety training to ride. Is it a test or time frame to remove the
L?

Bob Copeland
As JohnnyMoore said, 3 tests to remove the plates! In theory you could get it done fairly quickly with a direct access course. But my plan was, and still is, to do my CBT (compulsory basic training) and then ride with the 125 to get used to everything, and then do my full license similar sort of time next year and then trade in the 125 for a GTS300. And thus far I've not regretted my choice as the 60mph ish I can get out of my primavera is fast enough for now!
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2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
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Location: Minneapolis USA
 
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Here in Minnesota, if you take the initial safety course (practical live
riding with group instructor) you automatically pass the riding test
to get your full motorcycle license - good for any size two wheeler.

I then took the advanced safe riding course (again practical live
riding with a group instructor).

None of these courses are required. If you can pass the riding test
you are in. I had extensively rode motorcycles in my younger years.
When I came back to riding 19 years ago, I simply went and straight
up passed the riding test. I took the safety courses later because it
made sense.

There is a permit level were you take a little written test. You can
then ride anything with requirements. You have to wear a helmet,
no two up with a passenger, and you can not ride at night. This
is suppose to allow you to practice riding to pass the riding test.

So, not much in the way of stiff requirements here.

Bob Copeland

Note: When I was young, there were no requirements for motorcycles
other than having a regular drivers license. When I lived in Italy,
getting a drivers license was like getting a library card.
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Molto Verboso
2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Posts: 1350
Location: 🤷‍♂️
 
Molto Verboso
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Posts: 1350
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Bob Copeland wrote:
Note: When I was young, there were no requirements for motorcycles
other than having a regular drivers license. When I lived in Italy,
getting a drivers license was like getting a library card.
You should see the testing they do to issue library cards these days…
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Location: Brea, CA
 
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Welcome on board. Wow, I must say nice choice, nice ride. Hope you enjoy it.
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Hooked
'20 GTS300 Touring, '10 GTS300 Super (sold)
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Location: Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
 
Hooked
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'20 GTS300 Touring, '10 GTS300 Super (sold)
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Welcome from New Mexico!

Back in the 70's my wife took her MC license test. After passing the written, the instructor took us out to the parking lot and had her ride in a big circle. Then he told her to go out on the street, go two blocks west and around the block and back to us. I asked him "If she doesn't come back, does she fail?"
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bv 350
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Location: ohio
 
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bv 350
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Welcome. You'll have lots of fun riding with your bike. I just took my Piaggio BV 350 on vacation. Loved it. Went from Cincy to Nashville TN, comfortably. I recommend the Air Hawk air cushion seat. The medium size works well.
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