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Okay, from to time I leave the WM parked at work, I was going out on Friday night and would have something to drink, so I left the WM in its designated bay, locked it up and decided to pick it up the next morning.

So it was a good night and in the end I turned up in the afternoon to collect. Looked okay, and then I saw a little bit of paper tucked under the handlebars. No problem. Got to be a flyer from a dealer, it normally is. No, its from the Met police saying the WM had been found on its side, "assilant unknown".

I look on the other side of the bike its scratched and battered. The red paint has gone. The cowl has dents everywhere.

Fired WM up and everything ran okay. That's something I suppose. I hit the road and go for a long ride, and it runs beautifully.

But there is probably hundreds of pounds worth of damage because of some inconsiderate arse.

So I'm looking at a new paint job and bodywork. Bah humbug.

Rant over, I just had to post to the board, I knew you'd share my pain.



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That sucks in more ways that I can express! Sorry about WM! Get well soon!
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Thats so not right!

Hope you get WM back to new soon!
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People suck.
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People that drive cars into other peoples scooters suck!
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Aack! that's *so* not right---
A pox on the perps! Glad it's running OK, at least, and wasn't stolen.
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I'm sorry man.
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That is rough, I'm sorry...
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I can truly say, I KNOW YOUR PAIN! After 5 weeks I am still patiently waiting (and bugging the life out of the local dealer) for my Vespa's Sweet return.

Good luck to you I hope you get it fixed quickly and by happy it still runs fine.
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It must have gotten hit pretty hard. Mine got knocked over in our driveway and received some scratches, but no dents. Good luck on the repairs.
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Sorry to hear about it..

Still,every cloud,and all that...custom paint job?
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What really gets me is that it was deliberate act of vandalism, because it was parked off the road, in a bike bay, carefully locked. So there's none of that "sorry I backed into you" stuff going on here, someone's just a swine!

Yes thinking about custom paint!

Currently thinking about whether I want to keep the red at all, and go for that good looking italia blue I've seen on the older Vespas. I've found a painter in London, but I have to make up my designs.

See type of paint I mean here:

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Matt black!! Matt black!!!
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Matt black I like - not that metallic black they put on the LX.

Might just paint a skull and crossbones on it and put a big sign saying "mess with this me hearty, I'll keelhaul ye"
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Sorry to her about this. I feel your pain.

I got home friday night in a downpour. Instead of parking where I'm "supposed" to, I parked close to the edge of the driveway so I could unload the groceries and get inside without getting any wetter than I already was. I'm looking out the door, trying to decide if I should run back out for the rest of the groceries, or wait til it lets up a little, when I see the scoot slowly starting to lean over. I ran out but was too late. The water had made the ground soft on one side of the centerstand and she just toppled. I got her back on her feet and prepared myself for the worst. Amazingly, there was no damage at all, not even a scratch. She fell into the grass which thankfully hadn't been cut in a while If she'd fallen the other way, onto the gravel, I probably would not have been so lucky.

Rode her into the garage, dried her off and threw som polish on her.

I've got to start learning my lessons the easy way, not the hard way.
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Well the WM is in the shop. It ran fine but the exhaust made an ungodly noise as the baffle is gone.

My ears couldn't take it and my neighbours now hate me as they think I am a loud pipe scooter rider. I felt ashamed to ride a beautiful machine which made such an ugly noise.

And it means I have to ride on London Underground in the meantime...yuechh!
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I feel your pain. Sorry to hear about the vandalism.

Some of the best custom paint jobs have come out of these situations. So push through the pain and on the other side will be a more incredible looking scooter.
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Sorry to hear that.
I feel for you girl.
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I am so sorry javascript:emoticon('Crying or Very sad emoticon') but as scoots said a new paint job is the way to look at it. Make WM one of a kind. As for the idiots who did it to you karmas a bitch.
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Blimey! What kind of knob jockey would pull such a daft stunt!

Your horrific story reminded me of an incident that happened just last evening. I got off work and walked over to where my scooter was parked. As I approached my scooter, I saw that the side facing me was whiteish looking. When I got next to my scooter and gave it a closer inspection, it was covered with fine white mist, like someone was using a air spray painter machines and the paint was caught by the wind and blew over, covering the entire left side of my scooter. Parked next to me was a Subaru WRX that had the same treatment across its back end. The building we where both parked in front of was having some construction work done.

I was getting pretty fired up over seeing this, but before I blew my top, I pulled out a towel and started rubbing at the white spots to see just what kind of damage was done. Thankfully, the white spots rubbed off, they seemed to be of a white chalky substance. Now its only irritating as I have to rewash my scooter.

In the future, I'll try and avoid construction areas as much as possible. I've heard others tell stories about parking near construction zones that also came close to ending badly.

-Jeff
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Sorry to hear it.

Blast the scurvey rodent!
Wonder Machine wrote:
Matt black I like - not that metallic black they put on the LX.

Might just paint a skull and crossbones on it and put a big sign saying "mess with this me hearty, I'll keelhaul ye"
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.





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Wonder Machine wrote:
Yes thinking about custom paint!
That sucks about your scoot.

My GT was knocked over in an attempted theft from my patio. It was after that I decided that since I needed to get a paintjob anyway I would splurge and get the two-tone look I always wanted.

Kevin
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