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I have an MP3 250, love it! I use it only for touring (no city, or very rarely). Most of my rides are 200 - 400 mile day rides thru the deserts and mountains of So. Cal. These rides involve as many curves as possible and usually about 100 miles of freeway driving. What do you guys think? I am 5'6" tall 110lbs and have ridden motorcycles (dirt and street for 10 years). I can really only tippy toe the 250 but it does not bother me (never use lock except to park).

For some reason I cannot stop thinking about the 500. Maybe it would be a better choice for my type of riding??? I just cannot seem to find one to even sit on in So. Cal. Does anyone know where there might be one? Better yet anyone know where there is one to test ride? I will be around Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo this weekend so even up there would work. Or if anyone in So. Cal has one I could stop by and look at that would be great.

Thanks for the help!
Jill

P.S. I have called Browns in Pasadena and Oceanside vespa.
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There were two brand new 500s at Sherman Oaks Vespa last week.
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Capital Cycle in Macon, GA has a 500 for demo rides. Just put together a few of those day rides back to back and you'll be here in no time.
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Vespa SLO has a red 500, at least they did a week ago. It isn't a demo but I'm sure Jim Wilmore (owner) will let you sit on it. I do believe they have a demo 400.
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Jill,

When you called Vespa in Oceanside, did you talk to Dave, Joel or Amy? I know them well and if you want, I can contact them to see it they can allow you to sit on or demo one.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will probably drop by SLO this weekend and check it out. I just have to get it out of my system (either buy it or forget it!)

On another note, based on the type of riding I am doing what do you think of the 500 over the 250? I was thinking it would be more powerful on the highway and I would have an easier time passing.

Cheers,
Jill
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When I was shopping for my MP3 I was able to test ride all models at Poway of the 15 freeway. It is a 1 hour ride from your location. I felt the 250 had enough power for freeway riding but what pulled me to the 500 was the look. I have know rejerts with the 500, bought in June '08. I use it to commute to work and pleasure.
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I saw a 500 in the window of Vespa of Newport. It looked like they hadn't gotten the paper off the seat yet.

of course you would have to catch them when they are open, they keep bankers hours there.
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