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GT200
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Location: Stockton, CA
 
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I wouldn't call it epic, but it was indeed a ride..... over 200 miles and a perfect day with PERFECT weather!

I started out from the house late morning and aimed the GT200 for 'The Junction', a favorite route for local sport bikes, Harley cruisers daring to venture through some twisties, and bicycle enthusiasts looking for a work-out.

However ten minutes outa town, I remembered a call from the distant BMW/Vespa dealership, that my parts were in. I got off the freeway and headed for Modesto..... passing two different highway patrols with cars pulled over for speeding. I picked up my fuel filter, spark plug, O-rings, oil filter, and push-on nuts for my reflectors, than back-tracked 20 miles to the freeway to continue with my original destination.

Del Puerto Canyon has a narrow two lane road snaking through it, HUGE green hills on either side of it, a creek running along-side it, and it's "free range", where cows wander out into the road and have the right of way. This is a rock painted by the locals who come out to picnic, just sit and stare, or fire up a little some'some'n to get their buzz on:

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Twenty-five miles from the nearest freeway is 'The Junction', a destination, a cold beer, a place to hang out and smoke a cigar. I had a cold Sierra Nevada beer and Buffalo Burger.... very lean, very dry, well done, like I like it:

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After chatting it up with a couple folks there, it was time to set out for the ride home. This gives you an idea of what kind of road I was riding on, twists & turns, some loose sand, a few boulders, and beautiful sights to behold!

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Stopping at a Harley dealership to use their facilities, speeding along at break neck speeds dragging my side-stand, slowing for traffic, and generally enjoying the day. Before setting off for the rest of the ride home, I jus' hadda take a picture of my scooter by some wild flowers. What a day, what a ride!


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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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I can sense the GRIN from here. Nice one.
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GT200
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Location: Stockton, CA
 
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Location: Stockton, CA
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I just got through taking the big rubber baby buggy bumpers off my engine cowles this morning. Odd though, nobody at the Vespa dealership noticed or commented about them.
Instead, BMW guys wanted to know all about my ride, how big an engine, how fast, freeway legal, fuel mileage??? etc. A fellow with the same machine as mine, although in a 250 variation, told me that I really needed to put lower/fatter tires on my bike, buy a throttle lock to let it run 'at speed' in the garage during the cold weather ("at speed" & unattended??!??), how to check the coolant, change out the coolant hoses, he loves his Corbin, and can climb a distant steep hill (Pacheco Pass) at 50 mph........
It goes without saying, where ever I stop, there will always be somebody who wants to ask about the Vespa and listen to my stories of freedom and liberation while out on the road. Yes, I AM indeed grinning & smile'n.

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GTS 250ie - SHINY YELLOW
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Location: Sunny Southern California
 
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GTS 250ie - SHINY YELLOW
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Location: Sunny Southern California
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rubber
CA wasp'n wrote:
I just got through taking the big rubber baby buggy
bumpers off my engine cowles this morning. Odd though, nobody at the
Vespa dealership noticed or commented about them.
Instead, BMW guys wanted to know all about my ride, how big an engine,
how fast, freeway legal, fuel mileage??? etc. A fellow with the same
machine as mine, although in a 250 variation, told me that I really needed
to put lower/fatter tires on my bike, buy a throttle lock to let it run 'at
speed' in the garage during the cold weather ("at speed" &
unattended??!??), how to check the coolant, change out the coolant hoses,
he loves his Corbin, and can climb a distant steep hill (Pacheco Pass) at
50 mph........
It goes without saying, where ever I stop, there will always be somebody
who wants to ask about the Vespa and listen to my stories of freedom and
liberation while out on the road. Yes, I AM indeed grinning & smile'n.

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How come? Why did you take the rubber baby bumpers off your cowling? I thought they looked nice and you didn't need to put crash bars on.
erich
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Winchester, California
 
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Location: Winchester, California
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Re: First outing on the Vespa
CA wasp'n wrote:
I wouldn't call it epic, but it was indeed a ride..... over 200 miles and a perfect day with PERFECT weather!

I started out from the house late morning and aimed the GT200 for 'The Junction', a favorite route for local sport bikes, Harley cruisers daring to venture through some twisties, and bicycle enthusiasts looking for a work-out.

However ten minutes outa town, I remembered a call from the distant BMW/Vespa dealership, that my parts were in. I got off the freeway and headed for Modesto..... passing two different highway patrols with cars pulled over for speeding. I picked up my fuel filter, spark plug, O-rings, oil filter, and push-on nuts for my reflectors, than back-tracked 20 miles to the freeway to continue with my original destination.

Del Puerto Canyon has a narrow two lane road snaking through it, HUGE green hills on either side of it, a creek running along-side it, and it's "free range", where cows wander out into the road and have the right of way. This is a rock painted by the locals who come out to picnic, just sit and stare, or fire up a little some'some'n to get their buzz on:

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Twenty-five miles from the nearest freeway is 'The Junction', a destination, a cold beer, a place to hang out and smoke a cigar. I had a cold Sierra Nevada beer and Buffalo Burger.... very lean, very dry, well done, like I like it:

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

After chatting it up with a couple folks there, it was time to set out for the ride home. This gives you an idea of what kind of road I was riding on, twists & turns, some loose sand, a few boulders, and beautiful sights to behold!

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Stopping at a Harley dealership to use their facilities, speeding along at break neck speeds dragging my side-stand, slowing for traffic, and generally enjoying the day. Before setting off for the rest of the ride home, I jus' hadda take a picture of my scooter by some wild flowers. What a day, what a ride!


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"Top case envy".

I'm just saying

Looking good, enjoy!
OP
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Hooked
GT200
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Posts: 406
Location: Stockton, CA
 
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GT200
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Location: Stockton, CA
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Eric....

It's always a work in progress. I figured between the body side-moulding I put on, and diligance(sp) on my part, I keep the risk of a tip down. It looks pretty smooooth without the buggy bumpers, but bars will hafta go on in the future:

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
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Please make your pictures slightly smaller in width at least? Consider others who may have smaller resolution screens, and who for operational reasons can't 'maximise'.

600px wide at most works very well on these forums.
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Molto Verboso
2007 LX150 Dragon Red & 2009 H-D FLHRC
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Great ride report. Looks like a lot of fun.
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