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I've had my scooter for about three years. The first year I rode a lot, then I came down with one of those almost-died-wrecked-my-body illnesses that I've spent the last two years recovering from. Almost sold the scooter a couple times, but it broke my heart too much!

So, the good and the bad news?

Good-The scoot has gotten a little exercise thanks to my motorcycle man, but has had long periods of rest. Got her out of the garage today, revived the battery (I'll need a new one, had to jump it), and took a spin around the block a few times. It was bliss (though I felt like a bit of a rookie again). Sadly, I don't have the physical strength to ride long, it was enough for today. It's crazy, it feels so much heavier now. *sigh*

Bad-I'd numbed myself to the riding addiction since it wasn't even a possibility. I couldn't even look at the board since it was too hard...but now that I've had a taste, I'm off the wagon, but can't *really* ride. It's like being allowed just one bite while looking at a feast!

Anyway, I'm glad to at least start lurking again, and hopefully keep getting healthier. I'm aching to ride! Maybe a slow and easy ride in a few months.

Anyone been down this road before? Ideas (for me or the scooter)? Sympathies? Taunts? (<---maybe not that last one)
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Just a Simple "get well"
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Hope you get better. Keep those spirits up and a I will beat this attitude. Glad your back riding again. If you find the 250 to much to handle get a little LX. Much lighter and easier all the way around. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Don't be a stranger on the forum.
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Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. . .

Ciao bella!!!
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I kinda have a feeling on how you feel. I wrecked a few weeks ago and tore up my knee. My mom and boyfriend kept me off of the scooters for about two weeks.

It's not how hard you fall, but that you get back on!
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So, two years later I'm guessing that the "OMG I'm alive, look at how green the trees are, has the San Francisco tenderloin ever smelled so sweet?" phase has passed. But think back to it as I'm sure it came and went several times. let that feeling cover the pain and let the longing to ride be motivation for the rehabilitation process.

It may be worth considering moving down to a smaller, lighter bike as well.
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Pillion
I know it's a sorry substitute for riding alone on the scoot with the open road ahead of you, but until you get your strength back, maybe a few long trips behind your 'motorcycle man' will partially scratch the riding itch.

Another thing which might help you feed your scooter jones might be to take the battery replacement as the first of several small projects / mods for your scoot. Plenty of great advice and information here and on the MV Wiki. That way when you have your full strength back, the scoot will feel more like a close friend rather than one with whom you've fallen out of touch.

Wishing you a full recovery.
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oopsclunkthud wrote:
So, two years later I'm guessing that the "OMG I'm alive, look at how green the trees are, has the San Francisco tenderloin ever smelled so sweet?" phase has passed. But think back to it as I'm sure it came and went several times. let that feeling cover the pain and let the longing to ride be motivation for the rehabilitation process.

It may be worth considering moving down to a smaller, lighter bike as well.
Lol... totally. The trees still look a little greener, but mapping the ceiling texture gets kind of old and makes you forget. I appreciate your thoughts. =)

If I had some extra cash I think I'd buy a little Buddy or something to zip around on. Can't quite come to terms with parting with mine for the money yet, but I might do that if it turns into the right thing to do.
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I can understand your feelings about the scooter. I had my scooter for a week before I became ill. I was able to put a little over 300 miles on it before I couldn't ride it anymore. For me the telltale sign I was too sick to ride was when I couldn't slide open the heavy wooden garage door anymore to get the bike out.

That was almost four months ago and now I've been riding a couple of weeks. Took me awhile to open the garage door again, heh. But I'm having some fun. I ride to work and around the city but nothing too strenuous.

Take your time, two years is a long time to be ill so it will take awhile to build up your strength. Take comfort in the fact Vespas don't have pedals you have to pump to make it up the hill.

Best of luck in your recovery.
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perhaps even a used three wheeler? not the same. I know, but the stability and security might help get you going!
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I know where you are coming from - I broke my arm and knee coming back from Southampton last year, and I had to hobble around on crutches for nearly 6 weeks... I was just aching to get back on 2 wheels by then! March couldn't come faster enough, when i was well enough to get back!
Good luck in your recovery, and soon you'll be smelling the cut grass!
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I'll toss some been there sympathy your way. Oh wait, I'm still there. I broke my back & wrist nine months ago & I still can't ride. Sometime in May it will happen!

Being unable to do something that makes you happy is tough. Hang in there.
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Very bad back and a few toss' of the neck here. I'm still in my personal repair shop.....just over a year now, I'm much stronger and extremely thankful that I am. Still I must be very careful with All that I do. Had to sell my MP3...and was very upset over that, but replaced it quickly with a lightweight scoot that I could manage & flatfoot. I've been taking it easy riding, a little faster and a little longer each time. It's been a slow process and I know you must feel the same. Keep your eye on the eightball, in this case your scoot.....perhaps as mentioned, buy a smaller lighter scoot that you can handle (you will most likely fall in love with the touch, the feel, of that one too). I'll tell you too...that our Great big MV family kept me company and were always there for me (still are)....God Bless Them!
Great medicine for free! Speedy recovery, and try to stay connected here...updates appreciated.
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Been there and doing that..... I haven't been able to ride for over a year. Probably shouldn't this year, but I'm going to anyway. I had a BV 250 and just didn't feel comfortable with it when standing still....too top heavy for me to comfortably control when I wasn't in top physical condition; so I bought a used LX150 and it's PERFECT! Plenty of pep and much more confident handling it. She goes like a bat, she's bright yellow and definitely attracts attention.

The BV is still in my stable, and my husband is learning to ride it.

If you can afford it, get a smaller scoot to start out on and then later decide about selling the bigger scoot or not.

Meanwhile, I live vicariously through MV. Yes, sometimes it depresses me, but overall the quality of the people here gives me a boost more often than not; and at this stage of my life, I need that!

Good luck, heal fast, and welcome back! Oh! And physical therapy is much easier for me to stay with when I know it will get me on my scoot faster!
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