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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-14-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,208
Posted By sonascope
In addition to my two motorcycles, I've got a...

In addition to my two motorcycles, I've got a nice black Genuine Stella (aka an Indian Vespa PX), and when I'm out riding on Scootypuff Jr, I wave to everyone on two/three wheels because we are,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,535
Posted By sonascope
Adrenaline isn't my cup of hormones when I'm...

Adrenaline isn't my cup of hormones when I'm riding. I go for the motorik groove (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krautrock) instead:

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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 4,326
Views: 428,848
Posted By sonascope
I drove a Citroën GSA for a while, and that boxer...

I drove a Citroën GSA for a while, and that boxer four is anything but a "French POS."

Wonderful engine, especially when it's really wound up, with a great, distinctive sound and a sort of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-30-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 773
Views: 95,225
Posted By sonascope
I crossed into West Virginia on the GS and...

I crossed into West Virginia on the GS and discovered that when WV says 15mph they MEAN 15mph!

I've got a cabin in the Eastern panhandle of WV, and I always have to laugh at the insanely high...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2012, 12:20 PM
Replies: 35,115
Views: 8,762,062
Posted By sonascope
I've got a cabin in West Virginia that's 121...

I've got a cabin in West Virginia that's 121 miles from my house, and most of the road, once you get into WV, is like what I see in all the pictures and videos from the Tail. On my F650, it's about...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,052
Posted By sonascope
Small world. When I watched the video, I thought...

Small world. When I watched the video, I thought "hey, that looks like the cruddy garage up the street," and then he was on Redwood Street, then heading down on Eutaw. The narrow tower you can see at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-14-2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,377
Posted By sonascope
I wear Etymotic ER-20...

I wear Etymotic ER-20 (http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html) earplugs on hour-or-more trips. Started using them as a musician at loud gigs and when doing other loud stuff, and they're great, because...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-08-2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,233
Posted By sonascope
I've spent a bit more than half my life as a...

I've spent a bit more than half my life as a scootician, wrangling two stroke Vespas and having a great time at it. When I started working in Baltimore, I got myself mixed up with a grimy nest of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-18-2011, 06:42 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 26,888
Posted By sonascope
Or a diaper. Was thinking along the lines of...

Or a diaper.

Was thinking along the lines of armor, but whatever gets you off, I suppose.

Actually on the speed thing, I tend not to race around even when I can, because I'm either (A) I'm on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-17-2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 26,888
Posted By sonascope
You may want to consider recalibrating your...

You may want to consider recalibrating your throttle-o-meter.

I should have qualified that a bit, in that I've got 25 years of experience in tiny motorcycles of the Vespa variety (the metal bodied...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-16-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 26,888
Posted By sonascope
SInce my initial post in this thread, I've found...

SInce my initial post in this thread, I've found my middle ground, more or less. I've been thundering around this summer on my recently revived Triumph and not particularly enjoying it most of the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-22-2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 26,888
Posted By sonascope
I'm mystified by the need or desire for absurdly...

I'm mystified by the need or desire for absurdly powerful bikes, and saddened that, at least in my country, market forces have ensured that there are very, very few basic, light-to-middleweight,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 16,581
Posted By sonascope
I've been looking around for a BMW since...

I've been looking around for a BMW since discovering that my '72 Daytona is about as contrary to my riding orientation as one can possibly imagine, and part of why I'm so inclined is that my regular...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,018
Posted By sonascope
Ah, what a lovely pairing. Love Stellas in black,...

Ah, what a lovely pairing. Love Stellas in black, and not just because mine's black.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-20-2011, 06:47 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 17,145
Posted By sonascope
I got pulled over in Baltimore while riding my...

I got pulled over in Baltimore while riding my Stella (an Indian-built Vespa PX150), and the cop asked me if I knew how fast I was going. I got all stuttery and nervous and started to explain that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,911
Posted By sonascope
People laugh at me for the amount of gear I wear...

People laugh at me for the amount of gear I wear on my Vespa PX. It's a cute little thing, just a 150cc two-stroke single that weighs about what I weigh, and my gear is a mixed-up collection of what...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-28-2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,152
Posted By sonascope
It's been almost exactly a year since my dust-up...

It's been almost exactly a year since my dust-up on the scooter, and twenty-two years since my only other wreck on a motorbike, a low-side on a moped. The funny thing is that the only mark that...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,152
Posted By sonascope
Full-face helmet, Red Wing work boots, Duluth...

Full-face helmet, Red Wing work boots, Duluth Trading Co. Fire Hose Logger Pants (double-layered at the front like Carhartts, in heavy canvas, and with a gusset at the crotch for more room for your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-07-2011, 10:56 AM
Replies: 2,988
Views: 819,615
Posted By sonascope
I hope I'm able to avoid this particular event

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Forum: Battle scooters 06-03-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,566
Posted By sonascope
I'm a Stella guy, myself, and I can articulate a...

I'm a Stella guy, myself, and I can articulate a pretty good case for the Stella, but mostly, what sold me on the Stella was that when I sat on one for the first time, it had exactly the same feeling...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2010, 12:15 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 70,551
Posted By sonascope
'08 Genuine Stella (aka Vespa PX150) - 74 mpg in...

'08 Genuine Stella (aka Vespa PX150) - 74 mpg in town/back roads & 68 mpg with long stretches of WOT driving.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,159
Posted By sonascope
I'm in total agreement regarding the "extension...

I'm in total agreement regarding the "extension of self" aspect of the bike. It's actually the crux of my ongoing argument with all my motorcyclist buddies about whether a scooter is a sort of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,816
Posted By sonascope
I love to wave, but I'm generally pretty friendly...

I love to wave, but I'm generally pretty friendly by nature, and it's my way of acknowleging being a part of the two-wheeled fraternity--recognition that isn't often given to over-attired...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-19-2010, 09:10 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 16,189
Posted By sonascope
I call myself a "scootician," primarily to...

I call myself a "scootician," primarily to aggravate my regular riding buddy with a beautiful old BMW R69S, who's very prim and serious about his riding (and scowls at my insistence on giving the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2010, 01:47 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,159
Posted By sonascope
While a motorcycle (and I count a scooter as a...

While a motorcycle (and I count a scooter as a small motorcycle) won't look out for itself like a horse will, I had a couple early experiences in my career as a scootologist that illustrated how the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,159
Posted By sonascope
I'm a scooterist (in fairness, I've also got a...

I'm a scooterist (in fairness, I've also got a '72 Triumph Daytona, but I prefer the buzzy splendor of my Vespa PX/aka LML Stella for most rides) and a clockwork taoist (i.e. a secular one), and I...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-25-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3,397
Views: 1,347,660
Posted By sonascope
http://joewall.com/photos/nearthehobocamp.jpg ...

http://joewall.com/photos/nearthehobocamp.jpg


My Stella/LML/PX, parked just out of sight of the squatter's camp on the other side of the river there. I've been watching this camp get built up...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-15-2009, 02:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,613
Posted By sonascope
I think I'm in the category that regards the...

I think I'm in the category that regards the 50-60 top speed as a limitation of the chassis more than the engine. I know with my P200E and my Stella, as well, that at highway speeds, these bikes feel...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-15-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,613
Posted By sonascope
I'd second the P200 as a great selection, and I'd...

I'd second the P200 as a great selection, and I'd probably be riding another P200 if I'd been able to find one, though I do love the subversive pleasure of how buying the Stella feels like something...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-15-2009, 10:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,613
Posted By sonascope
I'll put in a plug for a Genuine Stella. It's...

I'll put in a plug for a Genuine Stella. It's essentially a brand-new old Vespa PX150 with some pretty useful updates (the front disc brake is a revelation, and it's got an electric start in addition...
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