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Forum: Battle scooters 11-14-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,814
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Being Seen on Your Scooter

Got a new Hi-Viz FirstGear Kilimanjaro riding jacket a couple days ago. Seems like I'll be safe, dry and warm this winter....
Forum: Battle scooters 09-27-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 20,622
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I often ride my Vespa GTS 250 with motorcycles...

I often ride my Vespa GTS 250 with motorcycles and it never seems to be a problem. None of the guys I ride with are interested in riding on freeways so the Vespa has no issues keeping up. Here's a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,638
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Poppa, Reading about the past couple weeks...

Poppa,

Reading about the past couple weeks of riding, customs, culture and weather I have to say I'm happy to be following along from my living room in Boalsburg. Thinking of falling asleep while...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,638
Posted By VESPAsfw3
All I can say is wow. Wow, that's pretty...

All I can say is wow. Wow, that's pretty incredible scenery.

Oh, and I assume you'll be sporting the felt hat when you get back to Pistons and Pints right?
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,638
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Robert, I feel bad now thinking my 8 mile...

Robert,

I feel bad now thinking my 8 mile ride home from work on the Vespa was bad because the temperature was 93F. I can certainly understand the feeling of wishing you were somewhere else in...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,638
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Loved watching the videos and listening to your...

Loved watching the videos and listening to your commentary. You're obviously having a great time.

Last time I was on this road was in 1978 -- same time of year, same snow. The only difference...
Forum: Ride reports 05-25-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,638
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Robert, Good luck on your adventure! The...

Robert,

Good luck on your adventure! The Piston and Pints gang go together last Thursday and toasted you and your trip. I think I can speak for everyone that we'll be excited to follow the trip...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-13-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
That's a great idea. You would think by now I...

That's a great idea. You would think by now I would have seen an inflatable pillow. Onward to Amazon!
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Arthritis is nasty business. I'm lucky that a...

Arthritis is nasty business. I'm lucky that a few pills every week pretty much does the trick. My wife on the other hand is working her way through Humira, Enbrel and Simponi. We strive to see the...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Captain, Thanks for the kind words about the...

Captain,

Thanks for the kind words about the writing and pictures -- still a labor of love though seemingly less and less time for it.

Sleeping on the ground isn't so bad. It's not having a...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-08-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I have to ask --- what does qft mean???

I have to ask --- what does qft mean???
Forum: Battle scooters 04-08-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Laugh Bob, Aging, for me anyway, arrived suddenly....

Bob,

Aging, for me anyway, arrived suddenly. Had never given much thought to health or my ability to do what I wanted. Now I'm more aware of how fragile it all is. Luckily, I'm still in...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-07-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,318
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Reading about long distance touring on a scooter...

Reading about long distance touring on a scooter I can't help but think that it can be done on any machine down to a 49cc Honda Ruckus. It really depends on what you want to do.

My own experience...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-27-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By VESPAsfw3
It was 29F in the morning when I left. Cold ---...

It was 29F in the morning when I left. Cold --- it's all in the mind!
Forum: Battle scooters 11-27-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,277
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Coming to scooter riding was one of the great and...

Coming to scooter riding was one of the great and unexpected pleasures in my life. Like others have said, when I couldn't get an actual fix of riding, I could consume a vicarious experience here. ...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-27-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Exploring the First Snow in Central PA

This past Tuesday morning was the first snowfall that challenged a decision to ride. With the Heidenau K66 LT SnowTex tires on the Vespa and the wiring on my Gerbing gloves repaired and ready to go...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-17-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3,448
Views: 1,363,223
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Some blue sky today made riding the Vespa in the...

Some blue sky today made riding the Vespa in the cold not so bad. Can't wait for warm weather. Riding all winter gets to be a bit much for me. Hell to get old...


...
Forum: Hacks 01-10-2012, 06:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,555
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Kissell Motorsports in State College is the URAL...

Kissell Motorsports in State College is the URAL dealer. They've sold a couple already and people are definitely interested in those rigs. Give Craig Kissell a call and he can let you know what...
Forum: Hacks 12-11-2011, 04:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,555
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Seems like you know what to tell Santa to bring...

Seems like you know what to tell Santa to bring the kids for Christmas. I was at the dealer on Friday and saw a brand new URAL Gear Up waiting for a customer to pick up. Looks like something right...
Forum: Hacks 11-29-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,555
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Thanks for all the kind words about the post. ...

Thanks for all the kind words about the post. The URAL is definitely an interesting ride and I plan to experiment more with it in the coming weeks and months or at least until the dealer quits...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-26-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,991
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Tarka: I'm hoping for some snow time with the...

Tarka: I'm hoping for some snow time with the URAL. With the temperature almost 60F today I will have to wait awhile.


Also, I posted this in the HACKS section as requested by ClearwaterBMW.
Forum: Hacks 11-26-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,555
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Trying Out a 2012 URAL Patrol

NOTE: I posted this in the Ride Reports section and someone asked me to post it here.

Last weekend I had the chance to take a 2012 URAL Patrol for the weekend. Compared to my Vespa GTS 250...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,991
Posted By VESPAsfw3
The URAL grew on me. Unexpectedly too since the...

The URAL grew on me. Unexpectedly too since the ride is a lot of work compared to a motorcycle. But there's just so much more riding I could do with one of those.

Not sure to tell my wife URAL...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-25-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,991
Posted By VESPAsfw3
You have a good eye! It's definitely the one at...

You have a good eye! It's definitely the one at Kissell Motorsports in State College, PA. They've recently added URAL to their lineup. The one they gave me is a demo rig that they plan to make...
Forum: Day Trippin' 11-25-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,991
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Embracing the URAL Patrol for a weekend

Last weekend I had the chance to take a 2012 URAL Patrol for the weekend. Compared to my Vespa GTS 250 it's, well, a handful. With an abundance of nearby Pennsylvania forest roads I tried to...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-03-2011, 08:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 947
Posted By VESPAsfw3
From the BMW rally in Bloomsburg to a Pig Roast

Our local BMW dealer is having a pig roast during the BMW rally for riders who need to get away from the fairgrounds and onto the road. I told Kissell Motorsports that I would ride the suggested...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-05-2011, 09:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,197
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I love the Big Ruckus. Wish Honda was still...

I love the Big Ruckus. Wish Honda was still making them. A ride from St. Louis to Atlanta would be a fine adventure and no problem on the Ruckus. Can't wait to see a report on your trip.

And...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-05-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,894
Posted By VESPAsfw3
My dog drools and I know what a pain it can be...

My dog drools and I know what a pain it can be getting it out of a keyboard. Sorry for any trouble I caused.

And thank you for the kind words about the pictures. I keep making them. And many...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-16-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 38,887
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I just love your photos Sergei. Easy to see how...

I just love your photos Sergei. Easy to see how much difference there is between your Canon 1D Mark IV with a big lens and wide aperture and my little Canon G9.

I posted a link to your blog...
Forum: Airheads 04-16-2011, 11:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Gulp! :wink: That's her car less the roll bar. ...

Gulp! :wink: That's her car less the roll bar. Man that is a beauty.

I've ridden two up with my wife or friends on the back but I like riding alone...
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Two up? That's just wrong in so many ways. ...

Two up? That's just wrong in so many ways.

What really interests me is that Sunbeam Alpine. I remember a girl in high school who drove one of those to school. I was smitten by her the first...
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2011, 12:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Jim, It's pictures like this one that...

Jim,

It's pictures like this one that start me questioning my decision. Beautiful. I love that bike.
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Interesting questions. I always gear up. ...

Interesting questions.

I always gear up. Even for a half mile run to the candy store down the road. After all the scooter is just as dangerous/safe as a motorcycle.

My brain definitely...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
God, those tires. Man they wear out fast. I've...

God, those tires. Man they wear out fast. I've had some go before hitting 2000 miles.

Where were you yesterday? That investment rationale is a good one.
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
That slide show just pisses me off that I have to...

That slide show just pisses me off that I have to work for a living. Moto-porn, all those places I'll never get to visit.

Lovely pictures though. I'm partial to the Vespa. The BMW F800 GS...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I'll have to disagree here. Though I didn't...

I'll have to disagree here. Though I didn't spend a lot of time photographing the BMW it just does not have the elegant lines of the Vespa. The scooter is like sculpture. The airhead is a machine....
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
The airhead is not a go-kart. I think of it more...

The airhead is not a go-kart. I think of it more as a pickup truck - full-sized. the Vespa is the Ford Ranger sized pickup.

Since I ride year round and find myself in snow at times the Vespa is...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
I love living on the edge!

I love living on the edge!
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 07:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
They were asking $4500. I got an email from the...

They were asking $4500. I got an email from the dealer this morning saying they would hold on to an extra day for me in case I changed my mind.

I write reviews on their Ducati's, BMWs, Triumphs...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,270
Posted By VESPAsfw3
Hah! Maybe that's the problem.:cry

Hah! Maybe that's the problem.:cry
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