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Old 01-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #16
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Vespa or Vespa

Hello Novaboy,

I am a video production student and I'm going to be doing a project like yours, only in South America, Ive been making videos since forever and I've been riding scooters since I was 12. I can't thnk of anything better than a Vespa for a trip like this. They are strong and stable and cooler than anything else on two wheels.

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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My husband rides our Aprilia Sports City 250 on gravel and dirt frequently. I've seen him successfully navigate sand as well. We rode through Utah national parks summer 2011 and he went on plenty of dirt that I turned back on and came back with a huge smile on his face.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #18
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Not many big wheel or Maxi-Scooters on this ride but they were invited. Mostly Vespa P-Series, an LX, GT, and GTS, multiple Stellas, a Honda CH150 and two Big Ruckuses, a Yamaha Zuma 70 (camera Scooter) and a Zuma 125, most with 12" or smaller wheels. Edited to add there was a Piaggio BV250 along too.
Yes those are Train tracks, curbs, multiple steep drop offs, loading ramps. concrete, dirt, mud, asphalt, and gravel surfaces.

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #19
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When I was a kid in North Carolina I rode on dirt roads, muddy ones and gravel a lot, and it's easy to do it on a Vespa with 10 inch wheels, as long as you don't use the front brake hard. People who know how to ride scooters can go just about anywhere that is a road on them, just not as fast as people on dirtbikes.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:02 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Ken OBSC View Post
For very cool and very stable, consider a Piaggio MP3 500. It's also known in Europe as the Fuoco 500.

I not putting them down but the issues with parts makes them hard to say go for it. Modern vespa forum seems to have that as a common issue. I really thought about them but said no. It would handle it but you don't want to be sitting for a week for a lack of a parts.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #21
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it seems to come down to either which scooter would actually be the best for the trip, or which scooter would look better in the film. To me they would be complete opposites. No doubt a modern big wheeled scooter would be better for the trip, but a vintage (or vintage copy, like the Stella) would make the film a lot more interesting.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:48 AM   #22
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Thanks folks for all the replies. I did look at the MP3 briefly, however it has been discontinued in Canada for 2013. I'm headed to the motorcycle show in weeks time, so I'm hoping to be able to look at a few. Definitely leaning towards a Vespa for the trip.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:53 PM   #23
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If you're wanting a scooter depending on your preferences, I'd suggest the Yamaha Zuma. The older 50cc bikes were 2 stroke, people love them and they're tons of mods out there for them. A lot depends on the roads you'll be traveling and the speeds on the roads. A 125 might be more practical, I think the Zuma 125 is 4 stroke though.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Piaggio Typhoon 125cc. It's a cool looking "dual sport" style scooter. Larger wheels for both paved and not so paved roads. They just recently introduced the 50cc but it looks like it's more suited to paved streets judging by the tires on it from the factory.

I would have suggested a Rattler 110cc from Genuine but they've discontinued the bike a while ago, you may be able to find one used or at a dealership. They were 2 stroke, I've heard mixed things on them so I'd suggest doing some research on the Modern Buddy website.

Just a few bikes I thought I'd toss out there.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:15 PM   #24
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Check out this video on YouTube 8,000 feet up in the mountains. The narrator says people were astonished to see them at the top.

It's not a modern Vespa. Nor is this:

Vespas with gears are cool and capable.

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