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Old 08-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Road My First Vespa(Scooter)

Ran into a friend who just bought a new Vespa 150(shiney red) and he offered me a chance to ride it. I jumped at it because I have been fighting the urge to buy one but had never had a chance for a test ride. I am hooked but I really struggle with the image thing. My teenage daughters said they will disown me if I get one. I ride a GS and so does my friend who also rides KTM's. He is in love with the Vespa. I have considered the Zuma but really like the Aprilia 250 Sportcity. Told my scooter experience to a non riding friend and he said it's kinda gay. Please help!!!
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Tell 'em to

Do what you want. Less is more. People are too caught up in the whole compensation thing these days.

And anyway, you can't beat the mileage.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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Screw them all! First off, It is your job, no your duty to embarrass your children. I will generally tell anyone who starts to give me crap, "I ride a scooter because I am a confident heterosexual who doesn't have to make up for other personal short comings with the machine I ride." Of the 10 guys at work who ride I put more miles on my 200 then most of them combined. The ones that do put on the miles, the only conversations we have is, "Where did you go this weekend." To quote Voni Glaves (the Cycle Goddess in Red) "The only thing that matter are the sMiles you ride!"
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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I ride what I want and anyone who doesn't like it can pound sand.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:48 PM   #5
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If you want to be manly, get the GTS. The frame is bigger, the wheels are bigger and the motor is bigger (278cc). You won't look too big for it even if you are over 6' tall, and it still looks properly proportional. You will have enough motor to stay with any traffic, city or highway. Top speed is between 75 and 80 mph (gps, indicated is 10% higher). I have a 250 and typically get between 70 and 75 miles per gallon.

The main drawback is it chews through rear tires in less than 4,000 miles. But it handles great and is fun in the twisties while still useful around town.

Look for a good used one - new ones can be pricey (def. over $6,000).

It is probably the smoothest ride you will ever find.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:08 PM   #6
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First, good for you, taking the ride.
Second, tell the kids you'll write them out of their inheritance when you go.
Third, don't you mean "Rode My First Vespa"?

If you don't like the plastic stuff, look for a Honda PS-250 Big Ruckus, that will leave 'em wondering.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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I worked at a Harley-Davidson dealer for over 5 years. I gave my notice about a month back, as we are moving to the Big Island of Hawaii on Sept. 5th. I had been riding my 2006 XL883 Sportster to work, and I rode it all year-even down th 16 degrees. Well, I couldn't ship it over due to cost, so I sold it just over a week before my last day. I didn't want to drive to work, so I decided to ride my wifes SYM HD200 scooter.Rode it for six days. Noone gave me any guff. They new if they did I'd just ask them why they didn't ride to work unless it's over 70 degrees and sunny.

But seriously. I've ridden over 50 years, and I don't have to prove anything to anybody. So I ride what I want, when I want, and where I want. Where I'm moving I already have a Kymco People 150-my wife will have her SYM, and I'm going to pick up a smaller dual sport as there is lots of offroad riding on the island.

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Old 08-25-2011, 07:37 PM   #8
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:48 PM   #9
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The sport city 250 would also be a good choice.

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:02 PM   #10
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I have a GS and a GT200... It is damn hard to convince myself to climb on the GS for a trip across town - the little GT200 makes lane sharing a breeze and not having to clunk-clunk-clunk up and down that damn gearbox for a red light every 200 yards is a plus.

I rode the Vespa over to Guys Night the other evening, and my buddy asked whether I brought the "manly bike". I told him any bike I ride is the manly bike...
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:01 AM   #11
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If you don't buy a scooter because of peer pressure, then it's your loss. And, you'd be a fool.

Ride what you like.

I do recommend a 250ish cc scoot however. They're more versatile.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:18 AM   #12
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I am hooked but I really struggle with the image thing.
You are running for an office or why do you care about "image"?
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Told my scooter experience to a non riding friend and he said it's kinda gay.
Do you think your non riding friend is a professional in riding matters?

Guess, why this forum has the undertitle "if you're secure in your manhood".
But you aren't!
Ride with your GS, so that everyone can see you are male.

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Old 08-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #13
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My teenage daughters said they will disown me if I get one.
I hate to tell you this mate, but I'm a Dad with (it sometimes seems, between them and their friends.......) 27 kids, they're gonna dis-own you anyway, usually around the age of 16, then they come back to you around 3-5 years later, so you might as well help them out of the house a bit.

When they say "why didn't you get a REAL bike?", tell them, in front of all their friends, that you don't need one, because you got a big d!*k.

They'll get over it......eventually!

Doesn't matter what you ride, someone will think it's not "cool" or "manly" enough. I remember getn asked at a roadhouse once by a couple of Hoggley guys (accountants by the look of them), why I was riding that "old piece of Jap crap", while referring to my 1987 Vmax......with Nitrous bottle on the side (easiest way to carry it home from the track).

WTF?????
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:38 PM   #14
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All great points guys...the hell with all the neysayers! The GS is up for sale.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:40 PM   #15
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I recently bought a Vespa 250GTS to add to my other bikes (TL1000S and ST1300) and have been getting the usual gruff from the guys at work about the scooter and the fact that I wear ATGATT. The fact is that the scoot if so darn fun to ride that I cant get off of the thing. After 30 plus years of riding, racing, touring and wrenching they still think I should be riding a "real" bike, (Harley) and be wearing a pirate costume.
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