3 Vespas Around The World

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by s_gogos, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    If everything goes well (unemployment continues to grow at this rate, new economic measures come etc.)
    we estimate that in April we will start our new adventure.
    Around the world on Vespa!

    3 people...
    3 Vespa...
    Νo specific destination...
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  2. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    We are still at the beginning and we have undefined budget etc.
    Although we have taken the decision to leave without money!
    The projects include Africa, Asia and America!
    That’s all for now.
    For more stay tuned!

    P.S. suggestions, comments, ideas, etc … all welcome!

    :norton
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  3. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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  4. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    I suggest taking money. A Vespa gets spectacular gas mileage however you will run out of fuel before you even get out of your home country.

    If your plan is to travel around the world purely on the goodwill of others, it is a poor plan. It could work but is it fair to rely on the generous to finance your selfish needs?
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  5. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    75km from Thessaloniki to the next country.
    Greece! :evil
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  6. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    The fact is that we see things from a totally different angle.
    You can travel with your own money, if you have (you know in what situation we are now in Greece :D ), i wish we could do it that way, or you can use your imagination and your creativity and find that money with another way.
    We did something similar last year ( a trip around Europe, covering more than 11.000km, reaching Nordkapp ), and on 2010 ( 7.000km from Greece to Portugal ), and on 2009 Austria & Germany, all that on our Vespas, without many comforts, living in a tent, and with some people's support!
    Probably to be more honest, i prefer the second way to do it!
    And not because others pay...Its because we love adventure and we think that with lots of money and with comfortable big motorcycles the difficulty is greatly reduced.
    To understand our situation, my monthly payment is between 200€ and 500€, the second guy is unemployed, and the third guy the same as me and worse!
    However we took the decision to sell everything we have (3 motorcycles, 2 laptops and 1 bicycle), to find some sponsors or people to support us, if we are lucky, and just live our lifes on the road for some time!

    :freaky

    PS: I did not hear anyone blaming Ewan & Charley...
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  7. Morniac

    Morniac n00b

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    Don't listen to anyone
    Do what u want as u want
    Some people don't have the courage to do such a trip so as a result bitterness and envy comes on the surface
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  8. Madv

    Madv Zavarakatranemia

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    Just do it...

    If you don''t try it you will never know if you can do it or not. If you fail, at least you have tried...

    Just live your dream :freaky
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  9. shiatman

    shiatman Orange crush

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    Guys go ahead and make your dreams come true.

    Do not listen to anyone, you've made up your minds and this is your trip.

    Be well and travel hard. We're right behind you :freaky
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  10. zandesiro

    zandesiro In rust we trust....

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    Just do it!!!!:clap

    Subscribed!!!
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  11. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Let's FIRST get our nomenclature correct.....it's RTW...for round the world

    thanks and good on ya
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  12. al_tzamp

    al_tzamp n00b

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    When I read that you guys rode up to Nordkap I thought you where crazy.

    Apparently I was wrong... You are TOTALLY NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!


    Go for it!!!

    :ear
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  13. elias

    elias Been here awhile

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    I take that as a joke. Here in Greece (also in many parts of the world), if you need help people open their houses and offer you a plate of food without expecting to pay them back one day. Greece owes monay, it was not a charity.

    Lets support these guys, we all love reading such Ride Reports.
    (personally i am waiting till i have the monay to do my RTW trip)
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  14. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    Of course a joke. I can distinguish between a single individuum and a huge community.
    But although getting urgent help (medical or deportation) virtually everywhere, the riders may experience some comments from the locals. A RTW trip is usuallly considered as (super) luxury, not poverty!
    You won't pass certain borders and areas without fakelaki. But Greece people already know. :evil

    Nevertheless I wish you a great trip and all success!
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  15. elias

    elias Been here awhile

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    You are right about that.
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  16. randomway

    randomway n00b

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    I wish you guys good luck. If you feel like it,just do it!

    I had a similar idea in 2010. I worked here and there,got support from friends, never spent on luxury. It worked in Europe but not in Africa. You will quickly realize how lucky Greece is compared to Mauritania,etc. Save some money while you are still in the Eu for the rougher parts. There are no trashcans full of food over there. Oh,and if I were you I would hide a few hundred euros for medical emergency.

    All the best,
    Zoltan
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  17. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    Thanks for the encouragement!!!


    And did it work?
    You did what you were thinking about?
    What do you mean about Greece compared to Mauritania?
    We are trying very hard to save money!
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  18. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    Last Sunday September 30, took place the 1st race of the Vespa Greek Cup (scooter & moped too), in N.Rusio – Thessaloniki (Drive Park Kart Track).

    The results of this first race were more than good and very promising for our team!

    In the link below you can read a small report of the race, some pics and a video...​

    click here

    Vespa Greek Cup 2012 - 1st Race - YouTube

    :freaky
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  19. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    I.e. Mauritania can't afford governmental retirement pension from +60 years and unlimited by death.
    Most African and Asian countries don't have luxury welfare and their population is used to see poor people dying.
    Do you really expect charity from people who struggle for their life to finance your fun and joy?
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  20. s_gogos

    s_gogos ...vespoholic!!!

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    Guys the project for the round of the world on Vespas is going well!
    I attach a small conversation/interview we had with Nicolo from Vespbook, a blog for trips on Vespas, just to know us better...

    Recently I had the chance to talk with Stergios and Thanos two crazy guys from Greece that came up with a really strange and nice idea..what about touring the world on our Vespa? Here is the account of our conversation!

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    So guys, tell me more about this world tour? It sounds like every Vespa traveller dream!
    And ours dream, too! From the first ride on our Vespas we were dreaming of a round the world adventure. And as it seems the time has come!
    How long do you think are you going to stay on the road?
    There is no time pressure. We are both unemployed so we will stay on the road for as long our pocket lasts! With at least 3 years (1 in Africa, 1 in Asia, 1 in America) we'll be pleased!!!
    What kind of Vespa will you ride?
    Our everyday Vespas after a good service! They are a '03 PX200 and a '04 GTS250.
    Did you make a rough estimate of the kms in a world tour?
    After 5 minutes of Google Maps we saw that very roughly the kms of the trip we're planning to do will be at least 150.000!
    Do you have a website and a Facebook page where we can follow you along the road?
    Yes we have both. You can visit our website/blog here : www.worldvespa.wordpress.com and our facebook page here : www.facebook.com/worldvespa. We'll try to update them as often as possible with photos and mainly with many videos!

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    Did you already travel somewhere with your Vespa?
    Our Vespa have travelled in almost all European countries. The longest trip we made is from Greece to Nordkapp, going up from Russia and coming back from Denmark (a circle round Europe) crossing 16 countries in 25 days, covering more than 11.000km! You can see all our past trips here : www.worldvespa.wordpress.com/past-trips
    Now that we got all the technical details for understanding your project, let's skip to the philosophical part. Why a world tour and above all why on a Vespa?
    As we told before we were always thinking and dreaming of it! And with this economic situation here in Greece and almost in all Europe, the timing is perfect! Why on a Vespa? Because we have Vespa for many years, we love it's simplicity, because it's practical, comfortable and economic!
    On Vespbook we have been talking about travelling Vespa for six months already and what I think it's great is the enthusiasm in the community about travelling with your Vespa, no matter if you are starting a world tour or riding in your backyard. What's in your opinion make different the Vespa traveller from the average motorcycle rider?
    We don't think that the Vespa travellers are different from all the other motorcyclists. We (Vespa riders) don't have something less or something more. Maybe some cc's less, maybe a little more passion, but all people out there has one common feature...The love for meeting other people, for understanding the different cultures. The love for travelling!

    I want to thank Stergios and Thanos for this interesting and inspiring report, and also for theirs enthusiasm. I would like to invite everyone to check their Facebook Page and Website! Hopefully we are going to meet them again...this time, on the road again!

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    That's the conversation...
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