If Vespa had his way

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Toadady, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Toadady

    Toadady Push'n parts

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    We'd all ride like THIS
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  2. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    that's insane!!
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  3. VespaFitz

    VespaFitz No-good-son-of-a-bitch

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    Freak says that's not an adventure.
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  4. nomiles

    nomiles Sledge-o-matic

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    You should see it during commute hour's. :loco
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  5. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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    Looked like a school of fish. No, it looked like 4 schools of fish!
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  6. Fat Toney

    Fat Toney Up Yours PoopSicle

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    Just think how much America could save on stop lights.
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  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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  8. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    I wanna ride Saigon!!!!!

    That looks fun, except they are going too slow!

    Looks a bit gimpy to me... :evil
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  9. wegger

    wegger Hey watch this...

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    OMG, that's the coolest thing ever. I thought I'd seen some wacky traffic, but I'm totally humbled. Thanks for posting that!
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  10. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I was shooting a documentary in Saigon in '95. First night there (after spending 6 months doing prep work in CONUS) me and my reporter walk outside the hotel and are greated by a sea of Honda Cubs. It was about 10pm and the city had what looked like millions of people flowing through the streets. It looked like an river of bikes, and the noise was incredible. I shot some video, amazed at the spectacle and noise. Then we decided to walk around town. I threw the big camera strap over my shoulder and with the betacam banging against my hip, we set off.

    The way you work with the flow of traffic there whether you are on foot or bike is to simply MERGE. If you hesitate, you're toast. So we merged. Not well enough. Some guy clipped me hitting me hard near my pelvis, spun me around, and I bounced around like a pinball for a bit. He stopped and graciously asked if I was okay (it's the pedestrian's fault if that happens, but he pretty much figured out I was a clueless furriner.) No problem, I said. He did one of those little prayer-type nods for a second or two (which I thought was cool) and zoomed off.

    The next day we started our first assignments. Got to where we needed to go. I hit the power switch on my camera....NOTHING. :uhoh

    So there I was, not exactly near an english-speaking Sony pro repair depot, having spent gobs of money to get there, and the camera had been taken out by a 49cc Cub. :eek1 I poked and prodded at it with my Gerbertool, reset breakers, poked at the innards, tried every field repair trick I knew, and finally somehow got a tape to load. I shot for the rest of the documentary with the camera making terrible servo noises and NO playback--I had NO idea if I was recording anything or not. I just kept going through the motions, hoping something was sticking to tape.

    And something was rattling around inside the camera. :eek1

    Wasn't until we cleared customs in Singapore that I was able to free up my tapes. Again, I tried playback. Nothing.

    The entire 30 hour trip back, the reporter kept talking about all the GREAT stuff we had. All I could think about was the relative durability of the $50 Honda Cub compared to a $50K camera. :bluduh

    Finally, 2 days later, we get back to US-spec equipment and I'm able to get playback. There were images, though with sync issues for the first second or two of each shot. When the guys in the shop got the camera, they upended it and shook it hard--and pieces fell out. Apparently the impact had broken off one of the tape loading/tension arms--which would make tape loading a miracle--yet the camera continued to function.

    I kept the broken tensioner.

    Apparently, Prayer-type Nods Work. :lol3

    And that's my Saigon Honda Cub story. :1drink
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  11. nomiles

    nomiles Sledge-o-matic

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    A very cool story too! ~ Thanks

    [​IMG]
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  12. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    yeah but.... how do they read a newspaper, put on makeup,talk on the phone, yell at the kids,and eat breakfast while riding one of those things???
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  13. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :nod

    The whole time I was in Vietnam I only saw ONE accident--a Cub had hit a pedestrian, but no major injuries. The local policedoods descended on the scene immediately and handled things quickly. Apparently it's a big deal, since it doesn't happen often. A small crowd had gathered, the witnesses did their thing, and then it was over.

    I'm still amazed by what I saw. Traffic flowed exceedingly well and it was wall-to-wall...I mean THOUSANDS packed into an area no bigger than a short section of 2-lane road in Saigon. Quite a sight. No starting-and-stopping, but a nice flow like a river of bikes. Horns beeping constantly--but it was the "beep-beep...I'm right here next to you" not the angry sort of laying on the horn like in DC. It was fun to watch the merging of bicycles and scooters and motorcycles, and see someone work their way from the center of the torrent to the edge where they'd just pull over and park.
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  14. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

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    :D Yup that's exactly what I was riding through in Hanoi and Saigon. It's amazing to see it and more so to ride through it.

    However IT WORKS ! I couldn't believe it but after adjusting to the flow it became easy and your always moving.

    I would bet that the chicks in Saigon have better balance and ride better than 95% of the guys on this site.

    YA GOTTA RIDE IT TO BELIEVE IT !

    :lol3
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  15. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    Shall we ship the Ruckapillar and the Bigruckyou over and have some fun? :evil
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