My first Vespa!!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by IBJanky, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    Hi guys, my name is Myke and I'm from Long Beach, CA.

    So I've been riding scooters for 5+ years now. I've had other scooters before (Honda Ruckus, Yamaha Zuma 125) but I've always wanted to get a Vespa.

    So I went down to Los Angeles Vespa in downtown L.A. and when I saw the 2012 GTS 300 Super in titanium gray, I fell in love. I knew I had to get one.

    This is what she looked like when I first got her:

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    myke
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  2. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    Then I started to slowly mod it...

    I installed a cigarette lighter socket so I can charge my cel phone and also makes it easier to hook up a Battery Tender:

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    Also installed a rear luggage rack:

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    And picked up a cool bag:

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    myke
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  3. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    Also installed a new exhaust pipe:

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    myke
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  4. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    My latest mods...

    I took off the stock side reflectors (I think it looks so much sleeker without them), and also installed some 4-piston Brembo brake calipers in the front:

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    myke
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  5. notdave

    notdave gets bored easily

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    Nice! 50 to 125 to 300? I see a 500 tmax in your future ;)

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  6. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    It's a GTS 300 Super.

    No need for a T-Max, I already have an '07 FJR1300 if I want to go slightly faster ;)

    myke
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  7. lowbuckrider

    lowbuckrider Been here awhile

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    Nice ride! What part f town are you in? I'm over by Eldorado Park.
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  8. IBJanky

    IBJanky Adventurer

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    I live off Junipero/Ocean, close to Belmont Shores :)

    myke
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  9. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Wow, that thing is beautiful!

    I just sold my motorcycle so right now my only bike is a Zuma 125. I plan to get something to replace the motorcycle in the spring. I see that you also have an FZR but if you didn't do you think you could be happy with just the Vespa 300? I ask this because maybe this is my ideal solution. Instead of a 125 and a motorcycle maybe I would be happy with just the Vespa 300.
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  10. lowbuckrider

    lowbuckrider Been here awhile

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    I'll keep my eye out for that pretty scoot while I ride around town.
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  11. AllanC

    AllanC Exception to the Rule

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    Nice scooter! I put an Akra on my Super, too. Sounds great.
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  12. emmettken

    emmettken Long timer

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    Coooool! :thumb
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  13. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    Beautiful ride! I took one across the US in 2009 and it ran beautifully. I like what you did with yours.
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  14. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    That sounds like an interesting story, any chance you did a ride report with pix?
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  15. btcn

    btcn Long timer

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    Man what a beutiful scoot you got yourself! I don't know why but that color just looks great!:thumb

    cbolling your gonna miss that Shadow! Well if your not really the Cruiser type then at least having those extra ccs! Its kinda weird having JUST the Zuma'll make you miss having decent power but having just the Cruiser will probably make you miss that awesome automatic and good handling. I may be unfortuantly getting rid of all my bikes and scoots for a Harley, but damn it if I do I KNOW I'm gonna miss that Elite 150! Thats why I'm struggling so much with the decsion!
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  16. jas67

    jas67 Been here awhile

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    That Elite 150 is worth way more to you than what you'll get selling it.
    KEEP IT :thumb
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  17. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    Yes, I did it for charity and I wrote a long blog of it with a ton of pics. Here is the link:

    http://www.cycle4strays.com/2009_Buzzin__4_Strays.html

    At the end of the ride I sold it (along with pretty much everything else I owned and left by bicycle for Costa Rica, where I am now. Leaving next Sat for the Panama Canal (again by bicycle...)
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  18. btcn

    btcn Long timer

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    Yea it is worth a lot to me. I'm really goin to try and see what I can do to get the money and keep it. I'm still debating, you see I may just save up by fixin and sellin bikes and save up for my dream bike, but man do I want a Harley!
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  19. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Banned

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    OMG WHY???


    A scooter will give you exactly the same kind of performance... in a much lighter and nimbler package. No need for assless chaps either!



    :D
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  20. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Nice!

    I have an '06 GTS250 with a little under 19k miles on it and love it.
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