My Vespa 946 adventures

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by The Virginian, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer

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    Thanks! I'm a piker compared to you! lol
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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    i had to look up the meaning of piker.

    pik·er
    ˈpīkər/
    noun
    informal
    1. 1.
      NORTH AMERICAN
      a gambler who makes only small bets.
    2. 2.
      AUSTRALIAN/NZ
      a person who withdraws from a commitment.

    i dunno bout that. i haven't flown across the country to ride a new bike home. i would LOVE to, but time is a hot commodity around these parts.
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  3. Dabears

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    Your 946 is beautiful! I must admit, however that I have an aversion to that kind of deatailing on my scooters. One of the reasons I like my matt black SYM is that there isn't much difference between how it looks clean vs dirty. I do like to keep the wheels and engine clean, but since it spends a good bit of time getting hauled on our RV I prefer to look at it as a tool, rather than a work of art, which your 946 most certainly is.

    A bit jealous as well that you had a BV350- one of my lust after scooters.
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  4. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    I ordered up the Jet Seal for my early Miata. Single layer, old school paint. Needs protecting or it horribly water spots. Been wanting to seal it after having polished it out. Thanks for the tip!.... IMG_9987.jpg
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  5. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Gotta say, I've always liked the Rat Rod look. I luv my GT in it's Portifino Green, but I would really like to have this sort of look. Low upkeep, and bad ass. and, yes, mine goes on the RV when we're on the road. I suppose I'd have to lose my rear basket to get anywhere near as cool!! 27217368705_646625cfa3_z.jpg
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  6. JerryH

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    The only issues I've had with carburetors were almost always someone else's fault, mostly from letting them sit too long with gas in them. A good cleaning fixes that. Yes, jet needles wear out, as do accelerator pump diaphragms, but it usually takes decades. And it is easy and cheap for an owner to fix. Most carburetor problems are caused by people messing with them without knowing what they are doing.

    That's a nice paint job on that Miata. You'll be glad you didn't clear coat it. Non clear coat paint can actually be polished and waxed and kept shiny. Here in AZ, the clear coat starts to burn off in 3-4 years, and the results are a mess. It burns off in spots, and the edges flake and peel. Waxing clear coat will not save it.

    I love rat rod scooters. But not neat clean ones like that. I've been looking at a $1000 Stella on Craigslist to build a rat rod out of. It's already been dropped a few times, so the dings are already there. I'd paint the wheels matte black, and then paint the whole scooter with gray primer, right over the dings and dents. Unfortunately I don't have the time or energy for another project.
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  7. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Beautiful Vespa!!! This was my choice in the thread about picking one scooter based on looks alone.

    I would love to own one.
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  8. nomadicbrett

    nomadicbrett Been here awhile

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    That 946 is an instant classic. It's on my lust list along with almost any Vespa. They are really cool scooters.
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  9. bdonley

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    Gotta say, the 946's are really good looking. A guy I work with who is definitely not a bike guy was telling me about them. He'd recently been to Italy and had seen them. He was smitten!
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  10. rider33

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    a 946 has no rational reason for being, other than being exquisitely beautiful, damn Italians......:)
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    Lust List. Never heard that term, although I have a "list" like everyone else.
    New term....thanks, I using it!
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  12. gogogordy

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    The "X" factor...
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  13. calmconviction

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    Thanks for the intro!

    I didn't know you were taking the picture but am pleased -- of the 1250 mile weekend in some gorgeous scenery (Gettysburg, Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, Willville, and Casa De Redneck), I have 100 some pictures of the BV and landscape but not a single picture of myself. Until now :)

    When I took the 946 out (thanks again), I shot a little video of the ride around the block. I wasn't planning on sharing so there's not much of a monologue but hopefully you'll enjoy it anyway. Don't judge me on getting lost so easily lol... you can tell I was hard at work to prevent that in your pic.

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  14. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Oh my Eric,

    This is gunna be good.

    Looking forward to all your info!!

    :lurk
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  15. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    I hope Vespa is paying you, they should!

    Everything about that pic is perfect!!

    Envy my friend, envy.

    Good on you Eric.:beer
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  16. The Virginian

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    I took a nice two day short trip this weekend on Bella. I've been going to a PT massage therapist for my sciatica in Front Royal and I'm happy to report I'm have good success on this front. The weather was looking bad per usual. I think the only weather this Vespa has seen has been rain. lol So I motored out of Lake Anna and cut up to Culpeper, took a right on 15 to Remington, 621, 15, then right on Ben Venue. BV is a short run but amazing technical piece of tarmac.Then 522 to Front Royal.

    Here's a view of my route.
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    I had stuffed in my Kriega 6 good sized ribeyes packed with two freezer packs that I had been marinating in Lee & Perrins and a bourbon/brown sugar rub! I also had my dock kit, rain suit, two changes of clothes, laptop, chargers, tinted shield, a doggy life preserver I bought my niece for their pup and a copy of Labyrinth to watch with the kids. Love that movie! My pack was over G'd!
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    And the weather when I got to PT... As usual I'm a dripping mess walking into the joint.
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    After PT I motored up to Luray. A beautiful town right on the Blue Ridge mountains and worth visiting on two wheels. The stormy weather made for some spectacular smokey mountain views.
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    Right at dusk it was amazing! Sadly I don't have a decent camera to capture the beauty.
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  17. The Virginian

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    After supper we broke out some small fireworks for the kids and had a few beers around the bonfire.
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    The next morning my nephew-in-law took the 946 for a spin. He loved it!
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    We decided to go to a local brewery and here's a few pics of Luray.
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    Hawksbill Brewery, all of their brews are from local crops in the area and they are brewed on the premises.
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    Pimp!
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    One of the twins. 8)
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    While we were there a freight train rolled through and blew the horn. Good night it woke the dead!
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    My neice.
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    Some random pics my niece took.
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    Nice shot of my flab...
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    Thanks for reading!

    Life is short, enjoy the ride.

    Eric
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    Time to head home so I cut across the Shenandoah National Forest. Beautiful piece of road to enjoy the scoot on and wasn't raining!
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    Shit house lilies are popping up everywhere.
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    Until next trip, thanks for reading.

    Eric

    Life is short, enjoy the ride.
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  19. The Virginian

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    Resurrected from the photobucket debacle. More to come on.....

    Eric's Excellent Adventures on a Scooter!

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  20. The Virginian

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    So what's Virginian been up to?

    Today's update is the only modification I have planned for Bella. To meet U.S. DOT standards they put winkers on stalks all the way around. I literally cannot stand them so I rooted around and found the OEM part numbers for the LED signals.

    Here's a look at the U.S. stock winkers.
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    You have to tear down the scoot quite a bit to get this job done. In this case I don't mind as it gives me a chance to get the grit and grime of almost 4,000 miles mostly in the rain.
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    Here's a look at the rear turn signal entry and you can see what I'm talking about.
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    Pop off the Piaggio badge and there's a bolt to hold on the front fascia.
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    Remove the from panels and floorboards.
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