Road My First Vespa(Scooter)

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by craiger527, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. craiger527

    craiger527 Been here awhile

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    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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  2. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    Tell 'em to :fyyff

    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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  3. lowbuckrider

    lowbuckrider Been here awhile

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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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  4. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I ride what I want and anyone who doesn't like it can pound sand.:evil
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  5. FoldArt

    FoldArt Been here awhile

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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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  6. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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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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  7. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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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.

    Take care.

    jon
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  8. emmettken

    emmettken Long timer

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    +1
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  9. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    The sport city 250 would also be a good choice.

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  10. MedicalQuackery

    MedicalQuackery Adventurer

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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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  11. kconville

    kconville Avant Guard Dog

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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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  12. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    You are running for an office or why do you care about "image"?
    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.:evil

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  13. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    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! :clap

    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?????:huh
    :rofl
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  14. craiger527

    craiger527 Been here awhile

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    All great points guys...the hell with all the neysayers! The GS is up for sale.
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  15. Jimo368

    Jimo368 intrepid traveller

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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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  16. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Hmm, I've got 6,800 on my GTS 250's rear tire and its still got tread though I did have to replace the front due to a tread pop. FWIW, we have quite a few folks in the scooter group I ride with in Houston that have considerably bigger bikes sitting in their garages while they RIDE their Vespas.

    It's my favorite in town ride and did well on the 1,280 mile trip to Amerivespa and back.
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  17. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I ride a Shadow and a Zuma. The Zuma is a lot more fun to ride. Yep, I catch shit from coworkers and my family. I don't care.

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  18. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    My son-in-law comes from good German stock, in other words he's 6ft7 and 8 pick-handles across the shoulders!:lol3

    He HATES scoots, but loved his GSX1400, so when I came round with my daughter's scoot all fixed up after a slight "down-the-road" she had (and after a few Dr Pulley tweaks), I told him to ride the thing before his darling wife did, just to check it.

    He came back 30mins later with a bloody huge grin, coming round the corner he looked a lot like a large bearded gorilla riding a tricycle, bloody funny!

    He still won't admit he had fun, give him another 20 years and he won't care. :clap
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  19. Raff33

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    Mate, all you need to worry about is how you compare to cagers, not other blokes on bigger bikes. I grew up riding trail bikes in the country and then got my license as a 17 year old skinhead with a sparkly Lambretta so the way I see it as long as you are on two wheels and all you have to exert is your right wrist to get some speed up then you are way ahead of the curve...

    Plus in my experience, the kinda girls who are attracted to scoots, at least of the classic variety, are a lil more refined than your average biker moll (not that there is anything wrong with that)

    Plus now that ive taken a look at your profile and have discovered you are a fellow Australian (although one of them westerners) and also that you own a cb350 then it would take you showing up at the front door when one of these people knocked in ladies underthings to even come close to just breaking even.
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  20. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    HA!HA! Nothing wrong with Westerner's mate, we got our side of the Nullabor, you got yours!

    Damn I need a scoot bad, summers coming up, it was 30*C here yesterday.
    Reminded me of all the work I hafta do to fix the V-wobble, then find a scoot to ride up footpaths (we do have one where I live), and zing around between the roos.

    To the OP, get a scoot, ride one, you'll be hooked.
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