Drug home my first Vespa! Lots o' pics

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sro99, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scooter Pilot

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    I clicked like on that post with the snow, but only because we don't have this as an option...

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  2. sro99

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    Local history time... :drink:lurk



    Camp X was a secret British Special Training School from 1941-1946. In addition to the training program, the Camp had a communications tower that could send and transmit radio and telegraph communications, called Hydra.

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    Camp X 1941-1946
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    How it looks today.
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    Spot Noa?
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    Many people consider him to be one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond. Ian Fleming himself once wrote, "James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is ... William Stephenson.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stephenson



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    William Hardcastle and Hydra, a highly sophisticated telecommunications relay station...
    http://www.camp-x.com/hydra.html

    Wikipedia link if you want to read more about Camp X...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_X

    Notable staff member Major Paul Dehn wrote the screen play for,‘The Planet of the Apes’ and the sequels thereafter. He also wrote the screen play to ‘Goldfinger’ (James Bond) by Ian Fleming in 1964. He won an Academy Award for Best Motion picture Story, ‘Seven Days to Noon’ in 1951, and produced, ‘Murder on The Orient Express’. The list goes on. He also did the screen play for ‘The Taming of the Shrew’....
    http://www.camp-x.com/campxstaff4344.html
  3. The Virginian

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    Great post! Love the history.
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  4. sro99

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    So far these things are awesome....


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    Velcro closer around the headset and a Velcro closer around the mirrors so you don't have to remove them which would mean the screen would have to come off. Smart design.

    Plastic windows are silly and will probably fail after time.

    Put the heated grips at 40% and it's like a little oven!

    Enough room to get to the horn and signal switch but a little tight for the high beam and Kill switch. Need to work it in and re-adjust the headset closer but its fine and they fit really well.

    From... https://www.urbanrider.co.uk/tucano-urbano-bar-muffs-r334-universal-fit.html
    TUCANO URBANO BAR MUFFS R334 - UNIVERSAL FIT
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  5. sro99

    sro99 one odd owl

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    This is the other style they offer. I thought the thumb pockets would be hard to use.

    R363 and R369
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  6. The Virginian

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    Looks great for the cold weather. Thanks for posting.
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  7. sro99

    sro99 one odd owl

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    Good for rain too. I'm starting to like riding in the rain. :loco :D
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  8. cdwise

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    We saw a documentary recently on Camp X. Interesting place with lots of history. Add a Thermoscud and you can comfortably ride in the temps you are experiencing.
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  9. sro99

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    The Smithsonian Channel did a 45 minute documentary on Camp X called World War II Spy School. It has real alumni telling their real life experiences. It's very good!

    "Before there was the CIA, there was the OSS, a top-secret spy agency hatched by Roosevelt and Churchill in the darkest hours of World War II. The goal: help Britain get back into occupied territory by building an army of highly trained super spies. Discover the origins of modern espionage at Camp X, the first secret agent training school in North America, and pore over the manual that served as its bible. Through declassified items and firsthand accounts, we reveal the untold stories behind the covert war in history's largest conflict."

    Watch it here...
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  10. CashCow

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    I am off for a possible 1000 mile ride this week.

    Ken and I are heading to the Panhandle for oysters and courthouses.

    Nights in White Springs, Wakulla Springs, DeFuniak Springs and probably Apalachicola.

    North Florida is great for riding this time of year.

    Bill
  11. sro99

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    I'm dreaming of Florida today...

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  12. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    I clicked "Like" because I understand that photo too well.

    Moved to California 25 years ago, and that's it for snow.
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  13. cdwise

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    Today was perfect for scooting in Houston 68f and 34% humidity but I caught the bug my husband had, sigh.
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  14. The Virginian

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    Well I clicked like on the pic because it's a spectacular picture. Hoping for warmer days in the near future for you S.Ro.

    Eric
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    Vespa Toronto West said they did a major service on Noa at 13,585km in 2017. Odometer says 19,300 now but it's not very accurate and it could have 22 or 23,000km. Smelled a whiff of burning rubber after a ride last week so ordered a new OEM belt. $140cad delivered and now I'll know its history.

    1200km (6 tanks) since the new piston and rings and I haven't had to add any oil and the belt isn't riding too high with the 10 gram Dr. Pulley sliders. Will compare this edge mark to the new belt mark after a few tanks.
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    New belt is dated 17 July 2018. Surprised it's that old coming from ScooterWest.
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    If the ink is any indication of age I'm glad I changed it. Old measured 21.2mm. New is 21.5mm. Minimum is 19.5mm.
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    Will have to look for cracks in the old belt.
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    7c is a nice temp to work on Noa in my unheated shed. Took about 40 minutes and then I was out for the test ride. Perfect!
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  16. The Virginian

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    S.Ro,

    I'm personally super glad your Vespa is working out for you and your ability and attitude to tackle any and all speedbumps working on it is amazing. I wish you and your family all the best this holiday season. I hope we cross paths in 2020.

    Eric
  17. cogitate

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    Nice! Did it really take 40 minutes to replace the belt?
    Or is that how long it took to get it out of the shed?
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    Thanks Eric! Merry Christmas!
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    Yep. Walked out to the shed with a Phillips screwdriver (2 screws for air filter housing), a cordless screwdriver with a 8mm socket and extension (10 bolts for cvt cover), an electric impact with a 19mm socket (clutch and variator nut), a 1/4" ratchet with 10mm socket for the back of the side panel nut and loctite blue for the variator nut.

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  20. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Thanks for the confidence boost! I have done most, if not all maintenance on all my bikes, except for tire changes and one bike with shim under bucket valves. I halfway watched the Scooterwest video and figured I would just let the shop do that work when the miles get close to 6k.

    Honestly, if it's that easy, maybe I should watch the videos when I am not tired and just do it. I am at 1550 miles, so still time.
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