Vespa TransAmerica 1981

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by conchscooter, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    Great story!!! :clap
    Gary
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  2. Achtung

    Achtung Wicked Pisssah Adventurer Supporter

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    Amazing.
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  3. dEAdEyE

    dEAdEyE practicing retirement

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    That's what I call adventure riding!!Great fun.
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  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Love it... love it!!! I always remember those days... no GPS (I still only use it for the bread crumb trail!), no phone... NOTHING!... and I MISS them... at the same time... years have come upon me, it is now living on the road versus traveling and not a day goes by that I look at all this "stuff" and go... %$#@!!! Maybe we are too quick into compromising as the years have gone by... weather (:D ), comfort... convenience... I guess as long as deep down we can live with ourselves and a big grin... all is OK!
    I send your thread to a friend of mine "Steve Williams" who write "Scooter in the Sticks"... different eras... much in common...

    Maybe some day... some day... we can go back those those precious basic moments... they do make sidecars for scooters!!!

    Be well, and thank you... it is a "treat"...

    Ara & Spirit
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  5. Joyseeker

    Joyseeker a biking sweetie

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    what a fantastic shot..... even this brit knows what is missing. :clap
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  6. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    Wonderful report!
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  7. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    Are you kidding! Thanks for telling, great stories man, true adventure rider to the bone, thanks for the story and pics.


    :clap
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  8. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    I thank you so much for an inspiring story of reckless youthful endeavors; it truly isn't what you ride, it is the journey itself.

    You reminded of 1975 when I just returned from 4 years in Europe (military) got to the states bought a brand new HD sporster($2,449) and took off across country....but your story is more inspiring, thank you.
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  9. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b Supporter

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    Umm, would it be the lack of fact? According to google earth Key West is at 2661111.53 North and Ka Lae on Hawaii Island is at 2093126.26 North...

    Awesome report! I had a '78 P125 around that same time when I was in college, now I got a ET4 that my nephew from France just put into a tree.:baldy
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  10. nomiles

    nomiles Sledge-o-matic

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    Outstanding adventure! great scans! :clap

    Thanks for posting it. :thumb :thumb
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  11. pitbull

    pitbull Long timer

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    fantastic report.... I love the old pics...thanks for sharing them and your adventure.

    BTW, I totally agree with your feelings on travelling as simply as possible. A tank bag, map, and a bunch of stuff rolled up in a plastic tarp strapped to the back of my Ducati monster is all I need for weeks on the road.
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  12. GARider

    GARider Wandering Thru Life

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    Great report.

    Roger
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  13. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Hello,

    Thats an incredible adventure you have shared. I still see a lot of vespa and recently i learned that Vespa is again coming in the market with its original designs. I have ridden many vespa's and other scooters infact many of my friends still ride them. There a few guys here who have setup up Vintage Scooter Shops. Those things are amazing pieces of History.


    Thanks for sharing.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for an awesome report down memory lane!! Things were surely simpler in those days :thumb
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  15. TheGeorge

    TheGeorge Been here awhile

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    superb writing.

    fantastic photos.

    great story.
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  16. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    You are all very kind.
    I've said it before that being able to participate in this forum is a rare privilege, this is the company of riders and that is awesome. Be it a 1916 history ( that rings true to me) or appalling suffering in snow and hail, or monumental madness in gravel and mud, I love all the photos and stories of people getting out and about on two and three wheels. Even scooters!!!
    Cheers
    Michael
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  17. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    Great report and old pics.

    The romantic in me was hoping that you and the girl would have been married and living happily ever after.:crash still riding and not falling.

    Very cool
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  18. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen Long timer

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    Awesome report, have you read the book "Vroom With A View" by Peter Moore? It's right up your alley. . .
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  19. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    No kidding, and on my recent trip back to Italy all I found in my Kinder Eggs were Asterix figurines. Before I read the book I never really cared for the eggs either!
    On the subject of motorcycle adventure books I am currently reading "The Rugged Road" by Theresa Wallach. The story of two women who were the first motorcyclists to cross Africa. They used a Panther 600 hack, towing a custom trailer. (Which puts me in mind of modern Goldwing "RVs"- there is nothing new under the sun.)
    I rode the first half of their 1934 trip 45 years later and "Wal" and "Blenk" really were pioneers, and i feel lucky to be able to read them and be able to stand, short, on their shoulders.

    Attached Files:

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  20. NomadRip

    NomadRip Always a n00b

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    Excellent report! :clap
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