A shifty and a scooter named Lance

Still scooterless this holiday weekend (seriously, are they handcrafting the hose in Italy? and shipping it via tartaruga?), I decided to quell some of my restlessness with a trip across the river to another scooter shop. They’re the only Corazzo dealer within a million miles and had some jackets I wanted to look at. Moto […]

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Update on the Crash Bars

I hereby officially retract my recommendation about the zip ties. Last week I wrote about having to do a little smooshing to get the coolant hoses out of the way of the mounting bracket for the Prima rear crash bars. A ModernVespa user showed how he’d bent the steel bracket with a table vise, which […]

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Fresh Oil and Gravel

The book Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough is much recommended by the experienced riders on the ModernVespa forums, so I downloaded it to my Kindle the day I decided to purchase my scooter. It’s a bit of a terrifying read at first, but that’s intentional – if you can get past the story of the […]

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Smart scooter security

It is a truth universally acknowledged in the scooter community that a thief in possession of a certain determination will get your scoot if he wants it. A visiting friend asked with raised eyebrows whether the Vespa was safe parked in the alley lot behind my apartment, so I filled her in. The goal of […]

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MSF Basic Rider Course

If you get nothing else out of this post, get this: beginning riders of any bike – from a 49cc scooter on up – will benefit immensely from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course. I took a two-day course, ten hours each day, and while it didn’t get me my motorcycle license, I […]

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Do You Vespa?

Someone who rides Harleys asked me awhile back whether Vespa had any sort of trinket or challenge coin similar to the Harley-Davidson poker chip. I pleaded neophyte ignorance and then hit Google. Nothing I had seen or read so far indicated that such a thing existed, but I realized I also didn’t know exactly what I […]

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Test Drive

I went on Saturday to finally check out the Craigslist Vespa I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks. It’s a GT200, with a displacement four times that of any scooter I’ve ever operated – and that little experience I do have driving is from many years ago. I wasn’t really anticipating taking it on much […]

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There are two scooter dealers near-ish to me, each dealing in different brands. I decided to start the scooter-shopping adventure by just going and sitting on a few of the different models that had caught my eye online. At the first shop, I tried and ruled out a Stella Automatic – one that I had […]

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