Happy Weekend Slow Kids!
I thought to myself that I should share this little comic a friend of mine sent me. It’s so great, especially for those of us that live in the Southwest United States.
Stay tuned for my engine rebuild series. I’ve got all the parts I need and I will be attempting to rebuild my LML 5-port engine over the coming weeks. With a little one and a full time job, there’s little time to devote to a new project, but I’m really itching to get the V running again. It’s going to be premier weather in no time.
Anyway, here’s the humor!
First I’d like to give a shout out to our friends in San Diego attending Amerivespa. Those of us not there, are jealous. Trust me. We’ve seen a few pics trickling in but I’m sure there will be many more once the riders from across the country meet their beachy destination.
Next I want to brag, just a little. Our group on Facebook is growing. We have a modest 12 members, several are in other states and others lack scooters. But if you’re enthusiastic about scoots and scoot culture, we’d love to share some space with you. If you live in Arizona and want to get some ride time in, we are looking to set that up soon as well. Nevermind it’s 118 outside. 🙂
Anyway, I’m really excited that our fledgling operation is getting some feedback now. We have tons of readers on this blog, which I couldn’t be more grateful for and our virtual gang is growing. So, thank you.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting some gang swag, what do you think as our readers? Yay or nay? It would take a tiny bit to get that all set up, but thinking t-shirts, patches and stuff… Any responses would be most helpful.
Again, thank you! You’ve all been great with comments and sharing information. Keep it up!
So, as I was surfing the youtube, I came across this lovely Minnesotan. I’m kinda partial to those from the frosty white north (hi family!) and this guy is really easy to follow. Not too much info, not too “know it all”, but instead the right speed of slow for me. Must be my MN showing.
Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0mBF-ZWVu4
And the video:
While I’m slightly offended at these remarks… well, since I have a vintage V and I’m not a fan of lumping people into generalizations, I found this blog post quite funny.
If you are in search of a fun game, a white person who has recently purchased a Vespa can be a source of tremendous entertainment. Step One, get them talking about their Vespa (easy). Step Two, start asking them why they didn’t save money by getting a Honda or Suzuki that gets the same mileage. Step Three, see how many of the following justifications a white person will use during the ensuing rant: environment, parking, urban lifestyles, union labor, writers, fuel efficiency, Roman Holiday, study abroad, and being into Vespas before other people.”
And just because I find it cute and retro THIS
Ever wondered where those “excellent” condition Vespas you see on Craigslist disappear when you hesitate 5 minutes to check your bank account or do the monthly budget in your head while the other guy is calling and buying it?
Well, have a look. For once, I was that “other” guy. These are the scooters you hope to find when looking for a good condition vintage daily runner. No, the paint is not perfect, but the engine is. More of that later…
Me!! I finally have found *the* bike, and the deposit was laid upon the barrel head yesterday with an expected delivery on next Thursday.
BEHOLD! The best “daily driver” vintage you will find: A 1980 Vespa P200e!
200cc’s of glory!! It’s in excellent condition, runs like a top and stops like…well… like a 31 year old motorbike with drum brakes. The shocks are a bit worn and it needs a new kill switch. Other than that, she’s a perfect scooter! Admittedly I am paying a *bit* more than the average market price, but clean vintage scooters are impossible to come by in Phoenix unless you dig REAL deep or can afford to pay someone else to build them for you. I was determined to find a vintage bike that was a good platform for my OWN work. This shall fit the bill exactly! And, these are the workhorse of the Vespa world with the most powerful engine built by Piaggio until the “modern” era in the 90’s and will fit excellent for our groups long term “field trip”: The ride to Amerivespa ‘12!!!
Now, does that make my opinions on Stella scooters from Genuine Scooter Company null and void? Hardly! The Stella is a fine modern version of the shifter scooter, and is a great bike. But, the P-series scooter is what the Stella started from, and there are certain bits that make this scooter stand out. The materials are just *slightly* better: The steel is thicker, the factory rubber is amazingly new feeling even after 31 years, and it has a fit and finish only Vespa can bring. That doesn’t mean the LML-made Stellas are junk, but they do have their issues. Their rubber material is prone to UV damage and rot early on, some of the steel on the body aren’t as thick and modern parts such as plastic fuel tanks instead of metal ones just don’t match the Vespa feel.
But, the Stella does come with three things that make it VERY much a better first time rider scooter: 90% of Vespa parts will fit a Stella (so you can upgrade the “good” parts for “excellent” parts!), and you get a front disc brake and electric start. Those two points alone make a bike far safer and more convenient. In fact, I will be adding a front disc on this bike later on, but I’ll ‘”suffer” with the kicstart only since it’s only a 200cc bike.
All in all I’m VERY excited for this scoot and will post a full review and even video when I get it in my hands next week!
And so it begins…