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Old 09-16-2006, 03:19 PM   #31
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Default Re: Roaming Holiday: Touring Tuscany on a 2006 Vespa GTS250ie

I actually bought two Yamaha Zumas after a trip to Key West. Then my girlfriend and I went back there four more times in a year, just to ride them around with our snorkling gear under the seats.



Savannah GA is another good place to tool around on a scooter.



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Old 09-16-2006, 05:39 PM   #32
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Your Aprilia Scarabeo 150 is nice looking.. Looks like the type of scooter I could see myself having.. What is the tope speed on it? Could you ride it on the freeway?
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:07 AM   #33
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Ah, damn, a scooter review in a motorcycle `zeen. Weeel, it's about time. These things are popping up on the roads here in Sonoma County, the riders actually wave back to those of us on larger motorcyckles, and unlike the grim looking riders of some make of bike I could mention, they're smiling. Great writing, nice photos. Not that I'm actually interested, but, ahem, do they come in green and are stripes available? Just curious...

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Old 09-17-2006, 10:55 AM   #34
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tipperary has a enacted anti triumph tootling laws ..you now may only bimble through tipperary on a triumph between 9 and 6
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:51 PM   #35
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Just add it to the list of things you'll never own.
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:53 PM   #36
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Default Re: Roaming Holiday: Touring Tuscany on a 2006 Vespa GTS250ie

Re the question about why scooters are fun: I've got a Multistrada 620, which is a great bike for city riding, but if I'm riding around in Boston city proper I almost always prefer my Yamaha Zuma 50cc scooter. Why?


  1. It's extremely nimble and easy to ride at slow speeds compared to even small motorcycles -- must be something to do with the low center of gravity and small wheels. This makes it feel safer to me for weaving through traffic.
  2. No shifting; I like shifting, but in the city where 1/2 the time is spent waiting at lights or going less than 10 mph, I'd just as soon not have to use the clutch all the time.
  3. Park anywhere; for whatever reason, I'm liable to get a ticket if I park my motorcycle on the sidewalk, but never have with my scooter. It makes sense since the scooter is smaller and doesn't block as much of the sidewalk.
  4. Similarly, no one seems to care if I lanesplit on my scooter, whereas people will sometimes honk at me if I do so on my motorcycle. Lanesplitting is illegal here in Boston, but I guess people don't quite think of a scooter as a serious vehicle and so don't mind.
  5. Gets 85 mpg
  6. Cheap so I don't worry about what happens to it.
  7. It's quite fun to ride in the snow. Due to its low CoG and light weight, it's very easy not to fall even with the front wheel sliding around compared to a motorcycle.

Having said all that, outside of the city I'd almost always prefer a proper motorcycle. To me scooters are ideal city vehicles.
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:47 PM   #37
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A small nit to pick. Celine Dione is Canadian Eh! America does not have the market on bad music to itself. That being said please renew her Vegas contract eh. I like the Vespa though. It was my very first two wheeled ride when I was about six.
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:38 PM   #38
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:55 AM   #39
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Default Vespa rental places in Italy?

I know Piaggio gave you the bike (lucky guy!) but did you see anywhere in Tuscany that would rent a Vespa GT or GTS?



My wife and I are planning to go soon.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:20 PM   #40
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Default Re: Vespa rental places in Italy?

I think if you look at the main vespa u.s.a. website you'll see a link about how to tour Italy on a Vespa. Or if you futz around with Google, I'll bet you'll find a tour operator that does that. I know I have seen a website like that somewhere.



I think they go in big groups, all together. Safety in numbers. And you wouldn't be getting lost as much, because you'd be following people who know where they're going. I think it'd be a blast.
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