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Old 11-13-2006, 12:49 PM   #11
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I like Gabe and I like travel stories. Scooters can be practical, fun and yes "cute" (I'll deny it if pressed) but what if your Buds see you on one?



Guy that run's (partial owner too?) my favorite "biker bar" (Judy's, the whole front is Motorcycle parking only, cages to the sides!) had a nice looking blacked out HD. Think bald Sergeant Schultz but carries himself like he's got a pretty short fuse (I dunno). This guy looks and sounds like a Beemer guy for sure... He recently sold his Harley and bought a new Red Vespa scooter (250 I think)??? Sure he lives one mile from the bar and all But, But... Thursday night is still "Bike Night" (every night is there). Wednesday night is now "Scooter night"!!!



Scooter riders never wave back!?



All good, plenty of room for any variation of two wheels there, on the road and under MO's big tent IMHO. They're all "Brothers in the Wind" to me.



Good stuff Gabe, informative, died with the "Nuns" one (brief aside, I was thinking maybe Mad Max in drag, pun intended, Still think he's one of the best Riders in the World and looking forward to watching him race again next year). Yossef doesn't remark much about "traffic", funny the things that can seem normal once you're used to it. Sounds like a great destination and if I'm around long enough I'll make it happen. May even go the Scooter route "When in Rome..." and all but NO PICTURES!!!
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:25 PM   #12
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I spent 12 days riding in southeastern France and northwestern Italy last summer. The biggest city I rode in was Nice, but Gabe's description matches my experience there too. Despite thinking I was accustomed to splitting lanes from commuting in California, my first day riding in Nice completely reset my understanding.



Also, splitting into oncoming traffic is considered pretty standard. We even had a French cop wave us around him when entering a blind lefthander with cars coming the other way. Wild! Everyone just makes room.



It's a lot of fun, and I'm going back the summer of 2007,but it's not for everyone.



Nice article, Gabe.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:40 PM   #13
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Were you sitting in Hooters while you wrote that post?? How many beers have you had there cowboy?! -fonzie
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:51 PM   #14
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Heck I rode a bus from Sorrento to Amalfi and it scared the crap out of me.



If you're on a scooter and you hear the bus horn honk, move to the shoulder now!



Try driving in Mexico City sometime. It makes Rome look like Amish country.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:17 PM   #15
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I soo almost jumped on that other post, as if you even notice Motorcycles when "Chickies" are around.



We should go have a few sometime just to see if it'd be fun.



BTW I STILL never got the "Good" Daytona pictures! I'm real curious if some of them Girlies look as Hot when I'm sober.
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:08 PM   #16
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It just so happens I am planning a trip back to Italy in June. I grew up north of Rome and haven't been back in 25 years (family issues- they really pissed me off!). I am staying with a friend and getting the use of his BMW 1200 so that should be fun.

I have to say Gabe's Vespa 250 review convinced me that should be my next mortorcycle it was an excellent review full of useful information and gave a real review of the machine and its potential.

In the same way i enjoyed his review of the Eternal City. Weirdly enough 25 years on I still speak fluent Italian, some things one doesn't forget though i doubt i still have the nerve of my youth for crazy traffic antics. I've rather lost my edge after 25 years of plodding around in the USA.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:05 AM   #17
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Recently while riding my Buell Blast I came upon a half mile long backup. I entered the slot between the cars and drove to the obstruction and went around it. How gratifying!!! The Itaqians and Californians have it right.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:54 AM   #18
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where are the movie clips!?!



lets hear and see the sights and sounds!!!!!
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:02 AM   #19
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OK, Gabe, we know The Wife was with you, but couldn't you sneak in even one picture of the "spike-heeled, scooter-riding fashion models"?



Nice story, BTW.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:04 AM   #20
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P.S. Even if you can't spell Giuseppe.
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