Mod #1: Side stand

The first modification to my new Vespa was fairly urgent. The GT200s sold in the U.S. were made in Italy, just like the ones sold in Europe. The European ones had a center stand and a side stand. The American ones had, for reasons shrouded in mystery, only a center stand. The GT200 weighs 308..

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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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Gearing up

The day after I committed to purchase my first Vespa, I went home and checked out with a large shopping cart full of goodies from Scooter West. Patches, stickers, a string bag, just little stuff, but it was a largely symbolic thing, initiating myself into this culture. Then I did some more serious looking for..

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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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Poser

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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