This is the story of my '64 Vespa 150 - how it became mine and how it has given me a new vespatude.  I'll be recording the neat places I visit, the different things I do to make the Vespa my own, and - oh yeah - those reactions I get from both friends and strangers.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005
It's contagious
I came across this story today in the Miami Herald:

Fuel-conscious are discovering scooters, smiles
Leah Stahl said Clark's skill as a mechanic helped bring her into the scooter crowd. Stahl said a friend gave her a broken-down scooter about eight years ago when she was a student at Columbia Art School, and Clark and fellow Gem City Roller officer Ryan France helped her get it running this year.

''We didn't charge her for the work; we did it for fun,'' Clark said. ``We're all about getting more scooters on the road.''

The original 125cc engine of Stahl's 1979 Vespa was replaced with a 177cc engine, and she now uses it to commute to her job as a photography teacher at Sinclair Community College.

Leah's husband Darin took a few rides on the Vespa and was hooked, so the couple recently purchased a new 150cc Stella scooter for him to ride.

The Stahl's next door neighbors were the next on board. Sara Smith rides a new hot pink Stella scooter, and her husband Adam Smith bought and restored a 1959 Allstate scooter.

''I was a chopper man before this,'' Smith said of his days riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Kyra Stahl, Leah and Darin's 2-year-old daughter, completes the set with a two-foot-long, battery-powered, plastic Vespa that she rides on the sidewalk in front of the Smith and Stahl homes.
I wonder if I will have any converts once I start driving about town? I have noticed a couple more scooters out there in recent days. However, I have yet to see a vintage scooter. On my way to prayer meeting last night, I did see a vintage Mini - which is almost a scooter!


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