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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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
V for inVisible
Wouldn't you know it. I had just about finished this post earlier and Internet Explorer crashed on me! Now I'm retyping it. It is the imperfect ending to an imperfect day.

I thought the Vespa would be here today. Unfortunately, V-Day vanished.

I called over to Forward Air and learned that the bike had not arrived by lunch. I also learned that it might not arrive today, tomorrow or even this week. I'm just going to have to be patient.

I went ahead to the Customs Department to make sure I had all the papers filled out correctly. You would expect to get some sort of run around from a government agency, but they were very helpful. I'm sure they could have made life miserable for me because I didn't know half the things to put on the forms. They just took them and basically did the work for me.

Now I just wait for Forward Air to call me. I then call Customs. They go inspect the crate and then call me back. I then go to Customs, fill out a final form, and then go pick up the bike at Forward Air. Someday...

Big thanks to Mike at Sunshine Cycle Shop. He gave me the low down on some things I didn't know about the bike. For instance, this Super has been supered. The original Supers came with 8 inch wheels and the 150 engine. This one has been adjusted to sport 10 inch wheels and a kit has boosted the power of the engine. Instead of the two port cylinder, it now has a five port cylinder block and Del'Lorto carb.

Sunshine has serviced my pedal bikes for years. Little did I know that Mike would end up helping me with this motorized one.

Make sure they check that crate for the bird flu!

That comment was from me. Sorry, I forgot to put a name in.

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