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 18, 2005
Vespa News
Okay, I don't have my bike yet, but that doesn't mean there aren't other things going on in the Vespa world. I did a Google News search on Vespa today and found some interesting stories.

Could you catch me in a skirt?

I found this little number at They write:
The covers are apparently popular in Italy and France, allowing riders to keep dry and warm in bad weather, without needing winter kit. The Vespa design is specifically made to fit neatly and snugly on the metal-bodied LX and GT scooters.
Now, maybe if they would just call them kilts.

And on the gas front...

How Does $10 A Week For Gas Sound? Try A Scooter

$10 dollars a week? I have figured that with my Vespa, it will cost me a dollar a week to drive to and from work.

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V is for Vespa. The Italian motor scooter company’s latest pitch is, “Stretch that single gallon of gas a week or more” — around 65 miles to the gallon. “We’ve gone from selling one, two, three a week to that many a day,” says Bill Rush, who opened Little Rock’s Vespa dealership earlier this year.

Most people are looking for a way to zip around economically, he says. (And maybe hoping to look as breezy as Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck did on their scooter in Roman Holiday).
And then there is this poor girl...

Scooter's 'do not ticket me' sign not working

She is making a mistake, but it does bring to mind something I was thinking about last night. What if cities were to create designated areas for parking scooters? It could encourage more scooter ownership and help with parking in congested downtown areas. I'm not a big fan of "do what the europeans do" but in this case, I think they are on to something.

Hmmmm, I wonder where I will be able to park my Vespa in downtown Greenville?


Gas prices are just right

Yep, an article written by yours truly. I may be a Vespa owner, but I am not a SUV hater. More than that, I am a free market kind of guy.


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