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, December 06, 2005
Do I regret it?
Here is a comment received here at
Have enjoyed following your saga and can't wait to spot you zipping around Greeville weaving between the Harleys and monster trucks.

Just curious-Do you regret your purchase since this has become a huge project? What do the wife, kids, family and co-workers say?
A good question.

I do not regret all aspects of the purchase. Part of owning a vintage vehicle of any kind is working on it. It is kind of like playing with Legos when you were a kid. You have the most fun building the project. Once it is all built it is only fun playing with it for a little while. Then you want to build something else. So, I do not regret the work I am doing - I have enjoyed it!

I do think I was kind of stupid to have purchased the bike from Indonesia. Really, when you make this kind of purchase, you should be able to inspect the bike. It turns out that with the work I am having to do, it did not save me that much money. Still, the body is in excellent condition and once the engine starts running a lot of that disappointment will disappear.

My coworkers think what they always think about me. They sit there and shake their heads. "What will he get himself into next?" Most folks think it is really neat - they just aren't that sure they would do the same thing. Overall I have been pleasantly surprised with the response I have gotten from both friends and family.

The kids just want to ride in that sidecar!

Hi, I am a Scotsman who is working and living in Indonesia just now and I have recently bought a Vespa from a Vespa shop here. I am having the shop strip it down and do all the work that you are doing as the labour here is very cheap. I have told them what I want and what I expect and I am welcome to go to the shop and make sure it is getting done right. You bought your Vespa from here and there are loads of really crap bikes here that have been welded together etc. There are also a lot of Vespas that are in really good condition. I should get my scooter back in 4 weeks time and I am sure I will be very happy with it. Sorry you have had such bad luck.

Rab Mann

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