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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Monday, February 27, 2006
Time to gas 'im up
I drove Heebie to work today after lunch. I would drive him to work in the morning except I have to drop the kiddos off for school. Since I only live a mile from my office, I ran by the house after making a bank run and traded the bimmer for the Vespa.

No problem to and from the office. When I got home, the family had not yet arrived from the dentist appointment they were at so I decided to get some gas for the Vespa - and use the Vespa to do it. I took the second seat off and bungied a three gallon can in its place. Then it was off to the station about a mile from the house.

I was glad the can stayed on until I got to the station. Once there I drove right up to the pump and put two gallons of gas in the can (I had already added the engine oil before leaving the house). It cost me $4.10 to get my two gallons.

While I am at it, a comment on the lights. I think one of my issues is the brake light switch. The brake lever does not spring back far enough to disengage the switch. So, the brake light keeps burning (never very brightly, I have noticed) and ultimately burns out. When the brake light burns out then the pilot light and rear running light won't work if the brake light switch is engaged.

I think I will solve some of my problems if I can get the switch problem worked out. I'm loving my halogen light. I can drive at night and really light up the place.

Another problem is that I basically have NO rear brake. The front brake works pretty well, but I have found I have to use my gears to slow myself and plan my stops well ahead of an intersection.


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