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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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Up and running!
Wow, what a feeling! Heebie is up and running. The gremlins seem to be pretty much worked out in the electrical system. The only annoying thing right now is the small leak in the fuel system. I think I can fix that as well. However, what a relief to finally have all my lights working!

Yesterday I drove the scooter to work. Of course, it is only about a mile from my house. Nearly everytime I started it during the day, it started on the first kick.

I drove to a nearby Arby's to have lunch with my Worthwhile partner and our sales manager. As I drove through the lunchtime traffic I could feel people's eyes on the scoot. Sitting inside I was able to look out and see the people stop and walk around the scooter to check it out.

That is a definite difference between a vintage Vespa and some of the newer ones (or other newer scooters or mopeds); you even get "respect" from the Harley riders. I almost always get a nod or a wave from those guys and gals. When I first got the scooter, I figured those riders would kind of chuckle at me - or even laugh. What I have found is that motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes are drawn to the vintage bike. It's cool!

When I got home from work I went immediately to fix the switch. I think I have it. I also altered the front lamp housing to allow me to burn the traditional bulb as well as a halogen car type bulb. In the picture above, I'm burning the car headlight.

I've ordered some cables and other stuff from Scooterworks. It should be here tomorrow and I plan to replace the gear cables, both the front and rear light housings (they are beginning to show their age), and some other minor odds and ends. Then my next project will be the side car.

I think the weather man is calling for rain today. Don't know if I'll get to ride... but the weekend is supposed to be beautiful. I'm not complaining. We need the rain.


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