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I rode the Vespa to the trainer today, which was the first time I had ridden it on the road in quite a while since buying the bike. It was a weird feeling after riding the bike so much lately. These are very different vehicles. Yes Oppo, after a high level liberal arts education, a juris doctor,and almost 20 years of practicing law, I have honed my analytical skills to such a fine edge that I can confirm that, in fact, a scooter and a motorcycle are different things.

Being the San Joaquin Valley, it was 75 degrees at 5:15 am, and I was reminded of why I love this silly little thing. My son wants to take it to UNT badly, and I am weakening. He will be taking the MSF class and getting his M1 endorsement this summer, and it seems like a perfect little vehicle for a jazz guitarist in Denton, Texas.

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Illustration for article titled Home again and Vespa contemplation

Love the bluing on this pipe that is part of the GPR exhaust that remains my favorite upgrade on the little scoot. I need to do the big bore and suspension upgrades in short order. Oppo, a decision needs to be made about the paint.

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Illustration for article titled Home again and Vespa contemplation

S you may have read in prior posts, I have been planning a paint and decal scheme for this bike that would make it look sharp. But the kid loves the rat Vespa aesthetic, and wants to keep the stickers. What I could do is just paint the unpainted plastic panels (the gray parts above) with black trim paint and let him have his rat scoot. I gave him Thunderbird restoration money for graduation, and that project will continue. Title appointment is Thursday at DMV before we fly to Dallas.

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