(Closed) Anyone Have a Vespa?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I have one (well, not a Vespa, but a scooter).  I bought it when we only had one car, and I needed a way to get back and forth to school (public transportation is a nightmare here.  It would take me 2 hours on the bus to go the 4 miles to school).

I love my scooter.  I don’t ride it much these days because I have to wear a suit 4 out of 5 days of the work week, and I don’t feel safe riding in anything less than jeans and sneakers.  Although, I do see people riding them in skirts and flip flops here (in Florida) all the time…I just won’t do it because of my own personal thoughts on safety while riding one.

I’m 5’5″, but I think if you go to a shop and try out a couple different models, you’ll find one that fits you perfectly.

Whatever you do, get a helmet!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a Vino and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! The different brands are different “sizes” so since I’m tall, I found the vino to fit better.

As far as brands, it really depends on what you want to spend. At about $1100 I’ve actually already broken even in saved gas over the past 2.5 years I’ve had it. It’s great for around town. I’ve even brought a comforter home from TJ MAXX on it before ‘-)

I personally didn’t have a ‘need’ to spend the money on a vespa. I did however want a reputable one (I.e. not a chinese mystery scooter.) Stick to Honda, Yamaha, and Vespa.

And yes, Helmet

(I’m totally one of those who wears flops and even tank tops and exercise shorts on the way to the gym 😉 I don’t get much use below about 65 degrees though. This time of year, however, it’s not uncommon for me to go 1-2 weeks without using my car! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My Future Mother-In-Law has one that she uses to get to and from work when it’s not raining and little errands. She pretty small hispanic woman and she rides it just fine. I’m not sure of her height, but I think she is around 5’1ish or so.

I would really like to have one here for errands and going to the gym. They save a lot of money in gas because of the high mileage. Plus they don’t have as much maintance like a car does….

You aren’t going to be able to go grocery shopping with one unless you are just picking up one thing because there is only a little storage area. I have seen my Future Mother-In-Law carry a gallon of milk and other bags between her feet and come home, but I’m not sure if I could manage that skill :D.

But if you just running back and forth between work and your apt, I think it would relly benefit you.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The other day I brought home a bag of corn chips, bottle of wine, 2 bags of burger buns, 2 bags of hotdog buns, a giant box of burgers, tomatoes, onion, and lettuce as well as a tub of cookie dough for a cookout. You get used to how to “pack” the scooter and then also sometimes a messenger bag helps.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I bought a Vespa last year and I *love* it. We have one car that belongs to DH’s work so I don’t really get to use it much. I was sick of getting the bus to work and having to negotiate use of the car on the weekends if I wanted to go out to see a girlfriend (public transport on weekends = impossible here). It’s 5 years old, cost me $5000 (Australian) and it costs me $25/fortnight on petrol and secure underground parking at work. BARGAIN!! There is more storage than you’d think, and you can get a top box so there is even more. I don’t have a top box yet but I just wear a backpack to work that holds my gym gear and handbag, it’s fine.

@floridabeachbride – there is a hook just above the storage compartment where you can hang your handbag/shopping, that’s probably what you saw so it doesn’t actually take any skill!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Mine is a 50cc, and it only goes 35mph.  I don’t ever use it on roads that have a speed limit higher than 35, so it isn’t a big deal.  The main reason I have a 50cc scooter is because anything higher than that requires a motorcycle endorsement on your license in Florida.  A motorcycle endorsement down here is $$ and requires a very expensive training class.

You should check your state laws on whether you will need a motorcycle endorsement or not before you make your decision on engine size.  Road laws are different in different states, too (like I can only ride in the far right lane unless I’m making a left hand turn).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is going to vary by state. Here in VA at least….

I have a 49cc. This enables me to go about 40-43 mph depending on wind. Faster if you’re a little lighter. I can’t take it on highways or roads above 50, but I wouldn’t want to for my own safety anyways. These usually also have a governor you can remove to get more speed. Mine still has it on. 

In VA, 50cc is considered a motorcycle. To have a 50cc scooter would mean I would need insurance (don’t need insurance at 49cc), pay personal property and registration taxes, have is registered and license plates, etc.

To me, the headache and expense of getting a real motorcycle in essence, wasn’t worth it. If you don’t need to go on Highways, there probably is no reason to get one with that much power. I’m in the suburbs and 49cc is plenty. If I was in a city with lights every block, bumper to bumper traffic etc, it would be even more hp than needed… 

Different brands top at different speeds. This was another reason I choose the Vino. 

Another plus, is that here, it’s considered essentially the same as a “bicycle.” i.e. I park right next to the door at Walmart 😉

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

OMG! I love Vespas!!! They used to be veeery popular in dr a long time ago! I wonder they stopped being comercialized here. They’re soooo cool!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a 50cc scooter. FIs is 150cc.  He bought them online from a dealer in China or somewhere.  He and a friend assembled them themselves, but they are awesome!  We mostly just ride around our neighborhood or to breakfast.  I’m 5’4” and I was terrified at first, but their really stable.  I have a slightly slow time up large hills, but in general the speed is great.

In CA 150cc is minimum for freeways, but the scooter is also a lot bigger.  I like my little one : )

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Mine is 200cc. Darling Husband wouldn’t really let me get anything smaller, he wanted to make sure I’d be able to keep up with traffic (he rides motorbikes). The highest speed I do on my usual commute is 50mph but I have had to do up to 63mph so I needed something that could handle it. I did have to do a course to get the license but really I think anyone should have to do a course – it’s not like riding a bicycle, you need to understand the safety aspects and how to get the most of your riding.

Oh and in answer to your height question – I am 5’1 and yes sometimes I don’t have my whole foot on the ground but I don’t feel unsafe. It is kind of heavy though, I don’t think you should get a scooter you can’t push around yourself as you never know where you might get stuck 🙂

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