Thursday, March 04, 2010

C'est la Deux

This is the second part of a post about the first of two Vespa scooters. Or should I say, of the first Vespa finding a new home.

Granted I like two strokes to a degree. Just don't have the space to rebuild one anymore. For the foreseeable future, what amounts to a spaceous garage is showing its limitiations. You wouldn't think so, but it does. And with six year old twins, I really don't have the time to divide toward rebuilding it. You could say I've lost interest in this one. You'd be right.

Think of it as an item on the back burner. Something which has been there for a very long time. Long enough that it becomes a bane every time you see it suspended by the bench, waiting for you to pick up the tools to put it back together again.

Premix two stroke. In today's world. Injected two strokers seem outdated with all the environmental brouha. Imagine Puff the premix Magic Dragon, er Vespa, belching a blue haze wherever it went. In the past, people actually thought it was out of tune. In today's consciousness the sight of a motorized anything with a visible cloud behind it would probably get people talking. And not in a good way. I'm no environmentalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm aware of the current trends, or rather what I would call 'group think'.

So the old Vespa has gone away. A certain Yamaha Virago I bought new in '87 might soon follow. That would pare the motorcycles to three and scooters to one. Getting to more livable numbers. I'm not a collector. At least I never intended to be a collector. I just have a hard time parting with things which have made me happy in the past. Once in a while they seem to find their way back to me. I don't know how that happens but it does.

Maybe I shouldn't tell you that the name of the Virago is Christine.

Name ring a bell?


Harv

5 comments:

bobskoot said...

Harv:

Hmmm, Christine. Does your Virago have FINS ? or an ashtray ? I know what you mean about too many vehicles. For us it is about the excessive costs to insure them. I am down to one bike, one scoot, and two cars

I don't think I would want another 2-stroke. Too many people look at that smoke and while they don't say anything, it's not proper in the new Green economy

bob
bobskoot: wet coast scootin

American Scooterist Blog said...

Hi bobskoot, actually it does have fins. Cooling fins anyway.. A friend once called it "the b---h that owns you". My wife to be said it was her competition.. then she called it Christine and the name stuck.

The only things I've owned longer are a couple of saxophones.

bobskoot said...

Harv:

That's the trouble with old technology, there's always something to do, adjust cables, check plug if fouled, do overhaul between rides, etc.

Most Old style scooterists only do local rides for fear of breaking down far from home

bob
bobskoot: wet coast scootin

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American Scooterist Blog said...

bobskoot, that's a great point. People may have ridden them alot in the past but today things are much different. Great point about vintage scooters seeming to only be used for meets and such. Although I'm sure there are those who will say they ride theirs daily. I don't doubt them, I just think they're in the minority.

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