Yesterday my father and I attended the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland, OH. (I would add a link but most likely it will soon disappear).
There were some notable motorcycle brands: Star (from Yamaha, the same company who made our piano) and Victory Motorycles from Polaris (NICE!). All in all, trying to push the large-CC, “bad-boy” machines. Leather required.
Vespas aren’t designed to go fast, they’re more for touring. I like to go fast, and have tweaked my ‘79 Vespa P125X with a performance muffler, but with all the mods I have added can only manage 50 mph. It doesn’t sound fast, but 50 mph on 10 inch tires is respectable.
The reason I like to ride my motor scooter is for the experience it brings of living: the smells, the scenery, the things I would not notice inside the glass walls of a car.
Most of all , it’s the people: children wave and smile (really!), adults stop and stare (maybe because my current muffler is getting a bit loud, but its replacement goes on in March). When I park it, strangers will walk up and either a) strike up a conversation about it, wondering what it is, b) asking “how fast does is go?” and c) offering their memories of when they owned one when they were younger.
What makes you feel alive?
Addendum: Article about the legacy of the Vespa brand