This week Ed and I went to look at Vespa scooters. Our SmartCar plan is no longer in the works and our friends recently purchased a Vespa for their truck, which is what has made us start thinking about it. In fact, while they're away in Bangkok this month, they're having their truck outfitted with what they're calling a "garage" on the back of their tractor to house the Vespa. They have ramps planned and everything.
We've only ridden scooters two other times in our trucking years, once in Martha’s Vineyard and once in Key West. We recently considered bicycles (which we might still do), but Ed talked to my brother's friend who is a master with metal, about building us boxes to fit up under each side of our trailer. They took measurements, did drawings and determined that we can carry two scooters on the trailer - one on each side.
I'm not really thrilled about riding a scooter in traffic as it's kind of scary based on my two experiences, but by the end of the two weeks we spent in Key West, I was getting kind of used to zipping around, easily slipping into parking spots, and quickly hopping on and off for photos and sightseeing.
The Vespa is all metal, no plastic, weighs about 335 pounds, and feels very solid. It's much bigger than the scooters we rented in either place, and has a large, comfortable seat. We'd have to get motorcycle licenses to drive them (just to be covered in every state).
This whole scooter thing is just in the thought stage, it's nothing definite yet, but of the three we saw, Ed said he wanted the red one and I've already settled on the bronze beauty.
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