In the past five years I have put nearly 70,000 miles on my Triumph Bonneville which have included several day trips around Florida and several multi day trips as far north as the Catskills in New York state. However mostly it has been a case of commuting the 27 miles to work on the Overseas Highway.
While there is no known upper limit on modern Bonnevilles I'd like to save some mileage on my bike and at the same time indulge my unrequited love for two stroke Vespas. I rode across country 30 years ago on an identical ride and after my disastrous time spent with the unreliable Indian Stella scooter and the electrically challenged modern Vespa GTS I have decided to return to the fold of the slower, mechanically simpler original Vespa design. 15hp, 63mph, 60mpg and no centrifugal belt to break, no rollers to wear out, easy wheel and tire changes, no special tools needed, and no broken exhausts or evaporative cannisters to worry about. Vespas are considered urban riding tools but I know better.
I met Roberto Patrignani after he rode his Vespa to Tokyo from Milan. He rode a Moto Guzzi 50 across Africa and a Garelli 50 across the US. He was convinced the easy step through Vespa was the ultimate light weight inexpensive touring motorcycle. It worked for me across the US and Mexico, thirty years ago.
I am very excited to have a P200 of my own soon, once again. Please God. Conchscooter indeed.
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