It arrived yesterday and that was a saga which I shall write about later, but here it is all twelve horsepower of bubbling two stroke two hundred cc raw power. Actually I'm running in a new barrel and piston so I am supposed to take it easy for a while according to Dave at Green Tree Scooters in Mason City Iowa.
It still has the Iowa tag that Jeremy should have taken so I will have to mail it back to him but it's a messy job changing the license plate to my new Florida Antique for this 33 year old piece of motorized technology. I have put five kilometers on the metric speedometer (3 miles) on a quick ride round Ramrod Key keeping off the highway to avoid legal encounters. It spent six weeks getting here on the cheap slow delivery plan and when I finally got it to fire with some over the phone coaching from Iowa it blew blue smoke all over the place like a mosquito control Vespa.
I am starting to think I may enjoy this 1979 Vespa just a little bit, though how I rode one just like it cross country in 1981 I cannot for the life of me say, anymore. Technology has moved on a great deal in the intervening years compared to my wife's smooth four stroke 150cc Vespa built in distant 2004. I am guessing they should have similar performance, 60mph top speed and around here that's enough to keep up with highway traffic.
But if I want smooth modern technology I have my Bonneville which should be coming out its mechanical, valve adjustment coma sometime soon. Suddenly, an abundance of two wheeled technology in my life. Cool!