Hi, I have a 2001 Vespa PX125, and I'm hoping to ride it from Milton Keynes (50miles north of London) to Verona, Italy. I have 2 weeks holiday and reckon it'll take around 4 days to get there, and the same back with a little fun time in the middle! - it's around 1000miles each way. Of course, being a 125 means I can't use motorways. Have never made a trip anything like this far on a scooter before, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice? Things like what spares should I take, breakdown cover, whether or not I'm even covered to ride in Europe as a CBT holding L plate wearer? Am I harbouring an unrealistic fantasy here, or is it do-able? Indeed, has anyone here done anything similar?
It's not the size of your engine that stops you going on the motorway, it's your L plates. 125s are ok as long as you've passed your test. But to be frank, even if you had passed, I wouldn't recommend using continental motorways on a 125 anyway, because the traffic is generally much faster than it is in the UK.
When I lived in Germany a mate of mine's dad came out to visit on an old BMW motorbike and said the autobahn was terrifying because the HGVs kept cutting him up.
Anyway, why waste your time driving in a straight line with nothing to see, when you can twist and turn about on minor roads and take in the scenery?
I know people from Liverpool SC have just got back from riding all the way to Austria for Euro Lambretta, I can ask them for tips. Or better still, why not visit the Armed Forces SC website via our links page, many of their members are based in Germany, Holland, Belgium etc.
As for your insurance company, you'll have to ring them up and see what they say. It may be just a case of getting a green card issued to cover you for the period you're abroad, but I don't know if that's possible for Learners. What I would recommend though is think about European recovery in case you break down, and get lots of medical insurance.
Happy trails, and if you found anything out that might help other scooterists, let us know.
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Mar 14, 2015 13:45:34 GMT 1
t5bill: callaway49 just remember if you tinker with it and you have nutz and bolts left over you've c**ked up somewhere lol
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slips: Hello can anyone please tell me how much 2 stroke oil needs to be added to say 4 litres of petrol for my dad revisiting his youth for his 1960 125 vbb vespa. Must say I'm jealous as it has chromed panels white walled tyres and has been restored so well
Mar 20, 2015 13:43:35 GMT 1
innocentgee: slips: 2% mix, 20ml per litre so 80ml for 4 litres
Mar 20, 2015 15:28:24 GMT 1
slips: Thank you so much for that. I just hope me old man won't ride the scoot and lets me. Fingers crossed.
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putty1974: Hi all, new to the scooter scene and at the tender age of 40 just bought my first scooter, 96 T5,(no Paul Weller haircut I hasten to add).
Apr 11, 2015 0:45:44 GMT 1
putty1974: quite embarrassing question I need to ask, I am struggling to consistently start my T5 and was wondering if there is a knack to it,think I'm doing everything right, fuel lever turn on, choke out but wondering if there is a knack to the kickstart or i
Apr 11, 2015 0:47:58 GMT 1
putty1974: am I missing something??
Apr 11, 2015 0:48:24 GMT 1
vespaskin86: putty it could be a lot of things but from what your saying your doing it rite maybe give the throttle a little twist too, maybe a new plug would help too
Apr 16, 2015 22:00:08 GMT 1
henri: hi putty ,is this from cold or when hot it struggles to start , if hot dont use choke,if when cold as vespaskins says new plug n a service ,if it wont start by 3rd-4th kick somethings off ,ok, H
Apr 17, 2015 13:46:05 GMT 1
putty1974: Hi vespaskins and Henri appreciate this, yeah from cold and had the choke out, had other people say there's a knack to kickstart as well, will change plug and see how that is, failing that a service won't do any harm! Thanks for your help!
Apr 18, 2015 17:40:38 GMT 1
vespaskin86: i'd also check your ht lead running from your cdi unit if a new plug isnt making a difference, by taking out your plug reattaching your lead to plug and kicking it over whilst the plug is in contact with metal to see how good of a spark you have
Apr 22, 2015 11:49:03 GMT 1
vespaskin86: if its not too clever unnatach the suppressor cap by unscrewing it give the lead a little trim and kick it over see if it improves, if so put it all back together. it out sounds like a poor spark from your plug or lead from what you've stated
Apr 22, 2015 12:02:24 GMT 1
DaveB : Hello all, I have recently bought my first vespa and from the advert on e-bay stated orgional italian vespa 1969 when i have received delivery today the certigicate of registration is from asianstan the frame number can not be seen any advice ??
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