21 September 2010

The Old and the New

Vespa PX and LXV. Old and New

Two scooters in the same car park? Now, all we need are a few more scooters and hey presto! we've got ourselves a scooter club. Hah!

Having looked at the LXV more closely over the past few days, I have come to the conclusion that I actually like the thing, for my wife or daughter. Vespa's V (vintage) series have always come across as type of poseur-ish Vespa but you have to admit, they did put some thought and effort into the thing. In the end, I think I'll always like a scooter as long as its made by the same crowd at Pontodera. Seriously, even the fugly ET2 and ET4 is starting to look nice (after a few much needed modifications) these days.

Anyway, this time last week, I was absolutely convinced that Old Man Winter was making an early appearance this year. I rooted around the house for the padded lining to my jacket and had my winter gloves at the ready in my Vespa's glovebox.

Well, as I write this, I have found no need for either of them this week. And, if the weather stays this good, I might actually decide to call the barbeque back into action this weekend. OK, I've ruined it now haven't I? There will probably be snow and hurricane-type weather as soon as I click on the Publish Post button...

2 comments:

Paul said...

Hi, hope you don't mind me contacting you out of the blue, but I noticed you bought some SIP tubeless rims. I have just done the same, because they look amazing and were great value ... but I now see they mention about grinding out a new area on the front one for the valve. Did you have to do that? I've got s Px and wondered if that proved necessary? Any advice will be appreciated? Cheers

Chip said...

Hey Paul...no problem whatsoever. It's the interweb anyway so "out of the blue" is quite norm!

As for the SIP tubeless rims, I saw about grinding a bit off the front hub of the PX in Scootering magazine a couple of months ago. I think that might have applied to the older valves SIP provided. Since then, they've included a newer, shorter valve and I've certainly never had such a problem on the ones I've bought. The rims not only look great but saved me once already when I had a blow out recently. I was doing about 50-60 at the time and managed to just role the scooter to the side of the road. God knows what would've happened if I had been on tubes...

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