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went to a classic bike gathering yesterday at the glenn curtiss museum hammondsport ny. walking around i came across this vespa 150. i never got to talk with the owner but wondered how long and what his route was to get to hammondsport. my guess would have to be at least 41/2-5 hours on secondary roads and maybe 250-300 mile trip. a pretty good jaunt by my old man standards. some nice older non-scoots as well. a fun day of walking around and talking to people.
 

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back of an RV or on a trailer?
A local?
 

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well, he could of also taken interstates too. 150's can get up to interstate speed (not sure what limit is in NY, but in VA in my area, its mainly 55 or 60). However in saying that, actual flow of traffic is 65-75, sooooo i personally would never do it, but it COULD be done lol
 

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the paper on the windshield said "ridden here from albany" so i was giving them the benefit of doubt. i didn't find any one to get the true background so maybe a one day ride friday or could have been 2-3 day ride prior to saturday. wish i had a good answer for you.
PS - i purchased a new 1970 bonnieville just like the one in the bottom picture. seems like around $1500 then, my 3rd bike. started with a bsa 441 victor special, 650 tiger, then the bonnie.
 

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well, he could of also taken interstates too. 150's can get up to interstate speed (not sure what limit is in NY, but in VA in my area, its mainly 55 or 60). However in saying that, actual flow of traffic is 65-75, sooooo i personally would never do it, but it COULD be done lol
I just drove through most of Virginia today to get to Norfolk. Until I got to Tidewater, about 90% of the interstate through the state has a speed limit of 70 and a lot of the traffic is running 75 or better. With the amount of heavy trucks and congestion, I wouldn't think of riding a small scooter or motorcycle on them. On the mountainous end of the state I started from, the little critters wouldn't be able to maintain speed on the upgrades. On the other hand, the roads are in much better condition.
 

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I just drove through most of Virginia today to get to Norfolk. Until I got to Tidewater, about 90% of the interstate through the state has a speed limit of 70 and a lot of the traffic is running 75 or better. With the amount of heavy trucks and congestion, I wouldn't think of riding a small scooter or motorcycle on them. On the mountainous end of the state I started from, the little critters wouldn't be able to maintain speed on the upgrades. On the other hand, the roads are in much better condition.
True, on the open stretches of interstate the speed limit does get up higher around here, but alot of areas its still a miserable 55. Like i said though, "I" wouldn't, but i know people that would.
 

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went to a classic bike gathering yesterday at the glenn curtiss museum hammondsport ny. walking around i came across this vespa 150. i never got to talk with the owner but wondered how long and what his route was to get to hammondsport. my guess would have to be at least 41/2-5 hours on secondary roads and maybe 250-300 mile trip. a pretty good jaunt by my old man standards. some nice older non-scoots as well. a fun day of walking around and talking to people.
LOL. The rider of that Vespa is a friend of mine. He indeed rode down from Albany NY. He rode down with another buddy who was on a vintage 1963 BMW airhead (you should see his collection). Not sure of the route they took (no freeway) but it was over 500 miles round trip. He's a great guy who has another long trip coming up, Albany NY to Plymouth MA via the same Vespa 150.
 

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I particularly like the "bathtub" Triumph. When I was a new rider back in the late 50s nobody wanted them, cuz they looked like "girls" bikes. Now, I'd love to have one! :)
 

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well, he could of also taken interstates too. 150's can get up to interstate speed (not sure what limit is in NY, but in VA in my area, its mainly 55 or 60). However in saying that, actual flow of traffic is 65-75, sooooo i personally would never do it, but it COULD be done lol
We have a 150 scooter, which I probably killed by taking it on too many 3-4 hour WOT trips. I didn't quite feel safe on 55mph highways, because I'd top out downhill at 61 or so and lose speed going uphill. (I'm talking about some wimpy grades here, for that matter. This is the "hilly" part of MS, but even so, not much compared to real hills.)

Sure, I could manage the legal minimum on an Interstate, but indeed, one would be ill-advised to attempt it, both for safety and mechanical reasons.

Where I live a 150 is just not enough. Sure, it's okay for going a mile or two to a neighbor's house, or 7-8 miles into the closest towns, but any further than that pretty much requires highway travel.
 
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