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Amerivespa 2017: Day one

July 6, 2017
Mirror shot

Scooterists from all over hit the road to Amerivespa (Photo: Carol Gjeterud, via Facebook)

It’s time. Amerivespa 2017 kicked off Thursday in Seattle. Scooterists from all over the U.S. and Canada were greeted by sunny skies and warm temperatures, and had a choice of three scenic rides.

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Vespa World Dayz

June 26, 2017
Vespa Rally at VWD2017

Photo: Vespa Club Albania

While the clock ticks down to the beginning of Amerivespa 2017 in Seattle, one of the world’s other major Vespa gatherings wrapped up in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany Sunday.

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Whither LML? *Updated

June 12, 2017
Stella Automatic

Genuine Stella Automatic (Photo: Genuine Scooter Co.)

There is news about LML, aka Lohia Machines Ltd., the manufacturer of Genuine Scooter Company’s Stella. The news is not good.

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What are we bid?

May 22, 2017
1957 Vespa, lot 107

This 1957 Vespa VB1T is lot 107 in the Neale and Sons auction being held as part of Amerivespa ( photo)

Amerivespa 2017 in Seattle will be here before you know it. The 25th annual gathering of scooter folk will end with something new: an auction.

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Where’s the beef (tariff)?

May 16, 2017
2015 Vespa GTS 300 Super

Vespa GTS 300 Super (Photo: Piaggio Group)

U.S. Senate confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative means a decision on whether to apply a proposed 100% tariff on 51- to 500cc motorcycles imported from Europe will likely be made soon.

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May 4, 2017

Envespamx logo

While the excitement continues to build for Amerivespa 2017 in Seattle, scooterists in Mexico wrapped up their national gathering Monday.

The eighth edition of Encuentro Nacional Vespa México was held in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, which is south of Mexico City (or as some say, CDMX). Organized by the Vespa Club México and Vespanautas SC (the folks who rode to Memphis for Amerivespa 2016), riders from all over Mexico and other countries spent four days (six counting the the unofficial before and after rides) riding, socializing, eating, and if one were so inclined, mountain climbing.

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Scooter economics

May 1, 2017

Flat tire

I walked out to the More Expensive Ford Taurus with a Different Grille and this caught my eye. Crap.

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