Hi, I’m a new member of this forum, but I’ve been reading it for about 4 months. I have been interested about getting into the 2 wheeled world for some time but just never got around to it. A couple of years ago I read “Vroom with a View” by Peter Moore and this really got me thinking about travelling around Australia on a Vespa at some point in my life.
So with the confidence a midlife crisis can offer, I booked in for 2 half day L’s course at Clyde (giving my wife the last chance to veto, which she didn’t) 2 months ago. I was apprehensive as I haven’t ridden a push bike much since I was 17 and the only experience with a motor bike was a mini bike when I was 9ish. I have to say that the first few efforts where wobbly (no engine at this stage just someone pushing me). I was really glad that I took the auto option. However, I started to get better quickly and by the end of the second day I was riding ok, at least good enough to pass.
Mission accomplished now what to buy? I read a lot of reviews in these pages and through other websites. At this point in time a Vespa was out of the question due to me being an absolute learner and not having the cash. Another factor was locality, The Scooter Store is my closest shop and I didn’t want any maiden trip to be to far from home. So it seems a lot of people thought the Piaggio Fly 150 was a good scooter to begin with and the Scooter Store has them.
I went down one Sunday itching to have a look at them. Sadly it was through the window as the shop was closed. You can imagine, just got my L’s and in need of something to ride. I did get a chance later in the week thanks to my daughter’s conjunctivitis. Well she felt ok and was running around and well…. One little 5 min look wouldn’t hurt would it.
Maybe 30 minutes and a $500 deposit later we were heading back home to face the bank and my wife. Thankfully they were both ok with the idea. But it did take the bank almost 2 weeks to get the money to where it needed to go.
I am the proud owner of a white Piaggio Fly 150. I’m thinking of starting a review as there isn’t one for the 150. There is one for the 125, probably isn’t much different though.
This is a longer post than I planned, must be some kind of passion thing developing.