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Thinking About Bringing A Vespa Scooter To STX - Good or Bad Idea  

 

jaldeborgh
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January 12, 2020 5:02 pm  

looking for more advice.  I have a 2015 Vespa 300GTS up in the Boston area, with a clean title, is it an okay thing for the island.  Specifically, I’m thinking about the 11” wheels, serviceability and having it stolen.  Any thoughts are appreciated. 


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January 12, 2020 9:23 pm  

Scooters are generally not safe transportation on STX.  Most roads have no shoulder so you and the little scooter are at the mercy of the big 4 wheel vehicles that show no mercy.  Then of course there is the variable road conditions and swerving unexpectedly around pot holes could also cause an accident or hit the pot hole and go flying.  You might get away with riding it for short distances in some residential neighborhoods.  Anything can get stolen.


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stxsailor
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January 14, 2020 1:41 pm  

horrible idea local drivers are the worst. They drive down the center of the road overtake ignoring on coming traffic, run red lights, take blind curves down the center of the road. they will think nothing of overtaking you are heading straight for you. It seem like some of them want to gt into an accident hoping for a payout..


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January 14, 2020 4:29 pm  

@stxsailor

Sounds like Montreal!


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singlefin
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January 15, 2020 2:18 pm  

The reason locals drive across both lanes on most roads is because they know the locations of all the existing potholes.

Staying inside the lines is optional here. 

If your getting a Vespa, make sure your getting medical flight insurance with it


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Scubadoo
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January 15, 2020 10:36 pm  
Posted by: @singlefin

The reason locals drive across both lanes on most roads is because they know the locations of all the existing potholes.

 

So true.  Well at least we have a little less pot holes for a while.


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jaldeborgh
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January 17, 2020 2:08 pm  

Thanks for the advice everyone.  As background I'm an experienced motorbike rider, in addition to New England, I have ridden extensively in Europe (primarily the Alps) as well as a lesser amount in Asia.  I already own 4 Vespa's (as well as a Ducati and and a BMW).  I've seen a few motorbikes on STX but never a Vespa, and not too many scooters.  I totally get the points on potholes and the drivers, that's a risk I'm willing to take.  My biggest is concern are finding a place that can service a Vespa and the likelihood it will get stolen.  Give there are very few (if any) Vespa's on STX the likelihood of being stolen is reduced, it would be easy to spot by the police and there would be no market for Vespa parts.

To me STX is too small for a full sized bike but riding a scooter seems (to me anyway) like it might be a fun option.

Again, I haven't yet made up my mind and there is no rush as I would wait until I retire in early 2021 before doing anything.


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singlefin
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January 17, 2020 11:51 pm  

Instead of a Vespa, I’d go with an Enduro bike (street legal dirt bike). The larger wheels would be far better for potholes and the more aggressive tire treads and suspension would handle our many dirt (and questionably paved) roads far better. More power for hills and more speed for the one, four lane highway we have. I’m beginning to see more Enduro bikes on STX than any other bike option. I really don’t think you’d be happy on a Scotter/ Vespa here. I think the reasons above are why you rarely see them.


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jaldeborgh
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January 18, 2020 9:22 pm  

Thanks, makes sense and might be fun.


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stxsailor
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January 21, 2020 11:54 am  

There is a likelihood it would get stolen and as far as easy to spot by the police. The VIPD won't do anything other than take a report if it is stolen. Not many vehicles that get stolen are found. The VIPD doesn't like arresting friends and relatives on investigate crimes. Sad but true.


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January 21, 2020 12:09 pm  

Since there are very few motorcycles on the island, other drivers are unaware.  I saw a small motorbike almost get doored in Christiansted last week. 


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January 23, 2020 3:08 pm  

Driver here are generally unaware of everything. They will think nothing of blocking someone in to go into the store, park in a handicap spot, make a turn into traffic without looking.  Almost hit a Port Auth. car who pulled out without looking.  Government drivers are the worst, it's not their car so who cares.


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