A couple weeks ago I left the house on a damp morning with no goal other than to find breakfast. For me, that’s how to ride a Vespa scooter — without limits or preconceived notions of what it was designed to do or how it can perform. At the most basic level, the scooter can do almost anything you want it to do.
This post isn’t about technique. I won’t discuss lines or counter steering. There will be nothing on braking technique or road awareness. Learn those things from experts and through enlightened practice. What I want to do here is suggest a few things to broaden the riding experience.
I know motorcycle riders who think in terms of performance. Their descriptions feel like there’s a competition between them and the road — how fast they can travel, how aggressively they can chew through curves, how smoothly they can overtake obstacles in their path. While I’m certain there are Vespa riders who share this approach, I don’t know any personally.
When I think about riding a Vespa, it’s about an experience of the world. And it starts with your eyes wide open.Continue Reading