After many winters of snow, salt and slush the underside of the Vespa was beginning to show signs of distress — namely rust. And the body seam behind the front wheel was showing rust coming through the paint. From a distance you can really see much wrong, but up close, there’s ample evidence of hard use.
Since my back has continued to limit my riding and my tolerance for cold has changed, I thought it might be a good time to drop the scooter off with a local body shop for some restoration work.
The ride from home to the shop wasn’t long — just six miles — but the 24F air just reinforced the decision to take a break from riding. With the Christmas holiday bearing down there’s a lot of things to distract me from the painful reality that I’m not riding.
Not sure how long the Vespa will be out of commission. The early estimate was a couple weeks but the first icy roads of the season brought a windfall of bodywork to the shop so I’m not sure when I’ll be riding again.
The repair request was pretty simple — get rid of the rust and repaint in some color that sort of matches. I’m not worried about a perfect match or if they use paint from Piaggio. Just slow down the rust so I have a few more years of riding.
An unexpected bonus — they’ll have to pull the entire front wheel and steering column assembly to do the job. When they reassemble they’ll be able to straighten out the bars which got twisted out of alignment when I made an unfortunate (stupid) move during a ride that led to me dumping the scooter in some steep, loose shale. Pulling the scooter up off the ground twisted the handlebars out of alignment and I’ve been riding it that way since last summer.
Not riding and posting new material will give me a chance to work on some of the ideas that have been rattling around my head.
The rattling noise is getting pretty loud…