Almost. Still need to mount the Heidenau K66 SnowTex tires. But I have to say the Tucano Urbano Leg Lap Apron Cover Termoscud for the Vespa GTS really makes a difference in terms of keeping the frigid winter air at bay. And in typical style, I finally acquired a tool others have been suggesting for years. If nothing else, I’m slow to heed good advice.
I’m still not able to make any long rides but I have been using the Vespa to run errands. The temperature has been cooperating in a manner that provides a clear picture of the Termscud’s cold busting power. Instead of the layers of polypropylene long underwear, jeans and my heavy insulated over pants, the Termscud allowed me to comfortably ride with jeans alone at 25F. I’m not often impressed with moto accessories but this had me smiling.
Old age and a host of medical ailments have raised the challenge of the physical aspects of riding in winter. The Termscud apron will no doubt shave some of those old age years away. It’s not a nuclear weapon against the cold but it is a cruise missile.
I was skeptical of the ease of use of the apron. Others told me it was simple. Some said they loved it. More said it changed their lives. Ignoring all that I’ve ridden for years without it and have been too stubborn to change. Until now.
It is easy to use. Easy to install and has far more advantages than disadvantages. There are a couple of niggling little things that I’m sure would drive some to distraction. There’s a flap on the apron that allows you to access the ignition key. In practice it works but you have to reach at an odd angle. I’ll adapt but some may complain.
And in my configuration — the controller for the heated grips is under the apron. The only way to see what setting I’m on is to get off the scooter and peer underneath. Again, I’ll just set it once and leave it be. I’m not moving the controller. And when it gets really cold I don’t use the heated grips. Hello heated gloves.
Arriving at the Pump Station when the errands are done was different in two ways. I was warm. And I didn’t have the big bulky overpants. That was nice. Will still wear them when the temperature gets lower but for trips around town they’re not necessary. Well, they are armored…
And last — the appearance. I like the unusual look of the apron. Some may not. But if the choice is looking good or being warm. I know my choice.
I’ll post more about this thing over time.