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Ferguson's Last Ride? - A Classic MIS-Adventure II

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Pond on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Here is another of my irregular jottings about riding and the passion for one particular quirky two-wheeled machine, the Vespa. I usually start these musings of no consequence and little interest…Continue

David spruiks the Walhalla Ride

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Pond Mar 14. 1 Reply

Hello fellow Vespa riders. I attended the club’s annual Walhalla ride for the first time in 2012. It was my 2nd weekend away with the club and I had a fabulous time. The Walhalla ride next weekend is…Continue

Reconnaissance Ride for Sydney Club Escort

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Pond Jan 4. 1 Reply

Today I did a quick 500-km reconnaissance ride to check out a couple of roads for our route from Albury to Melbourne when some of us will escort the Vespa Club of Sydney members who are riding down…Continue

Melbourne Ride Down to the Geelong Breakfast - Sun 26 November

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It's the Geelong breakfast this Sunday. A group of Melbournians always rides down to share the event with our Geelong area members, so let's make this a big ride down.We cruise down together from…Continue

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Julie Pond replied to David Atkinson's discussion Ferguson's Last Ride? - A Classic MIS-Adventure II
"Finally you got Fergie's story told David.... such a wonderful read, thank you for sharing your adventures and all I can say is thank goodness for your many years of riding experience, that allows you to be here today to tell this story."
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Ferguson's Last Ride? - A Classic MIS-Adventure II

Here is another of my irregular jottings about riding and the passion for one particular quirky two-wheeled machine, the Vespa. I usually start these musings of no consequence and little interest soon after the event occurs. I struggle terribly with the act of writing so they tend to take a year or so to finish. I guess life just gets in the way too. I’ve got several more stories half done. I try to push myself through to the end as a sort of exercise in self flagellation to punish myself for…See More
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On the Way to Lake Tali Karng, 1969

Hey, I just found a companion photo to the one I posted on the club site several years ago. This photo of Priscilla (150 Super) would have been taken about 1969 on the way to Lake Tali Karng. It's a small natural lake nestled in the mountains north…
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Monthly Melbourne Breakfast SUN 13 May at Pertutti - New riders welcome at Pertutti Cafe - opposite Argyle Square Carlton

May 13, 2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am
The second Sunday of every month is Melbourne's regular get together at Pertutti Cafe for a hearty breakfast and Vespa conversation from 8.30 - 10.30. This is an opportunity for regulars to catchup up and also allows any new interested Vespa riders to join in. Everyone is welcome.If you are riding a Vespa and looking for a great and active club to join please come along to the breakfast and introduce yourself.…See More
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Old Vespa Cowl or Part of a Lawnmower? - You Decide

"The Webb Wasp is a simple roller type mechanical lawnmower (no smelly Villiers motor in these baby's) Just good old arm muscles. Other delights in the now almost forgotten roller (cylinder) mowers were the ATCO  / Scott Bonnar (not to be…"
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Warburton in Autumn - Sunday 29 April at Britannia Mall - Warburton

April 29, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
We usually do this ride in Spring but let's do it in Autumn. The colours will be glorious so jump onboard for a special experience.Destination Warburton is a charming town nestled between mountains in the upper Yarra River valley 75 Kms East of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English…See More
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Leah on that little bridge

"Hi Leah I see you joined the ride and looks like you had a good day. Hope we see you again soon. Cheers Julie"
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Waburton in Autumn - Sunday 29 April at Britannia Mall - Warburton

April 29, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
We usually do this ride in Spring but let's do it in Autumn. The colours will be glorious so jump onboard for a special experience.Destination Warburton is a charming town nestled between mountains in the upper Yarra River valley 75 Kms East of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English…See More
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Waburton in Autumn - Sunday 29 April at Britannia Mall - Warburton

April 29, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
We usually do this ride in Spring but let's do it in Autumn. The colours will be glorious so jump onboard for a special experience.Destination Warburton is a charming town nestled between mountains in the upper Yarra River valley 75 Kms East of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English…See More
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Waburton in Autumn - Sunday 29 April at Britannia Mall - Warburton

April 29, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
We usually do this ride in Spring but let's do it in Autumn. The colours will be glorious so jump onboard for a special experience.Destination Warburton is a charming town nestled between mountains in the upper Yarra River valley 75 Kms East of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English…See More
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Waburton in Autumn - Sunday 29 April at Britannia Mall - Warburton

April 29, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm
We usually do this ride in Spring but let's do it in Autumn. The colours will be glorious so jump onboard for a special experience.Destination Warburton is a charming town nestled between mountains in the upper Yarra River valley 75 Kms East of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English…See More
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At 15:22 on February 15, 2018,
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Keith Barfett
said…

Hi David I can give some initial feed back on the up grades as I only finished the modifications last week end and road tested it for about 20km. I decided to go with the Malossi primary gear up kit (23/64 tooth)as I was splitting the case to port and polish the crankcase for the 177 cylinder kit. Intake was also matched and polished while apart I replace all the bearings and seals and put in a Muzzucchelli crank. As I am running in the engine on a 3% mix and taking it easy I have no idea of the top speed. Will need to work on the jetting once I have run it in as it is running rich (160 BE3 and 140 main) At this stage I am happy with the result as at 2850 rpm speed is 60km. The power is great off the line due to the 177 kit and the gearing up grade appears to be successful. The other benefit I have noticed that the gearbox is quitter on deceleration due to the straight cut gears on primary. I purchased all the parts from SIP the gear upgrade cost $183 (20230000) Will keep you posted on the long term results. If all goes well will be attending the west side ride on Sunday.

At 6:33 on February 2, 2018, Tufan said…

Hadn't thought about it David - but will now...

At 16:57 on January 25, 2017, Tufan said…

The ride has changed to SUNDAY 29th
All other details remain the same

At 7:23 on February 28, 2016,
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John Walker
said…

Thanks David,

Sorry but we can't make it, enjoy the ride see you next time.

cheers,

john

At 19:12 on December 18, 2015,
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Gary Bell
said…
Hello David,

Yes it has been a while since I was out with the club and life has got in the way of that. We live in the great town of Kingston on weekends making the weekend rides difficult. We are also planning to spend more time up there and in preparation for that we have sold our house and are moving to West Melbourne.
The new 150yo house does not have off street parking and is only a 20 minute walk to work. Enrico was destined for a life under a bike cover crowding out the side path and it is not what he was built for. Pams need was a great solution.
I still have my PX and LX up in Kingston. I plan to get across to the Bendigo breakfasts with the PX in the New Year. I also want to take her on the Walhalla ride in 2017
You have inspired me to take the slower path and tour on a 2 stroke so I will give that a go. Wallis will get a new clutch in the New Year and a carrier (thinking of putting that on the front to better balance the weight). Hopefully I can get a few years out of her.
She may end up sharing the Kingston garage with a Morrie ute but that discussion is for another day.
At 19:09 on October 15, 2015,
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Leonie Bowers-Taylor
said…

Yep I am still in and 9am is good for me.

At 10:23 on September 24, 2015,
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Viet Hoang
said…

No problems David I'll throw up a post on Facebook!

At 20:43 on September 22, 2015,
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Marc
said…
Hi David, I just checked the A line village, but it's booked. I'll do some asking around. There must be something on that weekend.
At 9:45 on June 15, 2015,
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Les Bennett
said…

Thanks David ,,, looks like an interesting ride, sorry I missed it ,,, repeat ??

At 22:05 on May 12, 2015,
Member
Marc
said…
Thanks for the tips David. I pulled apart my smallframe front end on the weekend, so hopefully the px isn't too bad. I'll shout out if I get stuck ;)
 
 
 

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