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A Lockdown Project

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Atkinson Oct 26. 7 Replies

My Other RideA COVID Lockdown Project During Victorian’s second lockdown we’ve got to know every crack in the footpath, every blade of grass in the 5kms surrounding our home. I was starting to go a…Continue

A Dream of Vespa Riding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Pond Sep 21. 1 Reply

It's been so long and boy do we miss being out in those wide open spaces buzzing along on our lovely little Vespas. The wait will be worth it and our patience will be rewarded. Its great to see our…Continue

Lockdown Nostalgia

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Atkinson Sep 21. 8 Replies

Can you remember on what rides the following photos were taken? The prize is an all expenses paid trip to the Gold Coast. Oh sorry, we can't offer that prize just now so it will be a plastic pencil…Continue

A Dream of Autumn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Pond Apr 18. 1 Reply

A Dream of Autumn The Vespa Club of Melbourne rides throughout the year. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, we are out there riding somewhere. In fact we have rides with themes that welcome and…Continue

 

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'Not the Mille 2020' : 9-11 Dec at Melbourne and around Victoria

December 9, 2020 at 6am to December 11, 2020 at 4pm
ROUTE  RULES  MAP ADVICE  T-SHIRTSENTRY TICKET PAYMENT IT'S ON! so please confirm with your…See More
Nov 22

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David Atkinson replied to Ants Elliott's discussion GOOGLE MAPS — SPOT the Vintage Vespa Activity
"Initially I thought you left too many clues with that distinctive pier on the little map, but gee, you are very tricky and I give up. I've followed the modern white auto Vespa through the tunnel and arches to the round-about. I've wandered…"
Nov 20

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David Atkinson replied to Ants Elliott's discussion GOOGLE MAPS — SPOT the Vintage Vespa Activity
"No need for google earth Julie. Just use google maps and drag the little yellow man to the street you want to take a look at."
Nov 14

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David Atkinson replied to Ants Elliott's discussion GOOGLE MAPS — SPOT the Vintage Vespa Activity
"Aee yup lad. Here ya go guv."
Nov 13

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David Atkinson replied to Ants Elliott's discussion GOOGLE MAPS — SPOT the Vintage Vespa Activity
"Are you sure that's a Vespa or is it a trendy copper still in some up market bar?"
Nov 13

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David Atkinson replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Hi Lisa. Nice to hear from you. A name? Now there's a challenge. Yellowtail Brut? Mule? The Kickback Kid. Hmm, think I'll need some help with that. Hope to see you on a ride soon xx"
Oct 26

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David Atkinson replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Hi Paul. Thank you. Your story of riding the CB at fifteen sounds a bit like mine. As I recall, the pudding basin helmets we wore had a full 1/8" of cork lining to protect our 'thick' skulls. Happy to report a bit more progress. I…"
Oct 26

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David Atkinson replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Hi Darren. Thanks for your message. Yes, I agree, it was a beast of a thing. I'm not sure if I ever tamed it or if it tamed me. So many falls in the initial stages but then it took me through some magnificent and otherwise difficult to access…"
Oct 26

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Lisa L replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Fabulous story David. Happy the lockdown has brought about so many positives. Rediscovering your motorcycle  Its restoration, and sharing your story with us . Cant wait to see it. whats it’s name ? xx "
Oct 25

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Paul Stampton replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Now that was worth reading David thanks for sharing. I rode a CB175 everywhere when I was 15.... pudding basin helmet flat chat down the Nepean Hwy tucked behind the speedo - eventually I took the motor out as I was worried about the…"
Oct 25

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Darren Graham replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"Great story, David. I had an RT360 many moons ago during my mis-spent youth, thrashing motorcycles of all sorts, through the forests around Ballarat. It was a beast of a thing! It never looked as good as yours though. "
Oct 22

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Julie Pond replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Lockdown Project
"What an absolutely amazing story about your "other" 2 wheeled bike David.  A positive out of Covid for sure. So glad you found those keys and have been able to restore this classic. Cheers Julie"
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A Lockdown Project

My Other RideA COVID Lockdown Project During Victorian’s second lockdown we’ve got to know every crack in the footpath, every blade of grass in the 5kms surrounding our home. I was starting to go a bit potty. I needed a project. A CoVid Lockdown project. I found one and here is the story. I’ve moved house four times during the past five decades or so. I have trouble throwing things away and so my Vespa “Priscilla” always came with me even though it hadn’t been registered in 19 years. Glad I…See More
Oct 14

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Julie Pond replied to David Atkinson's discussion A Dream of Vespa Riding
"Beautiful photos David and yes not long now hopefully.  It's great seeing our regional members getting out and about and we will be out there soon with some great riding again."
Sep 21

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David Atkinson replied to David Atkinson's discussion Lockdown Nostalgia
"Yes Julie, the first one. Great ride, great company"
Sep 21

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Julie Pond replied to David Atkinson's discussion Lockdown Nostalgia
"OMG this is hilarious David... um it must have been a Ned Kelly ride?"
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At 1:13 on May 29, 2020,
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Mark
said…

Hi David

Unfortunately I am working saturday, So I will have to cancel. I am on a late shift I start work at 2pm...I my consider doing the ride in Collingwood and leave at 1pm instead of 2pm. I am for the next ride on sunday 7th June which I hoping to do, I generally work saturday late shift.  

Thanks

Mark

At 20:41 on May 27, 2020,
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Mark
said…

No worries. See You Sunday looking forward to it.

At 16:44 on May 27, 2020,
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Mark
said…

Hi David

I think its best I drive straight to Pakenham and meet outside ANZ Bank on main Street, I dont know the area that well so I will give myself plenty of time to get there, My number is 0411164938 if you want to get hold of me or give it to any other members who are travelling from my area.

Thanks Mark

At 23:14 on May 26, 2020,
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Mark
said…

 Hi David

I was going to meet up with group in pakenham. I live in docklands so this is the on the way for me, If anyone else is traveling from Melbourne CBD area could they let me know, It may be possible to meet up and travel down with them, or I will just make my way to pakenham. Cheers Mark

At 23:19 on July 15, 2019,
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Roy Wiedemeyer
said…
David, the VA email sent today (15/7) is a do not reply email address! So cannot reply, directly to the email! I cannot ride this Saturday (20/7) Regards, Roy
At 8:31 on April 28, 2019,
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Samantha Gunn
said…
Hi David. Can’t make it over to the Basin. Was hoping to pick you up at burnham beeches. What time do you estimate being there?
At 10:52 on March 26, 2019,
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Keith Barfett
said…

hi David 

I have the gear up kit fitted for approx. 10 months now and has made a vast improvement to engine temp and at 3400 rpm the speedo reads 80 km. it appears to me that the gearing has not effected power when climbing hills. Good luck on the Grampians trip. you may be aware that we have moved to Echuca to live, so if you are passing through on one of your escapades you are welcome to spend the night with us cheers keith

At 21:53 on June 4, 2018,
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John
said…

Funny thing 

I have a ruined head threads as an ‘old school fix’ the original base but off one of these plugs 

is still in the head / thus just screw in a modern plug and away you go! 

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,
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Tufan
said…

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

 
 
 

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