Joined: 06 Jun 2006
Location: Italy (ex St Paul)
OK, OK for those that remember me, I have been out of the Minnescoota scene for too long.
1. New baby
2. New old house in St Paul, requiring renovation
7. Generally getting older and more boring
I was planning to get back into it this year, but now am facing the prospect of my job in Minneapolis terminating. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I am in the search process and in fact am in Modena, Italy, as I type, where I am interviewing for a new job.
So…the question is, IF I do get offered a job here, and IF I take it, should I take my 1980 P125 with me?? It has been on my mind. There are lots of scoots here but the majority are new (the shelf-life of a scooter, or a car for that matter, seems pretty short in Italian traffic). I look out my window now from the hotel and of the 50 odd scooters in the scooter park opposite, only one is “vintage”. My 125 is in great condition and is almost all original (except for the Malossi cylinder kit)
Out of interest I looked up the local scooter club, which is active. Have a look at the winter scooter scenes – they could teach us Minnascooterists a thing or two!
Hey Nick,if I was you I'd sell it!You'll get more for the bike in the states and will have every opportunity to pick up something real special in Italy or have something custom made.Why Modena,you interviewing with Stima? Hope all is well with you and the family.
Go Nick! We DO miss you but understand. I'd be real tempted to move to Italy too but I'd choose the countryside to the city.
Like Richie said, I think you'd be better off on a beater modern scooter in urban Italy. If you keep a vintage bike as anything other than a Sunday Latte putter it's likely to be damaged or stolen (I never saw a Lambretta in Italy with side covers).
Once you get used to the scooter scene over there, those amorphous plastic beat-to-crap scooters don't bother you at all. I LOVE the survival driving over there and nothing is better for it than a thrashed plastic La Crapo scoot!
Let's drink some red wine when you get back!
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