It was always a dream of mine to ride my own Vespa. However, it was a friend/neighbor who made me realize that actually owning a Vespa in the city of Montreal is possible. In seeing him ride his real vintage charcoal/grey vespa from the 60s, which had a distinct benzina smell and a rattling old engine, I fell in love with my dream again. I had primarily asked him for a ride because I HAD to experience this in Canada! Sooner than later though during that summer of 2010, I was continuously begging for rides all the time and he was kind enough to always indulge my requests (Thanks Dom!).
It was during that winter that I had decided to finally purchase my own two-
wheel vehicle. I remember being overwhelmed by the size of a newer 2009 LX50 Vespa. My friend's older model was much smaller and the passenger was more comfortable riding while hanging on to the driver (Ah, how romantic). In newer models, there is a hand rail on the side and back of the relatively big banana seat which allows the passenger to hang on. I tried multiple times for my friends to hang on to me but we would either: a) knock our helmets together all the time or b) the extra weight would shift too close to me which made me lose balance...riiiiight...Well that was out of the question!
So back to the hand rail it is for my guests. I do find, having been a guest rider myself, that this way of hanging on is not the most comfortable and does not allow for a fully relaxing ride. That being said, I have begun to explore getting a backrest for the passengers. Nothing huge, but a simple railing that can put me and my passenger at ease while riding in the city!
Let's see what I can dig out!
My name is Ivana. I love photography and meeting people. I hold a Master's in counselling psychology and work as a career consultant. Music is my fuel and an important source of energy in my life. I drive my vespa around the city and I love what I do! :) About this blog: me on my artistic soap box!
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