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#1 frankv

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 21:04

Since I drive a scooter myself, I couldn't resist this green beauty :sungum:

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#2 Luc de Schepper

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 22:24

Nice shot Frank, these Vespas are the real thing.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:16

I love this. But to be really authentic, Gina Lollabrigita needs to sitting on the back! :D

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:28

+1 for Gina....

#5 Luc de Schepper

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:46

+1 for Gina, and Sophia, and fast forward 35-40 years +1 for Monica Belluci ...

By the way, I also have a scooter for use in and around town. I have a low speed version, max. 25 km/h which you may ride without a helmet. Very convenient to use and much faster around town than a car.

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#6 olivier

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:09

Nice... A flashy green scooter, I like that... It is very trendy in Paris as well.
I drive a scooter everyday to go to work through the Parisian trafic(30 km: 2h by car, 30 mn with the scooter). It is the ugly but quite safe BMW C1 that allows me to ride without a helmet.
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#7 vivionm

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:14

I ride a bike, a Moulton TSR30. I do not wear a helmet.

#8 mnscott

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:30

Nice one, Frank. Excellent composition, and use of color.

#9 frankv

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:46

Thanks all for looking in. Gina wasn't available that day, so the scooter had to do the beauty department all alone. But it works :D
In the warm half of the year I drive a Yamaha T-Max, a great ride in town and on B-roads. In winter it's travel by car I'm afraid. But living on the outskirts of civilization, congestion is not a big issue here.


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Posted 10 August 2012 - 17:08

Very nice, lovely colours and great atmosphere.
It makes me miss home.

Judging by the plate number, that Vespa is about 28 years old.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 18:58

I have a photographer friend that owns one - purple - I've always meant to ask him shooting a girl in the scooter, but for one reason or another I've never mentioned it to him

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#12 frankv

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 21:58

Very nice, lovely colours and great atmosphere.
It makes me miss home.

Judging by the plate number, that Vespa is about 28 years old.


So there is some logic to those number plates? IM is the region I guess. You can probably guess the location, and I miss it already....
It's a magical place. Maybe our paths cross there some time :)


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#13 frankv

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 22:02

I have a photographer friend that owns one - purple - I've always meant to ask him shooting a girl in the scooter, but for one reason or another I've never mentioned it to him


Some would say a girl adds value to any image. And bold colors and a girl makes an striking combination. So just borrow his scooter, and arrange a shoot. And remember to post the results here. :sungum:

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#14 simato73

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:08

So there is some logic to those number plates? IM is the region I guess. You can probably guess the location, and I miss it already....
It's a magical place. Maybe our paths cross there some time :)


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You are correct, in the old style (up to 1994) the first two letters indicated the province ("Provincia"), in this case Imperia.

After so many holidays in Italy I trust you are good enough reading Italian.
Have a look here if you want to know more about Italian licence plates:

http://it.wikipedia....stiche_italiane

http://www.targheita...uzione_1927.php

There were different numbers for 4-wheeled vehicles ("autoveicoli") and for 2-wheeled ones ("motoveicoli"); for the latter engines up to 50cc for a while did not have a plate and now have a very small one, quite different from those used on cars and motorbikes.

The table of interest to you can be found here:

http://www.targheita...ipo=Motoveicolo
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#15 Hugh_3170

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:48

Nice image Frank. A bit nostalgic for me. I still have my white 1963 model Vespa 160cc GS model in a shed. It still goes - but last ran it about 5 years ago.

#16 frankv

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 14:17

Nice image Frank. A bit nostalgic for me. I still have my white 1963 model Vespa 160cc GS model in a shed. It still goes - but last ran it about 5 years ago.


I don't beilere in museum pieces, so I think it deserves a little time out in the open. A little cleaning, oil, and some open road......
And maybe a pic posted here!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 21:26

Intoxicating light and shade - lovely job. Cute scooter, too. It doesn't need a girl!
"The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations." - Sir Isaac Newton




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