Friday, January 13, 2012

The 1953 Europe Trip

In 1953, Dave Lee and Rick Ronvik, two semi-mature college guys—and lifelong buddies, took a quarter year off from their college studies, worked in the galley of a ship bound for France, bought two 1953 Utility Vespa motor scooters, and set out on an extended scooter trip through France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, and England. They were 20 and 21 at the time.

Rick and Dave had known each other as kids growing up in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. They were buddies through grammar school, Boy Scouts, high school, and college.
Some photos from the 1953 Europe Trip:

Heidelberg, Germany
Italian Riviera

Huets of Dublin

Lambretta assemblers.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Giorgio Bettinelli – RIP

Legendary Vespa traveller Giorgio Bettinlli died in China from a sudden illness on 16 September 2008 at the age of 53. He had lived there for 4 years, on the banks of the Mekong, with his wife Yapei.
Giorgio got his first Vespa in 1992 aged 37. Living in a village in Indonesia, a friend gave him an old Vespa which he promptly rode through the country. Upon returning to Italy he continued his Vespa adventures on a grander scale and it’s probadly easier to list the countries where Bettinelli didn’t travel, rather than where he did.
Travelling upon a simple Vespa PX, with his guitar and backpack, Bettinelli did things that many of us never achieve in our lives. Surprisingly, he had little mechanicals knowledge. When asked what he did if the Vespa ever broke down, he replied “ You wait. Someone comes, someone helps. Acar, a truck, a camel. An hour, a day. Someone comes, someone helps.

In his time Bettinelli made trips from Rome to Saigon (6 months and 24,000km), Alaska to Patagonia (9 months and 36,000km), Melbourne to Cape Town (one years and 52,000km), Chile to Tasmania (3 years, eight months and 144,000km)

He has written books about his trips, but unfortunately they are only available in Italian like “Brum, Brum;254,000km on a Vespa” in which he recall his experiences riding through five continents.
It wasn’t until his later travels that he got some assistance from Piaggio, realising that such feats of endurance really did prove how reliable the Vespa PX was. That’s when I (the man who write this post) had the pleasure of meeting Giorgio for the first time, at one of the motorcycle shows in Milan. Approachable and friendly, he was happy to talk in his limited English (far better than my miniscule Intalian) and promising that one day he’d have more earrings that I did!

In 2006, after settling in China, Bettinelli set off on his last trip on a Vespa GT around China which took 18 months and covered 39,000km. Speaking to people at Piaggio recently, I understand they are planning a tribute to him in their museum at the factory in Pontedera.
Giogio Bettinellian inspiration to us all when it comes to sitting in the saddle and riding your scooter somewhere interesting.

From Scootering Magazine

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A 1967 Vespa 50S

A 1967 vespa 50s
The Scooterist | Some pictures of a 1967 Vespa 50s, belong to Qskulls ( - my girlfriend. The frame and engine're still good. So lucky that she can buy this good vespa 50s at this time. Now she is learning how to ride a Vespa.

Vespa in Saigon by Qskulls

Short film by Qskulls
Art Director: Qskulls
Cinematography: Qskulls
Film Editing: Qskulls
Camera: 7D

Road to heaven

Find on Google some pics of many beautiful road. It's awesome! Look like a way to heaven. I hope one time i can ride on these road in my own life.

 Does anyone know where the road is?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vespa scooter rally in Leeds, 1959

Scenes from Vespa scooter rally in Leeds, 1959
In 1959, the Vespa Club of Britain’s National Rally was held in Leeds.  This film documents some of the events from that day and includes very well shot scenes of Vespa scooters as well as good examples women’s fashions.
The film begins with a close up of the back of a red Vespa motorbike as it pulls away.  The riders congregate in a large park.  Several people are wearing overalls of different colours, and signs can be seen for groups from Harrow and South End as well as for the Two Stroke Refuelling Point.  Some of the Vespas have women riders, and many people are walking along the road to the rally.  Finally, the Vespas form a long line and are ready for the rally to begin.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Planning for the trip Around Vietnam on Vespa

The Scooterist | There are 22 days left to start our trip Around Vietnam on Vespa. I can see that every members are very exciting now. In the first meet, we plan about things should be brought, how to ride in a long road...
Here're some pictures in that day:

 4 of 6 vespas will ride around vietnam.