Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Riding to Cao Minh island (P1)

My Super Bee in Cao Minh resort
This was a short trip i made last weekend with some friends in Chợ Lớn scooter club. We started from Saigon to visit Cao Minh island, Dong Nai province. Cao Minh island is an own property of Cao Minh singer. It's wild, quiet and have many beautiful scences.
Going this island, we must ride through Mã Đà wood, the feeling is so great, not like any roads on highway. We camped in Cao Minh one night with BBQ and King fish, which is only have in Amazon and Trị An lake.
Let see some pictures i shot in that trip.

Do it today or...

Nice poster i see from Vintage Racers. I make me wanna make my own dream now, doing a 10.000 km long trip in 2013, discover all provinces in Vietnam.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Vespa family: Germany – Hoffmann/Messerschmitt

From 1950, the Vespa was built inder licence in Germany by Hoffmann of Lindof, near Dusseldorf. After 1955, production was instead organised at the Messerschmitt works Augsburg in Bavaria. Two model were offered, the 150 Touren and the 150 GS. It is interesting to note that Messerschmitt had a good reputation in the aeronautical industry, just like Piaggio. The Vespa was exported to Germany after 1956.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Vespa family: Belgium - M.I.S.A.

The Vespa models marketed in Belgium came out of the M.I.S.A. factory at Jette, near Brussels. Production ran from 1954 to 1962 with 125 and 150 cc version of the GS series being offered. The Belgian Vespa was initially distributed by Bevelux, with an organisation extending into Holland and Luxemburg. There were over 150 sales outlets, but Vespas could also be purchased at a number of major stores in Brussels including: Bon Marche’, Galeries Anspach, Innovation, Grand magasins de la Bourse and Cado Radio.

Daily photo

Lambretta SX 200.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Vespa family: France - A.C.M.A

France – ACMA
The Vespa was built under licence by A.C.M.A. in its factory at Fourchambault. Two models were offered, the 125 and the 125 GL. In contrast with Pontedera’s 150, the A.C.M.A. version was fitted with an engine derived from that of the 125 and had different bore and stroke dimensions.
However, the most interesting A.C.M.A. model was the military Vespa. The project was initiated in 1953 when the French army decided to replace its now obsolete American Cushman scooters that dated from the Second World War. 

Lambretta Travel Wise old Promo Film

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Vespa family: Beyond the borders

The Vespa's success was not confined to Italy. The scooter also became an extremely popular vehicle elsewhere, with a huge folowing, especially in Europe. Many manufactures attempted to compete with Pontedera on their local markets with model of all shapes and sizes, but without success. Whether those manufactures were called BSA or Triumph (in England), Peugeot or Motobecane (in France), NSU or Zundapp (in Germany), not one managed to produce a scooter to rival the Italian model.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Daily photo

Couple of frame.

VNM - Helmet Heads

Asian trip 2012 by Hanoi Vespa club

This April - 2012, my friends made a longest trip that there is no one in Vietnam do this by vespa before. They start from Hanoi, Vietnam. Riding through Laos - Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore. Here are some pics from that trip. Sorry all for my bad english, i cant tell more about this

Monday, May 14, 2012

Around Vietnam on Vespa 2012

Finally, our main video in a trip Around Vietnam on Vespa 2012 done. 
Enjoy the ride, scooterists! And welcome to Vietnam.

Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005

Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005
Review By Leonardo Flores

While looking for books to build up my Japanese 1960’s library, I came across Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005. Published by Poizun Editors in June 2005, this 128pg book follows the inception and growth of the Tokyo Mod scene from its early days up to when the book was published.

The Japanese Mod scene has always fascinated me like no other Mod scene in the world. Having been to both Nagoya and Tokyo Mods Mayday, I can say I am forever hooked on the Mods and Modets of Nihon.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May Day Ride 2012 - Day 5: Nha Trang - Dalat - Saigon

Me with a little problem in Omega Pass
Day 5 of May Day Ride 2012, we ride the longest way, 460km/day. From Nha Trang, we pass Omega Pass with nearly 80km riding up and down hill to Dalat. The scence is awesome! Unluckily, there was a rain before we ride, it made the road look very bad. But finally, we pass it. It makes the trip more happy.
Finish 5 days ride, we just spend 70$ for all: fee join the rally (hotel + food free), food in 5 days, rent the room in Buon Me Thuot city.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Moto Girl - Elspeth Beard

I'm not often made a post about motorcycle but this story make me change.

Three decades ago, 24 year old architecture student, Elspeth Beard, set out to ride her bike around the world– a trek that would take 3 years and over 48K miles. The young Englishwoman, who’d been riding since she was just 16 yrs old, had already taken a few solo journeys to Scotland and Ireland– and now was ready to take on more before she finished school and settled down into a career.
Beard’s bike was a used 1974 BMW R 60/6 flat-twin, already with 30K miles, that she bought from a friend of a friend

May Day Ride 2012 - Day 4: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang

In day 4, after having breafast, we say goodbye to many scooter club joined the rally. A beetle go with us to outside the city. I have a lot of memories in this rally.
Here is some pics from Day 4 of May Day Ride 2012.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Day Ride 2012 - Day 3: Join the rally in Quy Nhon city

Day 3 - We join the rally with nearly 170 scooters. Most is vespa, coming from many provinces in South and midle of Vietnam. This is the first time we join a big rally like this. To much scooters to see, to much people to make friend. :D This is really fun!
Here are some pictures from that day:

Daily photo

Vespa Special, not much in Vietnam. So cute!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May Day Ride 2012 - Day 2: Buon Me Thuot - Pleiku - Quy Nhon

My vespa, helmet and jacket.
We stayed one night in Buon Me Thuot city before start riding day 2 of May Day Ride 2012. Hotel is ok, 10$ for 1 room, for 5 persons, own parking for Vespa. Coffee ín Buon Me Thuot is awesome, good taste and cheap.
We left BMT in sunny day, road is empty of truck, not much motorcycle.
Some pictures from day 2:

Friday, May 4, 2012

May Day Ride 2012 - Day 1: Saigon - Buon Me Thuot

Me and Hiền.
There is a big scooter rally in Quy Nhon city, Vietnam. My club join it with 4 vespas. It took us 2 days ride from Saigon to Quy Nhon city and 2 days to come back Saigon.
The first day we choose riding from Saigon to Buon Me Thuot city, 340km. We know the road is very bad but we still ride to discover new road. We started at 5am and came to Buon Me Thuot at 7pm. In afternoon, we ride in the rain in 1 hours. Here are some pictures from day 1.