What began as a short ride to take care of a few errands and then head to our local polling place to vote for township supervisor ended with the Vespa GTS rattling around in the back of a big blue truck. Reflecting on the events of that evening I can say two things for sure -- one, it's nice to have friends with a truck, and two, ModernVespa.com is the best resource for all things related to modern Vespa scooters anywhere in the solar system.
The ride started innocently enough with a simple plan to ride across the valley to the asian market to stock up on ginger tea. The evening sky glowed as I rode across the Penn State campus where I stopped to make a few pictures of Beaver Stadium, home of the Nittany Lions football team.
When I was an undergraduate student in the early 1970s the stadium was much smaller and was a multiple use facility. Commencement took place in the stadium along with track and field meets and other events. Today it's all football, all the time.
The Canon G15 does a good job in low light. Reasonable image quality and noise control in the chip coupled with a fast, F1.8 lens gets the job done.
One last stop at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription turned into the last stop of the night for the Vespa. The engine turned over once and that was it. Pulled the pet carrier to do a quick check of the sparkplug wire and immediately saw the problem.
A connector melted and shorted out the engine's electrical system. I'd seen pictures of this problem again on ModernVespa.com so I pulled out my iPhone, posted to the forum, and a few minutes later I had the information I needed. It was not a roadside repair. Called my friend Paul Ruby and he stopped by to pick up the dead Vespa.
The next day Paul cut out the connector and soldered the wires together -- the fix recommended on ModernVespa.com. The Vespa is running smoothly and I can ride another day.
Just another day in the life of a Vespa rider...