After Chantal finally found a helmet, we embarked on our first ride. To most bikers this is no big deal. However, since I had not rode for such a long time and given the fact that the Vespa is only 380 pounds, having a rider might make a difference.
We decided to just head down along the water and take a ride up highway 7 towards Long Sault parkway. We stopped to visit a small island and took a few pictures on the road to the island.
This ride was under an hour and you could say “short and sweet”. Nothing major to report on the ride other than the preparation involved in riding with a second person.
On the Vespa GTV-300, the shocks and the rear tire pressure must be adjusted for one rider, for two riders or for two riders and luggage. To most other types of bikes sold today, this is a bit archaic. However, it is on the cool side. We get the opportunity to “tinker” with this Italian engineered machine. After all, what would a Vespa be if we did not have to tinker, even if it is so little tinkering involved?
There is a cute little tool box located in the front glove box that holds all of the necessary tools. I purchased a small bicycle pump and air gauge to adjust the back tire and check my tires regularly. These also fit nicely inside the front glove box hidden away with a pair of reading glasses, a coin pouch for gas money (yes, the usual fill up is under $ 5.00) and the insurance and registration.
Pump and Gage
The Front Tire Pressure is 26.1 in all scenarios. However, the back tire is as follows:
1 Rider = 29 PSI
Rider and passenger = 37.7 PSI
They do not talk about Rider, Passenger and Luggage. However, there are two shocks in the back and both need adjusting as follows:
1 Rider = Setting 1 or 2 depending on Rider’s Weight and Comfort Desired
Rider and Passenger = Setting 3
Rider, Passenger and Luggage = Setting 4
It is important to note that changing the shock adjustment is a bit tricky, especially on the left shock. This video explains the process.
Now that you have seen the process, you can understand that every time my wife is on the back, the bike needs adjusting and then also back again the next day when I ride. Is this bad? I do not think so. In my case it makes me check the air pressure daily which is highly recommended on any motorcycle. Additionally, it gives you that “I am the Mechanic” feel and having control of something mechanical. I think it is a man thing…