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« on: May 24, 2018, 11:31:57 PM »

05/24/18 - I have a rather long blog going of my adventures on two other forums, ADV and sport-touring.org. I'll continue the blog here when i post all the updates of late and sadly many of the ADV crowd that lurks here will see the same ole, same ole... I'm a history buff and I pick out sights to see that have historical value to me and living smack dab in the middle of VA puts me a stones throw away of civil war sites. Soooo... if you don't like history and/or civil war history, this ain't your thread.

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Rather then just adding onto my ride report on this scoot I figured I would just post a thread on the Vespa 946. Any and all are welcome to post anything you wish on this thread. As always this thread will be filled with up with lots of pictures and in general meandering of what I'm getting into on the 946. Scooters (to me) are all about just having fun so come on in, I'll leave the light on for you.

If you wish to read the ride report it can be viewed here.
http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9243.0

I'm creeping up on 3,000 miles quickly on the first month of ownership and thought I would post my experiences to date. When I got home from Austin I quickly cleaned her up because Bella was covered in bugs and grime in general. Later on in the near future I'll give her a proper detail. I used wheel cleaner on the rear rim as it had quite a bit of build up of brake dust and grim in general. Sprayed it on and hosed it off 2 to 3 minutes later. The clear-coat on the rear rim started to delaminate almost immediately.  :facepalm: :wow:  <sigh>...

So I called up Moto Richmond and explained the issue. A very nice gal in service by the name of Rachel Ballard said bring it on by. So I motored on down there, roughly an hour away and spoke with Rachel. I explained that I most likely caused this to happen and I didn't expect it to be covered under warranty. She took a few cell pics and shot the claim off to Piaggio. It was approved for a new rim in less than an hour. I was shocked!  :hail: :hail: :hail: I made an appointment to have it installed the following week and there was no issues. I couldn't be more pleased. I guess once in a blue moon it pays to be honest!


And a few pics from Moto Richmond.
Lots of good stuff hiding in the corners of this shop.











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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 11:32:42 PM »

A couple of random pics on the way home from that day.





I stopped in a coffee shop in Mineral and they had keychains for sale and one was blue. lol No! I didn't buy it.


Love this time of year!

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 11:33:05 PM »

Like I mentioned earlier I'm creeping up on 3,000 fast and the majority of those miles have been in the rain. So I want to detail the Vespa and get a peek at all the nooks and crannies to see if there's and surface rust or the likes popping up. Usually it's a small issue in the area that the VIN is stamped on the frame. We shall see...

I typically detail my bikes once a month. Get all the bugs off and in general get them looking sharp. It's also a good way to get an up close look at your bike for loose bolts or other issues that might crop up.

When I took delivery, Vespa 946 owners get a nice gift box that contains some goodies in there and the rear pillion seat. I asked AF1 to install if for my journey home thinking in a pinch I might need the real estate to Rok-Strap a bag to. In the end I didn't need it so I want to remove it at the I think the scoot looks better with the solo seat.

Here's a pic of the dual setup.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 11:33:31 PM »

Here's a down view of the section I'm going to remove.


First the leather seat pad.


Then the main seat and the inner shroud.


Yep, just as I thought, here's where the VIN is and I want to get that cleaned up right away.


What I use to halt rust/corrosion in it's track is ASF-50. Google this stuff, it's amazing! If you ride year round on salted roads, this stuff on your rims will fend it off nicely.


I cleaned up the stamped VIN and shot a small dose of ASF-50 into the cap then just used a Q-tip to apply to the area. Using the spray can for this application would crop dust the whole scooter. ;)


I'll check on it a year from now and I promise you it will look just like it does now.


While the seat is completely off I usually heavily wax the areas that are covered up from body parts that are hard to reach.


Here's a pic of the cast pillion seat which weights in at 8lbs 4 oz.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 11:33:58 PM »

I would like to share how I detail my bike in hopes that it may help help someone. Specifically, I'll be using 3 items for the lions share of detailing.

 - Poor Boy's Leather Stuff (for the seat and my leather gear)
 - Chemical Guy's Wet Butter Wax
 - Chemical Guy's Jet Seal


The leather stuff does a really decent job of getting stains off the light gray leather seat and conditions the leather as well. My leather gloves, coat and boots take a beating from road grim and bugs here in Va so I tend to got though this stuff on a regular basis.

The butter wax is greasy and easy on, easy off. Not very protective so I use the Jet Seal as a follow-up. They make a Jet Seal for matte paints as well. This stuff is amazing in the sense of putting a hard shell over your wax job and as a result the luster remains for many years to come.

These pictures don't really do it justice but you can see the reflection of the bottom of the seat like a mirror.



The paint is well protected and just pops now when you look at it. Here's a good view of the solo seat or as the Italian's call it Bellissima! Which I prefer.






I finally got my misspelled tag sorted at DMV. Woohoo! ;)




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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2018, 11:34:39 PM »

One of the scooters I sold, the Piaggio BV350 went to Alex and he resides in Philly about 1 mile away from Revzilla. He was doing to the BRPW camping trip this week and made a pit stop at Casa De Redneck and crashed here for the night. I got to catch up with him and hear about his adventures. He took a 3,000 mile trip through Egypt on a Sym 150 scooter and it was fascinating to hear about it.

On his way home to Philly!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2018, 11:35:06 PM »

I took a nice two day short trip this weekend on Bella. I've been going to a PT massage therapist for my sciatica in Front Royal and I'm happy to report I'm having good success on this front. The weather was looking bad per usual. I think the only weather this Vespa has seen has been rain. lol So I motored out of Lake Anna and cut up to Culpeper, took a right on 15 to Remington, 621, 15, then right on Ben Venue. BV is a short run but amazing technical piece of tarmac.Then 522 to Front Royal.

Here's a view of my route.


I had stuffed in my Kriega 6 good sized ribeyes packed with two freezer packs that I had been marinating in Lee & Perrins and a bourbon/brown sugar rub! I also had my dock kit, rain suit, two changes of clothes, laptop, chargers, tinted shield, a doggy life preserver I bought my niece for their pup and a copy of Labyrinth to watch with the kids. Love that movie! My pack was over G'd!


And the weather when I got to PT... As usual I'm a dripping mess walking into the joint.


After PT I motored up to Luray. A beautiful town right on the Blue Ridge mountains and worth visiting on two wheels. The stormy weather made for some spectacular smokey mountain views.



Right at dusk it was amazing! Sadly I don't have a decent camera to capture the beauty.



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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2018, 11:35:34 PM »

After supper we broke out some small fireworks for the kids and had a few beers around the bonfire.



The next morning my nephew-in-law took the 946 for a spin. He loved it!


We decided to go to a local brewery and here's a few pics of Luray.




Hawksbill Brewery, all of their brews are from local crops in the area and they are brewed on the premises.


Pimp!


One of the twins.  8)


While we were there a freight train rolled through and blew the horn. Good night it woke the dead!


My neice.


Some random pics my niece took.


Nice shot of my flab...






Thanks for reading!

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2018, 11:36:14 PM »

Time to head home so I cut across the Shenandoah National Forest. Beautiful piece of road to enjoy the scoot on and it wasn't raining!








Shit house lilies are popping up everywhere.


Until next trip, thanks for reading.

Eric

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2018, 11:36:43 PM »

So what's Virginian been up to?

Today's update is the only modification I have planned for Bella. To meet U.S. DOT standards they put winkers on stalks all the way around. I literally cannot stand them so I rooted around and found the OEM part numbers for the LED signals.

Here's a look at the U.S. stock winkers.



You have to tear down the scoot quite a bit to get this job done. In this case I don't mind as it gives me a chance to get the grit and grime of almost 4,000 miles mostly in the rain.


Here's a look at the rear turn signal entry and you can see what I'm talking about.


Pop off the Piaggio badge and there's a bolt to hold on the front fascia.

 
Remove the from panels and floorboards.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2018, 11:37:04 PM »

I ordered the resistor from Revzilla as it's a plug-n-play.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay

Here's a view of the stock relay vs. the one to accommodate the LED signals.


Find the correct wiring harness for the appropiate signal and pull it down for access.


But first you must decide on a suitable place to fit the resistors, as they can heat up to over 100°C in operation (with long signalling or using your hazard warning lights if you break down), so they need a little cooling air. They should not be completely enclosed or mounted in direct contact with a plastic surface. It's a good idea to make a little mount plate out of sheet aluminium and place that in the bike.

The new signals are a Piaggio OEM part as the scoot should be.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2018, 11:37:26 PM »

Remove the stock signals.


Nip the ends off the wires and add a connector that mates with the new signals. Be sure to use the little rubber condom as it make the connector waterproof. (snicker)



After I got her temporarily wired up I wanted to text it before I buttoned her up. Here's a quick 12 second video.
https://vimeo.com/231792371

The front took  a 3 pin connector and the rear took a 2 pin connector. I ordered them on fleabay or you can find them on Amazon.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Kit-2-Pin-Way-Sealed-Waterproof-Electrical-Wire-Connector-Plug-Terminal-Set/141654621467?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2018, 11:37:52 PM »

Be sure to check all your metal tabs for the bodywork as they tend to rust quickly if not treated.


And here's the final product finished as Piaggio intended, Frenched in and smooth!  Clean up the scoot nicely and why have stalks on a big butt? Removing the stalks make the curves stunning to me! Love a clean looking big butt! ;)



I have a long(ish) ride coming up in a week so lots to come weather permitting!


Il 946 è intagliato da un angelo e dalla bellezza personificata.

The 946 is carved from an angel's tear drop and beauty personified to be.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2018, 11:38:59 PM »

September 2017 - My family is renting a cottage (off season) at Kitty Hawk, NC (OBX) and the plan was to take the Vespa down and enjoy trip as well. Irma has been threatening to put the kibosh on the whole trip but as luck would have it the show is going on.


After my trip from TX on the Vespa where I saved a couple of turtles crossing the road on my way home , my friends are calling the me the turtle whisperer. ;) I was shopping for a new helmet and found this one. The Vespa is slooooow like a turtle and I feel compelled to always stop and get them out of harms way.

I bring to you the AGV K3 SV Tartaruga Helmet. I love it!


Sure enough not one mile from my home into the trip I bump into this fellow. The vibrant colors Mother Natures gives him/her (?) just stunning camo.



Thanks to a member on st.o for doing me a solid and making some suggestions on my route, here's a peek at the planned route.

Love st.o for help. You guys and gals never fail.


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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2018, 11:39:24 PM »

I should mention that I tend to post a boat load of meaningless pictures. It's my hope that some of you enjoy them.

So I took back roads around Lake Anna and spit me out onto US 95 followed the James River. I mean to tell you today's riding weather was perfect!

Leaving home.


Somewhere along the James River


There was a hosted triathlon going on and it was a little problematic getting around some of the event riders.
 
First stop Jamestown, VA where quite frankly this country got started in October 1st, 1608 by an English investment colony. There's quite the museum here if you happen by.





Each flagpole tells a brief history of that state. Here's a couple from my region.





Just a couple of pics from the museum to share but definitely a scenic area and well worth your time to visit. There was a rather large Pocahontas exhibit as well. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas












I cannot imagine traveling from England to Virginia in one of these ships. I've done quite a bit of sailing in my lifetime and I just shudder looking at these ships...

Next up the Ferry!

(more to come)
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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2018, 11:39:54 PM »

I'm sitting on the beach writing this with a Corona in my hand feeling very fortunate today for the weather, the spectacular view, wifi that reaches the beach, good health and my family that is with me.

Life is good!
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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2018, 11:40:15 PM »

There's a ferry operated VDOT that takes you from Jamestown to Scotland that's free.

Waiting on the ferry.



Here she comes apply named Pocahontas.


Loading up there some birds hanging out for the ride. ;)





I asked a nice lady to snap my pic.


The James River was named after King James who approved the grant for the English expedition to Virginia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_River

I made it to Kitty Hawk with not much notable to take pics of by suppertime. The wind picked up in the evening and taking the long bridge from Point Harbor over to OBX was a little hairy. Whitecaps across the entire body of water.

My view for the week!
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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2018, 11:40:55 PM »

Here's a quick video I threw together crossing on the ferry.

James River Ferry 090917 on Vimeo

A couple of small bridges.

https://vimeo.com/233227846
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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2018, 11:41:18 PM »

When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma, 35 to 40 mph gusts.



We got a bushel of crabs for supper. ;)


Random shots...


I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm




In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.


Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/chls.htm




There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women manned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling.

https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack—renamed the Virginia—from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship.

Read about it here!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html

Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

Here's a quick story of just one of them.


The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
The abbreviated name “U-boat” comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat.

Read about it here.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559

Here's a few more random pics of the ferry area...





They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.


Look at the size of this section suspended.




Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2018, 11:42:09 PM »

Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.




Albino










When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places like the National Parks that helps support as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.


I'm a Batman fan in a big way and had to have this t-shirt! ;)


I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.


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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2018, 11:42:38 PM »

A Tommy Bahama ad I saw in one of the surf shops. ;)


Po Boy for lunch!


The view at lunch.


My pirate kite for my niece.


Off to Xscape, fun


Last one, a tiny frog hung out with me for bit.


I rode home and stopped in Williamsburg for gas.


I broke 4,000 on the ride home.


By the numbers.


One last thing, I think I've told y'all I'm a numbers guy. Believe it or not, I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2018, 11:43:22 PM »

February 2018 - I'm planning a trip to AmeriVespa which is being held in Richmond, VA this year, June 6 - 10th. I'm unsure if I'll just commute to the events or get a room at the Graduate Hotel which is rather pricey. I know there's very few scooter fans on this site but it's a very fun event and lots of riding going on tailored to many interests and riding styles. If/when I go there will be a bunch of pics per usual.

So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out! <----- This was aimed at the m/c riders on the forums I haunt. ;)


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Scoot Richmond

217 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224

Thursday June 7
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Richmond VA 23220

9:30 am – 5pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!
Ride 1 History Long Ride

Civil War Battlefields (Spotsylvania)- no cost – return by 5:00

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Foodie Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Seven Hills of Richmond – return by 2:00

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Jamestown Settlement - no cost – return by 5:00

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Richmond and the Revolutionary War – return by 2:00

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Craft Brewery Tour – return by 2:00

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Quirky Shops Tour – return by 2:00

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2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

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Saturday June 9
9:30 am – 1 pm: Rides
Rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides end at the Richmond International Raceway

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 11 – return by 1:00

​Ride 2 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 10 – return by 1:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Civil War – return by 1:00

​Ride 4 Cool off Local Ride

Pony Pasture Park – no cost – return by 1:00

​Ride 5 Local Character Ride

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Admission $13 – return by 1:00

Ride 6 Local Character Ride

Antique shop tour – return by 1:00

​Ride 7 History Destination Ride

Berkeley Plantation – Admission $11 – return by 1:00

10am - 4pm: Vendor Exhibits


1:00 pm – 5 pm: Gymkhana
Richmond International Raceway

600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Gymkhana begins at 2 pm, Raffle at 3 pm
Gymkhana/Scooter Games/Scooter Judging/Vendor Exhibits
 
6pm: Pre Banquet Cocktail Hour

Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​7pm: Banquet

TBD

Richmond VA 23220

Dinner & Banquet

​10:00 pm: After Party

XXXX Rooftop Bar

​Sunday June 10
Pankcake Breakfast with vendor exhibits & last raffle
 
9:30 am – 11:30 am: Pancake Breakfast & Raffle
Byrd Park

600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Sponsored by AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIP

12 pm - Til: Unofficial Post Rally Gathering

Hadad's Lake
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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2018, 11:45:44 PM »

March 29th 2018 - 80*F/26.6*C today and I'm out running errands.


A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie evar! http://www.flooziespieshop.com/ Places like this are becoming extinct in the sense of mom & pop diners. To me they are the pinnacle of where to stop when traveling on two wheels. For those of you coming to the spring meet this place is 30 minutes away.






They also do incredible cakes, here's a few for the holiday season.






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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2018, 11:46:26 PM »

Louisa Courthouse



Like most of rural Virginia there's veteran's memorials at the courthouse.
Louisa County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building located at Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia. It was designed by architect D. Wiley Anderson from Richmond and built in 1905. It is a two-story, five-bay, porticoed Classical Revival brick structure. It measures 59 feet wide and 63 feet deep and features a pedimented portico supported by four Ionic order columns. It has a modified hipped roof topped by an octagonal drum, dome and lantern. Associated with the courthouse is the contributing old jail built in 1818, and rebuilt in 1868 after a fire; the Crank Building (1830); R. Earl Ogg Memorial Building (1917); and a Civil War monument.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


The jailhouse built in 1818.


1905 gate to enter.


John Mercer Langston's birth place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mercer_Langston he was a member of the Virginia's U.S. House of Representatives in 1890.

John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist, diplomat, and politician in the United States. An African American, he became the first dean of the law school at Howard University and helped create the department. He was the first president of what is now Virginia State University, a historically black college.

Born a free black in Virginia to a freedwoman of mixed race and a white planter father, in 1888 Langston was elected to the U.S. Congress as the first representative of color from Virginia. Joseph Hayne Rainey, the black Republican congressman from South Carolina, had been elected in 1870 during the Reconstruction era.

In the Jim Crow era of the later nineteenth century, Langston was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress from the South before the former Confederate states passed constitutions and electoral rules from 1890 to 1908 that essentially disenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites, excluding the blacks from politics. After that, no African Americans would be elected from the South until 1973, after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to enforce their constitutional rights. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the gerrymandered district lines that southern white Democratic State legislatures had drawn to dilute their power and prevent blacks from having enough of a presence in any district to be able to elect a representative of their choice. At the time, most blacks supported Republican Party candidates, both white and black.

Langston's early career was based in Ohio where, with his older brother Charles Henry Langston, he began his lifelong work for African-American freedom, education, equal rights and suffrage. In 1855 he was one of the first African Americans in the United States elected to public office when elected as a town clerk in Ohio. John was a great-uncle of the renowned poet Langston Hughes.




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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2018, 11:46:52 PM »

Two last stragglers I forgot...


The bag hook to the rescue!
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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2018, 11:47:34 PM »

http://youtu.be/E_sncxuvD3A

I bumped into this very short 48 second video on Vespa 946s being hand made.

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« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2018, 11:48:00 PM »

I'm planning a scooter trip to Charleston, SC to see the Hunlee. Would anyone have any recommendations for decent scenic roads in this part of the country?
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« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2018, 11:48:27 PM »

I have lots of scooting plans this spring and summer and I'll try to keep this thread updated with my pointless pictures and posts. Here are a few highlights that I have on my agenda this year. Some of you may know that I love history so I tend to pick a historic site to visit and turn a ride into a learning experience. I'm a huge Civil War and WWII fan, throw in some plane and train museums and I'm happy as a clam at high tide! Here's a peek of things to come, hopefully...


- AmeriVespa, Vespa's granddaddy of them all events in Richmond (tons of pic from that event coming) https://www.amerivespa.net/
- The Hunley, first submarine to sink a warship that forever changed naval history https://www.hunley.org/
- Gettysburg, needs no introduction, that forever cemented America's outcome of the Civil War https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm
- Fredericksburg Battle Field, America's Battlefield https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm - Done 04/18/18
- Anteitam National Battlefield - The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
- Harper's Ferry - A must see if you haven't visited before. https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm]https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm
- American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank Museum - A must see if you're a WWII buff https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/
- The Virginia Museum of Transportation - They are supposed to have a decent train museum and I want to see and possibly ride the famous Virginia 611 http://www.vmt.org/collections/rail/steam-locomotives/steam-locomotive-norfolk-and-western-class-j-611/

- I'll be headed back to OBX come early September so look for the usual beach stuff there
- Late September I'm off to Hawaii (never been) and hope to rent a scooter and see some of the island that I'll be staying on

I'll share my thoughts on the Xmax vs. the 946 as we go along. If any of you good folks have any specific questions or pics you need, just ask away and I'll get you some answers. This thread is about life, nothing more, nothing less. I welcome any and all folks to chime in. I'm just a VA redneck trying to enjoy what's left of my life and wish to share my adventures with the m/c and scooter community. So post your thoughts, pictures, jokes and climb aboard.

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« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2018, 11:49:49 PM »

South to SC from VA. Of course there's Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I was chatting with a friend on another forum who gave me some suggestions. Here's my first cut at it. Thanks for the suggestions!

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« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2018, 11:50:06 PM »

I was out scooting today and took a few too many pics... If you don't like history, stop reading here! lol

As I'm breaking in the motor of the Xmax, I decided to take lonely country roads around my area and weave my way back to Fredericksburg.

Here's a few random shots.




Take a look at this very old tree, the trunk was darn near the width of the bike. If this tree could tell stories I bet it would have a few over the last 100 years...


Today is a friend's birthday and we've been friends for a while. Anywho, she loves old barns so I posted this for her on FB.




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