Bringing House a Vespa ET4 Scooter

2004 Vespa ET4 strapped onto the bed of a pickup truck.
From one dwelling to the subsequent, bringing one other Vespa into the fold.

Paperwork and Persistence

The quantity of paperwork essential to start a switch of a motorized vehicle in Pennsylvania is daunting sufficient to make you suppose the State would actually slightly it wasn’t achieved. And that doesn’t even start to incorporate processing the paperwork by way of the byzantine system of the Division of Transportation. I’ve to remind myself that if this represents the form of issues I’ve in life, then I’m one fortunate man.

Paul and I traveled to Altoona, Pennsylvania to collect up a 2004 Vespa ET4. Merely put — it’s a magnificence.

Two exhuberant Vespa riders.
Paul and Bob, the unique proprietor and second proprietor of the stunning Vespa ET4

Passing the Torch

Paul was the unique proprietor of the Vespa ET4, shopping for it new again in 2004. Just a few years later he offered it to my father-in-law Bob who fell in love with the scooter and driving. Every so often we might experience collectively. He rode it for over ten years till he died all of a sudden nearly two years in the past. Bob needed my spouse and me to have the Vespa.

To maintain it within the household.

Scooter parts box and Vespa ET4 scooter in garage.
Elements from Scooterwest.

A New Outdated Vespa

The scooter has sat within the storage for a few years. And Bob hadn’t been driving loads for the previous 5. I anticipated some points associated to getting the carburated scooter operating. First was the set up of a brand new battery. Then some recent gasoline within the tank. Just a little beginning fluid within the air consumption and it began proper up. It ran a bit tough for a couple of minutes however then idled effective and ran okay. I had gotten some recommendation that I must rebuild the carb, substitute the gasoline faucet, the vacuum and gasoline traces, and a number of different issues.

To date although the scooter engine runs like new. My fingers are crossed that it’ll keep that approach. After assessing the scooter I made a decision to vary the oil and filter, air filter, hub oil, belt and curler change, and flush the brake fluid. The tires look new however sadly they’re not. A fast take a look at the DOT codes reveals one tire to be 15 years previous and the opposite 5 years previous.

So a fast order on-line with ScooterWest had every part in my palms in a couple of days.

2004 Vespa ET4 parked in a driveway.
A neighborhood experience.

Not Fairly Authorized

Whereas the insurance coverage and registration are so as, the scooter must have the Pennsylvania Security Inspection. It’s scheduled for early August together with another companies at the start of August. Till then I simply experience across the neighborhood to work out any bugs within the scooter. It’s been a very long time since I had ridden a 150cc scooter. Man, it’s enjoyable.

The right selection for a experience to breakfast.

Breakfast Experience

A part of operating across the neighborhood is a visit to the Pump Station Cafe. It’s simply down the road. Usually, I stroll down with one of many canines. With the “new” scooter round, I’ve been driving.

I believe I’ve seen one of many canines biting on the entrance tire of the Vespa ET4.

There’s loads occurring and I’m additionally mired in the summertime doldrums. I don’t like the warmth and I turn out to be torpid about driving when the temperature will get to 80F. And I’m preoccupied with producing movies for YouTube. I’ve resisted admitting it however I’ve gotten bored with writing.

Who is aware of what tomorrow will carry although..