My Vespa Experience!

A few months ago I was invited by Vespa at the Waterfront to pop in to experience their concept store and to actually get onto a Vespa scooter and learn how to ride one! I’ve only ever been on the BACK of a scooter once in my life when we hired one to explore the island of Capri and that was amazing!!! Def worth doing! But the thought of actually riding one myself was a bit frightening to be honest!

Anyway I’m not one to back down from new experiences so I showed up, albeit a bit nervous, to my first lesson.

And I was pleasantly surprised!

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The instructor was really patient and understanding and talked me through the whole process first before driving me across to the tarmac across the road – away from prying eyes and the potential embarrassment of failing publicly!!

Here I got to grips with the basics away from the traffic. All the parts of the scooter were explained to me and then I hopped on! My instructor behind me we set off around the private “track” in a figure of 8 to help me get a feel of how to balance and steer. Slowing he started loosening his grip allowing me to take over once my confidence was up, until I was totally in control! Eeeeek! But so much fun!

All too soon my lesson was over and it was time to head back to the shop across the road. But first the obligatory photo – ignore the foot stand – I was still learning how to support the scooter at a standstill and considering it’s not mine dropping it was out of the question!

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So if you’re in the market for a new set of (2) wheels and are considering a super cool Vespa then pop down to the Waterfront store for your own test drive or lesson! And if you do make the purchase you’ll be pleased to know that an instructor will be on hand to give you as many lessons as you need in order to head out on to the road on your own with confidence!

Lessons include:

1. Confidence to support bike at a standstill

2. Balancing, steering and stopping

3. Throttle control for regulating starts and stops

4. Controlled riding exercises

5. Unlimited repeat lessons to practice all of the above!


Contact Vespa

Tel: 0861 VESPA (83772)

Caltex Centre
Dock Road
V&A Waterfront
Tel: 021 425 7944
Twitter: @Vespa_ZA
Facebook: VespaSouthAfrica

Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. This is going to sound like a nasty question, but it’s really not mean to be. I’m just interested.
    Have you ever posted a negative review about an experience or product that you have been given, gifted or invited to?
    I’m all for being positive, but is EVERYTHING you attend/are given really that good?

    1. Hi Ella
      Thanks for your comment – I hear what you are asking and to answer you probably not. I tend to be a person who focuses on the positive and prefer not to dwell on negative experiences so if something is not a positive experience or product I won’t feature it on my blog. In the past I have been sent (many) products that I don’t feature due to the fact that I didn’t enjoy using them and have even done a restaurant review and not published a post about the place as I had not enjoyed the experience. In that instance I did give feedback to the owner of the restaurant so they could make some changes without me “naming and shaming” My blog isn’t really that type of blog. I hope that makes sense
      Kind regards, Kathryn

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