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!
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!
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!
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!
Tel: 0861 VESPA (83772)
Images: Kathryn Rossiter