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Balkans vespa ride

I spent the train commute into London this morning reading Leonardo Lucarelli's epic account of his Balkans vespa journey on his classic silver Primavera, from his home in Northern Italy to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This is really well written; evoking the enjoyment, thrill and sense of adventure you get from touring and is visually enhanced with some great photographs. These were taken mainly by Valentino, Leonardo's travelling companion who was along for the ride, as well as his practical vespa knowledge. Some of the pair's highlights of the trip stem from the help and generosity afforded them by locals in moments of adversity, such as a broken carburettor manifold and seized piston rings. The roads and views look amazing and they also got to stay one night with a local family who share their dinner and give them a bed for the night - the kind of experiences money can't buy and remain with you long after ...

The July issue of Scootering is worth getting for this article alone.

The above shot is of a silver 125 Primavera I shot in central London a few years ago and like the one Leonardo and Valentino undertook their Balkans ride on.

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