Well, I have ridden the Vespa back to Houston from AF1, a journey of about 200 miles. I think it is kinda cool but I would like to kick the guy in the nuts that thought to put the gas hole where it is. You have to be careful or else you will flood the storage compartment with gas. A definite suck feature. I was quite comfortable on the trip back.
The thing will drag my carcass between 65 and 70 mph on the open road but I reached speeds over 75 mph in the highways of Houston. I figure this is from the lower density turbulent air on the big highway, especially when tucking behind an 18 wheeler. All in all, it isn't a touring wagon but it is extremely capable in town. It has a nice blat from the Leo Vince can (minus db killer of course) that will be practical for terrorizing Harley's.
Riding my Aprilias around town is such a waste, especially for those little 3 mile trips. I think the scooter deal is a good solution. I thought about getting another motard but the deal was too good, and I kinda like the little bastard.
Well, I now have about 800 miles of Vespa under my arse. First of all, the engineering of the thing is top notch. The only thing is the suspension is too weak for my ultrawide carcass. I may go in search for upgrades. But the thing is very handy. I can go to the coffee shop, grab a latte and ride back one handed. Guess I need a cup holder. I have come to the conclusion that there is little peer when riding around town. I'm always ahead of traffic. The rough roads of Houston taxes the suspension though.