The Gear Guide

Among the most popular (and hopefully helpful) posts here on Life on two wheels are the gear posts.

I include in the definition of 'gear' posts, the posts concerning motorcycle and scooter modifications I've made to my Vespa and the shared Honda Shadow tour bike, those I'm planning to make, as well as posts on skills and general moto knowledge that relate to commuting on a scooter or motorcycle, such as parking, for instance. I will be adding another chapter to these posts in the near future: gear posts that relate to Brompton folding bikes and bicycling tips, tricks, and hacks.

Getting around on two wheels is something I have done for a long time, and it's something I thoroughly enjoy.

Riding a bicycle is one thing. Riding a scooter or a motorcycle is a whole other thing.

Commuting on two wheels day in and day out is another kettle of fish. I started commuting on motor scooters in the spring of 2010 and I accumulated quite a bit of gear and have made modifications to my Vespas and the Honda Shadow tour bike.  My Vespa and the Honda (not to mention yours truly) are now highly adapted to the mission.  If you are thinking of commuting on a bike, you may find these links quite helpful.

2021 will be my introduction to the most iconic commuting bicycle in the world and it will mark yet another way for my two wheeled adventures to unfold (pun intended).

As with the 'foodie' posts, I'll add the links on this page gradually as time allows.

If the topic you're interested in is not linked yet, you should be able to browse through the archive to find it.  Provided it has been written of course.

Since the posts relate to four different bikes I have divided the gear posts up.

You will see that Brompton posts are at the bottom of the list and as I write this all that's there is a placeholder.

There is a first batch for posts that are not bike specific. There are also three more batches of motorbike posts: one batch for Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super modifications, and one batch for Vespa LX 150 modifications, and a third batch for Honda Shadow modifications. The fifth batch is reserved for Brompton posts.

The project reports take almost as much time and attention as actually doing the modifications, so please bear with me as a write them up and post them.  If there is no link below, it's because the writing and posting is lagging behind the wrenching and cursing.  If you are considering a modification to your bike and there is no link to a post and need some assistance, shoot me an e-mail and I'll do my best to help you out.

General gear posts
Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super modifications
Vespa LX 150 modifications
Honda Shadow VT750 American Classic Edition modifications
    • RAM mounts
    • Handlebar mounted 12 volt outlet
    Brompton gear and accessories
    • TBD
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