EIGHT MONTHS ON THE ROAD, 40,000 KM ACROSS 28 COUNTRIES IN FIVE CONTINENTS. THE GREAT SOLO ADVENTURE OF A YOUNG ENGINEER WITH A PASSION FOR ENGINES
Hats off to Luca Capocchiano, a young engineer from Genoa, who set off for the journey of a lifetime last October, on the saddle of a Vespa 125 TS. His trip is a tribute to courage, the spirit of adventure, the desire to explore places and peoples, and also to learn more about oneself and put oneself to the test. Without doubt, Luca’s solo tour deserves a place on the roll of honour of great Vespa riders who have been travelling round the world for nearly 70 years. His extraordinary journey is detailed in his blog, the source of the info, photos and clips in this article.
Here is a video shot by Luca in Nepal before the recent earthquakes.
THE RIDER. As he prepared to set off for his adventure, Luca wrote: “My name is Luca Capocchiano, I’m 36 and about to fulfil my lifetime dream: to travel round the world overland on a vintage Vespa scooter. Genoa is my hometown and will be the start and finish of my trip. I’ll soon be leaving, travelling eastward, and after 8 months, 40,000 km and 28 countries, I shall return home from the west. I’m a mechanical engineer and have always been mad about motorbikes, racing and engines. I’ve worked for 8 years running in the World SBK Championship…”.
THE TRAVELLING COMPANION. Already a committed Vesparado (with a “legendary Special 50” and “marvellous 125 GT” from 1967), Luca had to choose a more suitable model for such a challenging trip. After weighing up the considerations of heart and wallet, he opted for a “sporty” sturdy white 125 TS (“Turismo Speciale”), which he painted bright “Positano” yellow (one of the original colours of the Vespa Rally).ITINERARY AND STAGES OF THE TRIP
Luca left from Genoa on Sunday 5 October 2014, and headed east, through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Dubai, Oman, India, and on to Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore (where the Italian Association donated him a full tank of fuel), then Indonesia from where he set sail to reach Australia in May 2015. Wherever he goes, radio, TV and the press are on his trail for interviews about his adventure. The journey continues. Good luck, Luca!ilgirodelmondoa80allora MYANMAR