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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2021, 03:28:54 AM »
aklawok,

That is Haruko Haruhara: Rickenbacker gas powered bassist; Intergalactic Vespa motor cop.
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2021, 06:40:54 AM »
One of my favorite of all time two wheeled vehicles was my 1980 Vespa P200E. A two stroke shifty scoot. It was in need of work when I got it but after a few weeks it ran so good. 2nd gear wheelies- maybe thats why I had to replace the clutch. One day I gps'd it at 77mph. Typically it would do 72 no problem. This on the 10" wheels. Did a lot of riding on that Vespa. 200-300 mile days were no problem, now thats not cannonball miles but man it was great fun.
  One day I will own a modern Vespa, most likely a 250 or 300.

In Italy, where I came from, owning a Vespa from the early riding years, is one of the gateway drugs to future Guzzi ownership.
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2021, 08:44:49 AM »
 Centauro, funny you should say that. I sold my Vespa to buy my Jackal.

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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2021, 10:37:44 AM »



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Re: Do you Vespa?
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2021, 05:27:03 AM »
Love my Vespa.  It's a different kind of riding - encourages you to go slow and look around you more / smell the roses.  I will always have at least one scooter.




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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2021, 04:25:38 PM »
Progress report, on our new Vespa. Quicker than expected/ nice handling.  Loads of fun!
My big challenge initially was looking for the clutch, etc. 

... and getting it away from my wife.






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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2021, 06:33:12 PM »
Progress report, on our new Vespa. Quicker than expected/ nice handling.  Loads of fun!
My big challenge initially was looking for the clutch, etc. 

... and getting it away from my wife.





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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2021, 06:51:57 PM »
Introducing the Guespa, a work in progress ( actually a  1967 180SS)


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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2021, 07:41:21 PM »
Introducing the Guespa, a work in progress ( actually a  1967 180SS)


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YESSS!
:bow: Thanks for enabling my MG obsession! :bow:
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #39 on: September 10, 2021, 01:13:11 AM »
Love my Vespa.  It's a different kind of riding - encourages you to go slow and look around you more / smell the roses.  I will always have at least one scooter.




Son of a Mongoose...!
That Guzzi looks gorgeous, shame Iím betrothed to Dave Swansonís V11 Sport.

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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #40 on: September 10, 2021, 09:59:25 AM »
Of course, you could buy this lovely, classic, vintage, "restored" example in Italy, (...on fleaBay now), and bend over and "COUGH!" :laugh: :grin: :wink: :thumb: :cool: :smiley:



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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #41 on: September 10, 2021, 10:04:12 AM »
I would rather use the $$$ and Vacation in Italy.   ( maybe next year ) 
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #42 on: September 10, 2021, 10:49:24 AM »
Nice one, the 180SS. One of my favorites, that and the 200 Rally, and the Veloce, and the... the list goes on  :azn:



Quote from: guzzista on September 09, 2021, 07:51:57 PMIntroducing the Guespa, a work in progress ( actually a  1967 180SS)


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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #43 on: September 10, 2021, 10:50:33 AM »
I don't know why I can't properly "quote" posts like eveyone else anymore... No matter what I used (browser(s), phone) anyway....
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #44 on: September 10, 2021, 03:59:32 PM »
YESSS!

After many years, looks like I have finally convinced my brother above about the merits of a Vespa. Unlike me, who learned to ride in the late '60s on a small frame Vespa 50 Special, he took the long way to get there.
Think of the Vespa

 as the famous Guzzi Galletto with more bodywork.
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2021, 08:30:18 PM »
Vintage 53.  What dealer has that Pink Vespa?  My wife has taken a liking to it so I would like to contact them.  Unless you already bought it. 
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2021, 07:12:50 AM »
Iím looking at the possibility of fixing and owning two vespas.  Time will tell...
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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #47 on: September 15, 2021, 09:22:06 AM »
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I've had this for 8 years now.   I bought it for my wife, who wanted one.   She still has not gotten in her motorcycle license, but, in the 8 years I've owned it, it has served me well as an grocery-getter, pit bike at the track, and "camper bike".

It is very easy to load and upload on/off my F350 tow-vehicle.   I like that it has a hand-controlled rear brake, which makes controlling descent speed coming down the ramps very easy.    You can't use the front brake, as the front wheel will just slide.

Being a small displacement water cooled motor, it comes up to temperature very quickly, making it far better for short trips to the grocery store, where my air-cooled Guzzi would not reach operating temp.

The under-seat storage is very convenient.  I have an adapter on the rear rack to take my H&B top case that I also use on the Guzzi.   I can easily carry a 5 gallon fuel can on the floor (something I can't do on a motorcycle) to go get it fulled.

It is agile and fun to ride.   The ride on rough roads is way better than you'd think it would be, especially considering the relatively small 12" wheels.

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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2021, 11:16:15 AM »
That GTS250ie is a real beauty!! :thumb: :thumb: :boozing: :cool: :bow: 





For up here in Vortex-Land, I believe a little 150cc (like this) would be just fine... :wink: :thumb: :cool:







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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #49 on: September 16, 2021, 01:28:31 PM »
I am so excited to see all of these vespa riders on here!
My first bike was a 2006 GT 200 that I bought used and put tons of miles on before buying my first Guzzi.
My dad rode and still owns a 1964 Vespa (allstate) back in the day and my wife rides an '08 LXV. We spent a month in Spain riding a rented one around.
They are awesome machines and always make me feel great!



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Re: Do you Vespa?
« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2021, 04:51:16 PM »
In Italy, where I came from, owning a Vespa from the early riding years, is one of the gateway drugs to future Guzzi ownership.

And here is mine; I am taking this one to my grave....

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