- Aug 18, 2019 at 3:04 am #3606541
and I don’t mean White Anglo Saxon ProtestantAug 18, 2019 at 3:08 am #3606542
I mean Vintage Vespa of course. Kat has her project and this is mine,Aug 18, 2019 at 3:23 am #3606548
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
nice, I’ve rode a Vespa before, they’re pretty cool
my project is replacing all my wiringAug 18, 2019 at 3:45 am #3606553
This has new wiringAug 18, 2019 at 4:52 am #3606557
Sweet! And it looks in great shape…or did you already work on it? My brother had one when we lived in Florence. Those things are awesome.Aug 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm #3606571
I’m heading out to pick it up this morning. So excited.Aug 18, 2019 at 6:08 pm #3606604
W I S N E R !BPL Member
Very, very cool Ken. I’ve thought so much about getting one…something very fun about skirting the line between motorcycle and toy.
This takes me back to my teenage-punk-rock-skateboarding days when half my friends had them. We rolled in a gang of up to a few dozen at a time. For months I used to ride buddy on a friend’s with a broken throttle cable; I had to manually pull the cable from the rear as we yelled back and forth coordinating shifting and braking.Aug 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm #3606620
That’s a beautiful machine Ken.Aug 18, 2019 at 8:33 pm #3606627
I almost bought something modern.. Then I realized classic, not plastic is where my heart is. No water cooled, no battery. It’s 60 years old but new at the same time. I’ve had motorcycles but just don’t want anything like that. This is quirky like myself. As long as I don’t look like a circus bear on it.Aug 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm #3606662
Franco DarioliBPL Member
This is the very first prototype (1943) , nicknamed by the guys at the factory “Paperino”
Paperino is the Italian name for Donald Duck.
The name Vespa came about because Mr Piaggio thought it looked like a wasp.
All of the Vespa versions here :
how about this one ?Aug 18, 2019 at 11:44 pm #3606663
Lovely, Ken. Which model is it? It looks a lot like my friend’s GS160 but I don’t know earlier models very well and it’s harder to tell without the cowls. I drove a 1981 PX200e for a couple years in Brooklyn and Phoenix in the late 90s. I miss it quite a bit.
The Vespa is perhaps my favorite minimalist design. As you said “No water cooled, no battery” but also no valves and no frame. You can’t take much off of a Vespa and still have it run properly,
Congrats and enjoy! Please let us know how it comes together.Aug 19, 2019 at 12:03 am #3606665
1958 VBA 150. With a Pinasco 177cc kit and electronic ignition. Vroom Vroom! A sleeper, lol. The guy I got it from had quite the collection in his garage.Aug 19, 2019 at 2:12 am #3606676
Sounds like fun!Aug 19, 2019 at 4:14 am #3606684
I am looking forward to seeing more pictures.Aug 29, 2019 at 12:49 am #3608031
All good projects for me start with taking things apart. With triple digit temps I am glad to be doing this inside. No fluids, no odor. Plus apart it is pretty light. Getting it back downstairs is going to call for assistance certainly.
Parts ordered. Rebuilt the carburetor last night. Picked up some hardware this afternoon. So it progresses.Aug 29, 2019 at 1:20 am #3608034
I know BPL requires for the pictures to be compressed quite a bit but from what I can see it looks immaculateAug 29, 2019 at 1:45 am #3608038
^^^ all things Ken are immaculate.Aug 29, 2019 at 2:12 am #3608040
Lol, Kat. Ian it is pretty clean. The paint on the cowls is a bit lacking but I left them out of the shot ;)
Polishing aluminum tonight. Maybe some wiring too. My order of parts went to Spokane and I got exhaust parts instead :( So a little delay.Aug 29, 2019 at 2:44 am #3608045
I hear you. It’s tough when you get into a groove but have to stop because some sort of part is on order.
Looks like a fun project.
I’ve thought about building up a mini bike or Honda Ruckus to do some impractical touring with. I definitely would be a circus bear on a bike.
Vespas have enough cool factor that you should get cut some slack for being 7’ tall on oneSep 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm #3608483
I was going to go with a Ruckus initially. But the Vespa weighs the same and gives you three real gears and an engine three times the size. With no battery and no liquid cooling, fuel pump, etc. the Vespa wins with simplicity. And classic, not plastic is more me.Sep 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm #3608484
I agree with everything you said but in terms of riding experience, manual > automatic, at least for meSep 9, 2019 at 12:47 am #3609464
While waiting I rearranged, cleaned and organized things.
Then the electrical harness and cables arrived from Germany.
The budget this month has been spent. Sadly it went to tires for the Subaru. And I need injectors for that heap too. Now looking at November :( I did find a new carburetor on clearance that I could not afford to miss for more than half off the best price I’ve seen :)
Pretty amazing that every single little thing is available for these machines. And for not a lot of coin.Sep 9, 2019 at 1:56 am #3609478
“Pretty amazing that every single little thing is available for these machines. And for not a lot of coin.”
that’s great news. Lucky you!Sep 9, 2019 at 4:15 am #3609498
Wow, those pictures are tiny, hang on…
That looks better. Yes Kat, one of the reasons I went with this project.Sep 10, 2019 at 4:11 am #3609659
So the plan is to do as much pre assembly in the apartment, which is upstairs. The Vespa is too heavy assembled for me to wrangle down. So I’ll ferry things off to storage when it is time to bolt the engine in and mount the front fork assembly. Add fuel and oil and go.
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