Lowrider Vespa Scooter

Check out this customized Lowrider Vespa Scooter, video probably shot in Thailand.

 

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Vespa Scooter Road Trip from Germany to Italy

Vespa Scooter Road Trip VideoA great video of a Vespa scooter roadtrip from Germany to the Lake Maggiore area of Italy.
Members of the trip were riding three Vespa PX200, one T5, one Sprint and one Vespa VNB. All were fitted with a Malossi 210 cylinder and the T5 with a Malossi 172.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vespa Scooter Pulls A Wheelie in Bangkok

While waiting for the light to change this Thai fabric delivery guy pull a wheelie with an old Vespa Scooter! heh, heh,

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Vespa IS Celebrating 70th Birthday – Music Food and Scooters at Bristol Rally

Get ready to sing Happy Birthday to your Vespa Scooter and mark your calendar for July 15 to 17, it’s Vespa’s 70th birthday.  For any newbies out there in scooter land, the first Vespa was produced in 1946, shortly after the end of WWII in war torn Italy.  Well, enough for the history lesson, let get down to brass tacks and this scooter party.  The city of Bristol, England is hosting a big bash with a scooter rally, music, food and a dealers village.  So I’m sure this will be a great place to swap scootering stories and gaze at custom and classic scooters.   For more details … 

 


 

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Actor Tom Hanks Seen Scooting Around LA on a Vespa

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, aka Forrest Gump has recently been spotted  motoring around on a snazzy  root beer brown Vespa GT scooter.  This story  about Tom Hanks reminds me of the old days, the sixties, when leading men such as Cary Grant and John Wayne and pinup girl Angie Dickinson would ride around movie lots on Vespa Scooters.  For more details on this story.

 

 

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Vespa Scooter History 1946 to 1970

Once upon a time …  Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio’s  founder Rinaldo Piaggio (Piaggio, built aircraft during WWII), decided to  address Italy’s urgent need for a modern and affordable mode of transportation for the masses.  Upon seeing the MP6 prototype for the first time, Enrico Piaggio exclaimed: “Sembra una vespa!” (“It resembles a wasp!”) Piaggio effectively named his new scooter on the spot. Vespa is both Latin and Italian for wasp—derived from the vehicle’s body shape: The thicker rear part connected to the front part by a narrow waist, and the steering rod resembled antennae.

The Vespa scooter was formally unveiled to the press at Rome Golf Club, reports suggest journalists were apparently mystified by the strange, pastel coloured, toy-like machine on display, many asked “is it a motorcycle? is it a bicycle?.  However,  the road tests demonstrations were encouraging, and even with no rear suspension the machine was easily maneuvered and seemed to be more comfortable to ride than a traditional motorcycle.

Following its public debut at the 1946 Milan Fair, the first fifty sold slowly, however, the company soon introduced a payment plan with installments, sales took off.  Piaggio sold some 2,500 Vespas in 1947, over 10,000 in 1948, 20,000 in 1949, and over 60,000 in 1950.

The biggest sales promotion ever was by Hollywood and well known movie stars. In 1952, Audrey Hepburn side-saddled Gregory Peck’s Vespa in the feature film Roman Holiday for a ride through Rome, resulting in over 100,000 sales. In 1956, John Wayne dismounted his horse in favor of the two-wheel Vespa scooter to get between takes on sets, as well as Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, and the entertainer Abbe Lane had become Vespa owners. William Wyler filmed Ben Hur in Rome in 1959, allowing Charlton Heston to abandon horse and chariot between takes to take a spin on the Vespa.  It seemed everyone in Hollywood had been bitten by the Vespa Bug.

Vespa clubs popped up throughout Europe, and by 1952, worldwide Vespa Club membership had surpassed 50,000. By the mid-1950s, Vespas were being manufactured under licence in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain; in the 1960s, production was started in India, Brazil and Indonesia. By 1956, one million had been sold, then two million by 1960. By the 1960s, the Vespa—originally conceived as a utility vehicle—had come to symbolize freedom and imagination, and resulted in further sales boosts: four million by 1970, and ten million by the late 1980s.

Improvements were made to the original design and new models were introduced. The 1948 Vespa 125 had rear suspension for a smoother ride and a bigger engine. The headlamp was moved up to the handlebars in 1953, and had more engine power and a restyled rear fairing. A cheaper spartan version was also available. One of the best-loved models was the Vespa 150 GS introduced in 1955 with a 150 cc engine, a long saddle, and the faired handlebar-headlamp unit. Then came the 50 cc of 1963, and in 1968 Vespa 125 Primavera became one of the most durable of all.

Vespas came in two sizes, referred to as “largeframe” and “smallframe”. The smallframe scooters came in 50 cc, 90 cc, 100 cc, and 125 cc versions, all using an engine derived from the 50 cc model of 1963, and the largeframe scooters in 125 cc, 150 cc, 160 cc, 180 cc, and 200 cc displacements using engines derived from the redesigned 125 cc engine from the late 1950s.

The largeframe Vespa evolved into the PX range in the late 1970s and was produced in 125, 150 and 200 cc versions until July 2007. Starting in 1981, an 80cc version was available as well. After production of the PX ceased, sales of the LML Star, an Indian-made copy of the PX, soared. Piaggio then reintroduced the PX 125 and 200 models in 2010.

The smallframe evolved into the PK range in the early 1980s, although some vintage-styled smallframes were produced for the Japanese market as late as the mid-1990s.

 

Edited from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespa

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