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martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:10 AM
When I was young and carefree (16) I bought a scooter (Vespa PX 80cc) to design my entrance into mobility according to my personal style.

Shortly after that I sold the scooter to spend a very interesting exchange year in the US.

When I came back I found that suddenly there was a large group of young people driving scooters, which was more or less a Mod-revival.
Again I bought a Vespa (Rally 180cc, built 1971) to participate in that Mod-revival scene. During those 3-4 years I had much fun, driving to scooter-runs, engaging in brawls with bikers, getting drunk every weekend...

After the paint-job in 1985, Then without the side-guards (as this was considered cool)

1986 on the way to a scooter run in the UK

Later on I moved away to study, bought a car, got a job. But I never sold the scooter, because I invested a lot of time and effort in it, but nobody was interested to pay the sum I thought appropiate. So I moved from place to place and always took the scoot with me tucked away in garages, cellers and the like.

Last year I met the chap who later turned out to be the DJ for my wedding and, what is even more important, the chap worked at a Vespa shop and was also owner of a couple of old Vespas. So I gave him my scooter to refresh it a little.
He put in a new ignition, an "altered" crankshaft, the 30mm carburator I bought long ago, but never installed and advised me about those new resonance exhaust systems.

at the Vespa club last year

in Kiel at the annual end-of-season scootermeeting

This winter I thought that now is the time to make the Vespa look the way I intended it in 1986, so I took it apart again, brought a lot of stuff for chrome plating and had the paint-job redone (same colour though).

So this is how she looks like now - and I enjoy every moment riding around on her :)

I cut out the left sideguard to show the spare wheel (with Beetle hubcap)

The whole thing will probably appear absurd to you, but I was never a motorcycle-guy. Perhaps I should add that this scooter is not the slow moving lawnmower type. Right now I guess it has around 20hp and goes up to 80mph.

07-29-2009, 09:14 AM

07-29-2009, 09:16 AM
in 1986 I was riding a T100C

Like this only mine was black.


I sold it to my brother with the stipulation he give me first choice to buy it back.
He sold it to someone else without telling me.

07-29-2009, 09:28 AM
I couldn't believe it when I recently walked in to Costco and saw a Vespa sitting there for sale.

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:29 AM
Is it purely a style thing? Could you actually replace either the front or rear wheel with whatever tools you would normally carry around?

No thats normal with the largeframe scooters until 2000.
Since the engine hides behind the starboard sidepanel, there is enough on the port side to mount a spare wheel. and yes, its the same size as in front or back and it take perhaps 30min to change the wheels.

1987 on the way to Paris

07-29-2009, 09:31 AM
p.s. doing some rough calculating from the years/ages you mention, your "midlife crisis" is still a few years in the future. ;)

07-29-2009, 09:35 AM
Looks really cool and I bet it is fun to ride.

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:41 AM
Looks really cool and I bet it is fun to ride.

Especially when you leave cars and small bikes behind at traffic lights ;)

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:43 AM
See, even my old "colours" still fit :)


Andrew Craig-Bennett
07-29-2009, 09:43 AM
What a good thing that we did not meet in the 1980's! :D

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:49 AM
What a good thing that we did not meet in the 1980's! :D

Why ;)


Uncle Duke
07-29-2009, 09:50 AM
Very cool!
My first (motorized) 2-wheeled transportation was a Lambretta 150, which we brought back from Italy in 1966. Not many scooters in the U.S. at the time, aside from the occasional (and old) Cushman's. Got lots of strange looks.
I always wanted a Vespa, though - Sears was selling those and they were much cooler!

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 09:56 AM
I always wanted a Vespa, though - Sears was selling those and they were much cooler!

As always (probably has to do with availability) ist the other way around here.
A friend just recently bought a Lambretta Jet 200 in the US.
Lammys are considered the really cool stuff here, especially because to install a conversion Suzuki 350cc cylindre&piston is pretty easy leading to up to 40hp (with that kind of engine most bikes will have problems following).


07-29-2009, 09:57 AM
See, even my old "colours" still fit :)


At foist it wus Iffy but now its official.

Your way cool even if your on a scooter!!!:D

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 10:05 AM
in 1986 I was riding a T100C


For me there are only a couple of bike I really like. Among those are of course all the classic cafe-racer (Triumph, Norton, REnfield), some Harleys (Panhead as example - I don't care for the new bikes), old Ducatis (Desmo) and some others (Horex, old BMWs...).

What I find plain ugly are those streetfighter-style bikes with their arses-up...

martin schulz
07-29-2009, 10:40 AM
And now with a boat (so there is at least a little connection to this hosting site):

2200 steam hp against 20 2-stroke hp ;)

07-29-2009, 10:51 AM
People in Boston have been buying the sub 50cc motorbikes partly because they can be parked on the sidewalk (no hunting for a space and metering). Mass. is going to require registering them and disallow the sidewalk parking. Some folks very annoyed.

07-29-2009, 10:51 AM
I love those old Triumphs. I bought mine when I was 16.

This is myself (on the back), my 2 step brothers, and my dad on his old Bonneville 650.


martin schulz
07-29-2009, 11:01 AM
Mass. is going to require registering them and disallow the sidewalk parking.

I got a ticket for standing on the side of a 6m wide sideway last week.

It seems that some people really get annoyed when they perceive things currently unregulated, as if sidewalk parking (without paying for parking tickets) is mocking them.