Thursday, 30 September 2010

More Spanish!

Continuing on from my last post here are some more pics of my Spanish MotoVespa scooters...

MotoVespa 125 Super (Circa 1973)

This scooter is the Spanish equivelent to the Italian Primavera model, it contains a slightly different headset and a legshield mounted toolbox.
This model was a big seller in Spain and can still be picked up fairly easily.

My one has a front disc conversion and a slightly beefed up engine, I still have a few finishing touches to put on the scooter, the original legshield badge is very difficult to get hold of here in the UK!

The funky spare wheel carrier is bespoke to the Spanish Smallframe models.

Spaniards in the works

I'm a big fan of Spanish MotoVespa built scooters, I love their quirkiness plus the fact that they can be purchased a lot cheaper than some of the Italian models!
In my opinion the quality of Spanish scooters is exactly the same as Italian, there is barely anything between them in terms of build quality.
Here are a few of the MotoVespas I own:
MotoVespa 150s (series 1) circa 1963

This scooter still wears it's original paint with it's lovely patina and original Spanish decorative badges, this model had 10 inch wheels as standard in basically the same frame as the Italian VBB model, my one had a PX Polini 210 engine in it when I bought it, I've since changed this to a T5 engine which gives a bit more clearance around the barrel which was a a tight fit with the Polini engine.

This is one of my favourite scooters, I love the look of it! Notice the rare Spanish rear carrier, this extends out until it's about a metre long!

Amongst good company on the way to this years Isle of Wight scooter rally.

MotoVespa 150s (series 2) circa 1964
This scooter has the later 1960's style frame with the caged steering bearings and dispenses the control cable channels of the earlier model.
The handlebars contain the trapezoid headlight from the Italian GL model, the front mudguard is also similar to the GL model.
The main feature of this scooter is the bulbous GS160 style side panels, these look awesome!

At the Veteran Vespa Rally in Tring.

Scaling the Grosslockner (highest mountain in Austria!)

Free time=Vespa blogging

Howdy strangers,

Blimey, I got home from work this evening and thought to myself that this was the first day in months where I actually have a free evening, no errands, no band practice and no massive work worries!

The summer was brill and I managed quite a few Vespa related events including:

Driving down to Italy for a Piaggio factory tour with some of The Vespa Club of Britain going via the Mauro Pascoli shop/museum in Ravenna which was brilliant.

Veteran Vespa Rally in Tring (UK)

Beatsugar Amiens (France)

Vespa world days 2010 in Fatima (Portugal) this was excellent.

Isle of Wight rally, this was good but I always end up feeling slightly disappointed by it and look forward to the Euro Rallies much more.

Here's a pic of me and my girl Faye at Vespa World days Fatima Portugal.
Over the summer I've put together a monster engined Vespa cut down for my mate, started taking Faye's ET4 apart (it was hesitating when pulling away) and worked hard getting a couple of my Spanish scoots road worthy.
Now the dust is settling on the summer I now have a chance to really get started on the Rod model! Yay!