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Old 02-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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Is a Vespa an adventure bike?

Ok, so I've been holding out a while deciding whether to post details of my new purchase not knowing how it would be received here......but what the hell, having so much fun buzzing around town on it (I live 4km's from the city where I work) I just had to share!

Now I wouldn't describe myself as someone that fits the scooter rider stereotype, but the PX200 is something different - the last of the geared scooters from Vespa, (now discontinued in 2009) and 200cc two stroke with all the charm of yesteryear including the clunky tranny, smoke and vibrations.

Its suprisingly 'involving' to ride, having the engine out to the right hand side of the bike - its not evenly weighted. It has at least been brought into the new millenium with the addition of a front disk brake and oil injection. Older examples had drums on the front and I'd imagine were pretty hard to stop, and ran pre-mix.





So there you go, all it needs now is a race pipe....

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Old 02-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #2
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They even have plenty of under seat storage for your hand bag
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #3
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They even have plenty of under seat storage for your hand bag
Actually no, it doesn't - the fuel tank is under the seat in the PX.
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:44 PM   #4
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Is the Vespa an adventure bike???? ABSOLUTELY

It's got 10" wheels:
  • Hit a pothole
  • Cross a railway / tram track at an angle
  • Cross any undulating piece of road
then tell me a Vespa isn't an adventure to ride
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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my adventure vespa

i rode on a 71 from bali to bangkok about 10 years ago ,was there adventure yes ,plenty ,so dont be scared ,i hit a pot hole so big i went over the handle bars and hit the font guard with my head,and that is one of many exciting things that happenned on the beast,its still sitting in the shed
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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in the 90's I saw 2 vespas do the blue light ride.... 1 1/2 came out the other side. I suspect that gives them a better success rate than BMW GS'?
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:24 PM   #7
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It's not the bike, it's the ride that makes an adventure. How many GS's, Adventure models, do you see advertised "never been off road". I've met some of the owners, never ever ridden on gravel, let alone a fire trail or bulldust.

Wankers. They should have bought Vespas.
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:33 PM   #8
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Another interesting andecdote I just stumbled across.....two Vespa PX200's completed the Dakar in 1981.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:45 PM   #9
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Another interesting andecdote I just stumbled across.....two Vespa PX200's completed the Dakar in 1981.


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Old 02-10-2009, 11:34 PM   #10
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Another interesting andecdote I just stumbled across.....two Vespa PX200's completed the Dakar in 1981.
But it was the 1980 Dakar when they left the start line
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:46 PM   #11
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I had an '80 PX125 BITD and it was an awesome bike. Forget your harley's and your sportsbikes and your BM's etc, there is no bigger chick magnet than a vespa - I'm tellin ya, they are friggin awesome.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:35 AM   #12
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But it was the 1980 Dakar when they left the start line
And have'nt been seen since...

Given that the "Vespa" is a curious amalgum of the quintessential "Pizza delivery moped" and "Euro-postie cum adventure bike"... it's not too far a stretch of the imagination that those to are still circling around somewhere out there in the Sahara trying to deliver a Cappricciosa to an obscure address in Agadez...

Maybe they could use one of Williwilkin's GPS'...!?
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:47 PM   #13
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It's not the bike, it's the ride that makes an adventure. How many GS's, Adventure models, do you see advertised "never been off road". I've met some of the owners, never ever ridden on gravel, let alone a fire trail or bulldust.

Wankers. They should have bought Vespas.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #14
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I agree with the comment that the ride makes the adventure..... but it doesn't have to be off road to be a real adventure. some of the greatest rides are on bitumen, and they're still great adventures.

We seem to think "adv" means off road in oz, but other countries seem to accept that there are many road adventures too.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:12 PM   #15
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what

scooters... I just don't get it.. WHY WOULD YOU...

as the joke years ago went - riding a scooter is like fucking a fat ugly chick... it is ok until your mates see you doing it!!
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