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TallRob 07-14-2010 11:23 AM

Now THIS is a true BATTLE SCOOTER
 
Just saw this on the net and had to share. Yes, that is a military Issue Vespa with a Bazooka and its ammo! You ride ontop of the Bazooka!!
http://www.eastbayace.com/wp-content...itaire_tap.jpg

redhandmoto 07-14-2010 12:03 PM

106mm recoilless rifle. French paras; deployed Indochina.

drizzle 07-14-2010 12:29 PM

the french answer to a tank.

SCQTT 07-14-2010 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drizzle
the french answer to a tank.


Yes, but you look good.....& that is the important part.

TallRob 07-14-2010 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redhandmoto
106mm recoilless rifle. French paras; deployed Indochina.

Really? recoiless? Looked like and old school bazooka to me. I bet if your riding at 40mph and you fire it. The speedo reads 10 mph for a second.

Photog 07-14-2010 01:01 PM

There have been a few 'real battlescooter' threads around here but I'm way too lazy to find 'em at the moment. :1drink But here's a few:

Cushman Airborne

http://www.tircuit.com/bandofbrother...es/14/2009.jpg

http://www.tircuit.com/bandofbrother...es/14/2010.jpg

http://www.tircuit.com/bandofbrother...es/14/2011.jpg


Welbike

http://bcoy1cpb.pacdat.net/Welbike_S...5_DND27889.jpg

British Welbike being assembled in the field (large pic but worth a look)

those pics are from this really cool page that has a lot more good stuff.

1953 Bernardet:

http://vintagescooters.free.fr/image...ardet-1953.jpg

And you can go crazy with 2-wheel military history on this page.

redhandmoto 07-14-2010 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TallRob
Really? recoiless? Looked like and old school bazooka to me. I bet if your riding at 40mph and you fire it. The speedo reads 10 mph for a second.

yep still in use in many places, in many configurations. Has odd-looking ammunition with patterns of holes around the base of the brass shell. part of the gas-direction recoil-reduction design. the bazooka launched a rocket; the rr has a rifled barrel.

the USMC used to have a tracked vehicle called the "Ontos" which mounted eight of them. the Army had some on jeeps.

Speedo66 07-15-2010 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TallRob
Really? recoiless? Looked like and old school bazooka to me. I bet if your riding at 40mph and you fire it. The speedo reads 10 mph for a second.

As mentioned, the bazooka is a rocket. You don't stand behind the tube when it's fired because rocket blast and flames shoot out the back.

Firing one may actually increase your speed.

ctp13 07-15-2010 11:08 PM

If it's French the bazooka is pointing the wrong way.

redhandmoto 07-16-2010 06:34 AM

Here's a nice history of the 106. Note the mention of the Vespa-mounted rr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recoilless_rifle

How did the French miltary get an unjustified reputation for pusillanimity so often seen on the 'Net? French troops are some of the world's best - people must be mistaking the character of the French army for the behavior and decisions of some of the politiicans who directed their use.

Speedo66 07-16-2010 06:30 PM

Groundskeeper Willy: "Look at me, I'm shaking like a French soldier". :rofl"Bunch of cheese eating surrender monkeys".

Are you saying I shouldn't trust Groundskeeper Willy?

redhandmoto 07-16-2010 06:38 PM

God forbid. A Simpsons' quote trumps anything.

roadracer75 07-21-2010 06:35 PM

Handling
 
I wonder how it handles 2up???:D

Neil Claydon 07-22-2010 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ctp13
If it's French the bazooka is pointing the wrong way.

Can't be French, unless Vespa fitted a reverse gear.


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