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Old 01-22-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Bringing a 1983 Primavera back to life

About 8 years ago my mother went through a minor mid-life crisis, buying an old Smallframe to get to and from work. About 4 years later, on her way to work, she checked her blindspot in order to change lanes. When she turned forward again, the Volvo wagon in front of her had come to a stop. Uh oh.

She ended up going through the rear hatch, probably scaring the living shit out of the two children in the back seat. She needed some stitches on her hairline as she was wearing an open faced helmet, and some in her knee, but other than that, just minor bruising!

The bike however, was a little beat up. The leg shield was dented, the front fender was mangled, and the front forks were bent beyond repair.




She replaced it immediately with a new Vespa S and abandoned the '83 in the bowels of my parents' one car garage.

4 years later, I remembered its existence and decided to BBRRRRRING IT BACK TO LIIIIIIFEEE!!!!!

New forks, new wheel bearings, relined the tank, new petcock, oil change, new front fender.....unpainted as of yet....yellow headlight film, plastidipped wheels, army surplus pouches ($4 for the pair) and a sweet red cross sticker....no clue where it's from.

Here she is:





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Old 01-23-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #3
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Nice scoot, I wish I could find something like that in my parents garage!

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Very nice. You're lucky the frame wasn't severely bent. The forks probably took most of the impact. Always nice to see an old Vespa put back on the road.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! It was pretty satisfying getting it going again. Shes a little rough around the edges but i dont really care. Im surprised the frame is straight as well......but it is!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Isn't that a manual shift 2 stroke? Quite a change going from that to a twist and go. I have a Zuma 125 and a Vino 125, but my favorite by far is my 2 stroke manual shift Stella. I just wish it were more reliable so I could go touring on it. I almost always grab it for short trips around town, it's such a blast to ride.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:57 AM   #8
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Isn't that a manual shift 2 stroke? Quite a change going from that to a twist and go. I have a Zuma 125 and a Vino 125, but my favorite by far is my 2 stroke manual shift Stella. I just wish it were more reliable so I could go touring on it. I almost always grab it for short trips around town, it's such a blast to ride.

It sure is! 4spd manual, shifter is the left grip. Its so much fun. You get to drive it hard, as if youre a moto gp racer, but you still end up barely being faster than city traffic lol.

As if the gear to displacement ratio isn't ridiculous enough, i have a Yamaha DT50 as well, a street legal 6spd 50cc bike. You shift to second at around 5mph lol. Its just constant gear changes on that thing.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:22 PM   #9
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That is so cute. I love old Vespas, and that one is adorable.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #10
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CUTE?? You think it's CUTE?? It's handsome. And manly.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:03 PM   #11
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Very nice! I'm definitely jealous. A smallframe is on my shortlist as soon as I can get a second scooter.
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