Anyone ever seen this guy?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Domromer, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Old_Lion

    Old_Lion Crotchety Biker

    Jan 15, 2007
    Whiskey Pint, NY

    Lots of pics at google images. Type in vespanda

    Many decades ago my girlfriend (now my wife of 55 years) and I traveled
    all over in the Netherlands and Germany on a 50cc moped which looked
    like a motorcycle.

    Something like this (ours was a Batavus)



  2. delftvanp

    delftvanp Been here awhile

    Jul 13, 2008
    Doylestown PA
    Yes , I did have one of those when I was in the moped thing.
    In holland you had to be 16 to ride a moped, and top speed was a little bit more then 25 mph.
    My Dad rode a Berini and a Batavus, I had a Itom, Magneet , and a Jamathi.
    Lots of fun!!
  3. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2012
    SLO Cal
    This guy is my hero. I spent 16 months touring the US on my bicycle, which is a very different endeavor in most ways, but the similarities I could discuss with this guy...Wow! I would absolutely love to do something like this one day. Maybe not all the Americas, but Western Europe, the AlCan...Something, and with no pedaling to do, ha!
  4. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

    Feb 3, 2007
    Florida Keys
    My best trip in decades of riding all over the place was around the US on a P200 in 1981. I have always considered the Vespa to be the best adventure ride since then. A solid simple engine, forced air cooled, direct drive, a spare wheel and lots of rational luggage loading possibilities plus the fact the whole shebang only weighs 230 pounds and you don't have to cock a leg to get on board...make it a great tourer as long as a top speed of 65 on the level with no headwinds is enough.

    I just bought a 1979 P200 which promptly burned a piston. I had it rebuilt at Green Tree Scooters in Iowa and it is currently on its way home to me, ignominiously in a truck. I am looking forward to seeing if a rebuilt 33 year old Vespa is as good a machine as I remember. I may be disappointed, but in that case I still have my new Bonneville to fall back on and that has proved to be a great all rounder.

    There's just something about the P series Vespa I can't get over.
  5. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

    May 13, 2008
    AsheVegas NC
    I lived in Asheville well before it was cool. Had an illegal loft in an old Studabaker dealership. Met a kid hat brought 5 Vespa scooters down from Minnesota in a Safari Classic Buick Stationwagon. He headed off to Film School and I bought all of it for $400.

    P200 was my favorite. Old dealership had ramps through the building to the roof. Buddy and I used to race to the roof. Miss a corner, blow through the window into the street two stories below. It made for epic scooter races.

    I rode that P200 for a couple years and sold it on eBay (in the early days of eBay) to a guy in SFO who wanted a "Beater" P200 so no one would steal it. $3500.

    The P90 had all of 200 miles on it. I had a local paint shop do it up... fly yellow with very cool tribal paint along the trim. Never even started it. I sold it for $5000 on eBay to a a couple Yacht folks.

    Dang I love me some Vespas. And like old airheads, years ago, great return on investment. $400 turned into $8500, and I had maybe $500 more in both. Roughly $7000 profit, it allowed me to buy a Ducati 750SS and a R80G/S.

    Ah, those were good days...