Is a Vespa an adventure bike?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Wilmo, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Wilmo

    Wilmo Orange Fever

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    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.

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

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  2. OutbreakMonkey

    OutbreakMonkey Been here awhile

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    They even have plenty of under seat storage for your hand bag :rofl
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  3. Dr AT

    Dr AT Long timer

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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'?:evil
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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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. :lol3
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  5. Wilmo

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    Another interesting andecdote I just stumbled across.....two Vespa PX200's completed the Dakar in 1981.
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  6. Wilmo

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    Actually no, it doesn't - the fuel tank is under the seat in the PX. :rolleyes
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  7. carmima

    carmima All Orange :-)

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    Is the Vespa an adventure bike???? ABSOLUTELY :huh

    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 :lol3
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  8. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    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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  9. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    +1
    I agree.
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  10. miyata610

    miyata610 Adventurer

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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. :D
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  11. MymoJoe

    MymoJoe Ride Ride Ride

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    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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  12. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Funny you should post this today just when I came across an old photo of a Vespa that went to the `80 or `82 centre rally through the gunbarrel highway.

    The pic I have is of it tied across the seat of a Kawasaki 1300 outside our chosen pub in Alice Springs.

    Back in the mods and rockers days I rode a Vespa SS (the hot 180cc model), it was actually made by Douglas in England who also made a boxer twin.

    Nice Looking pipe that. Back in the day what we did was cut off the puny pipe that went back beside the rear wheel, cut a hole in the side of the muffler and weld in a fat pipe that stuck out the side. It wasn`t unknown to be haring around a corner and the pipe to dig into the road bringing proceedings to a sudden halt with the rider highsiding over the `bars. Ah, the good old days, I could tell some stories.
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  13. rhino_343

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    haha Andrew you really couldn't decide on that new bike eh and went for what was behind door no.3?
    Mel loves Vespas and has dreamed about owning a black and tan one like yours... me, well whilst scooters are eminently practical and fun to ride around in the city and shopping centre car parks, you wouldn't find me on one out here in the country... I worry about the wife everytime she goes off to work and weekly try and convince her to sell and buy a bigger bike.
    Have fun with the new ride mate, it looks like a beauty!:super
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  14. Rick001

    Rick001 Never too old

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    I suppose it depends on where and how you ride it.
    • Taking it on one of the Rebels poker runs would be an adventure
    • Riding through Melbourne Friday afternoon peak hour traffic would also be an adventure
    • Entering it in Finke would be an adventure
    So ....... I suppose you would have to say it has the potential to be an adventure bike.
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  16. Bigem

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    Is a Vespa an adventure bike?

    It could be if its a rental!!

    Hell, it could be a speedway bike, a trials bike, motocrosser, anything you want!! ha ha
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  18. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 ɹǝpun uʍop ɯoɹɟ buıppoɯ Super Moderator

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    :lol3 :lol3

    You can always tell the Rentals can`t you.. The rider is fully kitted out in shorts, singlet and thongs, wringing the neck of the little scooter and yanking on the bars trying to do that magic 1/4 mile wheelie.. :lol3
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  19. Crofty

    Crofty Life's a Garden, DIG IT!

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    Shit you saw me in Darwin then :freaky
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  20. OldDog

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    Is it an adventure bike? No.........but we could make it one for a very reasonable cost :deal
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