New Vespa 946

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  1. seraph

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    I absolutely get the preference of national origin on products, especially vehicles. Besides being a good car, a large part of why I ended up with my Ford Focus was that it was made in the States - though of parts from all over the world (designed by Ford in Germany, engine by Mazda who was then part-owned by Ford, components from all across the globe I'm sure).

    But it does keep getting less and less realistic to only buy things made only in the USA (or Germany or Japan or whathaveyou). On the Corvette front, news recently broke that the C7 Corvette is likely to get a transmission made by Aisin, a Japanese company, since Chevy doesn't have their own box together yet.

    And on any modern vehicle - be it a Corvette or a Harley or a fancy new Vespa - I'd be willing to wager that, at the very least, much of the electronics are made somewhere in Asia. ECUs, sensors, etc. - we just don't have much by way of electronics manufacturing like that here.

    And that Corvette guy is crazy - should've just sold off the wheels! Easy!

    Absolutely. China, India, Taiwan, Mexico... all of these places are capable of turning out high quality products if the parent or contract company demands ir.
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  2. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    Imagine the look on their faces when I buy the thing, polish the alloy bits and chrome the rest (chrome is my favourite colour), throw in another 5 to 10HP, then yank the front tyre down the street past their fashionably-held coffee cups..........

    Sorry for not being ethnic of any sort RHM! :lol3 My family has lived on the pimple on the bottom of the world since 1811, and I unfortunately have the very un-blue blood of about 4 different Euro countries mixed with a bit of old-world Gypsy and the tiniest bit of local Type B+, just enough to make me enjoy going for long rides in inhospitable country on a regular basis.

    Just another bitsa Aussie!:deal
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  3. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    ah! quarantasei con brio!

    946 comes out in Germany next month or something, yes? That means they'll have done just that in six weeks...
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  4. seraph

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    The 946 is using the same 3-valve as the new LX and S bikes (though we haven't gotten that motor in the US yet) so I suspect the Germans probably already have it sorted. Or maybe the Italians do... looks like there's a Malossi 187 kit that should fit the new 3v motor. Pricey, though.
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    Holy-Moley! Five hundred forty-four frogskins. and change. und ze zchipping, mein herr.
    mit Platin ausgeszeichnet!!
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  6. DOUBLE-O G

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    12 inch wheels on this Vespa which is unusual for their 125cc. I think it's a better choice than the 10 inch wheels.
    It sure looks good in white with that red seat...
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    Yellow is nice...
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  9. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    Yellow what?
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    I like the yellow helmet in the back of the picture I posted. :rofl
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    So it is US bound. No surprise here. Not sure how well it will do knowing there are 2012 GTS models unsold and fewer color choices for 2013.
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    There's a really nice PDF to be downloaded from the website once you sign in with your email. Not sure how to post the PDF here...
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    VERY nicely decorated. I finally saw the yellow. From the video, it does appear that they intend to sell it as a work of art, not an actual transportation vehicle, so the price will be ridiculous. Kind of reminds me of the Harley clone choppers that sold for absolutely absurd prices, and were so uncomfortable they COULDN'T be used as transportation.

    As for those first Vespa's made right after WWII, do you have any idea what one of those is worth now? Enough to buy a truckload of new ones. REAL Vespa enthusiasts want nothing to do with the new twist and go models, and will not accept anyone who rides one. To them, if it is not at least a '70s model, it is not a real Vespa. A 4 stroke engine and CVT are sacrilege to them. There are some vintage Vespa clubs around here, and they would rather welcome a Stella rider than a new Vespa rider. I have never been put down by the local vintage Vespa shop where I go to buy parts for my Stella. They are even teaching me how to build a "proper" engine for it using the right parts when the LML engine bites the dust. Of course I will be buying those parts from them. New Vespa's are thought of by Vespa enthusiasts as "fakes", and don't believe they have the right to use the Vespa nameplate. The older the better.
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    In a French video I watched, the commentator mentioned a possible price approaching 8,500 euros. I sure hope he's wrong.
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    Oh, betcha he ain't far off...what's that backdrop sign (in the pix) say? "Fashion" "Precious" "Icon" "Style" "Evolution"

    ('precious'? ...Whatever was that copywriter getting at? "Why, this scooter is precious as a Faberge' egg.")
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    Yes but it looks like the fit and finish is impeccable. And if it's still built in Italy... The addition of technology like traction control is another factor to the premium price. Now do I think traction control is overkill on a 125cc? Yes. I hope it doesn't come standard.
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    The 360 view allows you to appreciate the design in its entirety. I can't wait to see one. I wonder if they had it on display at motorcycle shows around the country...
    http://www.vespa946.com/en/360.html
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