Vespa after market?

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  1. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    HI,

    Yesterday I went and had a demo ride on a gt300 and I want one. As I have done with all bikes I had, I like to add stuff and the vespa would be no exception.. how is the after market suppourt for them? I am talking racks and a top case?

    I saw the OEM stuff and well, it is pricey (I know what was I thinking right?) but since a lot of people do a lot of stuff for bikes like mine (KLR) and also for the DR, GS ... I was under the impression that is was the same for all bikes.

    So please advice.

    Damasovi
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  2. smallmouthbass

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    I own a 2012 GTS 300 and I was hoping somebody would reply since I have the same questions. I was interested in the less expensive Faco and Cuppini racks. I have found old reviews but I wanted to know how these racks held up. I see that you posted on another forum and did not get any helpful responses.

    I have never owned a Shad or Givi top case so I cannot help you with an alternative to the expensive Vespa stuff.
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  3. greg531

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    If you want to know anything about Vespa's, go the Modern Vespa site...
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  4. damasovi

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    hi there! and thanks to all that reply. I have used since 2007 givis and I like them.

    I only want to put front and rear racks and the top case, so my 6 girl old can sit there and lean. Once I buy it I will ended up with a vespa rack and a monolock or monokey from Givi, maybe one of the pretty ones and let will be it. A guy here Segaiet? (sorry for the spelling man!) has a red 250 with a givi 45L and it looks soo pretty and with 45 L of crap, I will be so happy (I ride to University on my bikes, and a laptop comes with me).

    And I do get the part of premium, and this time I am going to face it. For economical great transport I have a KLR... or if running the vespa is too expensive, well I should buy a Honda 125 cc scooter and put the miles on that! (one more reason for a 3rd bike!)

    Thanks

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  5. FoldArt

    FoldArt Been here awhile

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    Damisovi, try looking on Amazon for the Bestem T-box. I have one on my GTS 250 and it works as well as the Givi I have on my Silverwing.. The Givi, with color matched panels, brake light and mounting plate costs about $450 while the Bestem cost under $100, shipped to my house. It has a brake light, quick release from the mounting plate, and a back rest. Mine is plain ABS black plastic, not color matched. The dimensions appear to be exactly the same as the Givi 46 liter Mono*** (the better one Givi makes).

    Windshields are available from three or four manufacturers. Same with racks. I have a Prima windscreen that is very good, and a front rack from Faco,which is pretty good with one fault - it opens 90 degrees, but not parallel to the ground. Since it doesn't open as far, more things block the headlight.

    Other parts like oil filters, belts, rollers, gaskets, shocks are available from a few places online. Look at Scooterwest and PM Tuning (in the UK).

    I bought the scooter used, with 3300 miles on it. I've put 13000 miles on it in three years and it has been problem-free. Just tires, oil, belt and rollers. It has equalled my Silverwing in reliability.

    Hope you enjoy your new scooter.
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  6. acejones

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    I wonder who actually makes Vespa's racks and cases.
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  7. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    The Piaggio factory topcases suck. Trust me on this. Over-priced and under-built.

    Givi or Shad cases are a better buy, if you plan on actually using it vs. just looking at how nicely it matches your Vespa.

    Just saying....
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  8. Shirker

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    Seconded, I have a Kappa topcase which has slid down the road with the bike, fallen over in several carparks and is still waterproof. Saved my indicators too. It's mounted on a 450 pound bike BTW, so should do even better on a light scoot.
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  9. ALRiverRat

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    I have ordered stuff from Scooterworks, Scooterwest, and Dennis Kirk. If you get on the MV website and search for threads on the specific thing you are looking for, there is a wealth of information.
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  10. FizzyRascal

    FizzyRascal Been here awhile

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    Modern Vespa is a big forum and a good resource . . . however, I posted a pic of my 946 and got told I was 'attention seeking' . . . WTF??!!! :rofl

    As for aftermarket racks etc. I've got genuine Vespa stuff on my 946 and my 300GTSS . . .

    Here: http://www.scootercrazy.com/acatalog/Vespa_Accessories.html

    Good luck with your search. :norton
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  12. damasovi

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  13. sraber

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    How about a pic of that 946. :D
    Love that thing!
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  14. Forde

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    Surely a vespa is ine of the most supported bikes ever in the aftermarket
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  15. cdwise

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    I've got all aftermarket accessories for my GTS. Givi topcase with Admore light kit, Falco & another brand crashbars and my favorite Classic Rack cup holder/floorboard carrier. Currently I have an OEM windshield but I've had one of the Givi ones in the past. I've also got the Scooterworks Bright Eyes kit that gives me running lights and turn signals. I like the Vespa summer windshield better because it is the right height for me. I've even got a custom color when it was repainted after an accident last year.

    [​IMG]
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  16. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

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    Yup i concur... mine broke yesterday. One of the three tabs that hold the box to the rack snapped right off. The box is $400.00 us $ ...

    Having said that it is the prettiest box out there....

    :1drink
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  17. sraber

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    Very nice!

    I really like the Admore LED lit kit on my 55 liter Givi top box. The quality could be more robust in the hinge area on the Givi, and I wish the lid would stay open without a prop stick.
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  18. FizzyRascal

    FizzyRascal Been here awhile

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    My GTSS with a few bits on . . .

    [​IMG]


    I also have the LED 'running light' kit - and the (apparently really, really, really 'controversial') floor mat. :rofl
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  19. Motovista

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    FA Italia makes a good rear rack that doesn't fold down, and will take the OEM topcase, and probably any other topcase. The Piaggio rear rack folds down and you put the topcase on it. You can also get FA Italia racks in matte black, which might be nice where you live because of the salt air. The new Piaggio front racks require you to drill holes in the front of the Vespa, and that frankly sucks.
    FACO and Malossi both make great windshields that are more aerodynamic than the Piaggio shield. I get 2 mph more out of my GT200 with the Malossi Shield than with the Piaggio Medium Shield.
    Another good accessory is footpeg extenders, especially if you are going to be carrying a passenger a lot. The ones on a Vespa are in an awkward position, and these bring them out and make them comfortable.
    As far as crash bars, LogoScooter makes some pretty good ones, and so does FA Italia.
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  20. cdwise

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    Hmm, my Givi stays open.
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