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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by s_gogos, Mar 15, 2015.
Thanks for the update - was wondering how you were getting on. Shame our paths didn't meet! Enjoy the rest of ride south :)
The Vespa right now has bout 100,000 miles on the clock!
It's been more than 10 years now that I've got the Vespa, so I'll try to be as accurate as possible.
Over the these 10 years I had to replace / fix the following:
2 X Gear Selectors (replaced)
1 X Clutch Basket (replaced)
1 X Voltage Regulator (replaced)
2 X Brake Pump (fixed)
1 X Primary Drive (fixed)
4 Χ Bulbs (replaced)
1 X Pickup (replaced)
Of course I'm not mentioning all those spare parts that was normal to replace (tyres, brake pads, clutch disks etc).
I hope I'm not forgetting anything...
Thanks for the comment!
Safe travels to you, too!
Yeap, that was our way down south.
Shame we didn't meet!
Safe rides amigo!
Fitz Roy with no clouds hiding it: a rare moment!
100,000 miles!! If I remember correctly, didn't you have some work done on the top end before South America- maybe piston/ring work done?? If so, is that the only time that has been done? Thanks for posting your repair list. May the mighty Vespa continue to carry you both on your way!
Yes, you remember correctly! We cleaned the cylinder head.
Also we checked the engine's compression and it was slightly reduced,
that's why we took off the old piston rings and tried another set of...used piston rings
(there weren't new ones in Buenos Aires at that moment)...
100 000miles 2 up and loaded to the max on a 10yr old vespa RTW !!!!!
Boy oh boy....I would have lost my shirt at the bookies on this bet.
I cant tell you enough how amazing this adventure is. Still boggles my mind.
HAHAHA!!! It's also difficult for us to believe that it hasn't broken into pieces yet!!!
PS It's 13 years old!
I was always a Lambretta man - which is why I spent a lot of my time pushing rather than riding - but vespas always had a reputation for reliability and robustness. You've more than proved that!
By the way I'm not putting Lammys down, after all they were my first love.
To be honest I have no idea about Lamretta's reliability, and to be a bit more honest about the other Vespa models too.
I just know that the poor little Vespa managed to travel all that way with no major problems!
Thank you so much for the update. Epic photos. Ride safe and good luck to you two.
Thank you mate!!!
I can't praise you enough for what you are doing, hat off to your courage.
Stupid curiosities about your vespa:
Are you having a hard time finding the spare parts? Which ones are you always bringing with you?
Same question for the tires, I was just wondering how popular Vespa is in South America.
Compliments (and yes, a bit of jealousy, I don't even know what I'm still waiting for to do that too).
Courage? What courage? This is a piece of cake for the mighty Vespa! Hahaha!!!
As for the spare parts, it may be tricky in some countries, and quite easy in others (for example extremely easy in Santiago - Chile, difficult in Patagonia - Chile & Argentina, difficult in Bolivia).
What I normally carry with me:
Clutch / Brake levers
Brake pads / shoes
That's all I guess. As for the tires I think it's a bit easier to find compared to the spare parts because there are other scooters with 10" wheels as well.
Until now we've seen Vespas in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil but not in Peru and Bolivia.
Feel free to ask whatever you have in mind!
I just cant wrap my head around your journey on a vespa with all that gear and travelling soooo far.
Its truly mind blowing and I love it !!!!
I was praising your courage actually, I know that Vespa would never say no to any fight haha. I was thinking if you ever had to stop for a long while waiting for parts to be shipped (I am not even sure if there are Piaggio dealers and if Vespa has parts which are compatible with other more popular scooters). That'd be a problem in case you have a short visa.
Again, infinite congrats to you, the new Giorgio bettinelli. Who knows, maybe one day I'll find the strength to do it too and we will meet on the road.
Thank you "goodcat"!!!
Hahaha, the new Giorgio Bettinelli? That's a big title of honor!
No, until now I never had to stop for a long waiting for parts. And no Piaggio has dealers in very few places (I'm talking about Africa & S. America), but with some basic maintenance to your Vespa and good planning with the spare parts you have with you you'll be all-right.
I wish someday we meet on the road!
Everything is a matter of choice: Make the move!
Stergios/Alexandra-hope you are continuing to have a safe and wonderful journey!