VBB = Sportique?
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:27 am quote
When looking through parts catalogs/eBay listings/etc., if I see something listed as fitting a Sportique, is it a fair assumption that it's correct as well for a VBB, or is that too much of a generalization? Are they essentially the same bike aside from some trim?
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:39 am quote
Re: VBB = Sportique?
farace wrote:
When looking through parts catalogs/eBay listings/etc., if I see something listed as fitting a Sportique, is it a fair assumption that it's correct as well for a VBB, or is that too much of a generalization? Are they essentially the same bike aside from some trim?
Everything I have read indicates they are the same.
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:23 pm quote
Yep, in Britain, the VBB was sold by Douglas who sold it as the Sportique
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:33 pm quote
Anything that will fit a VBB will also fit a Douglas Sportique, which is essentially a VBB with the Sportique badge, snazzy metallic paint, and a couple other accessories added in order to make it more enticing to British youth in the 60's. Douglas rebranded the VBB in an aim to attract a portion of the mod-market which was purchasing more Italian scooters such as the Vespa GS and the Lambretta Series 2 and 3. The Sportique was the last model produced by Douglas in England under Piaggio license.

Interestingly enough, unlike their Italian counterparts, the engine serial numbers on Sportiques always matched the frame numbers.

Colour Schemes

British Racing Green
Wessex Red (The most popular colour)
Portland White
Lavender (1961-2 only)
Alpine Blue (the only colour available during the whole production run)
Cornflower Blue
Lime Yellow
Magenta Violet (1964-5 only)
Polychromatic Silver ("Grand Lux" and "Supreme" only)
Polychromatic Bahama Gold ("Grand Lux" only)
Polychromatic maroon ("Grand Tourer" only)"
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1965 Vespa 150 VBB
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:55 pm quote
Interesting, when it comes time to paint my bike, I can pick a color that, while not correct for a VBB, isn't exactly incorrect, either, from a certain point of view. That cornflower blue must be interesting.
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63' VBB 177, 62' Lambretta LI 185
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:16 pm quote
That color is almost a cross between a baby or powder blue and a robins egg blue. Here is a Flickr link to pictures of an OG Sportique:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=cornflower+blue+sportique

sportique.jpg

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63' VBB 177, 62' Lambretta LI 185
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:20 pm quote
Marketing. Scootopia sells these og style front racks. Like em.

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63' VBB 177, 62' Lambretta LI 185
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:33 pm quote
dope

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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:37 pm quote
even doper.

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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:49 pm quote
carmonaville wrote:
Marketing. Scootopia sells these og style front racks. Like em.
Gay! Colorful!

Also, anyone ever seen "polychromatic maroon"?
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63' VBB 177, 62' Lambretta LI 185
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:54 pm quote
Polychromatic maroon. I especially love the white chair front rack. Holds quite a bit of stuff surprisingly. Plus it looks kinda cool.

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Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:47 pm quote
carmonaville wrote:
That color is almost a cross between a baby or powder blue and a robins egg blue. Here is a Flickr link to pictures of an OG Sportique:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=cornflower+blue+sportique
I really dig the sportique badge... the more the merrier in that case...
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Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:54 pm quote
Does Scootopia still carry that rack? I bought one from Allstyles before they stoped production . I have been offered good money but hold on to it thinking you can't get them . Is that Scootopia in the UK ?
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Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:17 am quote
Donky Punch wrote:
Does Scootopia still carry that rack? I bought one from Allstyles before they stoped production . I have been offered good money but hold on to it thinking you can't get them . Is that Scootopia in the UK ?
I had been bothering Allstyles and now they have the Madrid rack back in stock... I thought I missed the boat... but Im getting it this time. word!
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Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:20 pm quote
Not all Sportiques were VBB's. The first Sportiques were VNA's and were built by Douglas. The last were VBB's that were brought in and badged by Douglas. Look at the red Sportique above. That's a VNA, or 152L2.
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