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Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
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Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:30 pm quote
Let's see your PKs

Inspired by the recent discussion on the different PK clutches and that I am now sort of 'restoring' my '91 PK50 XL2 back to mostly its original trim. I think the PK series is underappreciated and has a lot going for it for a smallframe.

You get a glovebox and spare tire under the left cowl which makes it even more balanced. Security, you can't open the cowl doors without unlocking the seat and the column lock shuts off the ignition. You get a decent modern fork on most of them and on the newer ones you get single cable shift and a choke by the brake lever. Gas guage, turn signals, CDI & strong 12V lites....

You get a nice plug n play electrical connection:



It's real easy to like and was my main ride for my 1st 2 years on scooters, what I learned how to ride in traffic on.
And oh how I would love me a Mk1 PK125!


I had mine all pimped out w/ brappy Leo Vince expansion chamber pipe, a metal glovebox, rubber floormats and sexy rack but those parts have migrated to an older bike and all the old plastic parts & stock muff I set aside 6 years ago are back on it. I did leave the lens guards and the older 'mk1' turn signals as the originals were trashed. Also keeping the smoking hot DR70 kit on there . Big thanks to Nuttmeg for the sweet MotoVespa seat and to Dr ono for the fresh 19 carb that finally got the motor running right.

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has Utah 'Fox' trim

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getting there...

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OK, still a bit scruffy

Molto Verboso
One or two fun scoots....nothing too precious
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Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:13 am quote
The P125ETS was a great scoot. Took over where the ET3 left off, but was shortlived due to the T5.

The PK was looked down upon in the UK in the 1980's because we all loved our 50 Specials and Primaveras. I would quite like one now, just to get some play time with the very tunable SF motor, but without paying the very silly SF prices.

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Ossessionato
1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:22 am quote
Want one! But they are rare here and I'd have to give up either the Primavera or P200 to do it. I've had a few opportunities thanks to a well connected local, but the timing wasn't right. The smallframes are so awesome that I could imagine selling the P to do it, but my P is a nice bike, so I'm stuck for now . 3 bikes is the limit in the garage space, and I really appreciate the convenience of having the Ninja as a no-brainer ride.
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1979 P125X
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Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:21 pm quote
you've got a lot of cool bikes v oodoo
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
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Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:56 pm quote
Thanks. Nobody else got PKs to share? Nuttmeg? Greasey?
Ossessionato
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Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:38 am quote
Don't have one but do like them. I used to live in Madrid and saw them every day. There's an auto one for sale here in Sydney.
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Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:22 am quote
I picked up a PK a couple years ago and it's one of my best scooters to ride. It was on consignment at a scooter shop that sells mostly Buddy's, Stella's, Kymco's, and Sym's. The PO bought it from a guy in Missouri. I think the Missouri guy got it from Scooterworks when they were bringing in containers of scooters.

It's a great odd, quick scooter but I really like it plus its my only smallframe.

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When I saw it for the first time I had to buy it.

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Touch up paint and some period correct mods added

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In the wild

Molto Verboso
1966 Bluebadge, 1974 Super 150
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Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:30 am quote
Here's my PK50XL with stock PK125 engine. Awesome ride. Feels like a modern bike. PO sold it to me when his state started requiring registration and insurance on 50cc bikes. [/img]

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50 N
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Location: North Aberdeenshire
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:17 pm quote
I've had a number over the years, first was a PK 50 S, had a couple of P 125 ETS's and a few PK XL's in 50 and 125 guise. Never a XL2 version though, thankfully. Did have a go on my mates missus' LML Starlite (?) a few months back. 4 stroke auto thing, was okay but I'd spend no money on one.

This turned up last year and although I thought it was over expensive at the time, and having little money, I never went for it. Looking now I feel a little queasy about that.

http://www.retrospectivescooters.com/archive/vespa-ets-125-/
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Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:26 pm quote
This is still my alltime favourite, sadly not mine.



Mr. Clean
P,SUPER,V90, 50 Special
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Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:43 pm quote
[quote="Juan Kerr"]This is still my alltime favourite, sadly not mine.



Now that's a PK I could get behind.. figuratively and literally (by the looks of that fat carb and all the goodies he's got going on...

I like yours too xkrebstarx (damn that's a tricky handle)

... yours too Voodoo!.. you've always got the good road warriors... and I still want one of your elusive rear racks!
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Vespa 2016 Sprint S 150, Ducati Scrambler Icon, Monster 796 20th Anniversary 62/200, Ducati Scrambler, Lambretta TV200, P125X, ETS 125.
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Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:22 am quote
1984 P125ETS

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:55 pm quote
OK, now I am swooning! and that's a great shot.

Your PK looks to be in top condition and it's the older one like I want w/ metal glovebox, mudguard and bottom of the headset plus real floor rails. Got any more pics?

Here's something from my PK folder

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Mr. Clean
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Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:43 pm quote
^^^ that one doesn't count as a PK.... It's just too awesome.. I want one!
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Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:20 am quote
TV200 wrote:
1989 P125ETS
Maybe reg is from 89, they were only made in 84-85.
Mr. Clean
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Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:51 am quote
...just found this one...

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PX
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Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:53 am quote
Here is a PK125 I built for my wife..
Bit of a cut-down..

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Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:47 am quote
i really like pks.... if i manage to find one in good price i will defently buy it...
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Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:15 pm quote
My 1983 MotoVespa PK 125s
it took over two years to get her working and now she is a joy to ride.
Bright lights and EVERY light works down to the speedo one. It is now running a 125 polini kit and reed valve. I am still breaking it in. I imported it from Canada and that owner imported it from Spain he hardly rode it and his accent was so thick that I did not understand what he was telling me about it when I bought it. Then two years later I am zipping around on a beautiful 80's machine! I get thumbs up from lots of people and even more questions because it is unlike any vespa that anyone has seen up here.

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Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:22 pm quote
Here is another picture when my husband was learning to love this bike as much as I do! Oh and the silly thing that happened after this picture was taken is that I was pulled over for expired tabs later that week! in WA you can register the model year plates to the bikes that are over 30 years old in lieu of the standard collector vehicle ones that the state will give you. I would like to see that cop pull me over on that pink bike! it has tabs from 1970! I think he thought that the PK was brand new or somewhat new and that he hit the jackpot! hehe

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Mr. Clean
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:46 am quote
Robbie 11 wrote:
Here is a PK125 I built for my wife..
Bit of a cut-down..
Nice.. I like the 2-tone fork leg..
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:13 pm quote
Miss this one.

[img]pk3 by mtmatic, on Flickr[/img]

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Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:23 pm quote
Automatics

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50 N
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Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:59 am quote
Early fore-runner to the MP3.

Mr. Clean
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Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:56 pm quote
I had the pleasure of riding this PK on the rally this past weekend... Kristian from Bar Italia was kind enough to let me ride it..

What a pleasure to ride. Fast and smooth... very fast and it really felt like a a cross between riding a P and a small frame.. I loved it.. 135 kit w/ a good pipe and it was humming..

Thanks Kristian.. great ride.. my 1st on a PK and hopefully not the last!

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:43 am quote
Looks like a later model in mint condition. I believe it would have the single cable shifter. Did you happen to notice? It would be like snick snick snick thru the gears, feeling very positive about where you are. I would love to ride one w/ a big motor like that.
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Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:26 am quote
heres some

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Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:26 am quote
2222

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Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:27 am quote
pk125s

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Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:27 am quote
pk125s basketcase

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Vespa PK50XL and 50 Special
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:28 am quote
We usually draw a lot of attention when we arrive on three PK's!

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:48 pm quote
Vespa PK XL With KAD Type Motor
Hi Guys;
I have a hard question about Vespa PK XL with KAD type motor. I bought a PK XL but before restoration I mentioned that, this is a KAD type motor. Intake manifold connect directly to the cylinder. I have a new Pollini Cylinder kit, new Mazzucelli race crankshaft and Pollini intake manifold for rotary type PK XL motor. If I drill and machined the intake manifold which is shown in red circle on the picture, can I convert this KAD type of motor to a standard rotary type of PK XL. Please I need your advices... Thanks.

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:49 pm quote
Kad Type of Cylinder...

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:52 pm quote
PK XL motor with new Pollini Cylinder Kit...

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:20 pm quote
You can buy it back for cheap! (or most of it) It's in my garage.
matty5 wrote:
Miss this one.

[img]pk3 by mtmatic, on Flickr[/img]
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:18 pm quote
Re: Vespa PK XL With KAD Type Motor
zcenk wrote:
Hi Guys;
I have a hard question about Vespa PK XL with KAD type motor. I bought a PK XL but before restoration I mentioned that, this is a KAD type motor. Intake manifold connect directly to the cylinder. I have a new Pollini Cylinder kit, new Mazzucelli race crankshaft and Pollini intake manifold for rotary type PK XL motor. If I drill and machined the intake manifold which is shown in red circle on the picture, can I convert this KAD type of motor to a standard rotary type of PK XL. Please I need your advices... Thanks.
I'm trying to figure out what your motor started out as, with the standard rotary intake pad not factory drilled and tapped for a manifold. And apparently not blocked off somehow??? If your rotary pad surface inside where it meets the crank is in good condition , it seems like you could do as planned assuming the new crank is a normal rotary valve type. Port match the new intake manifold to the case inlet best you can.

The KAD is totally new to me so I'm not much help, was the KAD setup a Piaggio dealer option there?

@BGK, post more pics and what's cheap? Maybe somebody here would help you out.
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:05 pm quote
Re: Vespa PK XL With KAD Type Motor
[quote="V oodoo"]
zcenk wrote:
Hi Guys;

@BGK, post more pics and what's cheap? Maybe somebody here would help you out.
Thank. Not really looking to move it. More of an inside joke/threat to Matt.
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:09 pm quote
Thanks Voodo for your help;

Scooter Center Shop from Germany advised me to find a standard PK XL rotary valve type motor or just motor case and swap the parts. I'll send more pictures tomorrow. Where is your location. Athen Greece?

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:48 pm quote
Well that's not good news, maybe your motor has no machined rotary pad inside to mate w/ rotary valve crank? You'd have to open the cases to verify.



Very strange motor, in this shot looks like it might have a cast in wall at the bottom of the intake to seal off the crankcase. If the other side is machined properly, with the right crank you may be able to punch thru & go rotary valve with those cases modified to fit the manifold. Waiting for more pics...
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:52 pm quote
I love the color of your bike zcenk!
Been following this thread just to see pics of some bad ass PKs. Starting to like the idea of a PK125 in the garage...if I could track one down.
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