So in November 2016 I took my LX150 in for a new back tire. I loaded my Vespa on my truck to also take in my truck for an oil change at my favorite mechanic Kevin at Brannon Auto works in San Francisco. Kevin shares a garage with Baylon who owns Auto Body Garage and I asked Baylon for an estimate to fix my rust issue. He took one look and said it would be cost prohibitive to fix because the rust is in the frame of the Vespa and spreads like a cancer. He had never seen rust like that on a late model vehicle (2011 Vespa). That was not good news to hear.
So I took it to San Francisco Scooter Centre where I had planned to have the tire replaced and Barry and his mechanic both said that they had never seen rust like that and agreed that my Vespa would have to be totaled. They think the frame missed a step in the manufacturing of the Vespa.
So I took my Vespa to Vespa SF where I bought it in 2011 (and normally take for service but they had a week wait). Awesome Pete (who sold me the Vespa in 2011 used (the original buyer opted for a 300 after a few months) and the mechanic there had never seen rust on the frame either.
Has anyone seen/had problems with rust at the frame seam?
Front left side
Front right side