Generic Vespa Scooter Upgrades List
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Ossessionato
Temporarily Scooterless... :(
Joined: 07 Sep 2006
Posts: 2117
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:32 pm quote
Hi All,

I thought a would post a list of potential upgrades that anyone could do to any of their Vespa (or other brand) scooters. What I plan to do is make a copy of this list and insert next to each one what brand/model/style/etc of each of these upgrades I may do someday. If you can think of any mods that I missed, let me know... Feel free to use/edit/add on!!!!

(Note - I don't plan to do all of these (yet ) - just wanted to inspire folks...Maybe this could be used as a Holiday/Birthday wish list for some!


Added Notes (08/15/07):
As noted in some of the below posts - it would cost a fortune to do ALL of these upgrades (and I certainly don't plan to!), but it is fun to dream and maybe make others aware of what COULD be put on their scooter if they so desire. I will try to keep your ideas updated on the list - though I may leave the Bazooka option off for now

Desi B.


Generic Vespa Scooter Upgrade List

Body/Cosmetic Related
Chrome/Stainless Steel Cowl (Rear) Crash Bars
Chrome/Stainless Steel Leg Shield (Front) Crash Bars
Chrome/Stainless Steel Front Fender Guard
Chrome/Powder Coated Wheels
Chrome/Powder Coated Transmission Cover
Chrome/Billet/Powder Coated Brake Levers
Chrome/Billet Bar End Rear View Mirrors
Chrome/Billet Oil Fill Cap
Chrome Headlight Lid/Shade
Chrome Horncast w/Light (for GT)
Chrome Piaggio ‘Wing’ Logo above Horncast
Remove Reflectors/Fill in Holes
Custom Paint Job with/without Custom Graphics and/or reflective stripes

Electrical/Safety Related
Brighter Headlamp Bulb
Brighter Horn Bulb
Brighter Running Lights/Turnsignals – Front
Brighter Running Lights/Turnsignals – Rear
Brighter Tail/Brake Lights
Headlight Modulator
Brake Light Modulator
Brembro Brake Upgrade
Louder Horn
Additional Running/LED Lights
Turn Signal Warning/Canceller
Hazard Flashers and/or Euro Blinker ‘fog’ lights
LED Light in Glove Box and/or under the seat
Turn Signal Indicators on Mirrors (may not be possible yet!)
Euro Brake Light Modification
Remove 'add-on' DOT Turn Signals, replace with Euro Signal Kit (LX50, LX150 Models)

Performance Related
Windscreen
Bar End Weights
New Muffler
Better Battery
Upgrade Front Shock
Upgrade Rear Shocks
High durometer bushings for the rear shocks - Jettin
UpgradeVariator
Upgrade Belt
Upgrade Rollers
Upgrade Tires
Claus Industries Urethane Swing Arm Bushing
Claus Industries Rear Shock Mount (?)
'Kit' the engine (Bigger Displacement)
New CDI (Remove Governor)

Convenience Related
Permanent Battery Tender Cable Attachment
Speakers for Ipod/Stereo
GPS/Camera Mount
12 Volt Outlet
Custom Laptop Insert (yes, it's been proven!) - Do an MV search...
Top Box Fitted w/ Tail Light and top rack
Milk Crate (Metal or Heavy Duty Plastic) w/ Brake Light Kit (Some bicycle LEDs?)
Improved Seat Shape - Lots of options...
Trailer Hitch & Trailer Wiring Kit (for future trailer!)
License Plate Mount/Frame
Mud Flap/s
Throttle Rocker/Lock
Front Rack for touring
Bag for step-through area
Cupholder (Magnetic, Suction Cup, and Chalk Bag options)
New Hand Grips
Heated Hand Grips and/or Seat
Scooter Skirt or similar item
Seat Cover
Whole Bike Cover
Green Light Trigger, various types (may not work well in your area)
McCuff Anti-spill device
Lock/Cable for anti-theft purposes
Alarm System
Floor Mat
Side Stand
Custom Short Reach Brake Levers (In my ideal world, I would switch front and rear brake levers to match what I am used to on my bicycles...)

Last edited by primordialdancer on Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:48 am; edited 6 times in total
Rock Star
Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
Joined: 10 Jun 2007
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Location: San Diego, CA
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:38 pm quote
Wow, you put a lot of thought into that list. Here's one, but I haven't seen any yet (hmm...maybe I could do this for the Vespa!) You how some cars and SUV's nowadays have turn signals at the edge of their side mirrors? I'd like my Vespa to have one of those!
Ossessionato
2011 GTS 300 Super 2013 BMW K1600 GTL
Joined: 26 Nov 2006
Posts: 4009
Location: Irvine, CA
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:50 pm quote
You could buy another scooter with all the money it would take to buy all of that stuff.
Hooked
PX150 & T5
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 477
Location: Portland, OR
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:12 pm quote
You forgot the bazooka.
Hooked
PX150 Red, Sito+, UNI/ Buddy 125 'Piped and Pimped'
Joined: 10 Aug 2007
Posts: 217
Location: Northwest, FL
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:59 am quote
You should add this. I don't know if would fall under convenience or performance.

Green Light Trigger / High Power Magnet
http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=43670
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2010 Dragon Red GTS 300 Super, 2018 Grigio Titanio Piaggio Liberty S 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2006
Posts: 16295
Location: Toronto, Canada, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:11 am quote
twharton wrote:
You should add this. I don't know if would fall under convenience or performance.

Green Light Trigger / High Power Magnet
http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=43670
I have found that generally if you stop your engine and restart it on the cut lines at stop lights, they will change. This seems to work with my GTS at lights that otherwise take forever to change. No mod necessary.
Ossessionato
Temporarily Scooterless... :(
Joined: 07 Sep 2006
Posts: 2117
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:50 pm quote
Hey Benny,

I tried that last month and it seemed to work for me to!

Desi B.
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2005 ET2 70cc, 14 mirrors, 2 headlights, lots of LEDs and a 2005 GT200 restored after a crash, 1978 SIL Lambretta GP200 and a 1983 Cushman Truckster
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Location: Calgary AB
Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:23 pm quote
The scooter assassin would prefer no reflective material like chrome or mirrors, no light emitters, and a better muffler/silencer.
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