Two Rally projects in CT - for sale feeler
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Hooked
a pair of "ran when parked" Rallys
Joined: 21 Jun 2013
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Location: Middletown, CT
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:32 am quote
I'm thinking about moving on from my two Rally 180s, which I've made almost no progress on.
The orange one was over my head (bought someone else's abandoned restoration attempt), and I've really lost interest in it. It's pretty much completely disassembled, but has all of the parts (I believe) to rebuild the motor, including all new bearings, seals, piston / rings, gaskets, coil.

White one is an honest, low mileage original bike. With serious frame rust issues. I'm not shy about fixing that, and have the skills and tools to do so. But it's condition put it in the parts or donor bike category for most people. Engine was seized from sitting, but I got it free. Broke the upper ring in the process. It only has 1,600 miles, so should be standard size (meaning rings will need to come from abroad). Engine is currently out of bike, with top end removed, but case is not split. I will throw in a gasket set and good fuel tank. Bottom end looks good on this.

I'm moving in three weeks. I'll need to set up a workshop at the new place, and was thinking of making a fresh start. So if these bikes are worth anything to anyone willing to drive down for a look, shoot me what you think is a fair offer. PM is fine, or put it out on this thread - even if you aren't interested. I'm not going to load them into your car for you, and reimburse you the gas for the trip, but I'll be pretty reasonable. You can't possibly insult me! I want to be very clear about that. I would like to sell both bikes as a pair, but will separate. I will not part either bike, or mix and match parts, though. I would like to get rid of the orange one more than the white.

The other thing is that I am not going to spend a bunch of time on making a decent listing. If it will be less work to load these into my car, and move them (only moving 20 miles), then I'd rather do that. I have a lot of prep to do for this move as it is. So I'm including a couple of links to threads about the bikes. If there is interest, we can discuss over the phone. That said, do ask questions in the thread. I'll do my best to answer in a timely manner.

Orange Rally:
http://modernvespa.com/forum/post1645315?highlight=#1645315

White Rally:
http://modernvespa.com/forum/post2210143?highlight=#2210143
Addicted
2008 GTS 250, 1979 P200E
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Location: Florence, OR
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:05 pm quote
PM sent. Now, does anybody have any ideas how I could get these Rallys across the country for cheap?!?
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:57 am quote
qascooter wrote:
PM sent. Now, does anybody have any ideas how I could get these Rallys across the country for cheap?!?
I just shiupped OopsClunkThud's GL from San Francisco to Chicago for $500. It's still in transit, but it seems to be like an "Uber for shipping random stuff"

Check out uship.com.
Hooked
a pair of "ran when parked" Rallys
Joined: 21 Jun 2013
Posts: 345
Location: Middletown, CT
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:38 am quote
Thanks for that. I've personally dealt with U-Ship, and connected with a very competent shipper named Dale Hoffman / At Last Enterprises. He mainly services the Eastern seaboard, but if anyone on this coast needs a good shipper, PM me for his number. I highly recommend. U-Ship is a great brokerage, but they have their fees, which I believe is about 30%. Better to deal directly with the shipper when possible.

Anyway, I will not be shipping this lot of parts. There is enough to build two bikes save for a few bits, but it's all scattered about. I am strictly going to deal in person with the buyer, since I want that person to know exactly what he / she is getting into. Money is not a big priority in this equation for me, but I have over two thousand invested, so it would be nice to get a fraction of that back to put towards a complete, running scooter when the time comes.

qascooter seems really interested, so I might be dealing with him after I get settled into the new place. Or I may just put one of these together for myself after all. I need to move in two weeks, and if I pack the scooters up, they are coming with. I've also had offers for parts. I may part out what I don't use if I build one up. I certainly don't want or need two scoots, so I'll have to dispose of what's left in some way shape or form should I go that route.
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2008 GTS 250, 1979 P200E
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Location: Florence, OR
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:40 pm quote
Thanks Chandler - I've used Uship before also and have two inquires through them awaiting to see if it's going to happen or not.

I think I'm going to throw in the towel though and bow out of this one. I KNOW I could get both bikes running and they'd be a great project, but I don't want to cause any stress to anyone, including myself. It sounds to me Blackbomber doesn't really want to get rid of them, or at least at the price I'm willing to pay.

Thanks for the consideration Blackbomber!
Blackbomber wrote:
Anyway, I will not be shipping this lot of parts. There is enough to build two bikes save for a few bits, but it's all scattered about. I am strictly going to deal in person with the buyer, since I want that person to know exactly what he / she is getting into. Money is not a big priority in this equation for me, but I have over two thousand invested, so it would be nice to get a fraction of that back to put towards a complete, running scooter when the time comes.

qascooter seems really interested, so I might be dealing with him after I get settled into the new place. Or I may just put one of these together for myself after all. I need to move in two weeks, and if I pack the scooters up, they are coming with. I've also had offers for parts. I may part out what I don't use if I build one up. I certainly don't want or need two scoots, so I'll have to dispose of what's left in some way shape or form should I go that route.
Hooked
a pair of "ran when parked" Rallys
Joined: 21 Jun 2013
Posts: 345
Location: Middletown, CT
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:14 am quote
qascooter wrote:
It sounds to me Blackbomber doesn't really want to get rid of them...

There's some real truth to that. These scooters represent what was supposed to be the end of a long line of me failing to complete projects. I've since started and completed others, but for some reason I feel I need to finish one of these, as well. And I bought the white Rally as a parts scooter since the orange one was such a mess (it's a bodge - let's be honest), and along the lines thought it should be saved, thus doubling my number of incomplete scooters.

Anyway, I don't know if that's enough of a reason to keep them. I do know the decision to dump them as-is comes from fear and frustration. I actually just sold my favorite bike (pictured below). It wasn't even the one I really wanted to sell, but I have enough bicycles. I don't regret it, though. And if I part with the Vespas, I won't regret it, either. I can always buy another. But I shouldn't let emotion dictate a fire sale, when the emergency is mainly in my head. It's not even like I literally need to move them in two weeks. I'll have both houses for a few months at least. Just figuring this is a good time to clean my plate (and it is). So if no-one else is interested in making a local, in person offer, Let's consider this offer withdrawn until I'm in a position to attack this with more rationale.

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