Good Vintage Vespa?
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Piaggio Bv500
Joined: 05 Dec 2018
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Location: California
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:26 pm quote
This 1969 Sprint 150 is listed for 2100, is it a good purchase? I've had a Kymco People 150 before and loved it.

This vespa
"Has a small gear oil leak. This is fairly common. Can be fixed with new gasket, or left alone"

and was supposedly used as a display.


Would I be making a good deal to buy this? And, can the gear oil leak be fixed easily as suggested?



- Thank you for any/all responses

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Hooked
P200,,Rally180,
Joined: 14 May 2009
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:12 pm quote
bodgey
like the color, but stay away from this one - looks too bodgey
others with more SEA experience will chip in. Look for a P200.
Molto Verboso
1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1996 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
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Ossessionato
1979 P200e
Joined: 18 Mar 2013
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Location: West of Boston
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:27 am quote
Your best bet for a vintage Vespa is to find a currently running, riding example. The nicer the exterior, the more questions about the authenticity.

If you're looking at 50 year old scooters, then a few scratches or a bit of surface rust (not rot) is to be expected.

Ask the seller all sorts of questions about the scoot, what works, what's broken, what parts are new, and what probably needs to be replaced. Any sellers should be able to wax on eloquently about all sorts of details, even if they had a shop do the work.
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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:45 am quote
I always say these things:
-meet the locals who ride vintage
-study the bodge threads
-buy something from one of the locals if possible
-a P makes a good first vintage
-if not a P, go for something with ugly US turn signals to prove it's not a bodge, then keep them because they show the provenance of the bike
Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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Location: Home of the Alamo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:12 am quote
Lyonmaker -

"Bodgey" or "bodge" is a slang term for a scooter that has been "restored," most likely in Vietnam.

Non-OEM parts are often used, and repairs, bodywork, welding, wiring, etc. are often poorly done and quite suspect, often in how much safety the scoot will provide once you start riding it.

There are instances where bodges turned out to be safe, well-perfoming scoots, but more often that not, a disaster waiting to happen, under bondo, shiny parts, and lots of flashy chrome.

Buyer beware.
Addicted
2008 GTS 250, 1979 P200E
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 829
Location: Florence, OR
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:38 am quote
Welcome to ModernVespa Lyonmaker!

Floor mats are usually a giveaway of a bodge. I've found if it looks shiny and has low miles, it's probably a bodge, but not always.

And it's leaking? Yikes. Give a look at the links SaFis posted. Good info!

Also, you can find out more about this model here: http://scooterlounge.com/vespa/buyers-guide/vespa-sprint.shtml

I hope this helps!
Hooked
68sprint,65super,64Allstate
Joined: 20 Jul 2017
Posts: 199
Location: Central california
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:49 pm quote
Vintage vespas
Lyonmaker: if you like the vintage stuff...stick to your guns. Find a vintage scoot. If you have to have someone give it a good “look over” than so be it. The “P” scooters don’t interest me at all. Just so you know my 68 sprint has a nice paint job, floor mat, a drip of oil and it’s not a bodge.
The 69 your looking at might be worth having someone critique it in person. You never know. You will find on this forum if it has a nice paint job,floor mats,low miles....it is going to be considered a bodge. I would say for the most part the forum is correct....but you never know. I have a bodge and it has been a great scooter. Nice paint, floor mats and a bit of chrome. So far I’ve put about 1000 mi on it. The one your looking at looks like less of a bodge than the one I bought. You might add a bunch more pictures, so you can get some more feedback. A lot of members with a lot of knowledge are on this forum. Most don’t have a problem with expressing their concerns or ideas. Scott
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HONDA CHF50
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Location: NORTH SHORE
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:46 pm quote
Heres the craigslist ad, it gave me a boner too... You mainland scooterheads have no idea. Been waiting years for the right vintage vespa to pop up

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/mcy/d/1969-vespa-sprint/6764912316.html

Good luck OP!
Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:03 pm quote
Imagine that, a bodge that can swim!
Molto Verboso
2009 GTS 250, 2013 Buddy 125, 2014 Triumph Bonneville
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:25 am quote
$447 also due in registration arrears.

Also note the link to our MV thread on buying a vintage!
Using US to help sell his bodge!

Jess should send him a cease and desist!
Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:44 am quote
Tanuki wrote:
Heres the craigslist ad, it gave me a boner too... You mainland scooterheads have no idea. Been waiting years for the right vintage vespa to pop up

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/mcy/d/1969-vespa-sprint/6764912316.html

Good luck OP!
I can imagine decent vintage Vespas don't wander out your way often. And if they do, you know the owner didn't go to all that trouble just to sell the darn thing.

Just what does it cost to ship a Vespa from the mainland to the islands?
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