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GS150, LI200, TX200, PX125, T5200, SX200, PX125 CUTDOWN
Joined: 31 Jul 2019
Posts: 54
Location: South West England
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:04 pm quote
Apologies for diving in straight into this forum without any proper introductions but i was sorta short notice forced into looking for an online resource for scooter maintenance help. Modern Vespa was recommended by some trusted sources.

1) My good friend and long term fellow scooterist recently got hospitalized through his worsening Multiple Sclerosis, and i wanted to finish his GS150 project before he got too ill to appreciate it. I went to the hospital today (Bath, UK) and i dragged him outa his bed - to see the GS, running as it should a moving moment. For both of us.

2) Over the last year i have had three really dangerous and really bad experiences with the work of very established scooter shops here in the UK. Thus, I have now bought a lifting table, tools and all the manuals to start maintaining my bikes myself. I know its against policy to air these issues on this forum, so i will say no more.

3) I'm a UK scooterist of the 80s, first attracted by the flattops, grass skirts and lammy chops of the UK psychobilly scene. From there i got into vespa and have been there ever since.

4) I've only ever done cosmetic maintenance on my bikes, but now its time to do some deep engine work, of which, this resource will be invaluable. So - thanks for all your help so far - and i hope the combined knowledge here will vindicate my decision to go solo!

cheers!

iggy.
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T5 Pole Position, T for thoroughbred
Joined: 07 Oct 2010
Posts: 4627
Location: Dublin
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:55 pm quote
Good man iggy. Glad you could bring a smile to the mates face
Molto Verboso
08 GTS 250, 79 P200E, 62 Allstate
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 1178
Location: Florence, OR
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:12 pm quote
Right on Iggy. We don't get to take anything with us when we go. You did your friend a solid. No doubt it was emotional. I salute you! Thank you for sharing!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 6996
Location: seattle/athens
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:36 pm quote
Welcome and good reason to get more deeply involved in the mechanicals. Please tell your friend that I said you had it easy. He'd done a wonderful job on it up when you got it so I can imagine how much you enjoyed working on something so well prepared.

The appreciation of others who can't wrench for whatever reason when you're able to get(or help get) their old Vespa back on the road is usually more than enough payback. You went the extra mile.
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1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 4761
Location: So Cal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:02 pm quote
Welcome iggy. Good man for taking care of your buddy’s scoot. Your cosmetic work looks first rate. You’ll no doubt end up teaching us a thing or two.
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