What did you do TO your Vespa today?
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:03 pm quote
Sometimes what we occasionally do to our Vespas to personalize them doesn't rate a full-blown topic of its own. This is for those little things you do to your scooter, like adding a new sticker, getting a parking lot dent, changing a tire or some other "modification" that doesn't warrant a whole lot of discussion. Please note that this isn't about what you did WITH your Vespa today (like hitting the twisties near Pulga on Highway 89, or a group ride to your favorite bistro), it's just about some physical change to the bike itself.

I'll start with a couple of minor mods I did today. Had to wait a month for it to come in, but finally got the powder coated muffler shield for my GTS Super. Over time, I'd like to delete most of the chrome. I did the mirrors a couple weeks ago, today was the muffler shield. It actually came yesterday, but it didn't come with any screws or washers. I live in a very small town and there are very few metric fasteners to be had here, none of which are the size I ever need. So, I painted the original nickel plated screws and washers satin black with engine paint. Three coats after a little roughing up the finish with 1000 grit sandpaper.

While I was working in the area, I decided to peel off some of the body script - the part that said "GTS Super" now just has the red "S". It's a temporary mod I'll likely remove entirely later on.

And the one thing all posts about what you did to your Vespa today should contain: Pictures, or it didn't happen.





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Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:27 pm quote
I ordered a new windshield. Hopefully it comes soon as the old one seems good at directing wind right at my face.

Don't have a pic of it yet but I do of the rough casting on that housing the water pump sits on for my GTS. Right nest to where the oil dip stick is. I thought it was just my GTS but your yellow GTS looks rough casted for that part as well.

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Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:28 pm quote
And I love the yellow color on your 300.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:14 pm quote
joe register wrote:
...the rough casting on that housing the water pump sits on for my GTS. Right [next] to where the oil dip stick is. I thought it was just my GTS but your yellow GTS looks rough casted for that part as well.
Yeah, I never noticed that before. I s'pose if you ever wanted to paint that part, you could knock down some of those bumps with a putty knife or flat screwdriver. They must cast those in sand.
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Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:44 pm quote
joe register wrote:
Don't have a pic of it yet but I do of the rough casting on that housing the water pump sits on for my GTS. Right nest to where the oil dip stick is. I thought it was just my GTS but your yellow GTS looks rough casted for that part as well.
Thats the casting equivalent of 3 day stubble. It's sexy as hell and very masculine.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:39 am quote
I added a roundel sticker to my lx50. 🛵

I think it looks terrific. Any other members have roundels on their Vespas?🌈

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:33 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
I added a roundel sticker to my lx50. 🛵

I think it looks terrific. Any other members have roundels on their Vespas?🌈
I have the same on both bikes but in Italian colours.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:00 am quote
I put 12.5g roller weights on my Primavera. I can't really tell the difference, but that may be because I went from 11" to 12" wheels. Maybe I need even lighter weights.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:05 am quote
I actually rode one. Between Covid and owning a shop I never had the time anymore. Now it appears I have all the time in the world.

I have 6 operational bikes and my plan is to ride one of them in rotation every day at least 10 miles.

Yesterday was Wotherspoon Prima 150 as I went to my Grandsons backyard and he loves all the colors.

Today is ET4 day. Itís a 2001 with 105 miles on it and documented to be the very first Vespa ever sold in the USA when Piaggio returned 20 years ago. It was sold new at the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to a nice Italian man and I bought it back from him 7 years ago. Itís time to get it rolling.

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:09 am quote
Retirement is awesome.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:17 am quote
I simply checked the air pressure, the oil level, and went for about an 8-mile ride that included stops at my hangar (to kill any black widow spiders that might've taken up residence inside. I hate those critters!) and then the store to pick up some groceries.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:50 am quote
Its like 105 outside with index, so I looked at my scooters and went back inside.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:42 pm quote
A service and a full nut and bolt inspection today.

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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:06 pm quote
SDG wrote:
I actually rode one.
That's great, but I hope everyone will keep in mind that this topic as about doing TO, not doing with. There already are ongoing discussions about rides, group outings, etc. The focus here is on mods (intentional or unintentional), service & repairs, putting parts on or taking parts off a Vespa. Thanks for understanding.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:13 pm quote
Jim McClain wrote:
SDG wrote:
I actually rode one.
That's great, but I hope everyone will keep in mind that this topic as about doing TO, not doing with. There already are ongoing discussions about rides, group outings, etc. The focus here is on mods (intentional or unintentional), service & repairs, putting parts on or taking parts off a Vespa. Thanks for understanding.
Fair enough. Before I went out I checked my tire pressure, oil level, tightened my right mirror and put on the 2021 license plate sticker. When I got home I adjusted my rear brake, wish I would of done that before I left.

😊

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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:59 pm quote
Today I switched to a different tail bag. The Saddlemen bag I had got all droopy and the black material began to turn purple, so I ordered a new bag from one of ModernVespa's sponsors, Yelcome. This one is the medium size black, made from Italian leather and has more cargo space than the other bag did when it was not expanded (which would have made it even more droopy). The bag comes with a waterproof, elasticized cover, a carrying strap, a small strap to secure it to the vertical part of the cargo rack and some u-bolts to add even more security to the rack.

I'm not using the u-bolts or the carrying strap. It's big enough to hold 3 of my oxygen tanks, although I doubt I will use the bag for that. It will stow more camera gear than the other bag and it's plenty big enough for my dinner.

The Yelcome bags come in a variety of colors, all with their classic white stitching. I'm not a white stitching kinda guy, so mine have been dyed with shoeblack. You can see the difference comparing the small mounting strap with the rest of the bag. This bag is a size medium - they also sell small and large and they have other leather goods too. I was really surprised that shipping from Hungary to California took only 9 days.









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GTS 300
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:19 am quote
Nice bag. How much do they run delivered from Europe?

The oil from that quesadilla should help condition that leather.
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GTS 300 Touring
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:47 am quote
Yesterday, which is today if youíre far enough into space, I popped some Puncturesafe into the wheels.
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:51 pm quote
joe register wrote:
Nice bag. How much do they run delivered from Europe?

The oil from that quesadilla should help condition that leather.
Product pricing is available on their website, although there appears to be a problem with their site at the moment. You can also find Yelcome on ebay.

Believe it or not, I eat American food only at that restaurant. The only "Mexican food" I like is Taco Bell, which prob'ly doesn't look or taste like real Mexican food.
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GTS 300
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:14 pm quote
I found a bolt cover on Scooterpartsco that interested me. I ordered a top case from Vespa Sherman Oaks when I bought my GTS (estimated end of July delivery date is now estimated end of September date). They did put on the rack though in preparation for the case.

One bummer is the bolt cover from the stock cover doesn't fit the rack when installed. They said Piaggio didn't make a cover that fit. Then a few weeks later I saw one that looked like it might actually work. A mere 18 days later and my bracket arrived from Arkansas.

At first glance it looks like it will fit. Happy about that. Now I just need to figure out how to paint it black to match the other parks. Take that exposed bolt heads!

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Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:40 pm quote
Today I played with rattle can paint and a new front fender for my LXV, as I had a big case of stupid and badly damaged the original. And plastic parts are just not fixable, at least not that plastic part. And cuz it suits my current insanity the new fender will be very orange! Not claiming it will go with the silver scooter or those deep reddish brown seats, but right now loud and noticeable suits me. I will do a bit of fine sanding, a bit more orange paint and them maybe top with a clear lacquer. Then see about some help to install it. The Liberty got a new gas cap, hate the original one, and itís now sporting the topbox mounting plate. That will make hauling stuff easier, like the mower gas can or an occasional bag of dog food. It might be getting a usb outlet but not until I am comfortable with the disassemble parts first. I have the usb outlet and working stuff, itís gain a bit of Ďhow toí before tackling that project.
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Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:35 am quote
Today i replaced the headlight on the GTS after the bulb went up in flames and burned a third of the reflector black.

Dammit.

Then i installed all of the bling the nice nice people at Vespa Motorsport forced me to buy... the cool little rack in the centre of the floorboard almost makes up for the pain of the headlamp.
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Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:48 pm quote
I got my Vespa a little brother.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:59 pm quote
Put a new starter and bendix in the S50. While I was in there I put black clutch springs in to make it more ridable. My housemate reports it runs like a top.

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2020 Vespa 300 GTS Super Notte HPE
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Location: St. Louis, MO
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:11 am quote
This past Sunday, I installed a new windscreen and a Ram phone mount. The only complaint I have about the windscreen would be the ugly gray grommets and PLASTIC screws used to secure the windscreen to the upright mounting bars. The grey grommets and screws (on the front side of the windscreen) will be painted black in the VERY near future...like this week. I mean...grey has no place on a Notte! Blasphemy!

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GTS 300
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:23 pm quote
Did you need to cut the plastic screws from a tree like a Revell model
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Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:14 am quote
joe register wrote:
Did you need to cut the plastic screws from a tree like a Revell model
Yep...as well as all the pieces of the grommets...was sort of weird.
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Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:07 am quote
I installed a new Rizoma aluminum parking brake lever on my Tmax. I know itís not a Vespa, but itís at least scooter-related.
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Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:22 am quote
My GTS 250 has had the usual front end problems. I put a new Malossi shock on and adjusted back and forth until it was best. Kept the pressure right and it's still just a little off. I was caught in the rain a few days back and it was really quite the ride. When I got home I looked at the front tire and saw it was mounted backwards. Michelin does no favors on their rotation indicators. So today I pulled it off remounted the tire and put it back on. The back brake has been soft so I bled it and it feels better. I'm waiting for me too cool off and then I'm off for some coffee and a test ride.
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Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:07 pm quote
Greetings:

Dropped the Malossi 187.6cc cylinder kit onto ISO. It dropped down into the position shown, and would go no further. Dremel to the rescue. See Project Report for the gory details soon.

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GTV 300 ie
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Location: Bonita, CA
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:43 pm quote
Added Stebel Airhorn to Fumizzio the GTV 300.
Recently had a run in with an electrician's van, who crushed my front fender. Was stopped 10 feet behind him at a red light, when he decided to back up for some reason. I was unable to persuade him of my presence behind him with the stock factory horn so the van crushed my front fender.

To prevent such incidents from happening again, I bought the Stebel 140 decibel air horn. It is like a freight train or semi-truck horn. It is so satisfying to use it. It is mounted in the left knee pad area, opposite of the coolant reservoir. Most people are not going to be expecting such a loud and menacing noise from a scooter.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:06 pm quote
The forest fires near where I live in Quincy, CA have wreaked havoc upon my life for weeks now. While I'm very grateful I am living through it and my home has not burned, I have been evacuated for a week, back for a few days of dense smoke, then the power company decided to do a safety blackout so I had to leave again for a few days (I have medical equipment that is electrical), then back again to heavy smoke and ash fallout. I don't have a garage or carport for my Jeep, but my Vespa is covered by a roof, although it is still exposed somewhat on the sides.









I was finally able to give it a bath yesterday. Today I decided to change from my rear Faco folding rack to a Vespa fixed rack. You can see in the photo that ash continues to fall - the fires continue to burn.



The bag I got from Yelcome (see my previous post in this thread) included a couple of U-bolts and a small buckling strap. There's no way to use the U-bolts with the flat rack, but the strap does connect the bag to the front rail of the rack. The rack was originally designed to carry the Vespa Top Case - it has mounting points, one of which has a large thumb screw that attaches the case to the center of the rack. I drilled a hole in my leather case bottom and cut the thumb screw length to about 2/3rds its original length. It's a pretty solid fit - it'll twist a little if you force it, but I think it will hold up to normal riding.







After too many weeks without being able to ride or even work on mods for my scoot, the last 2 days have been great. I might be able to take it for a ride tomorrow, but if not, I still have a few more mods ready to do.
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:29 pm quote
I've been wondering how you were holding up there, and from this map it seems that you are not really out of the woods yet there.

We have had a similar amount of ash fall at times here over the last month, BUT I have a cover for my scooter.

What prevents much scootering at times is a lack of good Air Quality, since those small particles are not good for one's lungs.

https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=39.74574,-121.19843&z=10&b=om&a=modis_mp%2Cwxd_wspd-01

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Lx 50 4T, GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:32 am quote
I finally refurbished my OEM silencer.

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Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:28 am quote
Also...if you like black colored screw heads you can use the old burnishing method, you heat the screw head a lot and then drown it in old motor oil. You will have a lasting effect.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:51 am quote
Attila wrote:
Also...if you like black colored screw heads you can use the old burnishing method, you heat the screw head a lot and then drown it in old motor oil. You will have a lasting effect.
Thanks for the tip. I will look better with black scrws.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:49 am quote
Cheeky Seats
As well as many other ModernVespa folks, I have praised this seat
cover company. For around $100 you can really enhance/change the
look of your scoot. It goes over the existing cover. Easy modification.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota

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Black and White Checkered "Cheeky Seat"

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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:58 am quote
Very sporty, it looks like a racing Vespa.
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:58 am quote
Re: Cheeky Seats
Bob Copeland wrote:
As well as many other ModernVespa folks, I have praised this seat
cover company. For around $100 you can really enhance/change the
look of your scoot. It goes over the existing cover. Easy modification.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
The perfect investment for your money. Super easy to keep clean AND it is water proof.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:11 pm quote
Today I deleted more chrome from my yellow GTS 300 HPE Sport. I had ordered the red horn grill accents a while back, but they came with 2 of the small ones. The large replacement one came a couple days ago and it was an easy remove & replace.

The fender crest wasn't so easy. It might have been easier if I had removed the front tire, but a video I watched made it look easy enough to do without removing the tire. It was a struggle getting the tiny screws lined up with the tiny holes with the little cone-shaped retainers blocking my view of the tip of the screws. I started out this project with an almost full oxygen tank. When I finally finished and took the tank and backpack off, the gauge needle was just a hair from being in the red zone. So, it was about a 30-minute task for my fat hands.

But yeah, totally worth it. I'm liking the look of the red accents and black trim. I was so stoked when I finished that I ordered another couple hundred worth of goodies.

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