What did you do TO your Vespa today?
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2013 GTS300ie
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:49 pm quote
I like the way it is going, Jim !

Black styling kit:



(PS) That's a German site. I'm sure there's one across the pond for you.
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2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 964
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:08 pm quote
Sunny's air filter box has inexplicably come loose... all 3 bolts are missing.

I have a task ahead of me...
Either the injection system comes out again (I just changed out the starter)
or the drive cover comes off.

(Sigh)
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2020 GTS 300 Super
Joined: 28 May 2020
Posts: 107
Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:29 pm quote
Fudmucker wrote:
I like the way it is going, Jim !

Black styling kit:



(PS) That's a German site. I'm sure there's one across the pond for you.
SIP ships to the USA too. I have or have on order nearly everything in that photo already. I get most Vespa parts from ScooterWest.com. They have a great selection and treat me well.

I'm thinking about doing something different with the legshield trim - maybe painting it yellow to match the body color. There isn't any place local to get color matching paint in a rattle can, but when I was into modding computers in years past, I found a paint supplier in Reno, NV that could provide any stock automotive color, so I'm gonna look into that. One of my projects reminded me of it:

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2020 GTS 300 Super
Joined: 28 May 2020
Posts: 107
Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:48 pm quote
I realize most of the mods I do would take only minutes for the average DIY scooter modder, but I am really enjoying all the time it takes me. Today I swapped out the belt cover for a semi-shiny matte black cover from ScooterWest.com. I started to remove the cowl skirt and actually got the license plate bracket off but then decided to try the shortcut method Robot made a video about. It was still a challenge and I had to run to the store for long needle nose pliers but it turned out fine and I really like the look a lot better than the stock gray/silver cover. It took me about an hour to do a 15-minute job and I enjoyed every second of it.

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Lx 50 4T, GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
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Location: KS USA
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:00 am quote
That looks really nice Jim. I am never in a lhurry to get things done either when I'm doing maintenance. I do it all by hand no power tools. It took me three days to refurbish my OEM lx50 siliencer.
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2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 150 "ISO"
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Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:16 pm quote
Greetings:

I am with Jim on taking my time in Garage Therapy.

I believe you can get a rattle-can with Vespa colors from Color-Rite For sure on the older models, perhaps not the newest HPE? Check your color code on the sticker under the saddle to be sure.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Posts: 107
Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:04 pm quote
Wheelman-111 wrote:
I believe you can get a rattle-can with Vespa colors from Color-Rite For sure on the older models, perhaps not the newest HPE? Check your color code on the sticker under the saddle to be sure.
I found Color-Rite to be too expensive. I ordered a Giallo Estate (983/A) kit from ScratchesHappen.com and a can of Rosso Profondo/Rosso Dragon Opaco (896/A) for accent pieces. I started to install a gloss black headlamp ring with shade and realized it just wasn't the right color. I'll know if I ordered the right yellow when my order comes in. I think the headlamp trim piece should be the same color as the body. Look for it in a future installment of this thread.
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In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:26 am quote
This is the beauty of the Vespa, you can buy hundreds of accessories ... envy.
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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Posts: 107
Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:07 am quote
Attila wrote:
This is the beauty of the Vespa, you can buy hundreds of accessories ... envy.
Yes, that's definitely one of the positives of owning a Vespa, although I never gave it much thought when I decided a Vespa was what I wanted. Just like when I traded my minivan away to get a Jeep Liberty (KJ). I only had advancing my landscape photography in mind when I bought it. It wasn't until after I joined a KJ forum that I discovered there was a very limited aftermarket for the KJ. If I had gotten almost any other model of Jeep, the options were practically limitless.

When I decided to bring a childhood dream to life several months ago, I forgot that I had an insatiable urge to mod everything I've ever owned, even the very hard to find modding parts for my Jeep. Although I joined ModernVespa.com before I actually bought the Vespa, I hadn't surfed the forums enough to see there's a lot of modding goin' on with Vespas. Don't know why I wouldn't have thought about it. As it turns out, I seem to spend more time modding my GTS than I do riding it. No matter though, I'm still having fun with my Vespa.
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In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
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Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:30 am quote
If you think about it, the possibility of adapting it to the tastes and needs of the owners is one of the biggest reasons why the Vespa is sold / bought. I've seen few here at MV resist the temptation to leave it original ... well, there are worse ways to spend the money.
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2014/2019 gts 300 super/ gts 300 touring
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Location: Mt Dora
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:09 pm quote
Adjusted the valves, yes they were all out....1700 miles! Not bad but exhaust tighten up and intake was not far off.
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GTS 250ie Super, Italjet Velocifero, Scarabeo 150, S50,ET4
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Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:53 pm quote
The starter button on my ET4 was getting dodgy so I swapped it with the Horn button. All is good now. I'll probably order 2 new ones and replace them and have spares. Of course I forgot to hook the speedo cable back up so I need to go back in.

I got a call from my friend using my S50 that there was oil all over the side of of the scooter when she got to work. She sent a picture and of course the oil fill plug was gone. She lives in an apartment and keeps it outside. I suspect someone either loosened it up or stole it. it took 600cc of oil to get it back up. I took the plug off the ET4, not a perfect fit but it did fill the hole and will keep the oil in.
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2020 GTS 300, 2011 LX150ie (hers), Bonneville T120
Joined: 09 Jun 2010
Posts: 440
Location: Florida
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:13 pm quote
I replaced the torx screws on both knee pads and the battery compartment with philip head screws.

I usually always have a phillips screwdriver handy, but not always a T25 torx driver.

Cost $1.75
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2020 GTS 300, 2011 LX150ie (hers), Bonneville T120
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Location: Florida
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:29 pm quote
I also installed a 12v cigarette outlet in the left knee pad. I ran a wire through the leg shield into the battery compartment and directly to the battery. It's always hot.

This way I can hook up a battery tender with a cigarette plug to charge the battery. I can also plug in a USB adapter when needed. Clean and simple.
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2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 150 "ISO"
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Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:13 pm quote
Handy Cigar Lighter
Greetings:

Cigar lighter is a handy feature. Did you use an inline fuse on the Hot line from the battery?
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2020 GTS 300, 2011 LX150ie (hers), Bonneville T120
Joined: 09 Jun 2010
Posts: 440
Location: Florida
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:38 am quote
Re: Handy Cigar Lighter
Wheelman-111 wrote:
Greetings:

Cigar lighter is a handy feature. Did you use an inline fuse on the Hot line from the battery?
Yes, I put an inline fuse behind the knee pad. I figured it was a lot easier to get to than the battery compartment if needed.






This makes it very easy and convenient to plug my battery tender in.

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Joined: 05 Aug 2020
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Location: Devon UK
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:20 am quote
Today I fitted a J Coster vario and a Malossi clutch... quieter, quicker and so much less vibration!! What a joy, your own work paying off!
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2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:17 pm quote
Brake fluid flush on the GTS. Last time I did it by pumping the brake lever, this time too Robot's directions on plastic syringe. Worked a treat, especially doing it alone. Did manage to splash a bit of fluid inside the headset, hoping that the soapy water flush prevented too much damage. I'd spilled on my LX years ago, and that stuff DOES weaken plastic. I was going to pick up a squeeze bottle for the fluid on an unexpected trip to my office, but with too much on my mind, left without it.
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GTS 300, BV250, BV350
Joined: 29 Jun 2018
Posts: 69
Location: Orange County, CA
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:21 pm quote
I blatantly ignored the safety warnings and did the unspeakable.

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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Posts: 107
Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:19 pm quote
GotMojo wrote:
I blatantly ignored the safety warnings and did the unspeakable.
Love it! What a sweet lookin' puppy dog.
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GTS 300ie Touring
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 610
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:40 am quote
Brilliant! - No need for any anti-theft devices with that little fella onboard
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GTS 300 Touring
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Posts: 433
Location: Doncaster UK
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:45 am quote
I took the back wheel off pending a new tyre arriving at the local m/c shop tomorrow. Thankfully, as the scooter is fairly new, it all came to bits very easily.

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GTS 300ie Touring
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Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:00 am quote
Don't forget to use a new cotter/split pin on reassembly, you don't want greasy coming over to kick you in your gentleman's area
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GTS 300 Touring
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Location: Doncaster UK
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:49 am quote
Touring300 wrote:
Don't forget to use a new cotter/split pin on reassembly, you don't want greasy coming over to kick you in your gentleman's area
True, I have one on standby! I acquired some about 44 years ago, I knew they’d come in handy at some point.
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GTS 300ie Touring
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Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:06 am quote
smeghead wrote:
Touring300 wrote:
Don't forget to use a new cotter/split pin on reassembly, you don't want greasy coming over to kick you in your gentleman's area
True, I have one on standby! I acquired some about 44 years ago, I knew they’d come in handy at some point.
Going back to greasy's excellent instructions, make sure you don't over-torque those copper exhaust flange nuts. They only need a gentle tighten (16-18nm). Any tighter and you risk stretching and snapping the bolts. A dab of anti-seize on the threads on reassembly is a good idea as they are prone to corrosion.
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Kitted Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2019 K1600GT Sport, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Posts: 7601
Location: Downtown Toronto
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:14 am quote
I rode mine, first time in about a month. Mostly I've been on the K1600GT or the Ural. Here is some irony... First time I bring my Vespa what is parked next to me? Seriously the odds are very slim as the K1600GT is pretty rare around here.

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Location: Devon UK
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:52 pm quote
Fitted a Zelioni shock to the front and BGM to the rear... what an absolute joy it is to ride now, 20mm of sag at the rear, 35mm at the front...
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2 Vespa 90 V9A1T US Model's / 2005 ET2
Joined: 05 Sep 2019
Posts: 60
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:00 am quote
Cosmetic Mods
Fixing up this old et2, rebuilding the top end, and more. But I painted some of the chrome and silver bits black, will probably do the wheels and drive side cover also soon. Recovered the seat the other day, old one was navy including the kneepads. Installed the Malossi pipe.



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2020 GTS 300 Super
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Location: Teh REAL Northern California
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:19 am quote
Re: Cosmetic Mods
smallframenyc wrote:
Fixing up this old et2, rebuilding the top end, and more. But I painted some of the chrome and silver bits black, will probably do the wheels and drive side cover also soon. Recovered the seat the other day, old one was navy including the kneepads. Installed the Malossi pipe.

Lookin' real nice. How did you prep the Vespa badges for paint? Are you worried the paint will rub or chip off during washing or regular use?
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2 Vespa 90 V9A1T US Model's / 2005 ET2
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Location: Brooklyn, New York
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:54 am quote
Re: Cosmetic Mods
Jim McClain wrote:
smallframenyc wrote:
Fixing up this old et2, rebuilding the top end, and more. But I painted some of the chrome and silver bits black, will probably do the wheels and drive side cover also soon. Recovered the seat the other day, old one was navy including the kneepads. Installed the Malossi pipe.

Lookin' real nice. How did you prep the Vespa badges for paint? Are you worried the paint will rub or chip off during washing or regular use?
Thanks, I just lightly sanded them with some 220grit and sprayed them w/a satin black paint. Not worried really, This bike already has some bruises, so any cosmetic blemishes are not too much of a concern. It's probably going to get beat up being street parked in NYC
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