I have seen lots of Vespa(piaggio) Apes because they could be parked anywhere and there were very maneuverable, I saw tons of T5s , primaveras, TX(200cc), P200s and the best selling PKs and also Spanish market COSA. Many lambrettas although the lambretta to vespa ratio on the streets were more like 30-1 but I have seen them. For God sake, even the priest from the jesuist catholic school which I attended also rode very old vespas with 3 speed and 8" wheels.. hahahaha.
It was 1989 and I could only ride mopeds or anything under 75 cc (because of my age,I was shy of eighteen), the traffic laws regarding riding motorcycles were divided by 3 classes (75 and under, up to 125cc and lastly 125cc to no limit.
When I grew up a 125cc 2 stroke was a true flying machine, they were everywhere(aprillas, gileras, Riejus, derbi, Cagivas,) and even the eastern 2 strokes cheap bikes were decently quick (Jawa , MZ, zundapp).
Because of my age(17) I could only technically ride a 75 cc. My father was very stubborn and will not agree to buy me a 125 cc Vespa PK125XL so I had to settle with a ridiculous 5.6hp vespa PK75XL elestart ( This decision later on will cost me big money). There were four Motovespa dealers in the city and a bunch of other vespa dealers on the sounding bigger little country towns.
My Vespa PK75XL Elestart cost me 215000 pesetas which at the time the exchange ratio with the US dollar was 114.8 pesetas to $1 so it was pretty much a dead on $2000. I did a terrible financing so most of my payments went towards the principal so it ended up costing $2700(financed in late 1989)
I went through 4 pistons on the first 2-3 years. After my third piston went bad I replaced it myself, I managed to replaced my first piston in a mere 70 minutes from start to finish and that was using cheap swap meet tools and the tool kit from vespa. I still remember the roads where I got stranded.
As an anecdotic history, I will tell you guys that my parents had an intimate family friend that was the manager of the largest car and motorcycle junkyard in Seville(desguaces gallegos which translates to gallegos junk Yard in English). I remember going there a few times and seen a mountain of 125cc vespa engines from correos (Spanish government mail yellow vespas), when I say a mountain I mean it. I got a 125cc engine and I made an attempt to put it on my PX75XL but I never got it to work at all so I abandoned the project.
This Vespa PX75XL was very slow and so limited in many ways, forget about riding with a passenger and forget about riding on a highway, it will not go pass 75 km/h (47MPH). Most of the 23000 kilometres that I put in were in town and at low speeds.
I sold the vespa to a friend and I moved to the US. I didn't see a vespa in many years until I accidentally bumped into a Ducati/vespa dealer. I saw the new 2005 PX150 (back then) but the prices were ridiculous, $6000 OTD after taxes, registration for a PX America series. I passed on the vespa but I scooped a new BMW bike(F650GS). I rode other bigger bikes but knowing how I love speed I started slowing down and shifting back to vespas again.
Craigslist was new to me about 12 years ago but it allowed me to start looking for a vespa again. I scooped a P200E (on January 2020 it would be 10 years), then I accidentally bumped into a local Stella dealer with a friendly staff and I scooped a used orange Stella. I modded both scooters and it was a lot of fun. Sold the Stella and I added very low mileage red 2005 PX150 (modded it as well) and kept it. Then I found the Lambretta and then a Sprint veloce which I also currently own.
I forgot to mention that in 2011 I went back to that Vespa dealer in Tucson and I purchased a GTS300 sport with the titanium gray paint. It was cool at first but too smooth and too quiet, I sold it. I also purchased a Stella 4T in 2012 but sold its with a few hundred miles, way too slow.
So the last 10 years changed my passion for vespas once again. I participated on various scooter rides but I didn't enjoy much, too long of a group stretching 300-400 yards and 50cc scooters on the rear of the group and had to wait a minute or two on each stop sign or intersection.
Now I am looking for people that likes to ride with me wide open throttle. I occasionally ride on Sundays for 50-100 mile rides. Anyways, I am very happy to be a member of this forum, I enjoy very much the journeys with pictures and videos of Vespa owners hauling ass in the alps or on the highway or doing continental north to south journeys.
That is it folks!! lets reset the clock with this post and see where were are 5 years down the road or maybe 10 or another 20, why not. Thanks for your time
*** Here is the only picture that I have of my PK75XL Elestart. It used to be black but I had an accident and I repainted her hospital light green.
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