'Donna Rossa', my granturismo Vitage Red (v.2)
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Hooked
2007 Avio Grey GTV
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Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:46 am quote
Sakkerju wrote:
Recent mod for the night:
Can you describe how you got those to light up?
Molto Verboso
Current: 2004 GT 200 & 1976 150 Sprint V Previous: VS5 GS 150, 1974 Rally 200
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Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:30 am quote
Oh Donna Rossa-- I thought Donna Ross and was looking for some wild Northern England airbrushing.

Great looking bike. I love the tail light idea on the top case.
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:21 pm quote
Karmann wrote:
Can you describe how you got those to light up?
That is 'only' the reflection from the camera flasher...
It is reflected via Solas tape mounted behind the red glasses.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:22 pm quote
Sakkerju wrote:
Karmann wrote:
Can you describe how you got those to light up?
That is 'only' the reflection from the camera flasher...
It is reflected via Solas tape mounted behind the red glasses.
Your photography caught two of us of guard
Hooked
2007 Avio Grey GTV
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Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:24 am quote
Sakkerju wrote:
That is 'only' the reflection from the camera flasher...
It is reflected via Solas tape mounted behind the red glasses.
Ah - ok. Good idea. I'm going to check a few marine supply places and see if I can find one that sells it by the foot.
Hooked
Gts 250 (2015) midnight blue
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Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:52 am quote
You can make it also with 3M reflecting tape. Remove the screw inside and cuth the tape, and see the difference.
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GT 200
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Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:44 pm quote
My Ducati, BMW and Norton are all yellow. Purely coincidence. I think I'm going to paint my 200GT to match. Thanks!
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GT 200
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Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:22 pm quote
The rack-less one
Mike
Sure do like the de-racking! I'm going to attempt same result. Any tips?
PM sent
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Posts: 1343
Location: Europe
Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:27 am quote
Re: The rack-less one
Finally mounted a 'cutt-off' screen to my GTS. After mixed riding with a genuine large screen and a genuine small screen, I made following conclusions:

The small one looks best
The small one gives a lot wind noise
The large one rides fine untill you are behind vehicles (turbulence)
The large one does not go well with rain and darkness.

So to make a compromise I cut down the large screen.
From the top of the headlight to top screen is now exactly 40 cm.

Just enough to have the wind go over and just low enough to look over.
To eliminate a grey line in the landscape view, I removed the grey protection contour rubber.

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Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:52 am quote
Garmin Zumo 660
Received the long awaited Zumo 660.

As this comes with a rather complicated wired cradle, I cut off all unnecessary connectors and made power and headset connections in the legshield compartment.

The Zumo switches off (with a 30 sec. abort acknowledge question) when turning off the engine keyswitch.
Also, it turn on automatically when keyswitch is put on. Handy!

Sound is dependable whether a headset jackplug is plugged in. It then takes over from the internal speaker to the headset (see the hanging wire )

Mounted the GPS with the inclusive RAM-mounts.

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Ossessionato
'09 S50, '79 V50
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Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:55 am quote
VLBJS1 wrote:


I LOVE that yellow 50!!
And me! 50 Special is on my "want/lust" list
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:07 pm quote
HotboxDeluxe wrote:
And me! 50 Special is on my "want/lust" list
And guess what...it was imported from the original first owner in Fellbach (Stuttgart) in 2005.
So it might have passed your window in Heidelberg on its way to Aachen to cross the border to the Netherlands
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'09 S50, '79 V50
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Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:15 am quote
Sakkerju wrote:
HotboxDeluxe wrote:
And me! 50 Special is on my "want/lust" list
And guess what...it was imported from the original first owner in Fellbach (Stuttgart) in 2005.
So it might have passed your window in Heidelberg on its way to Aachen to cross the border to the Netherlands
Guess what...I'm coming to the Netherlands to steal it back for Germany

Just kidding, I wouldn't steal your bike, but it is beautiful

I keep seeing the same 50 Special here. It's parked on the street so somebody must be using it. White, in 'usable' condition. I want to stick a little note to it....

*postscript* just been browsing fleabay, and getting grumpy about how far away the scooterbargains are, then I spot this 10 minutes from my door
http://cgi.ebay.de/Vespa-50-Special-1974_W0QQitemZ110402509218QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorr%C3%A4der?hash=item19b48099a2&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A1|66%3A2|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A2|294%3A50
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:32 am quote
Came to the point that I have added crashbars to Donna Rossa.
The GTS has now evolved from a factory bare naked GTS to a fully dressed GTS, having all these items:

- Top case
- GPS installed
- Mid height windscreen
- Rear crashbar
- Fender crashbar

To be continued with in the near future:

- Polini variator
- 120/70 front tyre and 140/70 rear tyre

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GTS 250ie
Joined: 23 Apr 2008
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Location: sandy springs GA
Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:32 am quote
Beautiful scooter color
IMHO, it would look better without the topbox, flyscreen , crashbars and navigation equipment. Less is more.

If you sell all the above you might have enough to buy a brown leather seat for your scooter, that would make your scoot BEAUTIFUL! That and matching brown kneepads.

Keep up the good work.
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:55 am quote
Re: Beautiful scooter color
scooter happy wrote:
IMHO, it would look better without the topbox, flyscreen , crashbars and navigation equipment. Less is more.
...
It is all about a compromise between looks and functionality here

Before - After picture (not photoshopped):
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:42 am quote
Added a TMC receiver for the Garmin Zumo 660.
This enables me to receive the RDS like radio traffic information that is broadcasted in my country on 7 FM channels.

No real use for my commuting, but just another plaything

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Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:31 am quote
And so the story on 'Donna Rossa' ends...

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Hooked
2007 Avio Grey GTV
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:02 am quote
Ouch - what happened?
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:00 pm quote
Karmann wrote:
Ouch - what happened?
Waiting at a red traffic light to go green again behind another car.
Lights go green, so car in front pulls up and I (and all others) logically follow.
Suddenly, a waiting cyclist that had the red light now, starts crossing the street.
Car in front of me briskly brakes...so do I.
Unfortunatly, wet/slippery tarmac road condition leaves me with a few meters too short to stop.

ABS like on the GTS250 is something I missed obviously.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
'00 Helix TARDIS
Joined: 30 Jan 2007
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Location: the Vortex
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:22 pm quote
Noooooo!!!! Not that gorgeous Donna Rossa!!

So sorry for the loss, man. That was a gorgeous bike. Are you going to get her fixed back up like new, or replace her?

And more importantly, did you come away ok?
Hooked
2006 LX150
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:53 pm quote


so sorry... You ok?
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:51 pm quote
I am fine, besides a 'blue knee'. Just amazed/asthonished that such things can happen even when you rode carefull and with distance. Wett conditions are truely treacherous slippery.
Guess speed was around 20 mph...but damage repair cost are so quickly higher than the market value. Luckily all is ensured

Currently, I am eager for a hybrid GTS version, but I guess that will take too long. So likely next 2010 season I might consider buying a 300 Super
Ossessionato
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Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:58 am quote
Sorry to hear about the accident ... rain , wet roads are a killer for scooters.. even abs may not have saved you as you may not slide but if you don't have the distance to stop nothing is going to help ... been there, done that...

i have the 300 and its an amazing machine... color choices aren't great but still a really good ride...
Molto Verboso
2007 GT200L Graphite Black
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Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:44 am quote
Oh wow, that can happen to anyone at any time. It has happened to me in a car, and I dread the day it happens to me on a scoot. I'm glad you are okay with no broken bones.

So you will take the insurance settlement and save it for a 300 next year...that sounds good. At least you still have plent of things to ride!
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Posts: 1343
Location: Europe
Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:41 am quote
Thanks all for the words...MV member LX125 (Kristof) had a saying about motorists (and so also true for scooterists).
"There are 2 kind of motorists...the ones that have already chrashed and those that are gonna crash"

I am the first now, luckily no meaningfull personal harm done. A little tear to say goodbye to my beloved GTS though

I am saving up the insurance money and filling up the gap with the 'careless' P200E for the comming winter season
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2010 Dragon Red GTS 300 Super, 2018 Grigio Titanio Piaggio Liberty S 150
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Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:15 pm quote
Sorry to hear about your accident, that sucks. Sometimes those cyclists infuriate me how they break the law and get away with it and you have to pay for it for a hurt knee and badly damaged scooter.

Hope you put the insurance money to good use, you'll love the 300 if you get one, take it out for a test ride and you'll see what I mean.
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Posts: 1343
Location: Europe
Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:18 pm quote
Benito wrote:
Sorry to hear about your accident, that sucks. Sometimes those cyclists infuriate me how they break the law and get away with it and you have to pay for it for a hurt knee and badly damaged scooter.

Hope you put the insurance money to good use, you'll love the 300 if you get one, take it out for a test ride and you'll see what I mean.
Thanks Benito! Overhere cyclists are almost legaly 'Saints' in traffic. Sure they are vunerable and there are very very many here
But I can only blame myself, weather conditions, bad luck...remember it could have been a rabbit or deer to jump in front too (comfort comfort comfort)

Anyway, I am getting a fair market price for the mid 2007 GTS250...Indeed I am curious how much difference a Super 300 will make compared to the 250ie. I love the white (but I have two whities already) and in doubt for the Dragon Red. Don't think I have much chance to have new colours pop up in 2010

I would like to see my new GTS with a detacheable genuine Vespa box. I figured that actually 4 bolds are holding the add-on rack with case to the orignal Super seat-bar and to the body just above the Super logo (in fact similar to GTS250).
If I could find a neat, harmeles and rather easy way to mount-dismount, it would be fantastic. A lean looking Super without box for short solo trips, a topcase installed Super for duo trips and for luggage.
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GTS300 Super Blue Gaiola
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Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:48 pm quote
So sorry to read about your crash. Your scooter was beautiful, although with a little more bling than I like. I also ride a vintage red GTS, and think it is the nicest colour available. Saw one on a scooter club run, fell in love with it, and promptly went out and bought one.

When I got mine, I swapped the saddle and rack with my old GT before selling it, and I have a chopped-down GT rack, so now I can switch from GTS-with-topbox to clean GTS in about 8 minutes.

Haven't looked at the top-box setup for a GTS300, but I suppose it is the same as the GTS250, which results in a wobbly topbox.

Anyway, just remember you can always paint that new GTS300 vintage red!

Mike
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:16 am quote
It looks that the vintage red GTS 250ie is getting a second life!
I have the opportunity to get Donna Rossa's twin sister...

Both were running in the family together and I decided it should stay that way.
The one on the left is my to-be new Donna, the one on the right is the one that was mistreated

PS: It will stay basic, no bling, cases nor screens.

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Resident Grump
MAC motor 2WD. 30 Oct 2006
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Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:14 am quote
STILL my favorite color.
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Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:06 am quote
tomjasz wrote:
STILL my favorite color.
ditto.
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2012 GTV 300 & LXV 150
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Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:49 am quote
Sweetness.
Hooked
GTS 250 a.b.s.
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Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:38 pm quote
Nice bike fellow "land genoot"
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:29 pm quote
Finally sisters again in 2013

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Hooked
Gts 250 (2015) midnight blue
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Location: Merelbeke, Belgium
Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:05 am quote
Nice, still alive
Molto Verboso
Vespa 50 Special '71 / Vespa 150 Sprint V '78
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Location: Europe
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:24 pm quote
My beloved vintage red GTS 250 has been sold. Leaving me without any modern Vespa's at the moment.
10 miles/14 km. Commuting is now done by bicycle. This supports getting in shape.

I still have my 2 vintage Vespa's, just for fun rides
Resident Grump
MAC motor 2WD. 30 Oct 2006
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:27 pm quote
Sakkerju wrote:
My beloved vintage red GTS 250 has been sold. Leaving me without any modern Vespa's at the moment.
10 miles/14 km. Commuting is now done by bicycle. This supports getting in shape.

I still have my 2 vintage Vespa's, just for fun rides
Any other color will always be slower. My dream is an electric V Red. 2019. I have the motor, just need the frame...someone please toast your motor and tranny!
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:40 am quote
This thread was started a little before I joined so I hadn't seen it before but I thought I should comment before it was locked for being a necro-thread.

Vintage Red was a one year color but I didn't know that when I bought mine. I just knew I liked the color and it is obvious that it where my user name came from.

I still have mine and have put over 40,000 miles on it. It is starting to show it's age and I have been collecting parts for a restoration including a compleat repaint.
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LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
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Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:01 am quote
Sakkerju wrote:
My beloved vintage red GTS 250 has been sold. Leaving me without any modern Vespa's at the moment.
10 miles/14 km. Commuting is now done by bicycle. This supports getting in shape.

I still have my 2 vintage Vespa's, just for fun rides
Your 250 was a great looking scoot. Why the sale and do you plan on replacing her with something modern, or?
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