Bamboo Vespa
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Hooked
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:01 am quote
Don't know if this has been posted before. Saw this in a store in Hawaii, waikiki somewhere...

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Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:03 am quote
What a shoddy restoration job!!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:47 am quote
Avoid all scoots with yellow boots.
Molto Verboso
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:50 am quote
Clearly a Viet bodge:

Yellow boots
Two tone wood grain
aftermarket wickerlike seat

I could go on and on.

Don't buy this scoot - run the other way!
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:10 am quote
Yup! Definitely from Vietnam

You can find the fellow that did that one
posting at the top of p. 3 of this thread:
www.vespafriends.com/forum/showthread.php?t=993

And while you're there, you should check out the many other amazing Viet custom scoots
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:55 am quote
COLOR
Anyone out there have the PPG paint code for this?
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:37 pm quote
That's the perfect place for that scoot-as long as it's not for sale...nice prop
Molto Verboso
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Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:23 pm quote
Anyone got a light?
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Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:58 am quote
At first when i saw "1963" on their signi thought it might be a GL150 ... ( which made me angry - why would someone do this to a relatively rare bike! )

but as i look closer, it really appears to just be a sprint ( which weren't made until like 1966 ) so i think the date is disingenuous.

And if it was viet restored that makes sense.
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Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:25 am quote
don't really care whether it's a viet bodge or not ... more concerned with the craftmanship just like the wooden vespa on the other thread ... wonder how long it took to make ...
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Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:14 am quote
L from Jersey wrote:
Yup! Definitely from Vietnam

You can find the fellow that did that one
posting at the top of p. 3 of this thread:
www.vespafriends.com/forum/showthread.php?t=993

And while you're there, you should check out the many other amazing Viet custom scoots
Great link Linda, with some awesome customs.

The one on the last page with the tank tracked sidecar is great.

I'm generally wondering about a double standard.

So the offensive gentlemen at a NY/Long Beach/Florida chopper shop can lamely bastardize (no offense RBSC) the 'merican classic built and revered Harley all day long, and be praised and have a series of televisions shows on Discovery Channel, but some poor people doing the best with what they have, and showing 1000X more creativity and get immediately turned off because of their origin?

I'd venture to say the choppers that are being made are probably just as safe in functionality and operation as any of the scooters in that link......

Just wondering - because I don't think I've ever seen anyone praise the creativity of non-US bikes; the mural bikes from the UK and the wacky bikes from Asia - including the Japanese 'Tupperware Sleds.'
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Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:23 am quote
batanglambak wrote:
don't really care whether it's a viet bodge or not ... more concerned with the craftmanship just like the wooden vespa on the other thread ... wonder how long it took to make ...
It looks like the "restorer" glued the bamboo to the scooter as opposed to carving it out of bamboo like the wooden vespa. So in the head to head skill competition Wood wins.
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Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:51 pm quote
L from Jersey wrote:
Yup! Definitely from Vietnam

You can find the fellow that did that one
posting at the top of p. 3 of this thread:
www.vespafriends.com/forum/showthread.php?t=993

And while you're there, you should check out the many other amazing Viet custom scoots
..
Another clever custom, from the above thread:


Of course, the original has much better lines, but Piaggio never got it onto the streets:
(Yes, by all means, correct me if I'm wrong)
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Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:25 pm quote
Nice novelty scoot!
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Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:25 am quote
cipote wrote:
batanglambak wrote:
don't really care whether it's a viet bodge or not ... more concerned with the craftmanship just like the wooden vespa on the other thread ... wonder how long it took to make ...
It looks like the "restorer" glued the bamboo to the scooter as opposed to carving it out of bamboo like the wooden vespa. So in the head to head skill competition Wood wins.
i agree the wood wins but if ever i'll do it ... i'll go with the glue and bamboo hehe ... no carpentry skills in me whatsoever ...
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Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:07 am quote
I like it!

I bet you wouldn't get a sweaty tushie riding on wicker. On the other hand, I would hate to see what your butt looks like at the end of a one or two hour ride!

I wonder what that scoot will look like after several years of weathering and the rust starts to bleed through the bamboo? It may look pretty cool or it could look bloody awful! I wonder if you could hook up some sort of umbrella to ride under and keep that baby dry?
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