Vespa at the Museum of Modern Art
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Molto Verboso
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:31 am quote
After learning that a Vespa is displayed in MOMA in New York I realized that I too am riding a work of art.

It should be noted that to be part of the canon of Vespa art the only color acceptable is silver. All other colors incidental efforts on the way to greatness....

Vespa MOMA 8x10 72_5562.jpg

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Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:04 am quote
I saw that at MOMA last summer. Nice Guess I'll have to get a silver GTS!
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:44 am quote
Awesome scooter AND photo. I didn't go with the Plum, Silver would have been my choice to match my TT. Nothing says "sculpted metal" better than Silver.
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:21 am quote
Is that a GS160? What a beauty. Even in silver Seriously, we all know that metallic semi-chameleon greens with pearl top coats are the coolest, right?

Vespas do look good in silver, but I'm quite the fan of Dragon Red on the GTS. Weird, because I don't like red vehicles.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:42 pm quote
vespa=art




In the Fondatione Merz in Turin (Italy) three vespa's are hanging from the wall. Artist Damián Ortega did this "exploded view" with three vespa's. He had done the same with a volkswagen beetle before.

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Ossessionato
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Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:01 am quote
My most favourite Vespa ever!

I rode a 1961 GS150 from 1961 to 1973, 12 years, and covered 120,000 miles on it.

No other Vespa has approached it for looks. Smooooothly curving body panels, no dents or indentations as the GS160 usurper had. The curve of the side blisters matching the curve of the body exactly. And that unique sound! You could recognize a GS from a block away by its exhaust.

The spare fuel tank that fitted ino the spare wheel was a lovely finishing touch.

Now you know why my GT is silver, and why I have chopped off that stupid carrier thing.

Mike
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Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:49 am quote




This would make a cool poster.
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Fri May 26, 2006 11:36 pm quote
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Sat May 27, 2006 5:56 am quote
culturesponge wrote:
i have a silver 1958 GS150 VS4 and i'm currently building a greeny silver 1961 GS150 VS5 that's back from the painters.

i was planning to drop in a 28bhp reedvalve P210 motor in the VS5, i've the adaptor bracket and was saving up to make the dream a reality... problem is, now i'm riding my GTS alot @70-80mph - i think i would find that after riding an 80mph GS150 on the roads here, when i remove my helmet after i'd probably find all my hair would be white from terror!

...i'll see if i've changed my mind after the orange crush weekend.
culturesponge, welcome! Send pix of your vintage projects-- when your molecules slow down from those wild GTS rides

--Deborah
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Sat May 27, 2006 5:57 am quote
JerryG wrote:




This would make a cool poster.
Jerry, I agree completely-- You're hereby appointed to make it so. (group buy, group buy)

--Deborah
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Tue May 30, 2006 8:52 am quote
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Tue May 30, 2006 9:55 am quote
CS-- nice pix; thnx!
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Tue May 30, 2006 6:49 pm quote
Mike H.

1961 - 1973, 120,000 miles? That sounds to be a a LOT of miles, especially for 35ish years ago! There must have been some lengthy rides in that 12 years. The spare fuel tank -on a quiet road -what a benefit.
I, too, ride a GT200L. Every miles's a pleasure.

My hat's off to you.

John
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