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Italjet Torpedo 125
Joined: 08 Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Location: Nottingham UK
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:51 am quote
Ok, so not strickly a Piaggio, but the bike has Piaggio written on more times than Italjet.

Just a quick Hi from Nottingham, and for those of you who are interested the story of how i've been getting round the rebuild of a bike thats very rare in the UK (there's around 25 left on the road)



This was the starting point, not sure if you've seen too many of these, so it's a 1999 Italjet Torpedo 125 (T125). Mechanically Identical to a Vespa ET4 pre Leader, apart from the front suspension and the larger wheels.

I ended up with this compleat bike and a very large box of bits, so did a total strip down and picked the best bits,



Got the engine running and sorted with very little trouble, the little 4 stroke seems a tough old bird in comparison to the Japanise 2 strokes that i'm used to.



I knew that bit would be easy due to the ease of the parts availability. Next step was start on the body work, I chose the colour (a kind of matalic battle ship gray) I wanted to go for a bit of a ex MOD look (military)







At this point things started to get a bit tougher. the housing for the headlamp and speedo was totaly wrecked, so after some thinking round a bit of looking into what other people have done I got some inspiration from the States and decided to go back to basics and have bare handle bars, after a good session with the grinder managed to get the stock handle bars looking ok,



Robbed some swich gear of an old Suzuki of mine, new custom Headlamp, and a Honda speedo and this is as far as I've got



Should get it all wired up this weekend and be at a point where everything functions.

I'm not really sure how far to go with the embelishments, if I should put some chrome work on or if to keep it simple and utility? any Ideas would be cool.

If you got this far, well done and thanks for letting me tell the story
Hooked
cosa, rally, T5, italjet F125, Lambretta, plus junk
Joined: 07 Dec 2011
Posts: 306
Location: oxford
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:12 am quote
just my opinion...

but I liked it without any of the plastic, quite a nice shape to the tubing on that bike..

add a motorcycle tank and a homemade seat made from metal and race seat foam,

nothing is going to make that panel work look good .. the designer should be shot..

this is what I did to an italjet formula...

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Molto Verboso
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Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:42 am quote
Nice work !
Mr. Clean
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Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:55 am quote
That's a trip!... Very cool!
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Italjet Torpedo 125
Joined: 08 Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Location: Nottingham UK
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:14 pm quote
The Formula looks very cool, the stripped down look really works with the radiator and funkie front suspension. It could be an option for the second frame I've got.
Hooked
cosa, rally, T5, italjet F125, Lambretta, plus junk
Joined: 07 Dec 2011
Posts: 306
Location: oxford
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:28 am quote
cheers mate..
get that one on the road... and see whats left

nice work on the handlebars..
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GTS250
Joined: 08 Apr 2007
Posts: 507
Location: Trowbridge - England
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:31 am quote
like this good work, I'd keep it simple don't add too much takes away from your actual work.
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Italjet Torpedo 125
Joined: 08 Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Location: Nottingham UK
Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:52 pm quote
managed to finish the wiring today and got everything where it's going to be, so just a couple of finishing jobs to go now.









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