Thanks ZZ - yeah, the ole bag on the bars trick - holds a fair amount, along with the side cowl.
Someone's gonna need a disc brake/shock/ and a cyl kit?
And Thanks CM - I like the scars too. I've got plenty - a little character. As far as engine/brakes/shocks - I've been giving this lots of thought after yesterdays ride.
First off, its a VA11T (Allstate) or a VNB1T (Vespa). Engine number VNB2M 077208. It doesn't look like it's ever been opened. And I'm almost positive it's a 2 port because the exhaust mounting bolt doesn't go through the swingarm.
There are many ways I can go with this beauty. I want to go the best bang for the buck, unless there's a better way.
There is WhoDat's way: 10" conversion/p200/semi disc brake. I want to keep the 8's though.
There is Hodge's way: 2 port 150cc, 20/20 carb (thx Voodoo!), p125x performance exhaust. This keeps the 3 speed intact, just wakes it up. Inexpensive - I like this fact.
There is the 177cc kits, weld, or JBWeld the cases, cut a third port, new crank (may need one anyway if it's a bushing type, which it probably is...).
One other option: buy a 150cc, 3 port, add kit, and modify gearing to suit.
I'm researching past threads of everyone's to see which way I want to go. Actually, read for hours last night. Regardless, I do know I want the 12v conversion - variable timing and reliable lighting.
Suspension/brakes wise, I want to put an adjustable shock on the back, and add a shock to the front, and maybe a stiffer spring. I don't know what that looks like yet though. New hub and weld tab on the fork, or whole new fork with hub.
And as far as exhausts - I'll probably bang in the side so I don't scrape it or do like the magical Voodoo and shorten the neck and redrill the mounting point to tuck it up under a bit more.
If y'all have any links I should read, please add them here. I'd love to read them and glean whatever I can. But I'm kinda thick, so there is no way I can sponge this up like CM. It takes me much, much longer to process.