Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:09 am

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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:09 am linkquote
This is my original condition GS160 that I acquired in late 2017. I had to drive through an actual Wyoming blizzard (bad one too) to pick it up from the seller in Salt Lake City. The GS had been stored in a living room and was not in running condition, although it would start and run for short periods of time. After sorting the GS out, everything works perfectly now and it is a joy to ride.



Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:22 am

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Vespa GTS 300 2021
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Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:22 am linkquote
What a beauty!
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:01 pm

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'70 Super 150, Aprilia SR MT 125, Moto Guzzi Bellagio
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:01 pm linkquote
Wow
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:25 pm

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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
 
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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:25 pm linkquote
Bobo wrote:
Wow
This is a pic of the other side. My wife and I were riding it through the redwood forests in California at this time. Great fun.



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Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:24 pm

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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
 
Enthusiast
1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:24 pm linkquote
My original paint, US model, GS160 found a friend, an original paint, US model, SS180! This new addition is completely stock and runs great, just like the GS.



Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:58 pm

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Blue GTS300 Super 2015, White GTS300 Super 2018
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Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:58 pm linkquote
Are you sure that is an SS180 and not a Rally180? As far as I know the SS had a trapezoidal headlight and the Rally a round one. But I suppose there are always model differences in different countries.
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:44 pm

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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
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Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
 
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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:44 pm linkquote
Mike Holland wrote:
Are you sure that is an SS180 and not a Rally180? As far as I know the SS had a trapezoidal headlight and the Rally a round one. But I suppose there are always model differences in different countries.
It's a fair question you ask, and if you are not familiar with this model of the SS180 you could easily have the doubt you have now. In 1967 the U.S. market scooters were required to use a different lighting setup than what was available for other countries and as such, a different headset was introduced, with a sealed beam headlight, as well as a different tail light. The end result is a model of the Vespa SS180 that is unique to the US market from 1967 to 1968, when the last SS180's were shipped to the United States (West coast distributer only). Mine is even more rare as it is one of the very first made in the last part of 67' (when the switch over to this model began) but that still has the square Piaggio badge on the front legshield (the hexagon Piaggio badge took over in Oct. of 67'). I also very much like the US market version of the Rally 180 but this one is 100% Vespa SS180!



Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:21 pm

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:21 pm linkquote
OK. Thanks for the info. I replaced by GS150 with a Rally180 back in 1973, had it for ten years and did 100,000 miles on it. Converted it to a Rally200 when that model came out. Best two-stroke I ever had.

My Rally had weird electronics - you switched things off by closing a short across them. I converted it to 12 volts by installing two headlight coils connected in series.
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:32 am

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1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
 
Enthusiast
1962 Vespa GS160, 1967 Vespa SS180, 1966 Vespa SS90, 1985 Vespa electric start T5, 1965 Lambretta TV200, 1966 Lambretta SX200
Joined: 30 Oct 2019
Posts: 67
Location: Seattle
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:32 am linkquote
Mike Holland wrote:
OK. Thanks for the info. I replaced by GS150 with a Rally180 back in 1973, had it for ten years and did 100,000 miles on it. Converted it to a Rally200 when that model came out. Best two-stroke I ever had.

My Rally had weird electronics - you switched things off by closing a short across them. I converted it to 12 volts by installing two headlight coils connected in series.
My first scooter that I rode and took my motorcycle license test on was this Cushman model GS150. It was bone stock and ran great. I have always had more than one scooter in my collection so I can't say I traded it out for a different model scooter. I also owned it for 25 years before letting it go.

I do love the Rally's for their performance but the SS180, for me, is still the all time winner for this body style that was first introduced with the SS180 (the squared off cowls and mudguard). These were the fattest cowls Piaggio made.



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