Fly 'n buy
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GTS250ie
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Sun May 02, 2021 8:53 am quote
Does Vespa offer a fly n buy in Italy. I'd like to fly to Italy, pick up an American spec Vespa GTS 300, ride around a couple weeks then ship it home.
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Sun May 02, 2021 9:18 am quote
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Sun May 02, 2021 9:48 am quote
They should!!!

I recall my grandparents bought a VW camper this way in the late 70's. They camped around Europe for a few months and brought it home.
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Sun May 02, 2021 9:56 am quote
... and don't forget to come to my area ...
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Sun May 02, 2021 10:01 am quote
Not that I am aware of. There are a number of posts on this site about renting Vespas in Italy however. That may be the straight forward way to do something similar - then buy back home if you choose.
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Sun May 02, 2021 10:03 am quote
Great suggestion.
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2007 Vespa 250 GTS
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Mon May 03, 2021 5:31 am quote
Vespa prices are much better over there. But to buy a new one with USA specs?
If you find one let us know! I don't understand why it would be such a big deal to buy the Euro spec model and have it converted once it gets here?
Members have purchased bikes from Canada and had the conversion done for a few hundred dollars. Why can't we do this with one coming from across the pond?
Tony in Tn
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Mon May 03, 2021 6:05 am quote
tonymarchman wrote:
Vespa prices are much better over there. But to buy a new one with USA specs?
If you find one let us know! I don't understand why it would be such a big deal to buy the Euro spec model and have it converted once it gets here?
Members have purchased bikes from Canada and had the conversion done for a few hundred dollars. Why can't we do this with one coming from across the pond?
Tony in Tn
What you don't know is that you can find demo models with less than 1000 km or less and save more than 1000 Ä; in my case I spent 1200 Ä less and had 450 km. and four months.
For the Vespa (which is more widespread but also more in demand) you could get a great deal. These offers are featured in the monthly magazine In Sella.
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Mon May 03, 2021 6:07 am quote
https://annunci.insella.it/moto-km-0
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2007 Vespa 250 GTS
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Location: Nashville, Tn
Mon May 03, 2021 1:51 pm quote
This could be a good side business for you Attila. You could help with arranging the sale, getting us the color and accessories we want and then help with planning a route. Then help with selling the scoot when we wish to leave.
What do you think? I believe most of this could be done without leaving your house.
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Mon May 03, 2021 11:01 pm quote
Under normal conditions it would be possible but here we are still in full pandemic and with many limitations, moreover I will have to undergo surgery for hip prosthesis with post-operative therapy; at the moment I can't physically move much (I can't even use the scooter).
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Tue May 04, 2021 4:35 pm quote
You know, Atillia, you're in the perfect position. MVers praying for a good and rapid recovery, and a bit of business on the other end. Nothing like pent-up consumer demand.

Well, seriously, hope you can get your procedure done and over and back riding ASAP. We can sort out the details later.
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Yellow GTS 300 Super, Black GTS 300 Super Sport
Joined: 14 Aug 2020
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Location: London
Tue May 04, 2021 11:34 pm quote
Apart from getting a model that isnít imported into the USA, arenít you missing all the benefits of warranty when you get it home? Also add the cost of shipping and I assume imports taxes on top of that.

I would have thought itís cheaper to buy a second hand bike in Europe and then sell it at the end of the trip.
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2007 Vespa 250 GTS
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Location: Nashville, Tn
Wed May 05, 2021 4:11 am quote
It really depends on how much time amd money are spent looking ang buying the bike and the accessories. I would need a topbox for sure and a thermoscud and passenger footrest extenders. All this on a low mileage bike could easily take a week. Plus, once they see a foreigner, the price likely goes up.

Just what does it cost to ship my scoot over there?
Tony in Tn who just put my house up for sale and may be homeless soon. Seems like a perfect time to go (maybe)
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