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I bought a very banged up Vespa off someone a year or two ago, and very much love it, but it's, well, banged up... and things often vibrate themselves worse after 20,000 miles.

Most recently, this:

I just finished buying a whole new headlight surround (front and back) for this Vespa (because previous owner beat that up too)... but I'm not sure if this piece is really worth replacing, or if I shoudl just remove it and macgyver some brackets to hold the license plate in place?

Any tips, thoughts, suggestions, and experiences would be appreciated!
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when you buy new from toronto west vespa they dont include one of these marketing things. its lovely. rip that shit off
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Here's a manual for you to work out what to do...
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when you buy new from toronto west vespa they dont include one of these marketing things. its lovely. rip that shit off
Dude, duuuuuuuuuuude, come on! You're from Toronto, I expect more from you!

McBride shut down before the Vespa S was ever sold in Canada. A dealer didn't put that on my bike, I did! ROFL emoticon

Why? My earliest childhood two wheeled memories are of running alone through McBride as a stray kid let loose in the Junction in the early 90s. When I came across the McBride plate cover over a decade after they shut down, I had to put it on.

OGs who've been riding for 15+ years recognize it from time to time at Leslie and Lakeshore meets and it's a good conversation piece.

As for "Toronto West Vespa" - it's Vespa Toronto West - and sir, I'm very sorry to tell you this, but they do include "these marketing things". My Vespa came with this. What do you think I took off to put my McBride cover on?
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Here's a manual for you to work out what to do...
Thank you sir. I thiiiiink I have the parts fiches for my bike, I will take a look in there too, but this won't hurt!
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I'm pretty sure I could modify this to work for an S model but I'm not Canadian.
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I prefer a minimalist approach.

I can even take off the side skirts without removing the plate (impossible with standard bracket on an HPE).


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The bracket is the original large square that we get here in AUS that I hacked down to size with a saw and covered the bottom half inch with some black tape for appearance.

With the bolts below the tail light that hold the ends of the side skirts, I made them grey using a paint marker pen.

That's a cat paw sticker in the centre of the bottom of the plate to hide a bolt hole from when it was previously mounted on a different scoot.
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I'm pretty sure I could modify this to work for an S model but I'm not Canadian.
Unfortunately, the piece he's cut shorter is the same piece that is already flapping/damaged for me. My rip is well above where he's cutting.

I'm hoping one of the two main scooter shops in the city have a used piece from a parts bike they can sell me. TBD.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Little update:

With the bike on the bench I starting cleaning my whitewalls and noticed that my exhaust had gotten super loose.

I don't know if this is a chicken and the egg situation (did one vibrating loose make the other vibrate? which one came first?) - or if the two are unrelated....

Just wanted to share this as a reminder to make sure your exhaust pipes bolts aren't lose.

Sunday evening view.
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We are not on the same page. I'm not telling you to cut your broken rear fender. I'm suggesting you replace it with the one he was cutting(without cutting it).
I'm saying I could modify it to work on your scoot.
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Mount the Vespa Sprint rear fender on a 2010 Vespa S? I don't know how well that will line up. Luckily I won't have to find out though. Heard back from my local dealer today: For $75 Cad ($58 USD) I can grab a replacement part for the S/LX in my color. Works out to basically the exact same price as the ScooterWest fender for the newer model costs and it's a guaranteed fit that I can get tomorrow so hopefully this is an easy fix.
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Keep us posted📫

By the way the egg came first. And then the chicken. Any idea otherwise would be counterintuitive.
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Update: Dealer offered me a part in a minty fresh green in great shape... for my white bike

He's going to look into the cost of a brand new one, but I saw a couple on ebay for a fair price so I'll probably go that route.
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