Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:15 pm

Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
 
Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:15 pm linkquote
Aloha all,

My husband picked up this 1965 150 Vespa VBB2T for my 50th bday. It has no papers, so I'm trying the Vermont loop hole to register her then try to then obtain a title here in Hawaii. I'll keep you posted.

My question is how do you know specifically where the scoot was manufactured? What colors were available?

Does anyone out there have one of these models?

Best place to obtain parts?

Here are some pics

Thank you for any info!







Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:28 pm

Molto Verboso
Joined: 03 Nov 2011
Posts: 1556
Location: Racing Capital of the World
 
Molto Verboso
Joined: 03 Nov 2011
Posts: 1556
Location: Racing Capital of the World
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:28 pm linkquote
This bike was built in Italy and sold new in Vietnam for the Vietnamese market. It was "restored" in Vietnam and imported into your state within the last 20 years.

This bike would have came in blue and appeared very different to what you have now.

Scooter Mercato will be a great source for parts on your bike.

Good luck!



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Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:55 pm

Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
 
Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:55 pm linkquote
Wow! Thank you for the info. Do you know any vespa mechanics in Hawaii? This scoot needs work. My husband is very mechanical and engineering minded, but has no experience with vespa scoots. Is there any specific manual you think is worthy?
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:52 pm

Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 11796
Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
 
Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 11796
Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:52 pm linkquote
can you return it and get your money back?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that thing is going to be nothing but heartache and a money pit.
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:53 pm

Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
 
Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:53 pm linkquote
Yellow boots= Uh Oh
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:07 pm

Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
 
Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:07 pm linkquote
No, we can't unfortunately. It's hard to find any classics here, so that's why I gave it a go.

Can I ask why? What does yellow boots mean? 🤔
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:15 pm

Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
 
Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:15 pm linkquote
Yellow stand boots are but one of the indicators of what are referred to as "Bodges"

You are welcome here, just know that you will get some direct communication about what you have there. Don't take it personal- very helpful folks here who will give you any Vespa advice/how to you want. Also, they will be very honest.

I have personally worked on one of these, and many here have worked on quite a few.... safety is a concern.

I'll leave it to others to chime in as well.
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:24 pm

Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 11796
Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
 
Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 11796
Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:24 pm linkquote
Bodgespotting

I'll echo to what DS said, safety is a concern. this was "restored" in south east Asia, and as Gick pointed out most likely Vietnam. it's a full of half assed fixes, poor quality parts, hand made or modified pieces to make it kind of sort of operate somewhat properly.

having worked on these, if you can even find somebody to work on it expect to pay a substantial amount over standard rate. and go in knowing that you'll be replacing quite a bit even up to the engine.
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:19 pm

Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
 
Lurker
1965 Vespa 150
Joined: 26 Aug 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:19 pm linkquote
Thank you all for the information. I'll try to see if I can get my money back. We should have done much more homework.

I'm still interested in a classic vespa from the 60's, if anybody has a legit bike for sale.

Thank you all again for the honest information!
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:50 am

Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
 
Addicted
1968 VBB150
Joined: 04 Nov 2015
Posts: 610
Location: OC
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:50 am linkquote
Stick around if you want to pick one up (or have it muled over to the islands maybe?)

Lots to learn here, and you sill get steered in the right direction.

Someone with your story came here a bit ago, and is now the proud owner of a solid scooter from a reliable and known person.
Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:09 am

Molto Verboso
Joined: 14 Oct 2016
Posts: 1157
Location: northern New York
 
Molto Verboso
Joined: 14 Oct 2016
Posts: 1157
Location: northern New York
Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:09 am linkquote
Sadly, it's a familiar story.
Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:20 am

Member
Still shopping…
Joined: 08 Sep 2022
Posts: 25
Location: SoCal
 
Member
Still shopping…
Joined: 08 Sep 2022
Posts: 25
Location: SoCal
Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:20 am linkquote
dsnyder586 wrote:
Stick around if you want to pick one up (or have it muled over to the islands maybe?)

Lots to learn here, and you sill get steered in the right direction.

Someone with your story came here a bit ago, and is now the proud owner of a solid scooter from a reliable and known person.
That person is me! (You can read all about it here - Did I get bamboozled? '65 VBB )

Same deal, nice looking VBB, but after I was educated by the fine folks on this forum I realized what I actually had. I was lucky in that the seller really didn't know what she had either and I was able to return the bike to her. I'm now working with Voodoo to pick up a legit American market Sprint. (Pics to come when the scoot arrives hopefully sometime next week or the following!)

Good luck with your search and fingers crossed you can back out of the deal if that's what you decide to do.
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