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Atypical Canadian
2009 Vespa S50(LX150 motor swap), 2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Atypical Canadian
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2009 Vespa S50(LX150 motor swap), 2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 2318
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I was originally planning on posting in the What cheered me up today thread, but it started getting pretty long soooo....

I bought a Triumph Bonneville, but that didn't cheer me up, because it was fugly.

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It had spent 20 years of it's 22 year life spray painted matte black, by an owner who's idea of "freshening it up" was applying another layer of 20 year old matte black spray paint every few years.

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I decided if it was going to be an ugly Bonneville, it should at least be a cool ugly Bonneville, and not a lame ugly Bonneville. She had a ton of great suspension, performance, and brake upgrades, so she deserved that much.

I took the tank and fenders off. Applied paint stripper (with a chain cleaning brush the bike came with because, well, it was free and I didn't need it). Used a scraper to get the old paint off.

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I didn't want to go full sand paper down mode and made it shiny. This was a grimy bike, it should stay grimy. I wanted that industrial raw steel look. No bullshit patina, just bare necessities. Something I could play Nirvana to.

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I'm happy with how it turned out. If you're interested in seeing the process, and the bike's story, it's here:

I see now in the comments of the video that the new owner spent a couple days working on it and it's now up and running perfectly and he absolutely loves it. It makes me really happy that I got to play a part in this bike's journey from ugly and neglected, to ugly and cherished lol
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Tega Cay, SC
 
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I like it - cool looking ride.
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Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
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Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
 
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1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
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Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
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That's a big improvement! Nice work!
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Atypical Canadian
2009 Vespa S50(LX150 motor swap), 2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Location: Toronto, Canada
 
Atypical Canadian
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2009 Vespa S50(LX150 motor swap), 2006 Vespa GTS250ie
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Posts: 2318
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Thanks guys. If it's not going to look sharp, it should at least not look lame lol
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