Now a different line of questions regarding Vintage Vespa's...
I'm thinking it could be fun to become a man, and get my hands a little greasy in the garage (that's what 'real men' do, yes?) Since I'm a computer programmer, I'm missing the standard hand callouses that men should have (Hey, at least I have guitar fingers )
Anyway, so My new line of questions revolve around picking up a project bike for a newbie.
1) What vintage Vespa's are considered most desirable?
2) What vintage Vespa's are considered most rare?
3) For "pride of ownership" in the vintage community, what models are considered good "wow" bikes?
4) Which models are the most expensive projects? Cheapest?
5) Which models are the most difficult projects? Easiest?
And finally (this one is geared directly at MY personality)
6) Given all the above questions:
for someone who's a newbie to the whole project scene;
wants a bit of a challenge; is cheap, but willing to spend a little more if I can get what I want; wants to be proud of the end result; and wants the experience to be good enough to want to do it again... what's the best all around project bike?
I think 1-5 are good general questions for anyone, and 6, while geared exactly at me, is also helpful for most people. Also, note that I do realize that those questions don't have exactly black and white answers (e.g. #4 also depends on the quality of the project originally purchased, etc.) but use a general rule of thumb to get the best answers.
Thanks again for all the great info so far... you guys really make it easy and fun for someone new to the scene to get a quality experience and appreciation of the lifestyle.
SIDE NOTE: While for ease of answering I explicitly said Vespa's, I'm also more than willing to pick up a Lambretta alternative (I think they're just as beautiful). Perhaps, after answering for Vespa's specifically, it's worth repeating the list for Lambretta's specifically, and maybe even finalizing it all with a general "Here's your best bet on both sides"?
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