Hi vespa community. I posted a message months ago asking about a Vespa for a 16 year old teenager partly due to gas prices. I am now 17 and even with gas prices down, I still have the "vespa" bug. Obviously, I'm a teenager with a limited budget and would love a Vespa as a local (roads 30 mph and less mostly) to tool around town with. At this time in my life, I do not have time for the motorcycle safety course so I need to stay 50cc and less. I will definitely proceed with all caution and I am NOT a wild driver. I live in WA state. Anyways, I was looking on CL and saw a 1978 Bravo for sale for $750. It looks MINT (from the pictures, of course I'd have to see it) and has 3xx original miles. What is the story with this model? Maintenance nightmare? Where would I get something like this maintained? What is a realistic price for this machine -- I have done some research and some people say spend NO more then $200 for a bike like this. This is the "deluxe" model with turn signals (a must need for me -- I won't ride a bike without turn signals. Another concern of mine is the 2-stroke engine. Although very ignorant about the workings of engines in general, I know 2-strokes require a mixture of oil. How does that exactly work? Is it tough to figure out?
The things I'd like to find out: reasonable price for this model? Reliability (I know vintage things require more work...)? OK for minor use -- short trips (I have a car)? Impossible to find parts for? Take it to my local Shell station for service?
Obviously I have a lot of questions. I would love a Vespa -- especially for college. I could see bringing something like this moped around with me in college. Most people don't have cars in college and I think in an urban environment, a car would be a major hassle. Plus, I want to be as green as possible though I love SUVs!
Thanks in advance for helping a newbie!