Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2k: Who You Callin A Wasp? 2006 Vespa LX

Continuing our theme of cheap and sensible motoring without a silly gear lever, brings us to this next sophisticated urban runabout.  If you are looking to combine out air excitement, fuel sipping fun, and easy city parking, it doesn't get much better than a Vespa built by Italian mega conglomerate Piaggio & C. SpA. Find this 2006 Vespa LX scooter offered for $2,800 in Beverly Hills, CA via craigslist.


This Vespa is looks nicely presented in its original shade of Pepto Italiano (Italian Pink!), with gun metal rims and slate seat cover.  Vroom vroom!




Check out that sporty 90 mph speedometer!  Sure, the top half of that gauge is about as useful as the 6th digit on a Renault Fuego's odometer, but that fuel gauge will never move because this thing is super efficient when cruising.


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24 comments:

  1. Fabulous. I loved my P200E, back in the day. Many wonderful adventures! It was my only vehicle at the time, but I lived in SoCal so that was realistic.

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    1. And that's a heck of a garage that seller has.

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    2. Yeah, serious garage envy. I enjoy looking at what is possible in places that are not cursed with four months of salt-saturated sludge dropping off the bottom of the daily drivers every time they come home. If you lay down those checkered tiles up here, you just trap the brine so it can do a quicker job of digesting your concrete.

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  2. A buddy of mine who was a motorcycle guy back in the 1970s bought one of these thinking he could get back to two-wheeling for his daily commute. He had owned Vespas and Lambrettas in his youth, before graduating to bigger stuff. Anyway he bought one of these modern Vespas, and absolutely HATED it. The CVT just seems to ruin everything that was cool about real Vespas. He also had a heck of a time reselling the thing.

    Personally, I have a couple of VeloSolexes. They have centrifugal clutches, but not a CVT. They are cool to drive in a suburban setting, but more than a little terrifying in traffic.

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  3. My only scooter experience dates back thirty-plus years, and it was a clutch Vespa owned by a friend. He put a fair amount of mileage on it, then he moved to a place on a hill the scooter couldn't quite manage.

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  4. I had a Vespa PE-150 with the 4 speed shifter on the handle was fun then i road a PE-200 night and day in speed and top end the one to get for sure is the 200. I also dealer demo the new cvt 150 4 cycle was okay some times the shifting gets old on the (PE) Also a fan of the Velo-Solex the French one is better then later Hungry built ones was a Dealer for solex sales for awhile..

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    1. Where were you a dealer, JB1025? Do you still sell scooters?

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  5. I'd buy it for the Alfa Romeo doily stitched to the rear backrest and the picnic basket alone!

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  7. @K-2 This is the importer too the USA http://www.velocruz.com/store/solex_bikes.htm

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    1. That's very cool, John! I looked at the link - those are neat! My awareness of mopeds stopped about 35 years ago, so I don't know anything about them. Is $1,500 a good price? That seems high to me but like I said, I'm stuck in the 80s. I bought my Vespa for $500 back in the day and I recall that I could have picked up a moped for about $100. Those were the days.

      I had some great adventures on my Vespa P200E. It was dark blue with a leopard skin bra (laugh while you can Monkey Boy), chrome crash bars and a windscreen that somebody stole right off it one night. I rigged up a car stereo into the glove box and bolted a couple of Radio Shack outdoor speakers to the sides.

      I'm not ashamed to admit it, I watched Quadrophenia one too many times and thought I was a Mod. I had the whole setup and dressed like one too. At one point, I wore out the kick starter gear. So I would resort to running full tilt with the darn thing, hopping on board and then releasing the clutch. One night, I did my usual routine but mid-run one of the shoelaces on my Doc Martens hooked the eyelet of the other boot, effectively tying my legs together. I couldn't stop my motion and I was heading straight for oncoming traffic.

      I've never been so athletic in my life and somehow pulled it off without missing a beat and without being mowed down by the fast moving cars. I loved those boots but switched to Vans (yes, the black and white checker pattern). It's better to look good than to feel g...be killed by an automobile because you're an idiot who thinks your life is an album by The Who.

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  8. I was a sales and info Dealer for Velo Cruz just small taters my website was North West Solex @ the time. John

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    1. How did you end up doing that, John? And by the NW, do you mean of the U.S.? Or overseas?

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    2. Yes NW Solex was located in Edgewood Washington about 10 miles from Tacoma,My Dad got a job in Montevideo Uruguay South America and i fell in love as a 10 yo with the Velo-Solex and i was able to rent one for very little money back in the day. My Dad would bribe my brother and i to get a haircut by renting Velo Solex so we could ride to the barber and come back so he got what he wanted my brother and i got to ride the Velos so good deal for all. My Sister who was older dated alot and some of her boy friends had Vespa's or Lambrettas so i use to get rides on those also great life had a great time in Montevideo need to go back and have a real steak and a few cold beers ! Salud !

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  9. You can find solexs on ebay from time to time or craigslist i think that is a fair price from Velo Cruz would like to find a older do prefer the French built ones for sure. Prices vary also Yahoo as a site that supports Velo Solex. hope that helps

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  10. Great stories, John. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm not in the market but out of curiosity, I found a Solex for sale locally. The seller wasn't exactly sure when it was made, sometime in the 40s or 50s. He indicated that it was French-made, but it was in pieces, needed a full restoration and wanted $350 for it.

    Interesting little mopeds. Unfortunately, around here with the condition of the streets and no shoulder in many places, I think it would be downright suicidal to try riding one of these around. I occasionally see cyclists on the roads around here and it's a very dangerous situation that always amazes me that it doesn't end badly for all involved.

    I've never been further south than Mexico, though I'd love to go someday.

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  11. Oh c'mon, I *blew* past the 6th digit in my Fuego! I may be the only one to ever do that, though...

    And, I once bought a Vespa P200 and a velo-solex from a guy in Burien. Probably came from JB1025's dealership.

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  12. @ K2 Where do you call home? Yes 2 wheels can be plenty peligro out there on the streets but still have 2 vintage motorcycles that i ride.

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    1. I'm in the NE! We used to have a friend in Seattle and family in Bend, OR but they're all gone now. I have some wonderful memories of that part of the country. Just spectacular. One particularly fond memory was of the underground tour of Seattle. That was super cool. Wild stuff!

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    2. Seattle underground tour. If you can't make it, here's a long video of the tour. It really is a lot of fun.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUG-476A5cI

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  13. I don't know if any of you DTers are into this sort of music but a friend just sent me this album by Woodkid. I like it a lot but to me "Run Boy Run" is a spectacular song. I think the video is a real knockout too. Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you don't like it, that's okay. But you might discover something new that you really like, so give it a spin on the old digital turntable!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmc21V-zBq0

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    1. What did you think of the ending?

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    2. Marco?

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