About the ScooterNova

The ScooterNova blog is about things that interest us. As you’d expect that will mostly be scooters, but don’t be surprised to see other things here too from time to time.

The ScooterNova enthusiasts have owned and ridden scooters since 16 without any breaks Proud to own Vespas and Lambrettas, from the young (1998) to the old (1952); all geared, all made of metal and all 2-stroke.

We like old school but appreciate the modern – everything has its place. History is not just in the past but it’s being made every day.

The comments are open so please feel free to leave yours; we’re always keen to learn new things. If you don’t agree with what you read, then that’s your prerogative. All we ask is that you’re not rude and don’t insult anyone, including others who leave comments.

Spam and shameless plugging of crap is also not the done thing. Thank you.

32 thoughts on “About the ScooterNova

  1. hi i,m trying to find out about my scoot need help please i have letters of authenticty for frame and engine and it looks like a gp 200 the engine is the 105th gp and the frame is sx150 1968 modified looks like it was done in the factory to me and others and was a canary yellow when purchased also there no bump stop on the engine casing and its that perfect it dosnt appear to have had one there in the first place any thought please let me know

    • Bump stops were generally removed by racers to fit a 400×10 tyre which increases gearing to suit tuned engines.
      As for the frame, could be Innocenti had a few SX150s going spare and maybe it was cheaper to cut and shut them into being a GP than scrapping them? We may never know…

  2. I live in Phoenix Arizona and just discovered your website. In a word – WOW. Very original and interesting information…well thought out with a quality presentation. Most of the other scooter blogs I visit are all same same rehashed garbage. One site reports and most of the other sites just copy / paste.

    Keep the original and fresh content coming! Bravo!

  3. Hi what do you know about planet vespa in Vietnam? I’m considering a 1965 import as they appear to rework old scooters to a high standard. Never owned a scooter before, thanks in advance for any advice.

    • Personally we’d never recommend buying a scooter, unseen from the other side of the world.
      Instead, find a local scooter club, get recommendations, find a local shop, speak with the people there about what you want and your budget, and hopefully you’ll end up with something nice.
      And at least if something goes wrong thereafter, you’re dealing with someone in your own town, not on another continent!

  4. Hi,

    Just discovered your blog, I was a teenager in the 60’s growing up in Jersey. Although working I had no money and couldn’t afford a scooter so next best was to hang about with my mates and grab a ride when I could. I’ve always hankered for a scooter from that period now I can afford one! As a starting point and advice how or where should I start looking for one from the 60’s era whilst avoiding buying a pig in a poke!

    Love the site.

    • Hello Derek, whereabouts in the UK are you?
      Our advice for a novice would be to definitely avoid an imported restoration from Asia, but instead to buy locally from a specialist scooter shop that offers a guarantee.
      If possible, speak to local scooter clubs whose members ride some good miles about who they use and recommend too.
      Hope this helps!

  5. H,

    Thanks for the advise, I live East Yorkshire been ‘Googling’ trying to find something local but so far no scooter clubs near me at present, all seem to be from down south so any help in this respect would be good.

    Regards

    Derek

    • York Scooter Club are a good bunch, long established and ride their bikes a over Europe so well worth contacting.
      AF Rayspeed are in East Heslerton near Scarborough and sell new and used classic scooters.

  6. Hi my husband has just brought his first vespa like scooter ,and i was wondering are there any vespa shows happening soon,if so can u please let me know ,we live in the west midlands ,many thanks

  7. Hi
    great blog
    just wonderd what your opinion is regarding restoring -renovating a sx, would you stick to the original white paint and red seat scheme or go for a personal colour combo

      • I have owned this sx for over 40 years ,most of this time the bike was stored, the condition is poor and requires a respray . I ask because everyone I have spoken to about the resto have been reluctant to change the original paint scheme ,one guy even refused to .Is it a sort of unwritten rule in the modern scooter scene ?

  8. Hello,
    I manage Sedlak Studio, of famous artist George Sedlak. George painted Evel Knievel’s bikes and helmets back in the 1970’s and today travels and has international clients and fans of his many works. George loves Vespa! Can you help me find contact information for the best person to discuss if The Vespa World Days would enjoy having George there and perform his work live? Thank you so much.
    Jim
    manager
    Sedlak Studio
    jim@sedlakstudio.com

  9. Hi can anyone help i have a Lambretta MAC175S frame number starting with 500***
    engine is missing what engine should be in the MAC 175S and should the engine number be the same or close to the frame, has anyone got one cheers Gavin

    • API made the Mac and it was based on a Series 2 Lambretta. You could try contacting Scooter Restorations (www.scooterrestorations.com) for information as they import and sell some API spares from India.

  10. Reborn scooterist at 52, started my days out in the mid 80’s.
    After many big bikes and living in Bristol ( traffic is awful ), decided on a PX150 on a 64 plate. National rallies are out of the question due to work and home life but certain to attend local rallies.

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