Gwyneth Paltrow’s Vespa beats traffic!

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Not much of a story we know, but the majors consider it so, and we thought to join in with  little correction for those at the Mail Online who wrote beneath their headline “Tight squeeze! Gwyneth Paltrow beats the weekend rush as she weaves through LA traffic on her Vespa” yesterday that Gwyneth didn’t forget her protective leather gloves that helped her to grip the gears.”

Sorry Mail, but the Vespa LX doesn’t have gears, it’s an automatic scooter – you just twist and go!

We can’t argue with the fact that scooters are indeed perfect for filtering through the traffic though, so it’s not all bad!

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New Vespa Sprint (Primavera) Scooter

Vespa Sprint

Nuovo Vespa Sprint

Just launched in Rome by Piaggio, the new Vespa Sprint 50 and 125 scooters which are the sporting variants of their recently launched new Primavera range. So what’s different about the Sprint then? Continue reading

The Vespa Cosa – How they got there.

Cosa brochure from Germany.

Cosa brochure from Germany.

We’ve brought you a few posts from the pen of Paolo Martin in the past, but here’s scooter he drew that finally became a reality. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the much maligned Piaggio Vespa Cosa.

When the Cosa arrived at the end of the 1980s, it was met with a less Continue reading

Vespa & Peroni

Nastro Azzurro Peroni advert.

Nastro Azzurro Peroni advert.

So by now you’ve seen the video posted a few days ago and know the young lady is rushing to get herself a Peroni beer. Coincidentally, Nastro Azzurro is a favourite here at Scooternova, so we know how she feels…

Anyway, being Italian, are of course no strangers to the Vespa scooter, and here are a few more adverts of their’s from recent times.

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New Vespa GTS For 2014 – air-cooled scooter for local Asian market

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Mid-November 2013 and Piaggio Vietnam launched a new Vespa GTS on the local market. This is a locally produced scooter in their Vietnamese factory and specifically for their local market (European, American, Australian, NZ Vespas for example are produced in Italy) and as well as taking advantage of cheaper labour rates and presumably more competitively sourced components, it also uses a locally produced 125cc 3-valve air-cooled engine that the Vietnamese factory produce for their Vespa LX and new Primavera range (also only for the local market).

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Vespa GTS 350 – New scooter for 2014 or just rumours?

A few websites and blogs are suggesting that 2014 will see the arrival of a new, larger Vespa scooter to the market.

However, Piaggio continue to maintain that the current Vespa GTS 300 has the largest engine that can be inserted into that particular chassis and that the chassis itself is not designed to cope with any more power.
 
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Win a Tucano Urbano coat worth £118.99

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Yes, it’s as simple as the title suggests; Italian clothing manufacturer Tucano Urbano have a new competition on their Facebook site to win one of their coats worth just shy of £120.
 
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Vespa at World Superbikes

Scooters have long been a common site in the pit lanes of race tracks around the world, being used in all kinds of events from Motorcycle Grand Prix to F1.
Vespa has had its fair share of publicity at race meetings over the years, the most recent being with Aprilia motorcycle rider and champion Sylvain Guintoli on a Vespa at the World Superbike championships at Laguna Seca in the USA. The astute European Vespisiti may notice the America spec direction indicators fitted too! click here for picture.