1977 Italian Vespa P-range advert (screen grab – click to view film).
Back in 1977, Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio launched not just a new Vespa scooter but a new range of Vespas. I’m sure they didn’t realise back then that they’d still be manufacturing a PX in 2015, but they are, and this Italian television advert shows the first models in the range from 1977…
Now in our fourth decade of riding scooters without a break, I’d like to think that here at Scooternova we’ve learned a little about tyres. Gone are the days where cheap ‘n’ cheerful Ditchfinders were the choice simply by virtue of the fact that they cost less than the rest, now we appreciate that road holding, cornering, grip, use in wet weather and a whole host of other features take priority.
This year saw the 10th Tre Mari ‘race’ organised in the south of Italy by the Vespa Club of Bari, a four-day riding event covering nearly 1000 kilometres in which only geared scooters are allowed to enter. Continue reading →
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 →
Found on the AutoEvolution site, a design company in Spain has redesigned the Segway electric personal transport vehicle (I don’t really know what else to call it!), using Vespa parts to improve its look no end.
Vespa Segway by Bel & Bel.
The Segway is a self-balancing vehicle, which Spanish company Bel & Bel have enhanced with what looks like a few bits from a Vespa smallframe. Continue reading →
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).