Friday, June 09, 2006

Vespazine Lives!

Yes, I am still around. Trying to get my lazy hands to click on my blogger link and start posting to Vespazine again. A lot has happened since my last posts. Vespa turned 60, the Piaggio MP3 was released, some guy from the Sopranos (sorry I don't watch it, forgot his name) crashed on his Vespa, and I've added some new accessories to my PX. I'll try and post some turtorials here soon, and some new mods I'm planning for my scoot. I will be in Thailand and Cambodia for a month starting next week, so posts might slow down....but I swear I will get vespazine back on it's feet again. It's summertime, and my arms are getting really dark. GO RIDE!

Vietnam Vespa Club Celebrates World Cup With Parade

DO NOT buy a Vespa from Vietnam. Instead, enjoy this news story about The Vietnamese Vespa Club celebrating the start of the World Cup with a Vespa parade including jerseys and matching decorations to represent each country participating in the World Cup! Now if they would only play the World Cup ON Vespas, then maybe I'd watch.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Be Careful!

With spring about here, be careful when riding your scoot! Here's a story about a girl in Portland who was seriously injured from a car who didn't see her. It appears the car driver was to blame, so watch out for those idiots on the road...there are plenty of them.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Old Vespa TV Advertisements

I found some funny vintage Vespa ads on the Vespa Club Roma website. My favorite is the 1962 ad for the GS 160 with the Italian guy going "vespa, vespa, vespa, vespa." Unfortunately these ads are in windows media format, blech.


Alarm for Vespa GT and GTS

Vespa has just released an alarm system to protect your precious, new, expensive GT or GTS. It can plug right into the wiring loom so there is no mess with cutting wires to get the thing working. It comes with a key fob to control the alarm, and a electronic key and PIN to disable it should you lose the fob.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

High Rollers Rally Photos

Here are some photos from the High Rollers Rally in Vegas. The Hoover Dam ride was awesome, despite the wind and cold. A few of my favorites are posted below...and the little kids on the vespa, it really drove! It was electric.

More photos on my Personal site, and at

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

An Open Letter

My Gmail decided to put the Vespa eNews letter in the spam box, so I am a bit late to jump on this story...but the Piaggio America CEO Paolo Timoni has written an open letter to U.S. mayors concerning energy consumption and americas oil addiction. Piaggio has also announced the ad is being placed in todays copy of New York Times. Awesome.

Link to Yahoo! news coverage.

Link to the letter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Piaggio going public in Italy

The business telegraph is reporting that due to the rise of gas prices, increase in traffic and overall affordability of scooter owership, Piaggio is doing just fine and are going public in Italy. Piaggio plans on adding two new models to their lines, and manufacturing models for china and India. India seems to be the lucky ones, with Piaggio announcing their plans to produce 150,000 apes yearly. Wouldn't it be nice if Americans traded in their Escalades for Vespas?


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Las Vegas High Rollers Rally

A quick reminder to everyone that the Annual Las Vegas Scooter Rally is days away! February 16th-20th! I won't be able to attend the entire thing, but I will be there for the weekend. How many vespazine readers will be in attendance? I'll be there on a green PX150...say hi if you see me...

The Official Site For The Las Vegas Scooter Rally.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Yeah, I have a myspace account. Sad. Apparently aquafina is sponsoring some type of independent films on myspace, and I found this one titled "scooter" featuring a vespa.


Thursday, February 02, 2006


Here is a cool site I came across with modern styled vespas for sale painted by different contemporary british artists, which are now up for auction. I don't have the 3,000 British Pounds to bid on my favorite one in the picture above...but wouldn't it be nice...


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Vespa enthusiasts deliver Lunar New Year goodies to the elderly

Every Lunar new year a group of vespa riders drive around Singapore to deliver oranges, rice and other goodies to old folks homes.

"...once a year, these vintage beauties dating back to 1964 can still be seen on the roads for a good cause. It has become an annual tradition for the Vespa riders to get together to spread the Lunar New Year cheer."


Vespa with vooma

Here's a nice little story about Brett Hamilton receiving a call from Vespa for a test ride.

"Splitting the lanes, passing the myriad of caged drivers felt like cheating. Like taking the easy way out. That didn't stop me from saying, 'Goodbye traffic'. Next.

With a smile I wound my way up and over the rocky passes outside the city with the boiling kettle hum from the GT turning this mission into a pleasure."


Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Vespa Scene in Vietnam

Vietnam Net Bridge has a cool article about the Vespa scene there. Forums and Internet clubs in Vietnam have large groups of scooterists, exchanging information and collecting scooters. In Da Lat, there was even a festival held in early 2006 with categories for Lambrettas, modded scooters and original scoots. It's pretty exciting to see a growing scene there and an interest in keeping them restored and on the road.


Rocket Bike

The Rocket Bike designed by Tim Pickens looks like it could be a lot of fun for those days when you want to go a bit faster than what your Vespa can handle.

How it Works:
1. A toggle switch on the battery pack arms the ignition system.
2. The left-thumb button sends power from the battery pack to an igniter on a model-rocket motor inside the rocket engine, vaporizing the roofing-tar fuel so it can burn.
3. The right-thumb button keeps the nitrous oxide flowing (and the rocket lit) as long as it's pushed.
4. The left brake lever regulates the flow of nitrous and throttles the rocket.

Maybe someone out there can talk to Tim about putting this on a Vespa, and get back to us?

Link via gizmodo.