Diablo Scoot


Valuable Racers


In The Jungle


Marketwatch: Ewan's Lambretta


Young Padawan, do you seek to know the ways of the Force? If so, perhaps riding Obi Wan's own landspeeder could lead to some insights? It is available now on ebay. Ewan is a well-known two-wheel rider. If you have not seen his "Long Way Around" show, it is a must-see. He appears to have a pretty good collection of motorcycles, and at least there are a scooter or two thrown in there for good measure. He's selling this good-looking TV175 Series III. The asking price is high, but how much would you pay for being this close to stardom? I'd think, for that price, they would fix the stand feet... but who am I to judge?

Risqué Lambretta B


Golden Kiss


Marketwatch: Vespa GTR


I'm digging this Vespa GTR in the Los Angeles area.  For sale right now on ebay.  If I was down there, it would be in my garage right now! 

Early Lambretta LD


We're Back

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Hello again!  We've had some technical difficulties, and just have been really busy.  That put us on hiatus from the blog for a while.  Now we're back.  Lots of projects are in the pipeline in the Scooterlounge garage, so we hope to update you on them as we move along.  Yay!

Scooters on the Beat


The Rabbits


From the Archives: Cushman Vespa Magic


Vespa/Cushman ad in Cycle Magazine, 1961

From the Archives: The Lambretta Ladies


Vespa in Spain: The MotoVespa Factory


From the Archives: Lambretta LD NSU


From the Archives: GS in the Woods




The Goggo Crew


Vespa Ape Callesino For Sale


I'm not sure I have ever seen one of these for sale in the U.S., yet there it is, here on Ebay. It is a Vespa Ape Callesino (or woody taxi). I can't say that I'm a huge fan of the Ape's in general, but these are undeniably cool. The main ding on this one is that it came from Indonesia. It looks pretty good in the photos, but you'd have to have a real expert on them look it up and down to be sure it is the real deal... especially if you are looking to shell out almost twenty grand on it!

Inside a Lambretta Dealer


The Stylish Way To Travel


Kathrine Hepburn


Lambretta Assembly Line


Kids On The B


Salsbury For Sale


If you know me, you know I love the Salsbury scooter. I've come close to getting one a few times over the years, but never was able to pull it off. There is a very nice looking one for sale here on Ebay. The opening bid is high, but these are quite rare. Too much for me to think about buying it. How about you?

The Disc Brake


Cool Horncasting Embellisher For Sale


I'm not into collecting accessories, but I know a lot of folks really like them. It is an easy way to express your scooter hobby, without taking up a lot of space. These things are usually hard to find, so the hunt can be exciting for sure. Here is one that I have not seen before. Check it out here on Ebay. It is a Vespa horncasting embelisser, that most certainly looks very 60's. The best part about it is that it has the plastic blue "gem" insert, and the mounting bracket. You don't always find them complete, as this one is. No bids so far, and only two days left. If you want it, get it!

Vespa Cushman, See Your Dealer


Heinkel Three Ways


LD Kids


Rare Ardor Lambretta Accessory For Sale


Wow, here is something you NEVER see for sale... a Lambretta series I/II horncover accessory.  You can find it here on Ebay.  I'm not a huge accessory guy, but I know enough to know this is crazy rare.  If you want it, time to pony up some serious coin!

Gentlemen Prefer Lambretta


It Girl


Marketwatch: Scooter Tin Toy


It is a classic case of "where worlds collide." Here on Ebay is a really neat tin scooter toy. I believe the scooter is a Zundapp Bella. In any case, this is a collectible that has appeal to lots of different types of people. You have your scooter people, your tin toy people, and your general motor memorabilia people. I think it is the tin toy folks that are driving the price on this toy. It sure looks like it is in perfect condition. However, with four days to go on the auction, the bidding is already higher than the amount I have paid for many actual scooters! I wonder where it will end up!

On The Tarmac


Going For It!

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Lambretta Postcards


This is one for you scooter memorabilia collectors. Lambretta dealer postcards, here on Ebay. I think these were produced for the U.S. market only. They were given out at dealers as promotional material, back in the 50's when postcards were a thing. Some of them are hilariously quaint. In fact, two of them have been reproduced - the woman at the grocery store, and the guy in Manhattan. I believe that the two others in this group have not been reproduced. In any case, these postcards are original, and pretty rare. I have several of these that I got from an old defunct scooter dealer, but you don't see the originals often, and even less often in a group like this. If I didn't already have multiple copies of these cards, I'd be buying this set!


Christmas Eve


Santa is coming soon... have you been good this year?

New Star Wars

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Spanish Vespa Scooter Giro

This is just fantastic footage of a Scooter Giro in Spain. It must have been a really big deal at the time. Just look at the route. It went through most of Spain. Scooter clubs from much of Europe took part. This is the kind of stuff you just don't see too often. I love it!

Las 20 Provincias.... 1962

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The Heinkel


Got it Good


If you are like me, and love both scooters and modernism... well, I think you'll like Michael Murphy's art. He has some really great pieces, generally focusing on modern architecture. I found the piece above, which features a scooter. Go check out his other work.

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Early Allstate


Rare photo of a very early Allstate Vespa. I'd guess by looking at the cowl and centerstand that this is a '52 or '53. This one has the rare horizontal front rack that was offered by Sears as an accessory. I'd love to find one of those today! If you look closely, you'll also notice the behind-the-legshields storage bags, which attached to a chrome rack.

German Lambretta


This is a rare brochure for a Lambretta in Germany.  The Lambrettas were not particularly popular in Germany.  There was fierce competition in the scooter market there from the many German-made scooters, including Vespas made under license in Germany.  In order to help them compete, the German importer tried to go up-market, and added many accessories to their scooters.  This photos is a good example.  Note all the chrome do-dads, and the very cool seat.  Also note the large rear license plate holder, which I believe was unique to the German market.  I bet that the accessories pictured on this scooter are now worth more than the scooter is!

Awesome Accessory


Wow, this is not an accessory that you see for sale very often. Usually these change hands privately among collectors. These are the ones that everyone wants, and you can find them here on Ebay. Holy cow, they ain't cheap either. For those that go nuts for accessories, the price is worth it, given the absolutely perfect shape on these reproductions. Bravo, is all I can say.

Best Paper Clips


The Green Ride


On The Street




Surprise! Your badge is all wrong!

Marketwatch: New GS 160


We all think back, and think it would be really cool to be able to buy a brand new vintage scooter in the showroom - before they were vintage. Well, we can't. Sometimes, you can come close though... and the closest you are likely to be is to find a scooter that somehow didn't get ridden, and was simply stored for 50 years. That never happens, right? It does happen, rarely. Someone found a Vespa GS Series 1, probably one of the most sought after vintage Vespas, that had been stored in a basement and had only been ridden once. You can find it here on Ebay. This is a very special scooter, and I'm sure it will sell for a lot of money. Still, how often can you buy a "brand new" Vespa, and one of the best models they ever made? Get out your checkbook!

Marketwatch: Lambretta Clock


People collect all kinds of things. Scooter people tend to fall into several collector camps, and one of those are people who get really into accessories. One of the rare accessories for Lambrettas was a clock that was available for the Lambretta LD. I've seen a few of these for sale over the years, and the price for them has moved steadily upward. At this point, they are going for what I consider to be silly money. This one here on Ebay,, was the first I have seen for sale in the US for quite a long time. It sold for an astonishing $1377! I have paid less for complete and running scooters!


End of Summer Update


My 90SS just before I pulled it apart for restoration

Well, it has been a bit of a crazy summer, and I just have not found the time to blog much. I guess that is a good thing, since I have been out doing things, instead of sitting in front of my computer! I've done some fun scooter trips, but mostly have been busy with family stuff.

Most importantly for my scooters, I had some forward momentum on my long-stalled 90SS project. I hauled it out of storage, and took the scooter apart for paint. I then sent it down to Eric at 2nd Ave Scoots in Phoenix to begin the painting process. That's a big deal, as the scooter has been languishing in my storage for close to 20 years at this point. Time to get it done!

I have also decided to slim down my scooter collection. I have too much stuff just sitting around. I figure, if I have not ridden the scooter in 10 years, it is time for it to move on to someone who will. So, I'll be selling my GS 150, my German-made Augsburg T/4, a Lambretta D150, and my Lambretta 150 Special... who knows, maybe I'll sell more stuff once I get going!

Marketwatch: Very Nice Lambretta SX200 For Sale


This seems to be the summer of the SX. This is the third one that has come up for sale in the last couple of months. You can find it here on Ebay. This is by far the best one I have seen for sale in awhile. Usually, when they are this nice, they just pass from one scooterist to another - never popping up in the general market. I suppose the very high prices recently are starting to make people think twice about keeping an SX. It sure does make me think twice about riding mine!

Anyhow, this scoot just checks every box for one of these. The seller says it is un-restored and original. Given that, it is as great as you could ever find. The paint is still shiny and in good condition overall. It shows some use, but really, really, nice overall. The seat looks original to me as well. It still even has the tool kit and owner's manual. What more could you ask for? This will sell for really big money. I bet the guys who paid $9k for the restoration project SX's last month are kicking themselves now!

Salsbury In The Mud


Now With More Stripes


Marketwatch: Lambretta TV 175 Series I For Sale


(05/19/15 Update) Holy cow! Sold for $6,700! If that is a bonafide sale, that is utterly astonishing for one in that condition. I'm not sure what to make of it.

Wow, coming on the heels of the SX200, we have another holy grail of the Lambretta world popping up for sale, a Lambretta TV 175 Series I. You can find it here on Ebay. These are among the hardest Lambrettas to find anywhere. I've seen a handful in the US, but I suspect that most of the ones sold here eventually ended up on the scrap heap. Their motors are just different enough from all the others, that I imagine most of them met an untimely demise when something gave out on them. Who would have parts for one of these in the 70's or 80's? Well, this one is rough for sure, but certainly worth saving. Sure, bits are missing. Sure, it will need a complete restoration from top to bottom. But when you're done, you have a very rare and valuable scoot. Maybe if the bidding remains sane, you might even not spend more money to restore it than it is worth. Maybe.

Marketwatch: Lambretta SX200 For Sale

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Here is something you don't see every day... an unrestored original Lambretta SX200 on the open market. You can find it here on Ebay. Mostly these are in enthusiast hands at this point. When someone finds one like this, he or she usually covets, keeps, and restores it for their very own. It is not very often that one comes up for sale on ebay like this. I think the last one I can remember was in slightly better condition than this one, and was bid up to $9,000... but that was years ago. I really wonder where this will end up. Yes it is rough. Yes, it needs absolutely everything. However, there are just so few around that I can see this going for a lot of money - it is already at $5,000 and lots of time to go.

Vintage Vespa Club Cog Badge

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There are things I just don't see very often. Here is one of those things on Ebay. The vintage Vespa Club cog badges are things people collect, and are reasonably common in Europe. However, it seems like there just were not too many US Vespa Club members. So finding a US cog badge is pretty fun. However, this one is an "Arizona" badge. That has a lot of interest to me, since I grew up in Arizona. However, when you really think about it, this is a crazy rare badge. How many people lived in Arizona in the 50's? Certainly not many. So there could not have been many of these badges made. I've never seen one before. Wow. So I figured I'd make a play for it. I was thinking that it would go for around $60. Boy was I wrong! Sold for $140!!

Il Bambino


Sand And Sea


Can't Catch A Break


Serious Boots


In Paris


Lambretta Accessories Brochure

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I have two different versions of this USA market only accessory brochure. They are both similar. One is like this one, and one is slightly different on the cover. The inside details are the same. It is a very cool accessory list for the various doo-dads you could get for your Lambretta in the early 60's. The cover art is really cool as well. You can get your very own here on Ebay.. The bidding is active on this one, and I'm guessing it will get to around $70 at the end. It is a nice and rare accessory brochure, that's for sure!

Queen Bee (Or Is It Wasp?)


Vespa GS for Sale


This looks like a really good one to me. A GS 160 for sale in Central California, just a mere four hours from me. I'm sorely tempted. You can take a look, here on Ebay.. This just has the right kind of patina in spades. It checks all the right boxes. I'm guessing that it will ultimately sell in the $4-5k range. We'll see...

Going Places


Marketwatch: Vespa VBA


There are a lot of dubiously restored scooters on the web, but it is nice to see a good honest survivor for a change. You can find this Vespa 150 VBA here on Ebay.. It looks like a typical East Coast scooter, ridden for decades, and then pushed to the back of the garage. I'm not sure if the crash bars are saveable, but I'd probably try. I dig this scooter!

Up To No Good


Waterfall Pinup


Lambretta Truck


Vespa T5 For Sale


Here is a straight throwback to the 1980's, a Vespa T5!  You can find it for sale on Ebay right now. This thing is dressed up with a ton of 80's accessories.  Sure they look bad, but didn't most 80's fashion?  Underneath, the motor on the T5 is tasty, and the upgrades listed inside make sure this scooter will be quick.  Sure it looks square and garish, but it does perfectly encapsulate the era.  I would totally ride it!

The New 125


Marketwatch: Lambretta LD Clock


Here is a very rare item, a Lambretta LD clock. Take a look at it here on ebay. These came only on the first series of LD's that had exposed handlebars. Those models had a very small glovebox on the legshields that held a speedometer on one side, and a spot for a clock on the other side. Most people did not opt for the clock option. It has been years since I have seen one of these for sale. I wonder if it will sell!

Out For A Ride


Damn Thing Broke Down Again!


Go For Gold


Merry Christmas


Just The Thing For Cannes


For The Gentleman


Lambretta Poster


Check out this poster on Ebay. I have one of these hanging in my office, so it has really acquired the feeling of just a normal object. Still, they are pretty rare. I have a few more of these in my stash, some with the black background, some with a yellow background. If you want one, hit me up!

Angie's Vespa


Ride Up The Steps?


Let's Talk


Marketwatch: Vespa 400


It is pretty rare to see a Vespa 400 car for sale in this condition, but here one is on Ebay. This one is not too expensive, and likely won't get huge dollars due to its condition. Clearly, it needs a full restoration. However, it appears to be an excellent candidate for restoring. Rust has not destroyed it, and virtually all the parts appear to be intact. Check out the pictures with the listing. It is unbelievable that this car is in this good of condition, given where it was stored. Certainly, if it were closer to me, I would make a play for it myself!

Red Rider


Marketwatch: Vespa Rack


Here is something you don't see too often. This rear rack is a pretty rare rack that was on early Vespas. You can tell by the bottom bracket that it would work only on round-tail models. The top bracket isn't shown, but this looks like a rack I have seen on widebody scoots... it could be that it was also adapted for early rotary valve largeframes as well. Cool, if you ask me!

Mellow Yellow


Marketwatch: Allstate Tail Light


This was a crazy auction on Ebay. I've never seen one of these before, and it is probably the only one left. An accessory tail light, NOS, still in the box. This would be for a very early Allstate Vespa. The early ones must not have had a brake light, and Sears sold this accessory to retrofit your scooter. Everything you needed came in the kit. Look at the final hammer price of $650... you could almost buy a scooter for that!

Lambretta As Art


Marketwatch: Vespa Catalog


This Vespa parts and accessories catalog was just on Ebay.  I had been keeping an eye on it because I have a copy of it myself.  I always liked this catalog because it basically listed everything that the East Coast Vespa distributor "Vescony" sold.  It had all the scooters, three-wheelers, accessories, and parts.  I guess it was made for the dealers to have in their showrooms.  My estimate for it was somewhere in the $40-60 range.  When the hammer fell, it went for a whopping $220!  I guess I better make sure mine stays safe...  More photos of the catalog below the jump.

Ardor Accessories


Heinkel, Our Dream


The Vigano Ape


At The Regatta


In Rust We Trust


Lambretta Spray


Ready To Ride


On The Roll


On Tour


On the Track


Marketwatch: Sears Tail Light


I've been keeping an eye on this tail light that is on ebay. These came on the very last Allstates and the one-year only Sears Vespas. They also came on the '67 Vespas. I've mainly seen them on Super Sports, but they may have been on other US market scooters as well. It is undoubtedly a cool looking tail light, and compliments the wide rear of the Super Sport and Rally. I am pretty sure these only came on US market scooters, and were not on anything else. So they are kind of rare.

I thought it would be nice to have a spare one of these, and figured I'd bid up to around $40 for it. It is missing the rare - and usually broken - reflectors on the bottom. It appears to have the guts, and has the lens, which is nice. Still, it isn't perfect, which is why I figured it would sell for a reasonable price. Now I went back to check on it, and WHOAH, it is up to $485?!!! What? People are just nuts.

Look Ma, No Hands


Beach Buddies


Vespa Rentals


Scooterist Prayer


Red Rider


Dirt Track


Road Racers


California DMV Fees


Scooterlounge is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and thus, we have a deep and abiding interest (some could call it a hatred) of the California DMV.  Paying the registration fees on a fleet of scooters really adds up.  So we are really keen to figure out ways to pay less, or at least, not pay any unnecessary fees to the Man.

We already gave you, gentle reader, the tools with which to fight any back registration fees on your classic vehicle.  If you forgot, go here and read....

Now, we have become privy to a new online resource to find out in advance whether you'll need to pre-arm yourself for battle.  We give you, the online registration calculator.  You can use it to find out if your chosen vehicle owes back registration fees and penalties. 

Thusly forewarned, you can go to the DMV with the correct law provisions at your fingertips with which to dazzle and delight the clerk opposite you in the window.  You'll be in for a fight, that's for sure.  However, with the law on your side, you should come out victorious.

California DMV Issues

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Warning - below is a legal description of the California law as it pertains to vehicle registrations. Ignore if you don't want to dork-out.

I did a bit of research into the issue of paying back registration on a vehicle that hadn't been registered in awhile.  This comes up often with scooters, because people just don't pay the reg, and then sell them.  So when you buy the bike and change the title, you have to pay all the past registrations.  I read on an online forum that it was possible to get out of having to pay the back reg for a vintage vehicle, but that most people (and most DMV employees) didn't know about the law.  So that got me on the road of doing some legal research into the guts of the California vehcle code...

Stop, In The Name Of Love


After The Gig


Look Ma, Two Wheels!


Stars N' Stripes


Lambrettas in India


I believe that this is an early photo of the Lambretta assembly line in India. I am not sure if this production was the API factory, or some earlier incarnation of the licensing arrangement with Innocenti.

Big Air


DJ Scooter: Lambretta Samba


Vespa In The Rain


Ride On A Sunny Day


Marketwatch: Silliest Ebay Auction Ever (Update)


[update January 1, 2014] I got an email from Rudy P. who was the lucky guy who ended up with this scooter (though it went through others before he got it). He's now in the process of a nut-and-bolt restoration on it. It is now in bits awaiting paint. I can't wait to see the finished product. It looked to be a nice straight scooter, so the restoration should be pretty straightforward.

[original post June 16, 2011] This is one of those rare Ebay moments, when the quickest draw gets a super deal. Here we have some longtime owner who didn't know what he had, and put, what could be described as a "barn find" Lambretta SX200 up on Ebay. Now normally, if the seller knew anything about how Ebay worked, he would have just run a normal auction. However, for some reason, he put a Buy-it-now of $1500 for this scooter. What a deal! What strikes me as totally insane is that you can see that there were a total of five bids on it. So that means that four people saw the ad, and did not hit the $1500 buy it now, but bid below that. I think we can safely classify those people as dumbasses. I feel sorry for the seller, who if he would have run a normal auction would likely have gotten around $4000 for this scooter.

Mod Ride-Out


Bored With It All


Land of Indulgence


India Cool


Big Jump


I'm So Tired


Always Wear Protection


Lambretta Racing 1968

Cool video of Lambrettas at the race track. I guess they had to race, rain or shine. Clearly, a lot of wrecks due to the slick conditions. It is amazing this footage survived!

Spidey Scoot


Special Factory Racer


At The Shops


The Woman Who Flew


In 1965, a young Bristol UK woman was part of a team formed to beat the world scooter speed record. Marlene Parker, a taxi driver in the city, had been selected from 67 female applicants from across the country to ride a Lambretta scooter in Monza in Italy and break the world record of 110 miles an hour.

The team behind the attempt, which was sponsored by Lambretta and Filtrate Oils, is now reuniting. The only missing member is Marlene - but no one knows where she is.

"Eventually the machine was sold and the team lost touch with Marlene. Unknown to the designers and engineers the machine wasn't scrapped, and has recently been discovered in the hands of a large German scooter company (SIP, perhaps?) that is intending to completely rebuild it and return it to its former glory of 40 years ago.  "They are also trying to bring together all those of the British team who attempted the world record at that time."

Garage Time: Removing The Battery

I've dealt with countless 70's US Market Vespas, and they all had the crazy battery system that Piaggio came up with to comply with US regulations. Needless to say, their solution was half-assed, and basically didn't work well. Mostly, I just removed the battery from the scooter, and re-wired it to run AC. It is actually pretty easy to do, especially so with the trouble-prone 1974 versions. Here is a nice video on how to do the modification from one of my favorite shops, Vespa Motorsport in San Diego.

Easy Being Green


Off To Capri


It Is Windy On Back


I Saw The Sign


Beyond scooters, I also really like all of the scooter dealer items. I collect all the odd-ball stuff from dealers. Brochures, service manuals, tools... you name it. I've been on the hunt for a 60's era Vespa sign for many years, and never found one. After all these years, one turned up on ebay in the hinterlands of California's Sierra Mountains. It was in a very small town, where it just so happened I knew people. I won the auction, and this sign with very heavy patina now hangs in my garage. I'm stoked!

Wedding Limo


It Is Better In Wool


The Yellow Dress


Marketwatch: Salsbury


The Salsbury is a legendary scooter, and one of my favorite of all time. It certainly set the standard for those that came after. To start with, the styling on it is timeless. In addition, it was technologically advanced. It was the first scooter that had a CVT, which is still used in all modern automatic scooters today. I've always wanted a Salsbury. In the pre-internet days, it was almost impossible to find one. Now that the internet has made everything available, the price is out of my reach. I can still admire it though. One of the nicest I have seen was just sold on ebay for a whopping $20,000 USD!

This is a very rare scooter, with an impossibly rare accessory sidecar, in stunning condition. It is no wonder that the price reached astronomical heights!

Enjoy more photos after the jump.

Take The Back Roads


Orange is IN!


The Beat Generation


Lambretta LD Assembly Line


The Back


Red Dots




The Terrot


On The Way To Work


Scooter Coat


Lambretta Racing, Thruxton 1969

Hill Climber


Ho Ho Ho


Merry Christmas!


Fashionable Vespa Rally


Faro Basso Pinup


At the Start Line


Gilera Motorcycle

This is a nicely done video about a fellow in Los Angeles that restores and repairs 50's Italian motorcycles. There is indeed a shop for every vehicle niche, and that really is enabled by the internet... where else would you find customers for such a narrow focus? I love it!

Yeah, it isn't a scooter... but these would have been the motorcycle alternative to a scooter in Italy in the 50's. I have a '59 Gilera 150, and I can tell you it is no faster, and not much bigger than my '59 Vespa G.S. To my mind, the Gilera is the most beautiful of these 50's Italian bikes. The Ducati single that is briefly in the video is also stunning, if for no other reason than the outrageous fuel tank. I have no idea how they made them with so many complex curves!

Marketwatch: Quadrophenia at Auction


A Lambretta was recently sold at Sotheby's for a charity auction.  It was a replica of the scooter in the iconic movie Quadrophenia, though not the original scooter.  Hammer price: $209,000 USD.  Let that sink in for a second...

Consider that the actual scooter used in the movie sold in 2008 for £36,000.

Personally, I see this as part-and-parcel of our new Guilded Age.  Sure, it is nice that it was for charity... but honestly, the fact that someone has such an ridiculous amount of money that they can drop two hundred grand on a bauble is pretty obscene.

If you want to go deep into the weeds of the actual scooters used in Quadrophenia, this site has your geek-out covered.

Making A Splash


Inappropriate Riding Footwear


Marketwatch: Piaggio Pin


This interesting pin showed up on ebay last week. I have never seen one like it. I guess that it is a badge that was given to employees at the Piaggio factory. Clearly, it is quite old, I would guess from the 1950's. I was wondering how much it would end up selling for. The buyers were out in force for this one, and it ended up selling for a heafty $255! Quite a bit for a little pin!


Vespa Accessory Prices


Garage Time: Vespa Sprint Oil Leak


Recently, I've been working on my friend's Vespa 150 Sprint.  It has been in storage for a long time, and now wanted to get it roadworthy again.  The main problem that it has had, even in storage, was that it leaked oil - bad.  It was two stroke oil, not case oil that leaked out.  All the largeframe Vespas in the US market in the 70's had oil injection.  This one had a problem keeping oil in the tank.  It was a slow leak, but over time, all the oil came out.  So now, I had to determine the cause of the leak.


My first thought was that there was a crack in the tank, sight glass, or oil line.  I pulled the seat off and got the tank off.  


When I got the tank off, there was no problem with anything in there.  As you can see from the above photo, there was no oil inside the frame.  The metal oil tank was fine (the oil tanks from the pre-P series were metal, not plastic), the oil line was fine, and the sight glass was not cracked.  I did notice that the fuel line was hard as a rock.  Since I was already in there, I replaced it.  


Next, I turned my attention down the line, the oil line, that is.  I couldn't find any really obvious culprit.  When I took off the carb and looked in the air box, there was nothing that jumped out at me.  The only thing I noticed was that the screw that holds the air box on the case was a bit loose.  I tightened it up.  I think that the air box was not 100% tight on the frame, and oil was leaking out from the bottom of the air box.  Since I have tightened it down, the scooter does not seem to be leaking.  I'll keep an eye on it, but for now, I think it is problem solved!

Zuendapp Bella Mail


Full Tuck


The Moment of Birth


Marketwatch: Lambretta Li150 Series III


I'm not in the market for another scooter, but when Lambrettas come up for sale nearby, I tend to keep an eye on them.  Recently, a project Li150 showed up on ebay just across the bridge in San Francisco.  I took a look at the listing, and talked to the seller.  It looked like a good honest "barn find" that was being sold as part on an estate sale.  That said, the scooter is very rough, and will need a complete restoration.  The motor is siezed and it is missing a sidepanel.  This thing will cost many thousands to make right.  Even if it was free, it will likely cost more to make it nice than it is worth.  So I figured that it would sell in the $500 range, and maybe $800 at the top end. 

So I was completely blown away to see that it sold for a whopping $1900!  What the ...?  Maybe there was gold in the glovebox?  I have no idea.  But from what I see here, and from what I heard from the seller, someone seriously overpaid by like three times for this thing. 

This is especially so when you look at other recent ebay sales.

Just compare with this fantastic Series I Li, which reached only $2500 and understandably didn't meet reserve.


This perfect Li 125 Series III, no bids at $3700 (and I doubt will sell)


This tatty Li 125 Series III in arguably better condition (though still rough) sold for $427


It just goes to show, people sometimes get caught in bidding wars. Whoever bought this thing is very far upside down on it from the word go. The seller is stoked though!

Another 90SS Up The Hill


It is pretty cool to see a photo of a 90SS back in the day when it was just another scooter. It is kind of hard to imagine someone doing a hill climb or scramble on one of them now. "Oops, I just crashed my $15,000 scooter!" just isn't I sentence I ever want to hear.

Give Parking Tickets By Vespa!


A Cool Customer


Cushman Jump


Pssst, Let's Ride!


Vespa Mobile Display


This is a very interesting way to promote Vespas. This custom van clearly has a sliding rear section to allow access to the rear flat bed section. It sure would be a great rally support/transport vehicle today!

The Face


Lambretta Sooner


Product Placement


Good Looking, in Comparison to those Pants


We Love Milk!


This is a very cool photo, and the technical aspects of how it was made are pretty amazing. Yes, he used photoshop... but not how you might think. Check out the details here.

Vespa Postcard

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Vespa Club


Tangerine Dream


Moonstomp Riders

Interesting little video from a scooter club in Columbia. Well done!

The Primavera


Event Report: California Melee


I am not only involved with vintage scooters, I also like vintage motorcycles... and cars. There are numerous rally events going on all summer, but two of my absolute favorites are the Moto Melee and the California Melee. The Moto Melee is for motorcycles (and scooters), and the California Melee is for cars. Although I have an old Alfa Romeo, this year, I went on the Cal Melee with one of the guys in my scooter club, Derek. He owns a Datsun 510, that he has heavily modified. It is a pretty sweet ride. We spent a lot of time driving with some good friends - and fellow scooterists - in a Porsche 914. Take a look at the great photo album here.

Low Riders


Yeah, this is super cool. You know it. See more of them here.

Proper Riding Gear?


Event Report: Garage Move


One of the things I've been busy doing in August was moving my scooters. I had stored most of them in the same rented garage for at least the last five years. The person I had rented from needed the space back, and so, sadly, it was time to move on. As luck would have it, Scooterlounge team member Dano had space in his garage. As the saying goes, as one door closes, another one opens. The big move took a good part of a day, with mutliple truck-loads like the one above.


This is what it looked like in Dano's space as I started filling it up. Scooters and motorcycles aplenty. Suffice to say that the pile 'o bikes that I dropped off took up much less space than the car that Dano used to have stored down there. My Rally is also coming in handy as a reference while he works on his Vespa GS restoration (more on that to come).

SX Appeal


I have been pretty busy the last few weeks. Hence, the lack of posting. Yet, here we go again! This is the two SX 200's owned by the Scooterlounge crew. I fine looking pair if I do say so myself.

Clean My Bottle


Sweet Dreams are Made of These


Ooh-la-la! The makings of a very fast motor. Can you name all the tasty goodies in this build?

Three's A Crowd


Rabbit Or Bunny?


Happy Ride


Rust in Peace: Vespa Allstate


Garage Time: Lambretta Choke


I had some time to work on the Lambretta recently, and figured it would be good to install the choke kit on the carb.  It has a 24mm Mikuni, and previously, I had to pull off the cowl and manually pull the choke on it when I wanted to start the scooter from cold.  Jet200 sells the conversion kit, but I previously had gotten the wrong style of choke cable, so I was thwarted in my attempts to install it.  Finally, I got the right cable, and it was time to do it up!  As you can see in the photo above, the existing choke is the black plunger on the left side of the photo.  


Here is the new kit that I got from Jet200.  Not a lot of stuff, easy.  So I pulled out the old mechansm, and installed the new cable into the lever on the frame.  Then I threaded the choke end into the brass adjuster as seen above, and attached the cable through the spring and onto the plunger.  Simple. 


The only problem I ran into was that the cable housing end would not fit into the brass adjuster.  So I had to make some "adjustments" to the cable housing.  It kind of looks ugly, but it does get the job done.  When I was finished, it all worked great.  Sweet!  Now I don't have to pull off the cowl every time I want to start the scooter!

Greatest Achievement in Auto Engineering?