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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boones, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. low-down-n-dirty
    Joined: Aug 21, 2010
    Posts: 20

    from ohio

    Come on guys and gals- there needs to be some more American made tin on here ! here's some of mine.

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  2. my Lambretta series 2

  3. mdapperdan
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 126

    from Az.

    I just pick-up a 1967 tote goat. There a scooter and it's made here in Utah.
  4. dirtydave51
    Joined: Mar 23, 2007
    Posts: 9


    My '66 Sears

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  5. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    My Vespa when I was in europe (camping trip northern France). Amazing how much shit you can pack on one of them.

  6. StudebakerBob
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 70

    from Lapeer MI

    I got a 165 basket case to sell. $1500 obo In MI

  7. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,571

    from Yuma, AZ

    I love vespas and other small scooters/motorcycles. When I was in college for graphic design I designed a vespa coffee table book as one of my class projects. I still haven't owned one though. I hope to one of these days.
  8. kopperkart
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 468

    from Wisconsin

    I have a Ducati Brio. It is on my project list right after the Model A pickup. I bought it from the original owner. It is not easy finding parts for it.
  9. sc3283
    Joined: Oct 9, 2008
    Posts: 9

    from st louis

    Many hot rodders do like anything old and motorized. A couple drag cars, Rupp minibikes, Rupp snowmobiles, Cushman Scooter, Bonanza minibike, Speedway minibike, Cushman golf cart, Ford 8n in my brigade of old stuff
  10. Fidget
    Joined: Sep 10, 2004
    Posts: 1,011


    COOL! I gave up trying to find one of those years ago! If you didn't know, they originally came with knobby tires on them. A lot of the early Ducati engine stuff can be used on the Brio.
  11. Yourel
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
    Posts: 2


    Hi Guys,

    In fact it's not a standard Vespa Wheel. The hub has to be really different. That would have been great. I plan to adapt a classic Vespa hub so that I would be able to use a classic 3.50x8 wheel but I'm still looking for pictures of the original configuration. if you have an idea.... Let me know.

    Here are my french scooters.


    1961 Peugeot 125, my leopard version....

    The 1956 version with a trunk over the front wheel, I love that one it's like driving a space ship.

  12. blackrat40
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,167


    Vespa's and a Moto-Guzzi in the que for restoration/sale
    as soon as I finish my '40 Ford cpe. hot rod.:cool:

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  13. alumslot
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 473


    This was at the 2007 pileup. Don't have any idea who's it it belongs to but it is very well done and looks to be lots of fun to ride.

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  14. gladeparkflyer
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
    Posts: 396


    not exactly a vespa style scooter but i just finished up a couple versions of my take on a classic "whizzerbike" style ride.

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  15. stev8
    Joined: Jun 22, 2007
    Posts: 87


    Here is one I painted for a mate. A bit over the top for a scooter but then again, the owner is a little eccentric!!

    Its a 1962 Vespa GS 160cc apparently quite rare.

    And, the trivia, in Italian Vespa means Wasp, probably because they buzz around and are annoying!!

    And as for the complainers saying this is a traditional hot rod site, well, yes it is, but, i think most of us here are also interested in anything old and mechanical!!!
    Hell, I would even appreciate looking at vintage stationary engines more than a thread on modern cars!!!!!

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  16. DougHH
    Joined: Jun 24, 2009
    Posts: 273


    I started driving on a Vespa PX200E (199? something) then quickly moved to a 1963 Lambretta LI Special, had an indian Lambretta GP cutback, a 1959 Lambretta Series 2 (all of those with 200cc engines) and a Bajaj Chetak from the 80's, the indian vespa 150 special clones. I was also known around my local area as a go to scooter guy and built a couple for the people around here.

    After all of these, my last scooter i had, a Honda CH250 i welded the bodywork of a 57 Heinkel Tourist over the top of i just sold around 6 months ago. POS lol. I always wanted a Heinkel since the day i saw a picture of one and finally i got one and built it into a 250cc hotrod scooter.. i kinda rode that beat up POS around for a year and flipped it.. it was ok it was just one of those things you always wanted to do and then you did it and it was time to move on i guess.

    I love lambretta's and may get another one one day althought i am enjoying my harley sportster alot more these days to be honest but i have a special place in my heart for lambretta motor scooters and know i always will. I rode on these daily as my only transport for nearly 10 years. they are the Chevrolet of the scooter world, classy, classic lines, faster than their counter parts and can be a bastard of a machine all wrapped into one. Epic cool if you were into scooters. whats not to love.


    That's the 63 lambretta i rode around for about 5 years i guess...

    And that's the Heinkel / Honda hybrid. we used to call it "the axis" with germans and japanese coming together, with italian (lambretta) headlight and a few other lambretta bits ha.
  17. Not really in the same catagory, but since the thread "[​IMG] So who rides motorcycles?"
    is closed in place it here and hope to bring back life in the 2-wheeler threads.
    Bike is my 1950 Sparta, build here in Holland with an English 200 cc Villiers engine with 8 HP.
    Bike is unrestored and only new tyres are on it and i drive it like this.

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  18. K-88 ghost
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 214

    K-88 ghost
    from Nevada

    Crusing alleys in the San frenando valley one day in the eightys and I saw this (in pieces) in a back yard, went to the front and asked about it and the owner (who was retired, director of the T.V. series "The Rat Patrol" he said he picked it up in Madrid Spain where they were filming the T.V. show. (note the badges on the front) And brought it back the the U.S. when they were finished filming.The side car is a "Side Boy" made in Spain I belive.:cool:

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  20. Drewski
    Joined: Feb 22, 2008
    Posts: 269


    Photo taken a long time ago, my 54 Eagle on the right, my friends 57 Eagle on the left. We got these when we were 14 and now nearly 50 years later, we're still riding on two wheels.

    We both still wish we had those Eagles back.

    On any given day one of these would be a little faster than the other one. We learned about drafting at an early age. Run in the other guys draft, get up a head of steam, whip out to pass and maybe you might get your fender out in front of the other guy before you fade and fall back and do it all over again.


    Got my back up ride in the background in this photo. Those were fun times.


    I briefly owned a 1957 Mustang Pony with a Stallion trans. after the Eagle and quickly graduated to a 1941 Harley 45.

  21. Fidget
    Joined: Sep 10, 2004
    Posts: 1,011


  22. The one I have has no engine but the original was a Sachs 2-stroke
  23. Have this Heinkel Tourist I'll probably do nothing with. Hot-wired it to hear it run so far.

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  24. fnqvmuch
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 266


    forgive these, lab stuffed my film so gonna have to go back to Bali (dammit) cause i have yet to see any quite like this; seemed very Arlen Ness or something ...



    btw & ot; from an earlier trip - british frames with bus air-con motors i think;

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  25. Merc Ryan
    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Merc Ryan
    from Phoenix

    Wow.... there are a lot of Vespas on this board.
    Here is a pic of my Harley Topper. It's currently undergoing another engine transplant, but here it is before one of it's tours of Southern AZ.

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  26. pride63
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
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  27. NMCarNut
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 630


    Since someone revived this thread, might as well get some more Cushman coverage in.

    Here is my wife's 55 Eagle, her uncle bought it in the late 50's and she rode it when she was a kid . . .

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  28. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,830


    Anybody heard of a Simplex?
  29. Dog Dish Deluxe
    Joined: Dec 23, 2011
    Posts: 778

    Dog Dish Deluxe
    from MO.

    Had this '59 Cushman truckster when I was a kid. That thing was a blast, had a 3 on the tree and would do about 60 in 3rd gear, also had a 2 speed rear end. I miss it.

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