Hi, I have a 2001 Vespa PX125, and I'm hoping to ride it from Milton Keynes (50miles north of London) to Verona, Italy. I have 2 weeks holiday and reckon it'll take around 4 days to get there, and the same back with a little fun time in the middle! - it's around 1000miles each way. Of course, being a 125 means I can't use motorways. Have never made a trip anything like this far on a scooter before, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice? Things like what spares should I take, breakdown cover, whether or not I'm even covered to ride in Europe as a CBT holding L plate wearer? Am I harbouring an unrealistic fantasy here, or is it do-able? Indeed, has anyone here done anything similar?
It's not the size of your engine that stops you going on the motorway, it's your L plates. 125s are ok as long as you've passed your test. But to be frank, even if you had passed, I wouldn't recommend using continental motorways on a 125 anyway, because the traffic is generally much faster than it is in the UK.
When I lived in Germany a mate of mine's dad came out to visit on an old BMW motorbike and said the autobahn was terrifying because the HGVs kept cutting him up.
Anyway, why waste your time driving in a straight line with nothing to see, when you can twist and turn about on minor roads and take in the scenery?
I know people from Liverpool SC have just got back from riding all the way to Austria for Euro Lambretta, I can ask them for tips. Or better still, why not visit the Armed Forces SC website via our links page, many of their members are based in Germany, Holland, Belgium etc.
As for your insurance company, you'll have to ring them up and see what they say. It may be just a case of getting a green card issued to cover you for the period you're abroad, but I don't know if that's possible for Learners. What I would recommend though is think about European recovery in case you break down, and get lots of medical insurance.
Happy trails, and if you found anything out that might help other scooterists, let us know.
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gillie : i just bought the full bottom end from India, it all came in LML packking and looks as good as any vespa parts ive used , i asked 2 dealers before i bought this and they told me they have never had any LML gearbox problems so i bought it all
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Noah1871998: whats the best engine to buy for a 1960 vespa 50 special as im rebuilding one for my first moped
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Noah1871998: thanks for the replies
Feb 24, 2015 14:56:40 GMT 1
henri: noah ,whats ya budget ,an you'd get more answers in tech section threads, most either go 80cc or 102cc kit on a fifty or stick a primavera 125cc engine in an not tell dvla if there 16 , H
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noah1871998: thanks very much for your reply budget is unknown ahah, i will look into it, and was wondering what engines fit the engine mounts that sorta stuff
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callaway49: hi! I have a vespa Piaggio PX 125E from 1984 and I've problems with removing the side panels. It dos not work like in the Manual of Haynes. I can't se any panel catches. The Manual is not like the real model. Can anybody please help me?
Mar 13, 2015 9:23:30 GMT 1
sime66: You've probably got the underseat levers on a 1984 instead of the catches. This tutorial is for a Stella, but the first thing he shows you is how to take your sidepanel off, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y44LG0KtPfI
Mar 13, 2015 22:14:35 GMT 1
callaway49: Yes!!! It's unbelievable how I've tried and not notised the levers. I owe you many thanks for this tip
Mar 14, 2015 9:57:38 GMT 1
sime66: You're welcome; now you can get stuck in!
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t5bill: callaway49 just remember if you tinker with it and you have nutz and bolts left over you've c**ked up somewhere lol
Mar 20, 2015 9:21:25 GMT 1
slips: Hello can anyone please tell me how much 2 stroke oil needs to be added to say 4 litres of petrol for my dad revisiting his youth for his 1960 125 vbb vespa. Must say I'm jealous as it has chromed panels white walled tyres and has been restored so well
Mar 20, 2015 13:43:35 GMT 1
innocentgee: slips: 2% mix, 20ml per litre so 80ml for 4 litres
Mar 20, 2015 15:28:24 GMT 1
slips: Thank you so much for that. I just hope me old man won't ride the scoot and lets me. Fingers crossed.
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