Latest update re the main vespa.org.uk website. Due to lack of time and commitment (and cost), vespa.org.uk will close, but the free forum will continue to stay open.
There have been many confusions over the years that the website is the official Piaggio website, so to prevent further queries from Piaggio's customers, the secondary reason to close the website is to ensure that I am avoiding cybersquatting activity by using the Vespa brand name in my domain name.
I was ahead of the game in 2004 when the domain name was available to purchase for literally a few pounds, but after 13 years of building a great community on the forum, I respect the demand of readers, yet respect the brand name to ensure that they 'own it'.
As vespa.org.uk is a non-profit website, yearly admin fees are rising and time is short - so, thanks to all contributors over the years, continue to use the forum, and I make take-off with the new website www.modsandsods.com for a more general scooter/mod theme.
Well done for keeping something like this going, it's certainly been a great help for me! Probably the best thing to do with the name really, that could have gotten worse with time (not to mention the cost as you mentioned), and the commitment to do it. All this sort of thing is time more than anything else, as I'm more involved with some car clubs. Thanks again! 😃
Thanks chaps I also didn't want to step on the toes at scooterboyworld which has been going a long time too, great forum, but not for Mods haha. www.modsandsods.com is up and running now, so there's a link on the homepage to this forum