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    Smile The Iconic Vespa Transported Millions World Wide.

    I remember when I and a buddy on leave from Germany, rented a couple of Vespa's and spent the entire day touring Rome. On the surface, the New still identifies with the Old, except for whats under the 'hood.' The following is a 1946 model which was identical to the ones we rented in 1948, Back then, I believe they were powered by a 125cc engine?







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    They were 125cc two stoke motors with about 5HP and a top speed of maybe 35 (although some owners would claim much higher speeds). It had a three speed, handlebar shift transmission and carried a spare tire in the rear nacelle. They were sold in the thousands by Sears as the "Allstate Scooter"
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    125cc should be able to do around 70 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrogersNhood View Post
    125cc should be able to do around 70 mph.
    The speedometers would not be, shall we say, entirely accurate. At the time of these Vespa's a 250 would hit 70 but never a 125. The top speed on 125cc motorcycles, not scooters, was around 50 to 55. Scooters were slower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Monroe View Post
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    Best ride I ever had. 1959 and all over southern France. A few times with a skirt on board behind me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sargentodiaz View Post
    Best ride I ever had. 1959 and all over southern France. A few times with a skirt on board behind me.
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