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I'm going to buy my first scooter in 30 years around spring next year (when hope money available).
Although I owned a 100cc Vespa back then, I've no experience in the maintainance of scooters other than keeping them shiney and looking cool.
I love the original scooters but am concerned that if I buy one, if/when something needs done, it may be hard to get parts or someone with expert knowledge who won't add 000s to the repair price tag.
I'd be happy to learn to maintain it for myself but have no idea how realistic or otherwise that is.
I've researched on the internet to try and reach a decision on vintage or new. I went to Mickey Oates in Glasgow and had a look at the new Lambretta 125 and visited Glasgow Lambretta to look at LML's and Neco's. Out of that lot the LML's seem to be best for quality and value from the New camp which would give the novice scooter mechanic a warranty period and knowledge that spares/repairs shouldn't be a problem.
I'm well aware the puirists would turn their noses up at LML and am trying to keep the faith.
Any constructive thoughts or advise welcomed.
Go traditional. Get an original in good order
Good suggestion Graeme, cheers.
I'll be looking for a 200cc as I took my bike test too many years ago when I was 17. Opposite prob to you Ruby I'm 6'3" and about 14 & 1/2 stone so hope I won't look too big on a scooter!
Thanks for your comments and if you hear of anyone selling something nice let me know please :->
you might want to have a look at Vivo Scooters in Edinburgh...they retro fit a kit onto the LML or new Vespa, to make it look exactly like an older Vespa GS, that way you have the best of both worlds - the reliability of a new machine with the styling and looks of a vintage.
Had a look previously on line not sure if cost makes sence or having a pretend vintage scooter but understand that this gives an option.
I guess a lot depends on how much money you have available for the scoot.
If you have enough to buy a new one outright, you should have enough to get a fairly decent vintage one.
If you do go for a classic, save yourself some hassle and book it in for a service at a reputable scooter shop [not the local garage!]. It will cost a bit but will certainly ensure you have a fully functional reliable scooter ..... well, as reliable as they can be! :)
The odd little jobs that crop up later on you can do yourself....
I've ridden and owned Lambretta's and Vespa's (including the honda 70's as a wee lad, with a few heavy hitter motorbikes inbetween for good measure). Just a suggestion Malcolm, do your homework. Read independant reviews, loads on the internet from reliable sources (funny, but some of the best reviews on scooters are on motorbike sites). Travel round the scooter dealers, check out new and rebuilds to get a feel and a test ride. Obviously look at your budget, running costs, uses (milage, show and/or ride) and more importantly your own individual tastes. Vintage, classic, modern rebuild or brand new auto, it doesn't and shouldn't matter. Get what you love, love what you get.
Very profound Gary, thanks for your thoughts.
hi Malcolm, I knew of an 05 plate Vespa PX 125 for sale, good solid scooter, just needs a wee bit of TLC, it has been garaged for the last year. £15 to tax and about £25 to get a MoT. It has done about 25k Km (i think but not much more). Its a nice gun metal grey with a nice speckle thru it. I owned it from new, and then sold it on to a friend, who then sold it to an other friend of ours.Its in the East End of Glasgow.
Give me a bell on 07734771086 if you want any more info
Thanks a lot for that Paul but I won't be ready to part with cash for this until about spring next year.