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Italjet scooter has Ducati design

When designer Kar Lee put together an Italian mashup of the Ducati Panigale V2 and an Italjet Dragster scooter in 2018, many thought he was crazy. But now the scooter is a reality.

This handsome scooter is so radical, it might even change some rider’s attitudes toward scooters altogether.

Lee was inspired by the original Dragster design from the 1990s, but with a Ducati-like trellis frame and centre hub steering.

The reborn Italjet 200 will soon be available for $9990 ride away at all Italjet dealers in the five main states of Australia.Italjet Dragster 200

But unlike the 155hp (115kw) 955cc Panigale V2, the Italjet 200 is powered by a 181cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve, Euro 5 four-stroke single-cylinder engine producing 19.8hp (14.5kW) and 15.5Nm, embedded in package that weighs just 112kg dry.

A  prototype of the resurrected Italjet with modern designs and materials was first unveiled at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, followed by a three-year period of refinement and collaborative input from Italian MotoGP rider and now brand ambassador Andrea Dovizioso.

With some pandemic-enforced delays also thrown into the mix, production of the Italjet began in October 2021.

The quirky Dragster 200 features a molybdenum-chrome frame reinforced with die-cast aluminium plates, while the signature trellis frame – as well as providing a strong, lightweight structure that simplifies placement of engine and components – connects the steering head to the swingarm pivot and provides rigidity due to its interwoven structure.

The centre hub steering, in the same mould as the famous Bimota Tesi 3D, separates the steering, braking, and suspension functions for improved stability.Italjet Dragster 200

It is claimed to filter roughness, without transmitting vibrations to the handlebar.

There’s a Paioli monoshock at the front and rear with preload adjustability while, remaining true to its Italian heritage, the Italjet is fitted with Brembo brakes and Pirelli tyres.

The package is completed by an aluminium front swingarm, MotoGP-style hand/lever guards, passenger seating and a standard scooter centrestand.

Italjet Australia’s Fredy Arnet says he was “taken aback at the Dragster prototype shown at the  EICMA show 2018” .

“But ‘prototype’ probably isn’t the best word, because the production model that’s going on sale in Australia is remarkably similar in design and spec to what we saw in Italy,” he says. Italjet Dragster 200

“And the centrepiece of that is of course the centre hub steering, but in many other ways it’s above and beyond anything else on the market – the distinctive styling one of them.

“Quite simply, the Dragster is a stunning example of Italian ingenuity, attention to detail and, most importantly, a passion to create a vehicle that excites.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing the Italjet brand to a new batch of devotees, as well as those who remember the brand with fondness from the 1990s and the turn of the century.”

Italjet was founded in 1959 by Leopoldo Tartarini, who was an integral part of the Ducati racing and business family before embarking on his own two-wheeled adventure.

The Dragster is the best-known of the Italjet models, with the two-stroke 50 and 180cc platforms previously sold in Australia.

The 2022 Dragster 200 will be available in three liveries – grey/white/red, grey/yellow and black/grey – and comes with a two-year unlimited-kilometre factory warranty.Italjet Dragster 200

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Benzina Zero is new Aussie electric brand

New Australian company Benzina Zero has launched an electric scooter brand, led by a robust looking adventure scooter crossover model.

Longtime motorcycle and scooter industry stalwarts Joe D’Ercole and Ben Silver have been working a “long four years” developing the product with a Chinese factory.

“We have worked extensively with the factory to produce a product that is very unique and robust for Australian and European conditions,” Joe says.

Their range of five scooters now has European Certification and Australian ADR (Australian Design Regulations) Compliance.

  • The Duo crossover model resembles the New Zealand Ubco and has a top speed of 45km/h and 109km of range;
  • Duo+ has a 65km/h top speed and 95km of range;
  • The lightweight 65kg City has a top speed of 45km/h and 80km of range;
  • Sport has an 80km/h top speed and 133km of range; and
  • The leaning Cargo three-wheeler delivery vehicle has a roof, reverse gear, 80km of range and a top speed of 70km/h. 

All models, expect the Duo+, can be ridden in Australia on learner licences, while the Duo and City can be ridden car licences in Queensland, NT, WA and SA.

Prices and availability are yet to be announced.

All models can be charged via any wall socket or the battery can be easily removed for direct recharging. Charging range from five hours for the Cargo to seven hours for the Duo models.

The two-wheeler scooters are powered by Bosch electric motor technology with LG lithium batteries, while the 206kg Cargo has a Thai Yuma motor and lithium battery.

Benzina Zero also has a range of accessories that include pizza boxes for those who want to use them as delivery vehicles.

“We will be importing and distributing our brand in Australia and Italy,” Joe says.

“Italy was always number two in Europe to Spain but in the last 12 months it has made it to number one in the two-wheel market segment.

“There are many European countries who are now waiting for our shipment to arrive in Italy, estimated January 2022.

“I can confirm that we have 14 countries interested in our brand, so the UK, Philippines and Singapore have now confirmed orders for evaluation samples.

“Our Philippines importer who has looked at our product now wants us to consult for him on other transport projects that he is currently working on as well.”

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Vespas scoot around the bay for charity

Melbourne Vespa riders will celebrate the iconic scooter marque’s 75th anniversary on Sunday, 19 December, with the ninth annual Vespa Day Around the Bay.

The event, organised by the Vespa Club of Melbourne, allows participants to choose from eight departure points around the bay.

Riders can do one or two legs of the trip or ride the full 322.6km right around Port Phillip Bay.

Cost is $10 per rider with funds raised going to the Khmer Association for Development (KAD).

The local Cambodian non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organisation conducts several community programs in health, education, vocational training, media, governance, agriculture and children’s rights.

The Vespa Club of Melbourne has donated more than $40,000 to the Cambodian charity in the past eight years.

Among the classic Vespa models expected at the event will be several 75th editions of the latest Vespa Primavera 150 and GTS 300 models, distinguished by their historic ‘Giallo Zolfo’ livery, intuitive TFT display and iconic leather wheel bags.

Vespa has built more than 19 million scooters over the past 75 years, including almost two million in the past decade alone.

Image from previous Vespa Vespa Days

Vespa Day Around the Bay itinerary

6.45am Geelong: The Edge Cafe. Refuel at Yarraville so you can make it home.

8.30am Yarraville: Main ride leaves from Dad and Dave’s Cafe (Bus station).

9am St Kilda: Shakespeare Grove car park along Luna Park. Be ready to go when the ride arrives.

10.40am Chelsea: Morning tea from 10am by members Stefan and Ira at their home at 8 Village Crescent, Chelsea. Thank them very much.

Touratech Desierto5 fairing for BMW R 12100 GSv

11.30am Mornington: Wilson’s Road. Regroup only. Don’t gear down. Ride begins as soon as the tail rider arrives.

1pm Sorrento Ferry: $20 cash for Vespa Club members/$30 cash others (usually $39). Have small notes ready to pay Julie as you pass through the gate. Lunch on the ferry is BYO or you can buy from the kiosk.

1.45pm Queenscliff: Ride to Portarlington where riders will refuel.

3.30pm Leave Geelong, through Corio and Lara: North of Little River the ride joins the freeway for 15 minutes.

4.30pm: Main ride arrives for drinks at Vault bar, Yarraville.

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Horwin electric scooter launches in Australia

European electric scooter company Horwin Global has entered the Australian electric-powered two-wheeler market with the EK3 scooter.

Distributed by e-Motion Concepts (EMoS) of Brisbane Australia, the electric scooter offers a light electric vehicle and urban transport option.

The 2021 winner of the prestigious RED DOT design awards features modern design, smooth contours, bright colours and range of up to 100km.

The EK3 achieves a top speed of 95km/h and has a long 1320mm wheelbase and a 14-inch front wheel and 13-inch rear wheel for stability in the urban environment.EK3 electric scooter

Australian retail pricing for the EK3 has not yet been finalised, but EMoS says it will be “very competitive with similar style and performance, higher end petrol scooters”.

It’s not a dinky-toy scooter, either, with generous dimensions (1900mm length, 690mm width and 1130mm height), space for a rider and pillion, and load capacity of 170kg.

The scooter is powered by a single 40Ah battery running a 6.2 kW motor that pushes it to 60km/h in six seconds with full torque of 195Nm as soon as you twist the throttle.

It can also be fitted with two removable lithium-ion batteries.

A monitoring system provides protection against over-charging, discharging, over-voltage, short circuit and monitors the temperature of the batteries.

Battery life is more than 1000 cycles and charging time is 3.5 hours using the supplied intelligent charger.

The EK3 also features USB smart phone charging, remote control and keyless start.

Since it is classified in Australia as a LC (motorcycle) category it requires a motorcycle license, but is LAMS approved.

Horwin Global, is planning to expand their presence in Australia further in the future with additions of other models, such as the EK1, CR6 / CR6 Pro.

EMoS  is looking for interested parties that would like to stock and retail the scooters in Australia.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

You might like the Kymco Like scooter

Taiwan manufacturer Kymco has introduced an S model of its likeable Like 150 scooter to Australia for the very likeable price of $4490.

That’s $500 less than the R version because it deletes the top box and carrier. It comes with a three-year warranty.

The Like 150 S is yet another strangely named scooter, but certainly not the strangest. 

How about the Zip, Fly, Burgman, Buddy, Babydoll, Mio, Movie, People, Ruckus, Bet & Win, Majesty, Agility, Zuma and Exciting!

Is it any wonder motorcyclists poke fun at scooter riders when their machines have such silly names?

Mind you, motorcyclists can’t scoff when they are riding bikes with names like Harley’s Fat Boy or Fat Bob, or Suzuki’s Gladius, or Aprilia Shiver.

The Kymco Like 150 S is based on the Like 150 R, but has a more streamlined dash, slimmer headlight, new pillion grabrail, new front vent, new muffler cover and black piping, forks, front vent, headlight bezel and mirrors.

It is powered by the same 9.9kW (13.3hp) four-valve fuel-injected engine which is now smoother and quieter thanks to recent refinements such as helical gears in the CVT twist-and-go transmission.

Poster for 2021 KTM World Adventure Week (WAW)

The Like 150 S also gets chassis updates from the Like line-up, including a bi-beam frame and repositioned fuel tank to lower the centre of gravity. 

It features telescopic forks, twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers, light-weight 12-inch wheels and dual channel Bosch anti-lock braking.Kymco Like 150 S

2021 KYMCO LIKE 150 S

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke 150cc SOHC single-cylinder
  • Power: 9.9kW (13.3hp)
  • Transmission: Twist and go CVT automatic
  • Front suspension: Telescopic fork, 95mm travel
  • Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload, 86mm travel
  • Front brakes: 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
  • Rear brake: 220mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: 12-inch
  • Tyres: 110/70-12 front, 130/70-12 rear
  • Dry weight: 115kg
  • Seat height: 790mm
  • Fuel capacity: 6.8 litres
  • Colour: Orange
  • Warranty: Three years, unlimited kilometres

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Lucas Films and Yamaha Create Star Wars-Themed Rides for Brazil

As an avid motorcyclist, I’m not typically one to hop aboard a 15 hp, 150cc scooter with a look of excited anticipation…but as an avid Star Wars nerd, I have promised to zip it and save my opinions on the dark side after I try one of these buggers out in person. 

Yamaha has partnered with Lucas Films to create two seriously stylish Star Wars-themed scooters, currently only available in Brazil. 

a side profile of a Star Wars themed scooter, available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

According to a report from Yahoo, the scooters are available in two editions – Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance.

a side profile of a Star Wars themed scooter, available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

While Yamaha makes no promises as to the futuristic potential of these themed motors, the NMAX 160 ABS does sport the typical headlight-mounted front apron with LED headlight, raised windscreen, high-set handlebars, single-piece seat with pillion grab rail, and a digital instrument console – with everything stacked on blacked-out designer wheels. 

a side profile of the two Star Wars themes scooters available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

With only 680 units being released, it might be a good idea to check availability for some serious scoots about the solar system.

A bit of advice for Yamaha – next time, we need a stormtrooper theme. It’s the only way to be guaranteed not to hit anything.

May the force be with the Yamaha Motor Company.

Make sure to comment your thoughts below, and for more box office-themed moto-news, check out this article on Tom Cruise’s Death-Defying Motorcycle Stunt.

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Recall: Suzuki scooter speedo issue

Suzuki Australia is recalling UH200 scooters over an issue with rusty speedos that could cost the rider a hefty speeding fine.

The official notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says 60 scooters  from 2018 and 2019 are affected. The full list of vehicle identification numbers (VIND) are included at the end of this article.

“The speed sensor power supply circuit may experience corrosion,” the ACCC notice says. 

“The corrosion may cause the speed sensor to lose power supply and could result in the speedometer and odometer not working correctly.

“If the speedometer is not working correctly, it may not show the correct speed. The rider will be unable to correctly determine the operating speed of the scooter. 

“This may increase the risk of an accident, causing injury or death to the rider, passenger or other road users.”

It could also mean the rider could cop a speeding fine!

Owners will be contacted by Suzuki Australia in writing to take their scooter to their nearest authorised Suzuki dealer service department to arrange a free repair.

So far this year there have been 24 recalls. This is the second recall for Suzuki after the GSX250F was recalled over a headlight bulb issue.


a model trying out an airbag jacket

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

VINs of affected scooters

MLCC9131300300305 MLCC9131300300335
MLCC9131300300306 MLCC9131300300336
MLCC9131300300307 MLCC9131300300337
MLCC9131300300308 MLCC9131300300338
MLCC9131300300309 MLCC9131300300339
MLCC9131300300310 MLCC9131300300340
MLCC9131300300311 MLCC9131300300341
MLCC9131300300312 MLCC9131300300342
MLCC9131300300313 MLCC9131300300343
MLCC9131300300314 MLCC9131300300344
MLCC9131300300315 MLCC9131300300345
MLCC9131300300316 MLCC9131300300346
MLCC9131300300317 MLCC9131300300347
MLCC9131300300318 MLCC9131300300348
MLCC9131300300319 MLCC9131300300349
MLCC9131300300320 MLCC9131300300350
MLCC9131300300321 MLCC9131300300351
MLCC9131300300322 MLCC9131300300353
MLCC9131300300323 MLCC9131300300354
MLCC9131300300324 MLCC9131300300355
MLCC9131300300325 MLCC9131300300356
MLCC9131300300326 MLCC9131300300357
MLCC9131300300327 MLCC9131300300358
MLCC9131300300328 MLCC9131300300359
MLCC9131300300329 MLCC9131300300360
MLCC9131300300330 MLCC9131300300361
MLCC9131300300331 MLCC9131300300362
MLCC9131300300332 MLCC9131300300363
MLCC9131300300333 MLCC9131300300364
MLCC9131300300334 MLCC9131300300352

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1947 Salsbury Model 85 Scooter: Drool-Worthy Dreamboat Could Be Yours

Ageless aerodynamics. 

Absolute cupboard of a caboose. 

The putter of perfection. 

All this and more could be yours for a minimum bid of $8,000. 

Am I kidding? Nope. Say hello to the Jetson family, folks.

BringATrailer has 3 days left on a bid for a vintage firetruck-red 1947 Model 85 scooter, and I’m digging the dynamics. What other scooter can brag gas/brake pedals, a spring-cushioned solo seat, and 1.5 cubic feet of storage capacity?

According to a report from RideApart, Salisbury started up with their scooter line in the 1930s, when post-Depression Americans were looking for a cheap commute. Amelia Earheart, female pilot, and icon of the times, was said to have served as an inspiration for Salsbury’s spiffy style.

And that’s not all. Style came with speed, even back then. The scooter’s top velocity is due to the 320cc fan-cooled, 6 hp side-valve motor and maxes out at a hair-raising 50 mph – pray you don’t hit the speed bumps the wrong way. 

black and white photo of a Salsbury Model 85, 1947

worker holding up examples of patented solid-state batteries

The Model 85 was acquired by its current owner in 1996 and has since been refurbished with chrome detailing, paint touch-ups, and a fine-tuned CVT – in this case, ‘CVT’ standing for ‘Constant Velocity Transmission,’ not ‘Continuously Variable Transmission,’ as is true for most modern CVTS with a hand throttle. 

Additional perk: only 1000 units of this model were made, with precious few remaining in such good shape. They sold for $800 back then, so the full accounting for inflation tips the scales at a neat $9500.  

It’s a bargain, and you know you want it – if only to putter about town and make your neighbors jelly.

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Vespa cracks 19 million unit milestone in 75th year

75 years young and never more popular

Vespa celebrates 75 years and reaches the extraordinary milestone of 19 million units produced, beginning from the spring of 1946. The Vespa that celebrates the 19 million is a GTS 300 in 75th Anniversary Special Edition and was assembled in the Pontedera plant, where Vespa has been manufactured uninterrupted since 1946.

1945 Vespa MP6 Prototype

Halfway through the first decade of the new millennia, annual Vespa production was around 50 thousand units and, since then, constant and spectacular growth took it an excess of 100 thousand in 2007 and 200 thousand from 2018.

Vespsa is today manufactured out of three production sites: Pontedera, with production destined for Europe, the Americas and all the western markets; Vinh Phuc, in Vietnam, which serves the local market along with Australia, and India hosts the ultra-modern Baramati plant, opened in April 2012, where Vespas for the Indian and Nepalese markets are produced.

Vespa’s Pontedera plant, in Tuscany – 1950s

For its 75th birthday, Vespa introduces a special Vespa 75th series, available for Vespa Primavera (in the 50, 125 and 150 cc engine sizes) and for Vespa GTS (in the 125 and 300 cc engine sizes), limitedly to 2021.

75th Anniversary Vespa GTS 300

The body of Vespa 75th takes on the brand new metallic Giallo 75th colour which, designed expressly for this series, reinterprets colours in a modern key that were all the rage in the forties. The number 75 appears on the side panels and front mudguard in a more accentuated shade, creating an elegant tone-on-tone, as well on the front, where the traditional “necktie” is refined in a matte yellow pyrite colour.

75th Anniversary Vespa Primavera 150

Vespa was born out of the desire to create an innovative product for individual mobility. First a “motor scooter” was built on the model of small motorcycles for parachutists and then a prototype that revolutionised the concept that had dominated the classic motorcycling layout until then. A vehicle was created with a stress-bearing body, direct-drive, with the gear shift on the handlebar. The classic front fork disappeared in favour of a single-sided swingarm that made tyre changes easier and, above all, the frame disappeared, replaced by a stress-bearing body capable of protecting the rider from dirt and rumpled clothing. The Vespa design patent filing date is 23 April 1946.

1945 Vespa MP6 Prototype

After the years of rebirth, Vespa continued to strengthen through the generational renewal of the sixties. As cars and mass motorisation spread, Vespa offered salvation from traffic, with the versions in the smaller engine sizes catering to the growing youth market. Then, in the ‘70s, the signs of a growing ecological awareness and the first petrol crisis arrived, Vespa was the antidote to city pollution, able to zip through traffic and easily find parking.

Still built entirely out of steel to this day, Vespa has also carved out a modern legend and successfully blends heritage with modern technology in a way that no others has managed and continue to produce the world’s most evocative scooters.

Brief Vespa Timeline

Vespa’s Pontedera plant, in Tuscany

On 23 April 1946, Piaggio (founded in 1884) files the patent for “a motorcycle featuring a rational elemental and organic complex combined with frame and fenders and an engine hood covering all mechanical parts”. The Vespa is born. The motorised scooter with a 98 cc, 2T single-cylinder engine is built in the Pontedera plant, in Tuscany.

1946 Vespa 98

1948 – The Vespa 125 cc model is introduced.

Vespa 125, 1949 – The first 125cc Vespa came in 1948. It differed from the 98 not only in terms of its engine capacity, but also for the introduction of rear suspension; the front suspension was also modified

1949 – The Unione Italiana Vespa Riders, incorporating 30 clubs, is formed and holds its first convention.

1950 – Vespa begins production in German under a licence agreement with Hoffman-Werke.

1951 – Vespa begins production in the United Kingdom under license to Douglas of Bristol and in France with ACMA of Paris.

1952 – The Vespa Club Europea is born in Milan to bring the clubs in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium together. Worldwide Vespa Club membership surpasses 50,000. There are more than 10,000 Vespa service stations around the world.

Vespa 125 “U”, 1953 – Characterised by its austere aesthetic, this was the “utility” version, sold for 20,000 lira less than the more modern 125. The headlamp appeared high up on the handlebar for the first time in Italy (it had already been introduced on a number of exported models).

1953 – Vespa 125 is immortalised in the film Roman Holiday by William Wyler with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

Vespa 125 Roman Holiday

1955 – Vespa GS marks a turning point for Vespa which, for the first time, exceeds the 100 km/h mark, adopts a 4-speed gearbox for the first time and mounts 10 inch wheel rims.

1955 Vespa GS150 – efined by experts as “the most highly-appreciated, imitated and best remembered model”. There were numerous innovations: the 150cc engine, 4-speed gearbox, standard long saddle, handlebar-headlamp unit with “fairing”, and wheels with 10” tyres. This Vespa could reach 100 km/h. The design also changed, with a much more aerodynamic body.
1962 – Created to continue the commercial success of the first GS, it boasted a completely new design.
The exhaust silencer, carburettor and suspension were also new. The power output was 8.2 HP at 6500 rpm.

1964 – The Vespino is born – Vespa in the 50 cc engine capacity.

Vespa 50 – The first Vespa 50cc, created to exploit the new Italian Highway Code which made a number plate obligatory on larger engines. Extremely versatile and reliable, the engine featured a new layout, with the cylinder inclined 45° instead of horizontal. It was also the last design to leave Corradino D’Ascanio’s drawing board

1965 – Vespa sales surpass 3.5 million.

Vespa 180 SS, 1965 – Representing a new standard in terms of engine capacity growth (181.14cc), it could reach 105 km/h thanks to its 10 HP. The 180 SS (Super Sport) replaced the glorious GS 150/160cc. Piaggio modified the front cowling, making it more aerodynamic and significantly improving comfort, handling and road holding.

1968 – The “Chi Vespa mangia le mele” campaign (Those who Vespa eat the apples) revolutionises the advertising world.

1968 Vespa Primavera – Together with the subsequent PX, this was the most enduring of the Vespa models. It derived from the “new” 125, but with considerable differences in the engine, which raised the top speed by 10 km/h. There was great attention to detail, finishes including the classic and very practical bag hook.

1968 – Vespa Primavera is one of the longest-lasting Vespa models and the vehicle of new generations all over Europe.

1968 Vespa 180 Rally – The engine was new, the front headlamp new and more powerful, the frame, derived from the Vespa 150 Sprint, narrower and more aerodynamic than that of the Super Sport.

1976 – Vespa Primavera 125 – ET3 is the first scooter with electronic ignition.

Vespa 125 Primavera ET3, 1976 – The acronym stood for“3 port electronics”, and marked an important change to the engine, more powerful and peppy. Even the styling was changed from the standard Primavera (which remained in the range)

1978 – Vespa PX is born in the three-cylinder “classic” 125, 150 and 200 cc versions. It would be the most sold model in Vespa history with more than 30 million units.

1978 – The “PX” represented another step forward in terms of aesthetics (the chassis was completely redesigned ) and performance. The top box was positioned behind the cowling. That same year, the P 200 E was also presented. With respect to the 125 version, this model could be equipped with separate lubrication and direction indicators incorporated in the body.

1980 – Four Vespa PX units participate in the Paris-Dakar, the most epic and gruelling race in the world. Incredibly, ridden by Marc Simonot, one of them would go on to finish the race.

Vespa at Dakar

1984 – Vespa PK 125 Automatica is the first Vespa with an automatic transmission.

Vespa PK 125 Automatica, 1984 – Automatic gearing was introduced by Vespa, perhaps the most radical change since 1946 (at least from the user’s standpoint). The presence of the automatic transmission was emphasised by the absence of the foot brake, replaced by the lever on the left handlebar (which does not need to control the clutch, as it is automatic). It was also available with automatic oil-petrol mixer and electric ignition. The following year the Vespa PK 50 Automatic was launched.

1988 – Vespa sales surpass 10 million.

1992 – Giorgio Bettinelli, writer and journalist, leaves Rome on a Vespa and reaches Saigon in March 1993. He would go on to accomplish several other feats: in 1994-95, also on a Vespa, he covered the 36,000 km from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. In 1995-96 he travelled from Melbourne to Cape Town – over 52,000 km in 12 months. In 1997 he started out from Chile, reaching Tasmania after three years and eight months, having travelled 144,000 km on his Vespa and crossed 90 countries across the Americas, Siberia, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. All in all, Bettinelli has travelled 250,000 km on a Vespa.

1996 – The new Vespa generation is born with the ET4 125 cc model. For the first time, Vespa adopts a 4T engine and automatic transmission.

1996 Vespa ET4 125

1996 – The number of Vespas sold surpasses 15 million.

1997 – Vespa ET2 (50 cc) is launched.

1998 – Restyling and front disc brake for Vespa PX, the most sold scooter model in the world (over two million units from the time it was launched).

2000 Vespa ET2 50

2000 – Vespa returns to the American market.

Granturismo 200L and 125L, 2003 – The Granturismo was the largest and most powerful Vespa produced up until that time. In its 200L and 125L versions, it marries Vespa’s emotional values with state-of-the-art technology: this was the first-ever Vespa to have sparkling four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled engines that meet the new Euro 2 emissions standards, as well as 12-inch wheels and a two-disk brake system. The steel body is a uniquely Vespa touch.

2003 – The return of the Vespone, Vespa GT 125 and Vespa GT 200 are born.

2005 – Vespa LX marks the return to Vespa’s most classic lines.

Vespa LX, 2005 – It’s the return of the “Vespino” (“little Vespa”), the small body model which had been alongside the “Vespone” (“big Vespa”) for more than 50 years.
Vespa GTS 250 i.e., 2005 – Fifty years after the launch of the Vespa GS (Gran Sport), the first sport scooter in history and still a sought after treasure for collectors and fans, Vespa GTS 250 i.e. renews the GS blend of speed and style to become the fastest, most powerful and most high-tech Vespa.

2006 – Vespa celebrates 60 years with the spectacular Vespa 60° special series that brings back the colours and style of the early Vespas.

Vespa GT 60°, 250cc, 2006 – This is the gift that Vespa was determined to give its fans to celebrate the company’s sixtieth anniversary. With its prestigious materials and exclusive finish, this unique limited edition is made in a series of only 999 units, and is destined to become one of the milestones in Vespa’s long history.

2008 – Vespa 300 GTS Super is the highest performance and sportiest model in history.

Vespa GTS 300 Super, 2008 – Vespa GTS 300 Super brought exclusive Vespa elegance to the “over 250” class. The classic, unique Vespa style is combined with a distinctly sporty and modern personality.

2011 – Vespa 946 is highly exclusive model dedicated to aesthetic and technological perfection, the name of which recalls the year that the scooter symbolic of Italian elegance was born – 1946.

Vespa 946

2013 – The legendary Vespa Primavera returns, produced in the 50, 125 and 150 engine sizes, it renews the legendary Vespino.

2013 Vespa Primavera 125
2014 Vespa Sprint 125
2016 Vespa 946 (Red)
2017 Vespa Sei Giorni

2018 – Vespa Elettrica is born, a modern work of art with a technological heart, destined to change the mobility segment. Completely silent and easy to ride, and produced entirely in Pontedera, it represents the revolutionary and contemporary soul of Vespa.

Vespa Elettrica

2021 – Vespa reaches 19 million units produced and celebrates 75 years with the Vespa 75th special series.

75th Anniversary Vespa GTS 300

Source: MCNews.com.au

Australia secures limited-edition Vespa

Australian importers have secured about 200 limited-edition Vespa scooters specially designed to celebrate the venerable Italian brand’s 75th anniversary.

The 75th anniversary Primavera 150 and GTS 300 models feature unique styling, special 75th anniversary decals, nubuck leather saddle edged in grey and chrome-plated luggage rack for a specially designed bag.

PS Imports Group Marketing Manager Dale McBride says “supply shouldn’t be too restricted with around 100 of each model.

The GTS and Primavera 75th models are due around late June/ July with pricing announced closer to arrival.

I’ve ridden many scooters and I have to say the best handling and among the best finished are the steel-body Vespas with their unique front suspension.

These two 75th models in retro “Giallo Pirite” metallic yellow should be very special, indeed.

One distinctive feature of the Vespa 75th is the chrome-plated rack and complimentary round bag whose shape replicates the typical spare wheel holder. 

Made from velvety-soft nubuck leather in the same colour as the saddle, the bag has a shoulder strap and clips on the luggage rack with a quick-release mechanism. It comes with a waterproof cover.

Like all Vespa special editions, the series is identified with a plate behind the leg shield.

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All 75th models come with a 4.3″ TFT colour display and Vespa MIA smartphone connectivity system.

Each Vespa 75th also comes with a Welcome Kit, a vintage steel Vespa plate, a personal Owner’s Book and eight collector postcards with images from the eight decades of the Vespa story.

Vespa’s paint company, Piaggio, filed its first scooter patent on 23 April 1946, beginning 75 years of iconic urban riding.

Piaggio has now made nearly 19 million vehicles with the growth rate not slowing down.

Vespa produced 58,000 scooters in 2004, more than 100,000 in 2006, 180,000 in 2017 and 200,000 units in 2018.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com