I post to a few forums but this setup looks a little different to me! So I'll give it my best shot. I bought a scooter on impulse about 6 weeks ago. During a morning walk I happened past Roberto's (The Vespa Wizard) workshop. After the pleasantries and some 'oohing and ahhing' I noticed a pretty little green Vespa Sprint in the back of the shop. My wife's motorbike was destroyed in a fire a number of years ago and so I thought this would be a great replacement. Marion was with me...so it wasn't that difficult making a decision. Moving on, I picked up the scooter after a holiday up north and decided it needed a few minor alterations to give it some practicality and safety on the road. To this end and some advice and bits and pieces from Roberto, I decided to do 2 things initially. The first was to build a carrier for a bike boot that I had tucked away in a stash and the second was to do some rewiring and add a set of indicators. Apparently 1968 Vespa Sprints weren't generally fitted with these and during my test ride I failed to notice this or that there were no rear view mirrors. I don't mind this, but I don't consider it safe for Marion.

So here's 2 pictorial presentations:

1. The rack and luggage bin being made and fitted.

2. The electrical panel and wiring alterations for the 12v horn & indicator circuits, including an original Vespa switch. Note. The front indicator bar still needs to be made. This will also double to secure the mirrors which will be moved further apart for improved visibility.

2. Electrical & Wiring Mods.

Note. The rear indicator mounts are built into the scooter bin mount. I'm still waiting on the LED indicators to arrive from China (literally!).

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Comment by Vincent Stok on May 11, 2017 at 16:20

Thanks for that David...seems my birth year was when the first Vespa went into production. That was a very good year!

Comment by David Atkinson on May 11, 2017 at 12:48

For your interest, this is where your model (pink) sits on the Vespa family tree.

Comment by Vincent Stok on May 11, 2017 at 11:44

Nice Scooter there David. Very pretty. I didn't realize I had the up market version! Just liked the overall look of the scooter and thought it'd be great for my wife...and me of course. (I add a 'thumbs up' but this blog text box doesn't to have this facility available?)

Comment by David Atkinson on May 11, 2017 at 1:08

Hi Vincent. Thanks for the heads up about the CPS on your Sprint. Our club has around 70 old Vespas on club plates as well as many others that aren't. Come along to our breakfast next Sunday if your are free and meet some enthusiasts. 

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I'm lucky enough to have the original long mirror stem from the 1960s on my Super, the cheaper sibling of your Sprint. The mirror head is fitted to the stem with a U-bracket. A simple old idea but completely adjustable. You can't seem to get long stems these days, I've tried. Mine also sits further out on those ScootRS brackets so I can see way past my shoulders. Thanks for that link. That's a handy set of skills you've acquired. Best wishes, David

Comment by Vincent Stok on May 10, 2017 at 20:05

G'day David, I haven't made the front bracket yet. Roberto fitted the mirrors for me when I purchased the scoot...as I like to know what's going on behind me when in traffic! They're mounted too far in (close together) so I get a good view of my shoulders currently. This is no big deal as I like/prefer to fabricate stuff...so will cobble up something appropriate. http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?27,2202512

As for the historic registration, I have several vehicles (cars & motorbikes) on the CPS. The scoot is on fresh historic plates under my name but obviously not with a scooter club...but hey, that shouldn't matter. I'm all for diversity and inclusion.

Comment by David Atkinson on May 10, 2017 at 19:26

Hi Vincent, that's a fine piece of fabrication on that rack. Very unique. In terms of mounts for mirrors, SctooRS in Vietnam have the widest mounts I know. They hook out to the side so that your mirrors are mounted further apart. They also have two holes which may be useful for securing your turn indicators. See this link: 

http://scootrs.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=1447

Very cheap and stuff usually arrives 1-2 weeks.

Just a friendly observation. Is your club plate registered through another scooter club? If not and Roberto sold it to you with that plate you need to surrender it to VicRoads as club plates don't belong to any particular vehicle. You need to be a member of an automobile to use a club plate otherwise it is considered unregistered.

I see you have a kill switch in the glove box. Great idea. Hope you and Marion have lots of fun on your Sprint,

David

 

Comment by Julie Pond on May 9, 2017 at 23:38

Love the color of this little beauty Vincent enjoy your tinkering...:)

Comment by Vincent Stok on May 9, 2017 at 22:38

Thanks Greg. Yeah, it's a pretty little scoot. I'm looking forwarding to riding it and also doing a bit of tinkering with the mechanicals. ~ Vince

Comment by Greg_ on May 9, 2017 at 21:47

Hi there Vincent. I remember the bike in Roberto's shop. Really glad you are enjoying it

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