This is the story of my '64 Vespa 150 - how it became mine and how it has given me a new vespatude.  I'll be recording the neat places I visit, the different things I do to make the Vespa my own, and - oh yeah - those reactions I get from both friends and strangers.

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Friday, April 28, 2006
Here you can see the rear end of the wasp. It seems to have stung me quite a few times here lately. This evening was no exception. If I'm not able to get out there soon and ride the thing, I am going to start thinking about the classifieds!

So, why did Heebie have his rearend in the air? Well, I noticed that the clutch handle was closing too freely and that the clutch was simply not engaging. I hiked up the rear of the bike and detached the shock. This allowed the engine to drop enough for me to get the rear wheel off and remove the clutch cover. This is what I found:

I'm still dealing with gear problems. I can adjust it enough to get the bike into all four gears. However, fourth gear is still giving me problems. As I am crusing in fourth, the bike begins to lurch as though it is dropping out of gear. I have driven with the cable connector cover off and I can see the selector jerking back and forth. I can't seem to adjust the cables enough to hold it.

My fear is that it is the cruciform. Does anyone out there have some advice on this one? Does this sound like something that happens because of the cable adjustments or does it sound like something in the gears themselves.

If only I had the cash right now to just get a new engine. That will be awhile. Oh, well, maybe I need to take some time off and back away from it.

It's hard to tell what's going on from your pictures. It looks like the clutch actuating pad is toast. That is a bronze saddle-shaped thing that compresses the clutch. You may also want to take a look at the pressure plate. It should be smooth. The bad thing about the Asian scoots is that you never know what was in there to begin with.

On another note, I got my sidecar last week. I'm pulling it with an SS180. It's top speed used to be about 60. Now, it's 45. Sidecars use lots of power, apparently. I DO get noticed, though.

Hey, Trace, send me a picture. I'd love to see it. Also, would you mind if I posted it on my blog? If your Vespa has a name, I'll put that up as well :-)

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