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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Sunday, June 04, 2006
If at first you don't succeed...
After doing some work on the Vespa, I decided to take it back out on the road. I wanted to take it on the same trip I took the Saturday before. On that day, I ended up pushing the bike about a fourth of the trip. Would that happen again?

Nope. Heebie ran great! Well, there were a couple of things, but nothing to bad. The muffler disconnected from the manifold. That was about a five to ten minute fix. It is a pain because you have to remove the bolt that holds the muffler to the engine swing arm before you can get the pipe connected. Because of the location of the bolt, most of the time is spent turning your wrench.

The other issue I have is the fourth gear. I still can't get the thing to stay in gear. It will shift into fourth and then slip out. This happens over and over. The only way I can keep it from slipping is to hold the shifting lever in place. The fact that it doesn't slip out when I do that tells me that it has got to be able to be fixed with an adjustment -- I just haven't been able to find that adjustment.

The final issue is an oil leak. I have a leak from the shifting box. I believe the gasket is messed up and so I have been losing oil. Hopefully, I will be able to just get a new one and that will be solved. However, that lead me to ask. Just exactly how much oil is supposed to go into that engine?

Hi Jonathan,

Here is a link to a site that will tell you how to change the oil, and how much you need to put in:

Since I heard about replacing the shifting cross (from your site in fact), and had mine replaced, my fourth gear works like a dream! On Sunday I took my PX 200 for a 100km ride (with my 7 year old daughter on the back).

It went GREAT! I hope you get this sorted out. It makes such a difference being able to simply put the bike in gear and drive it without having to hold it in place!

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