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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Monday, July 10, 2006
Here, engine, engine! Here, engine, engine!
I am now starting to search for the engine I will purchase when I finally get the money I need. The one thing I know I want to do is get a 200cc. Why? Well, since my scooter has a sidecar and I live in a hilly area, I need something with some mid-range power. I don't need to go real fast, but I do need a little more torque and pulling power. I think one like this one for American Scooter Center would work very well...

Now, this one is listed at $1700 on their site. They also offer custom 200cc engines that they build from Piaggio cases there at their shop. Those start at $1200. Scooter Parts Direct says they will have Piaggio engines in about 30 days. I haven't been given a price from them yet. SCOMO and Scooterworks are both out of stock on the 200cc engines. I was looking for an LML engine because I figure they will be less expensive, but everybody seems to be out of them right now.

What to do, what to do... The ASC custom engine sounds pretty good because you can have them build it specifically for the configuration of your bike. Hmmmmmm. Any advice? Oh, yeah, I'm not above asking for you all to buy some pixels so I can pay for this thing! Thanks to those who have already participated.

Barry Gwin at SF Scooter Centre might have a new motor, call him @ 415.558.9854

I have a PX200 and a VLB 150. The PX is powerful but rough, the VLB is a much smoother ride, however, it lacks power and top end.

I agree with your choice of a 200cc engine for your bike with the sidecar.

I hope you get it soon! I can't wait to hear all about your trips on that lovely Vespa.



got a VBB from American Scooter Center about a month ago. I love it. No troubles so far and they are super nice guys, highly recommended.

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