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, September 08, 2006
Can you see electricity?
What are the two things I hate most about vintage Vespas?

1. The gear mechanism (cable control)
2. The electrical system

I pulled the Vespa up out of the garage (I guess I should take a picture of it someday so you all can know why I call it a garage and yet you can't just drive the Vespa out of it). I got everything all setup and made sure there as plenty of oil in the case. I even got the engine to consistently start up on the first kick.

Sounds great, right?


I am having a bear of a time getting the gears to work correctly. At least now it isn't dropping in and out of fourth gear like the old engine was. I'm just haivng a hard time getting the cables adjusted to get the selector into fourth. There has to be something more wrong because there seems to be some tension when I move the handle. It is almost as though the cables are binding somewhere.

Now, not to be too negative. Man, that engine has some power! When I was able to get the bike up into fourth it was really moving. I didn't even put the throttle wide open (I didn't want to stress the engine and I also was at the end of my comfort level for speed).

The electrical is even worse, because I just don't know what the problem might be. It started getting too dark for me to start trying to test things with my meter. I guess I'll have to do that tomorrow. It just seems strange that the brake light works but the headlight and horn don't. They all feed off of the same power source. It must have something to do with the switch. Perhaps tomorrow I'll be able to spend some time finding that gremlin.


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