Jared, Natasia, & Courtney
1974 Vespa 90


Purchased in 2001 from the want ads in the Arizona Republic classified section. I was working at a temp job at Chase Bank and being bored to death I took a break around 9:15am. The ad read "1974 Vespa 90cc. Not running. $600." I called and was the first to contact an older gentleman named Dale. He originally purchased the scooter new in 1979 from a dealership in Kentucky. I am not very mechanically inclined but the price was great and I wanted a vespa! I called my wife who was working at State Farm and she met me for Lunch and we drove to North Scottsdale and met Dale. The scooter was originally green and the body was in great shape. The turn signals were broken and a few nicks and scrapes were found. The scooter hadn't been running in the past five years. There were around 1200 original miles. I wasn't worried about getting the scooter running knowing that if I had trouble there was a local scooter shop in Tempe. We loaded the scooter and went back to work after being gone for about 3 hours. Luckily I was able to get back to my cubical without anyone noticing I was gone.

Pictures of the scooter in Original condition:

Cleaning out the tank and the carburetor and with just a few kicks the scooter started right away.

After around 1 1/2 years and running at 45mph top it was time to upgrade the engine and why not paint it red?

The process:

Modifications and Improvements:

Malossi 134cc Kit
Leo Vinci Pipe
19 mm Carburetor
Continental Whitewall Wheels
Speedo rebuilt by: www.speedoking.com

Courtney got her first Vespa on her 2nd birthday and she strikes a pose on my scooter as I get ready to shoot a bride.

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