Searching for a Retro.

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irishrover
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Searching for a Retro.

Post by irishrover » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:01 pm

It's been a while since I was active on this forum. I had a Honda SH300 back then. Now I still have the Honda CB500X and a Honda CB400SF flat tracker build.
I am now hankering after another scoot, but my taste is now retro. Been looking at Vespas, both modern and classic, but they are expensive used.
I almost went for a Lexmoto Milano 125 Efi today at £900, 2017 model with 500kms, but hesitant over build quality.
Anyone have any good recommendations, also have you ever owned a Vespa before, if so what's the build quality like?
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by horobags » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:56 pm

welcome back Mr Rover. :D Its a mater of opinion the Vespa thing. Ive had a few,,, overpriced (thin) metal bodied poorly made small wheeled scoots that burst out in a rash of rust at the first sight of condensation, I had one of the last '15 models that had a warped rear drum, noisy clutch and,,, RUST!!!. The only positive for me was the engine is a lovely burbelling 2-stroke that (for me) has loads of character. Shame!!
I'd put me money in to a Royal Alloy or a new model Lambretta ( or one of the many other clones), as the Vespa life style will give you more garage time than road time IMO. ;)
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by Jaz » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:56 pm

Lexmoto = Chinese = Russian Roulette. On that basis I wouldn't be tempted by one unless it was bargain basement cheap, which £900 isn't.

Modern Vespas seem to be pretty good mechanically, but can be utter rustbuckets so check carefully for rot in the frame. You will also pay scene tax, as you would on a classic Vespa, but at least the 4-stroke ones can be ridden long distances without needing a support vehicle.

Personally, I would go for a 4-stroke LML Star auto - it has the Vespa retro looks, but without the problems of a 2T engine and stupid twist-grip gearchange. Cheaper new than a secondhand PX and, from what I've seen, the build quality is better than the reassuringly expensive Piaggio product.

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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by horobags » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:00 pm

The LML 4-T is a good scoot but parts are getting harder to get hold of than a lord Lucan autograph.
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by bikerdezzie » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:20 pm

If ya just after a 125 maybe a peugeot django 150, lovely bikes.
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by Bern » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:20 pm

horobags wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:00 pm
harder to get hold of than a lord Lucan autograph.

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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by irishrover » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:12 am

Thanks for your input guys, very helpful info.
Horobags, what happened to your Honda CB500X, did you not take to?
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by horobags » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:56 am

irishrover wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:12 am
Thanks for your input guys, very helpful info.
Horobags, what happened to your Honda CB500X, did you not take to?
Thats my problem, I dont take to anything for a long time. :( :lol:
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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by phantom309 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:35 am

horobags wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:56 am


Thats my problem, I dont take to anything for a long time. :( :lol:
i have the same problem, very rarely jell with a bike/scoot. an even if i do , i still sell them for a new sparkly one..

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Re: Searching for a Retro.

Post by Ralph » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:51 am

There's these at P&M tuning, not had a good look at one though. they usualy use a good well tried engine.
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