Archive of all modifications to my 2007 Vespa GT200

  • Switching switches and a whole lot of swearing - After all the waiting around I did to get the bike back from the shop, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I couldn’t get it to start the other day. This has happened to me before – ignition on, kill switch open, everything lights up, squeeze a brake and hit the switch, and..

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  • Mod #4: GTS rear rack on GT200 - The stock rack of the GT200 is a matte silver plastic duckbill. It’s not cute. I don’t know what Piaggio was thinking, but plastic where we are used to seeing metal is not the Vespa aesthetic. People who have GT200s tend to love this scoot, but I’ve encountered mixed opinions about the rack. People either hate..

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  • The crash bars are coming off - Lucrezia is back in the shop waiting on another new coolant hose this week. I asked my mechanic buddy to take off the Prima crash bars and throw them in the trash. Last week, I had a few times when the scoot wouldn’t start – but when it did start, it ran fine. Then on Wednesday,..

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  • Mod #3: Euro taillight upgrade - Back to modding in the name of safety, my latest adventure has been upgrading the stock taillight from a two-bulb assembly to the much brighter, nine-bulb Euro version. That’s eight bulbs on the brakes and one big one for the taillight/running light, compared to two-and-one in the original version. Anything to improve visibility is a..

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  • Update on the crash bars - I hereby officially retract my recommendation about the zip ties. Last week I wrote about having to do a little smooshing to get the coolant hoses out of the way of the mounting bracket for the Prima rear crash bars. A ModernVespa user showed how he’d bent the steel bracket with a table vise, which..

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  • Mod #2: Rear crash bars - Rear crash bars are basically cowl protectors, designed to take the initial hit from a tip-over and protect the cowls – a pricey part to repair or replace on a Vespa, and unfortunately the most likely place to get damaged in a drop. I don’t intend to drop or crash the scoot anytime soon, but you..

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  • Mod #1: Side stand - The first modification to my new Vespa was fairly urgent. The GT200s sold in the U.S. were made in Italy, just like the ones sold in Europe. The European ones had a center stand and a side stand. The American ones had, for reasons shrouded in mystery, only a center stand. The GT200 weighs 308..

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