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Spring is here- time to ride!

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Our latest rebuild is about to hit the road ready for spring.
 This Vespa has been given a new lease of life.  It’s owner rides it almost 5000km annually. And in the last few years it has suffered its fair share of knocks.  She has chosen gorgeous  teal green, and with 12v electrics and retro fitted indicators  her beloved VBA has been revamped and ready to hit the Sydney roads  again.

Vespa GS 160 MK 1

This GS 160 MK 1 is  now a world traveller, and in 50 years she is has done a full circle of the globe.
She is was originally imported from the USA (non-battery model GS160)
and brought to Sandy at S.S Scooter in need of a full restoration a year ago.
But now she is heading back with her owner “Obie” to the UK to reside with his formidable collection of Lambretta’s.
Unfortunately, the hard-core Lambretta collector will not have time to be ribbed by his Lambretta riding mates in Oz
about his latest and  gorgeous  addition to his vintage stable. But I am sure I know a few boys in Blighty that will.
Farewell Graham O’brien you will be sorely missed. Safe travels and GodSpeed.

 

Vespa PX 215cc

From a Bondi Beach Bather to PX Street Burner.

Living it’s entire life by Bondi Beach without wearing any protection, this PX was suffering from an extreme case of cancer. With a rusted through frame it was time for me

to overhaul and save this Bondi Beach Bather.

The first job was weld in a new floor to re- strengthen this Vespa’s monocoque chassis .

Once the new floor was painstakingly welded into position, it was time to bring to fruition the tuning and customising concepts the customer dreamed of; from an enormous rear wide tyre conversion, to the 215 cc cylinder which was given the SS treatment flowing through a the stainless expansion pipe hanging off to the left, right down to the subtle CNC calliper to help her stop, are to name a few.

With a luscious coat of gun metal grey, this Vespa has been reborn; and she won’t be lazily sitting around Bondi Beach anymore, as she will be leaving our shores to burn up the winding roads of New Zealand.

VESPA VN2T

Like most Australian imported Vespas and Lambrettas we find a huge discrepancy in our models compared to their Italian mothers.

This Vespa, with its frame number VN2T should be a Faro Basso model (low light or lamp down). In other words, the headlight is mounted on the mudguard, and should also have a 125cc powered cylinder.

But this barn find had neither, the headlight proudly sits atop the handlebars and the cylinder was still at its original 145.5cc bore.

She had either been modified in Australia by the dealer, or she arrived on our shores in her current guise.

I still like to think that the Italians, on a Friday afternoon, would get around to the Australasian export scooters and give them a touch of uniqueness (in other words, they would get rid of excess parts from different models and years and ship them off).

Either way, this bellissima is on her way to a very proud owner in Adelaide. He’ll be riding (not hiding) this uniquely Aussie Vespa, and it will join his vast Vespa and Lambretta collection.

S.S Scooter Engineering Vespa GS160

Australian Classic Scooter Mille 2014- Team GS

Only on the Australian Classic Scooter Mille will you find yourself and your classic scoot competting against a kangaroo to the finish line.

With Team GS completing all tasks and navigating the 1000km to the finsh line in Victor Harbour in South Australia, we cant  wait for next year’s Mille in Victoria!

Featured Scooters in the photos:

Mark: GS150 VS5 1961, left

Sandy: GS 160 mark 2 1963, middle

Fleur: GS160 mark 1 1962, right

Photos by: Wolfwerk PhotographyGS

S.S Scooter Engineering Vespa GS160

S.S Scooter Engineering Vespa GS160

 

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National Scooter Rally 2014 Jindabyne NSW Australia

The Canberra Swam Scooter Club proudly hosted this years National Scooter Rally with great success in Jindabyne. With gorgeous winding open alpine roads, beautiful scenery,  great tunes provided by Luke Alexander and Andy Jackson, and few good beers to top it all off,  all made for the perfect ingrediants for this  National which was held on Friday 7th to Monday the 10th of March 2014
As in previous years, all types of motor scooters were  welcome – geared or auto, vintage or contemporary, which attracted scooter riders from as far as Western Australia riding over 5000km to attend.

However it was at the Show and Shine that SS Scooter shone, humbly taking out
Best vintage scooter over 150cc,
Best Cusom Scooter and
Best Overall Scooter with Sandy’s Nitros Vespa.
And Scooter Fluer once again  took out Best Vintage 150cc scooter  with her famous Glitz   Vespa built proudly by Quite Mark in our workshop (with custom paintwork by Kyle Smith of Smith Concepts).

EVIL TWINS- Vespa 210 PX

EVIL TWINS- photos by Wolfwerk Photography

Check out all the photos and more info in our restoration section!

Vespa 210 PX by SSScooter Engineering

Vespa 210 PX by SSScooter Engineering

Vespa Street Racer with NOS

After 2 years of planning, painting and building Sandy’s (owner and head mechanic at S.S Engineering) Vespa Street Racer is now finally rebuilt and ready to tear up the roads again. However this time she has been finished off with a high reflective virtual titanium paint. With further refinements in breaking, handling, power and esthetics have not only reinforced this Vespa’s pedigree and street-cred as a brutally fast machine but have also reinforced Sandy’s love affair with this gorgeous machine.

Specs:
Body: Worb 5 drop bars, digital speedo, digital tacho, Billet master cylinder, full hydraulic Billet front disc brake, semi-hydraulic rear disc conversion, front tubeless rim, rear wide tire kit with 130x70x10 tire, rear Bitubo, front BGM damper, STO spring and SIP sport seat.
Engine: ported and blueprinted T5 cases, ported Malossi barrel and piston, RD 350 reed block, V force 4 reed, 28PHBH carb, upgeared primary drive, reinforced MMW clutch, Nitros Oxide System with 6 HP boost in 3rd W.O.T and 4t W.O.T

 

Photos by: Wolfwerk Photography

Mini Machine, Vespa 100

Check out this slick Vespa 100 !!

Photos by: Wolfwerk Photography

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