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The Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter visits Vespa Motorsport

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Host, Jordan Hembrough, scoots his way to San Diego.

Tune in to Travel Channel Wednesday February 26th (9pm/8pm central) to watch a super special episode of the Toy Hunter as he digs around Vespa Motorsport for some rare toys. As many may know, a lot of us at Vespa Motorsport (especially, founder Alex Cohn) are big toy collectors. Heck, even the scooters can be considered big toys. Although Jordan didn’t buy a scooter this time around, he test drove one and picked up some cool toys. Make sure to catch this fun episode of the Toy Hunter. TUNE in, DVR it, VCR it, or DOWNLOAD it, but make sure to WATCH it!

2014 Piaggio and Vespa NEW 2 year warranty

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We are pleased to announce that all 2014 Vespa and Piaggio models will NOW come standard with a 2-year factory warranty. This includes all 2014 year models and even ones we have already sold, ALL 2014’S.

That’s right, even 2014 models that we sold in 2013 will still come with a 2 year warranty from Piaggio USA.

In addition to the new 2 year warranty, any customer who purchase the extra extended warranty for their 2014 will also add an extra two years of factory warranty to the new scooter, making this an exceptional value by providing you with four years of warranty coverage on their new 2014 Vespa or Piaggio Scooter.

 

New 3-valve Piaggio Fly 150 Coming to a Showroom Near You!

Piaggio has just released their brand-new 3-valve Fly 150 model.

New 3V Fly 150 from Piaggio

This has always been a popular scooter in our shop, and now it comes with the following features:

  • All-new redesigned 150cc motor.
  • Better gas mileage (around 100mpg expected).
  • Faster! (70+ mph).
  • Longer interval between services (6,000-mile service interval, versus 3,000 for the previous Fly 150).
  • Stylish redesign.

This bike is going to be awesome. We’re really stoked to be getting some in this June!

New 3V Piaggio Fly 150

 

 

What’s Up with Chinese Scooters?

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A Brand New Chines Made Scooter off Craig’s List for $999.00… How Bad Can It be?

Many visitors to our shop ask us just how bad those cheap Chinese scooters can be…. given that they are allowed to be sold here in the states.  The fast and honest answer by anybody that works in the Powersport Industry will tell you that they are unreliable, difficult (if not impossible) to service and potentially threatening to both life and limb of the rider.    If a person were to really think things through about these vehicles, they would realize that the mass produced Chinese scooter industry is just like the mass produced Chinese microwave, DVD or toaster industry.  China has built billion dollar empires on the premise that they sell things that function for a short period of time, and when they break, consumers throw them away. The same goes for their scooters.

An additional problem for Chinese scooter owners is finding legitimate shops that will work on them.  Because parts are difficult – if not impossible – to source, and quality is so poor, most shop owners will turn Chinese scooter owners away for service.  Some owners will try to repair their Chinese scooter themselves.   But they quickly realize they cannot locate the exact parts they need.  And, most of the parts you can get online for cheap Chinese scooters are going to be the same cheap quality as the ones that broke in the first place.  So why replace bad parts with more bad parts? And while installing replacement parts, the build quality of Chinese bikes is so poor, it practically guarantees that you will break or damage more parts trying to get at the part you are trying to replace!

There have been so many of these poorly manufactured vehicles pouring into our country by importers looking to make a fast buck, that even the Department of Transportation is considering banning many of the importers from bringing their vehicles unless they can pass certain build and quality standards that are currently not in place.

The old saying ‘Ya get what ya pay for’ could not be more valid in the discussion over Chinese made scooters, so Buyers Beware, you have been warned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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