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Piaggio Vespa GL
EngineTwo-stroke one-cylinder
Displacement145 cm³
Bore * stroke57 * 57 mm
Compression ratio7,2 : 1
CoolingBlower cooling
Petrol : Oil1 : 50
Tank capacity7,7 liter
Fuel consumptionca. 2,5 liter/100 km
Performance4,6 kW (6,25 hp)
Rated speed5000 rpm
ClutchMulti discs, oilbath
Tyres3.50 x 10
Wheelbase1200 mm
Suspension f/rSingle arm suspension link, damper, hydraulically
Spring systemHelical springs, progressive
Brakes f/rDrums, mechanically
Length1770 mm
Width675 mm
Height1045 mm
Kerb weightApprox. 100 kg + driver
GeneratorAC voltage
Elektrics6 V
Top speedApprox. 90 km/h
Construction year1957 - 1967

The history of the Vespa (Italian for wasp) begins in 1946, immediately after the Second World War. As Italy is one of the defeated nations, not only the factories are destroyed, they are prohibited from the manufacture of certain products. Then chooses the aircraft factory of Enrico Piaggio in Pontedera for manufacturing of two-wheelers. If you want to be successful at market, you should not enter new in a segment that other work for decades. So will try something new.

Instead of tubes the supporting frame is pressed of sheet metal and welded. Integrated is some protection from moisture, dirt thrown up and the possibility of the legs almost directly next to each other to place, making the scooter at the time of interest for both sexes. The engine comes into its basic design of the scooter section, except that where usually the pinion for the chain (secondary drive) is installed , it now goes directly to the rear axle. The engine thus operates in the right bulge of the body below the bench seat. Blower cooling replaces the missing airstream.

Since a defective tube then belongs to the normal everyday, there is a great achievement of the Vespa, to run the wheels on one-sided suspension link.Together with the course of time almost in all places to find spare wheel a flat tire is fixed in a jiffy. Well not specifically mentioned to be that the Vespa represented the in the rest of Europe so beloved Italian way of life and has cult status today.               Top of page               Index
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