That's my Vespa'

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How long have you had the bike and where did you get it from?

I trav­elled down to the south of France about five years ago to buy it as I couldn’t find any good ex­am­ples closer to home. I par­tic­u­larly wanted a GS150 in good, orig­i­nal con­di­tion. This one was re­stored in 2001 and I paid al­most £4500 for it, in­clud­ing travel costs, but now it’s worth at least £6000 so they can be good in­vest­ments if you look af­ter them.

What mods have you made to it?

I’ve fit­ted a mod­ern Polini car­bu­ret­tor and a longer down­pipe on the ex­haust for a few more mph. It’s also got a Ger­man Cnc-milled head on it with a dif­fer­ent squish band for a lit­tle more oomph.

What is it that ap­peals to you so much about scoot­ers?

I’m 47 so I’m not old enough to have been around dur­ing the Mod move­ment in the 1960s but ever since I was lit­tle I was into The Jam and that whole Mod scene. I just thought it was so cool.

Do you like mod­ern Ves­pas or is it only the clas­sics you like?

The mod­ern ones are grow­ing on me, and a lot of peo­ple who own a clas­sic Vespa also own a mod­ern one as ev­ery­day trans­port. I don’t mind the four-stroke Ves­pas but you can’t beat the sound of a twostroke, although you can go longer dis­tances on the mod­ern ones as they’re bet­ter on mo­tor­ways.

What do you use yours for?

I go to my lo­cal scooter club meet ev­ery Wednes­day and prob­a­bly have a ride-out about three times a week. I don’t do any great dis­tances though as I don’t want to put too many miles on it.

Matt Bab­bing­ton is 47 and lives in Northamp­ton. He owns the 1960 Vespa GS150 you see here

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