That's my Vespa'
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