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Name of scooter: Dad’s Scoot (my daugh­ter

picked it).

Scooter model: Vespa PX200 EFL bought brand new from a dealer in 1992.

In­spi­ra­tion for project: I al­ways wanted liq­uid

cool­ing.

Time to build: All in all three years by my­self – I fan­cied tak­ing my time…

Frame mod­i­fi­ca­tions: Du­cati LED rear lights sunk into frame, sec­tion that car­ries num­ber plate cut out and welded back in slightly deeper and at slightly dif­fer­ent an­gle, hid­den LED num­ber plate light­ing fit­ted, sec­tions cut out and filled with mesh (by www.blech­w­erk.com).

Spe­cialised parts: Fully hy­draulic disc brakes front & rear, dropped Tar­get head­set, choke lever in tool­box, ra­di­a­tor, hos­ing, brake fluid reser­voir etc. in tool­box, Keller­mann han­dle­bar in­di­ca­tors, LED in­di­ca­tors rear, belly pan, home­made wiring loom and junc­tion boxes, han­dle bar con­trols changed to push but­ton switches, car­bon fi­bre fly­wheel cowl­ing made by Meier­mas­chine, Kobold push but­ton hous­ing ma­chined from bil­let alu­minium, steel plate un­der spare wheel panel re­tain­ing elec­tri­cal com­po­nents.

En­gine: 210 Malossi bar­rel con­verted to liq­uid cool­ing by weld­ing alu­minium jacket around it, liq­uid-cooled cylin­der head, 62mm stroke S&S crankshaft, S&S clutch, petrol pump, 35mm Kei­hin carb, foam air-fil­ter, MRP reed block, Ves­pa­tronic ig­ni­tion, El­ron pipe by ‘FalkR’ with S&S si­lencer, pow­der coated.

Speed: Ra­di­a­tor squirted wa­ter out at 145kph (90mph)!

Is the scooter re­li­able: So far not really! Crank broke af­ter 20km and ra­di­a­tor is still in­con­ti­nent – it can only get bet­ter… Paint­work: Moll in Greven­broich.

Pow­der coat­ing: Buch­ner GbR (aka ‘Phan­ta­sia62’ in Ger­man Scooter Fo­rum).

Over­all cost: All in all around €10,000 – this prob­a­bly means di­vorce! Hard­est part of the project: Frame mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Ad­vice for any­one start­ing a project: Take your time, be aware of the cost and don’t be shy to ask for help.

Any­thing still to add: Pin­strip­ing and sort­ing tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

Favourite deal­ers: Scooter Cen­ter, MRP Rac­ing and FalkR

Thanks: The two women in my life who gave me a lot of sup­port and mo­ti­va­tion. Ev­ery­body who has helped and who I have pestered with my ques­tions. No wor­ries, lads, I’ll pester you agai dur­ing my next project! Thank you!

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