VESPA RALLY 200 – B RI E F OVERVIEW
Regarded by many as both the finest and fastest Piaggio production scooter, the Rally 200 was the last of the classic large frame models before the New Line P range.
Following on from the Rally 180, the 200 model introduced electronic ignition on Vespas. Initially this was manufactured by Femsatronic, though during the final year of production this set-up was replaced by a Ducati Electronic system. This was the first incarnation of the Electronic system used on P200E models.
Go-faster stripes, correctly named Sidewinder Stripes, made their appearance on the Rally 200 side panels, another Vespa first. One well known issue with the Vespa Rally 200 models is the tendency for the monocoque frame to rust heavily.
In the early to mid-70s many vehicle manufacturers were aiming to lower the costs incurred to make their products. Lower grade steel combined with a thinner gauge was one of the many ways tried in the drive to save money. A reduction in the number of under-floor support struts was also a feature of the Rally, justified in sales brochures as weight saving. A total of 41,275 Rally 200 models were manufactured from 1972 until the P Range was launched. While it’s a sought-after scooter in all incarnations, it’s the late Rally 200 model with the Ducati electrics that is coveted most by connoisseurs.