Hey everyone, I've been talking about documenting my build over the colder months here in Michigan and I've been making the moves over the past couple of weeks/gathering parts. I'll continue to document in further detail as substantial developments happen.
After spending time learning (and still learning) about Vespa from my previous Ciao build, I wanted to build something with a subframe on it. Riding a rigid bike has been fun but Grand Rapids is a city of potholes and I'm not as thicc as some people would tell you. With that in mind, I'm planning on doing a chopper-esque Bravo bike with some goofy/dumb parts on it. I'm hoping to roll this build out by the end of Spring 2019
Polini Points Speed Cases
Polini 46mm Cylinder w/ matching head
19mm PHGB intake for Polini Speed Cases
Polini Aftermarket Vario
Si gearbox w/ variated transmission
Onto the few pictures I've taken thus far, I promise to be better about taking more as I go on. Below are the Polini cases right before assembling. Following the handy guide on the wiki, it slapped together just as easy as the other Vespa motors I've rebuilt. I actually noticed that it came together much smoother than the stock cases I've done in the past.
PRO TIP: At the advice of the Vespa homies before me, I always use two case gaskets as it perfectly seals up/ensures that cases and crank don't bind up the bearings.
Success after spending an afternoon crushing La Croixs and staring at parts warm up in a toaster oven! The crank spins like butter inside of there. Have to be careful not to over tighten the case halves down or you can cause some binding occasionally. Vespa is goofy.
Sneak peak (not really, these images are from my IG) of the gas tank I'll be mounting to the Bravo frame. It's off of a Minarelli E-Z Rider. If you know anything about E-Z Riders they're not manufactured the best, but holy fuck they have a plastic gas tank. Fuck rust, this gas tank will outlast me and the rest of the bike. The petcock still works and is all sealed up as well!
I'm excited to show off my progress as it goes on dudes, I'll be building the top end this weekend so I'll be that much closer with being able to say I have the heart of the bike finished. I'm planning on welding up and reinforcing an old Vespa subframe and purchasing the last pieces parts around Black Friday. Def going to try out those Chopper EBRs and add some other dumbass Chopper shit to really bring the build together. Hope y'all enjoy!