Momma Mia, Ragazze in Vespa! (Girls on Vespas!)
March 12, 2009 4:38 PM   Subscribe

Enjoy a couple of old (youtube) Vespa commercials and some BONUS CHEESECAKE; Girls On Vespas (flickr).
posted by snsranch (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ha! That 2nd link is the total bomb! Vespa papapapapapapapapapapa!!!! Made my morning, snsranch!

You know, it was just a few days ago I learned that "vespa" means "wasp" in Italian.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:47 PM on March 12, 2009


Wasp eh? That's new to me too and very cool! Thanks flapjax.
posted by snsranch at 4:58 PM on March 12, 2009


Those girls don't really have to ride around on scooters. For some reason, that reminds me of this.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:05 PM on March 12, 2009


Related, sort of.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:07 PM on March 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure there's no need for any more metafilter after this post. There's nothing more we can do.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:09 PM on March 12, 2009


Sure there is. I'm gonna go out and make my own Girls Gone Vespa video.

I'll post it when I'm out of prison.
posted by mannequito at 5:22 PM on March 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


Nothing more you can do? Wheelie it. Drop a seven fifty in it. And then, if that's not enough, send in the Vespabats.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:34 PM on March 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


Honda.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:47 PM on March 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


Pretty sure those are Women on Vespas, but that's just my brain talkin'.
posted by explosion at 5:55 PM on March 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I had a Vespa in the '60's and that is EXACTLY what it is like... this skinny kid from the midwest could pick up any chick he wanted with that vespa...!
posted by HuronBob at 5:55 PM on March 12, 2009


Vespa Malaysia. Scooter Patch Archive. Mini-Mart Muchachas. ("Haulin' Ass 'cause we got gas!") The Vespa Aficionado. Twist & Go. The Vesapastics! Royal Bastards Scooter Club. Vespa Club of America. Modern Vespa Discussion Forum.

And yes, I have one.
posted by william_boot at 6:11 PM on March 12, 2009


The funny thing about this is, here I am a xx old guy (you thought I would admit my age????!), and just yesterday a friend from High School I found on facebook told me that she now (40 years later) has a vespa 'cuz of all the rides I gave her back in the day... Vespas were the hottest things around....

I'm riding a Harley and envy her the Vespa... I may just trade in the sportster!
posted by HuronBob at 6:15 PM on March 12, 2009


Pretty sure those are Women on Vespas...

With a capital "W", no less!

...but that's just my brain talkin'.

Well, as Bernie Bernbaum said in Miller's Crossing... "listen to your heart... listen to your heart!"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:17 PM on March 12, 2009


That Raquel Welch was a pretty lady.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:36 PM on March 12, 2009


Actually, Bernie said "look in your heart, look in your heart"... and here in this hotbed of Coen brothers fans, I can't believe no one called me on it.

/relieved

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:41 PM on March 12, 2009


Roman Holiday?
posted by cazoo at 6:43 PM on March 12, 2009


Remember the visual and aural contrast in the movie Quadrophenia, where the Mods are riding Vespas toward Brighton while the Rockers are riding motorcycles? If memory serves, one group is turning left, while the other is turning right. Mods wear overcoats, Rockers wear leather. Vespas sound like leaf-blowers, motorcycles sound like heavy metal thunder.

I was, and still am, a huge Who fan, so I think I was supposed to root for the Mods. But frankly I thought the Vespa-driving Mods looked like total wussies, whereas the "leather clad Rockers" on real motorcycles looked totally bad-ass.
posted by Tube at 6:44 PM on March 12, 2009


I hope this isn't going to degenerate into yet another useless Mods vs Rockers thread. The arguing never changes anyone's mind.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:54 PM on March 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


I hope this isn't going to degenerate into yet another useless Mods vs Rockers thread. The arguing never changes anyone's mind.

This post was deleted for the following reason: Rockers suck -- mod
posted by defenestration at 7:04 PM on March 12, 2009


"I'm a mocker"

-George Harrison
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:09 PM on March 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I started riding and building Harleys right at the tail end of their "old schoolness" just a few years before they became "mainstream".

So I'm building stuff for people and invariably (because it's gonna be their first bike/harley) they ask; "So what was your first bike?"

I wish I had taken pictures when I answered; "A '75 Vespa 125 bored to 190!"

Some laughed, some choked, but dammit, there's nothing like an old 2 stroke vespa!
posted by snsranch at 7:48 PM on March 12, 2009


Pretty sure those are Women on Vespas, but that's just my brain talkin'.
posted by explosion at 7:55 PM on March 12


Really? That's gonna be your contribution? That's what you're gonna go with?

Really?

Also, scooter haters are a joke. My recently totaled bike was 1400cc and I envied a good friend's hot red (!) touring edition Vespa 250. I would have totally ridden that with a giant grin on my face.

The whole "motorcycle vs scooter" thing is mostly manufactured by people who ride neither. Different machines. Different purposes. All good.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:41 PM on March 12, 2009


ahhh, I've been meaning to find an old Vespa 50 now that I moved to the country (in Italy you can't drive 2-stroke in most cities for pollution regulations, sheesh), and sadly all I managed to find till now are either complete wrecks or maniacally restored pieces on sale for an arm and a leg :(
posted by _dario at 9:40 PM on March 12, 2009


OMG the male gaze, reducing women and scooters to parts.
posted by raysmj at 9:41 PM on March 12, 2009


Someone incorporate that second link into a song and post it on MeFiMusic, please kthx bai
posted by not_on_display at 9:51 PM on March 12, 2009


Someone incorporate that second link into a song and post it on MeFiMusic, please

And that some-oooone, iiiiiisss... yooooooouuuuu!

I'm waiting, n_o_d.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:59 PM on March 12, 2009


Hooray! I need to get back to work on rebuilding my frankensmallframe (part 100 Sport, part Primi)... and get new photos on my Evil Sprint. Love, love, love Vespas - and count me as a two-stroke, metal-bike snob. I hate the new scooters, which take away the beautiful, spare-plane parts simplicity of the classic bikes.

Except for Honda Elites. They're like KITT.
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 7:01 AM on March 13, 2009


Can we talk about Whizzers now...that was my very.first.two wheeler.with.a.motor
posted by HuronBob at 7:19 AM on March 13, 2009


HuronBob: I think motorized bicycles are poised for giant growth. I saw a "motorized wheel" that was easily installed on standard bicycles and got 250 mpg. No reason you couldn't do a very good electric version either.

In very dense urban areas, a motorized bicycle would be even more convenient than a small scooter.

And, if you do run out of electricity and/or gasoline, you can still ride it home.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:52 AM on March 13, 2009


When I was about 14 I bought a 1970 Vespa 150C. In 1970 Vespa was owned by Fiat who also had just aquired Ferrari so the 1970 model Vespas had a new electric starter motor that was manufactured in a Ferrari factory. As the starter was made for Ferrari cars and they had just started using them for Vespas they hadn't yet bothered to change the keys. That meant that I, as a 14 year old boy, had a working Ferrari key on my key ring. (I thought) I was so cool.

God do I wish I still had that damn Vespa though! It was so much fun. Nobody in Alabama knew what the heck it was (me included) and I was just a dumb kid loving life on the back roads with it. Thankfully my parents didn't know that the little putt-putt motor on that thing was geared so well that I could easily get up to 50, way faster than I should have on the 9" wheels.
posted by Pollomacho at 10:47 AM on March 13, 2009


Sure Vespa and Honda had some good ads, but nothing can beat
The Lambrettwist for musical advertising goodness.

And if you like cheesy europop: 50 Special by Luna Pop is a fun boppy danceable tune.
posted by vespabelle at 11:04 AM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Women kickstarting Vespas is apparently a fetish video genre.
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