Veni vidi vici

 

I came, I saw, I conquered.

The three rebuilt Vespas were named after the famous Latin sentence, attributed to Julius Caesar in 47 BC as a comment on his victory over Pharmaces II. Julius Caesar defeated King Pharmaces II so easily in the battle, that he just uttered – “I came, I saw, I conquered”. A sentence whose prophecy we hoped would hold true for our Fish River Canyon Expedition.

The newly restored and painted Vespas photographed on the rim of the canyon.

It seemed a pity that after all the restoration we were now going to man handle them down and over the rough unforgiving terrain of the Fish River Canyon.

During one of our many evening scooter restoration sessions we decided that instead of the uninspiring neutral colour, we would spray the scooters. We would rather give each a character and personality. After much thought we decided to paint them in the markings of indigenous South West African animals. The zebra, the giraffe and the leopard.

150cc Piagio Vespa

CONSUMPTION: (according to CUNA Standard); 2.2 lt/100 Km; 129.2 mls/Imp gal, petrol oil mixture i.e. 2% oil.

MAXIMUM SPEED: 90 Km/h; 55.92 mph.

CARRYING CAPACITY: 2 persons and 10 Kg. (22 lbs) of luggage.

RANGE: 350 Km (217.5 mls).

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY: 7.7 lt; 1.7 imp galls (incl 1.4 lt or 0.31 imp galls of reserve).

WHEEL BASE: 1200 mm (47”.24)

HANDLEBAR WIDTH: 670 mm (26”.38)

TOTAL LENGTH: 1740 mm (68”.50)


MAX HEIGHT: 1015 mm (39”.96)

GROUND CLEARANCE: 130 mm (5”.12)

TURNING RADIUS: 1500 mm (59”.05)

TOTAL DRY WEIGHT: 87 Kg. (191.8lbs)

ENGINE TYPE: Two stroke rotary distribution; i.e., carburated mixture is regulated by the crankshaft rotation.

Displacement 145.45 cc. - 8.87 cu. in.

Bore 57 mm - 2”.24.

Stroke 57 mm - 2”.24.

Compression ratio 1:7.4.

FOR THE TECH HEADS

PERFORMANCE AND SPECIFICATIONS

VENI 150cc

125cc Piagio Vespa

CONSUMPTION: (according to CUNA Standard); 2.2 lt/100 Km; 129.2 mls/Imp gal, petrol oil mixture i.e. 2% oil.

MAXIMUM SPEED: 85 Km/h; 52.8 mph.

CARRYING CAPACITY: 2 persons and 10 Kg. (22 lbs) of luggage.

RANGE: 370 Km (229.9 mls).

MAXIMUM FUEL CAPACITY: 7.7 lt; 1.7 imp galls (incl 1.4 lt or 0.31 imp galls of reserve).

WHEEL BASE: 1200 mm (47”.24)

HANDLEBAR WIDTH: 670 mm (26”.38)

TOTAL LENGTH: 1740 mm (68”.50)


MAX HEIGHT: 1015 mm (39”.96)

GROUND CLEARANCE: 130 mm (5”.12)

TURNING RADIUS: 1500 mm (59”.05)

TOTAL DRY WEIGHT: 87 Kg. (191.8lbs)

ENGINE TYPE: Two stroke rotary distribution; i.e., carburated mixture is regulated by the crankshaft rotation.

Displacement 123.4 cc. - 7.53 cu. in.

Bore 52.5 mm - 2”.07.

Stroke 57 mm - 2”.24.

Compression ratio 1:7.7.

VIDI & VICI 125cc