A complete guide to rebuilding a Piaggio moped engine, like you would find in a Vespa Ciao, Bravo, Si, Grillo, Gilera Citta etc. I talk about changing bearings, measuring the ignition components and more.
My friend needed a new moped after his Ciao was stolen. I found a 1995 Vespa Bravo for a good price, or so i thought at first. It had some nasty damages to the engine and gearbox. But i managed to find some spareparts for a small amount of cash.
Here is the progress so far, stay tuned for future updates:
I got another engine for my Piaggio mopeds, a Polini Evolution engine. I have no plan for it yet, but since i got it for a good price, i bought it for future projects.
I could only find an italian manual, so i used google translate to make it understandable. I only gave it a quick cleanup, so expect a few weird sentences 🙂
Download the english manual here:
Next Vespa Bravo upgrade, a Polini Speed Engine. A very nice engine case with enlarged intake and bored to accept 46 mm cylinder kits. Nothing you can’t achieve on a stock engine case, but i got it for a good price from my friend Nikolaj.
I bought a special intake manifold from Italy, made for a 15-16 mm SHA instead of the normal Piaggio SHA 13 mm carburetor.
I mounted the engine with a used original crankshaft, new bearings and seals. The intake opens 130° before TDC and closes again 51° after TDC, giving me a total duration of 181°. Good for many of the cylinders that are out there.
The setup will be:
- 46 mm Polini cylinder kit
- Dellorto SHA 16 mm carburettor – changed to 13 mm
- Proma Circuit exhaust – changed to Sito
- Polini variomatic – changed to non-variated
Stay tuned for future updates!
Last update, the Bravo is done for now, onboard video:
A local guy brought me this engine, he bought it restored many years ago, but didn’t use it much. The changing temperature differences gave condensation in the engine case and caused a lot of rust damage. The oil was brown and very thick like mayonnaise.
I changed the damaged parts, did some machine work to worn bushings and rebuild the engine with new bearings and seals.
I thought i didn’t need more mopeds for now, but then a old friend messaged me. He had this Vespa Bravo that he couldn’t get done. Everything was disassembled, engine and everything. The price was ok and included delivery, so i felt it was my duty to save this (once) fine Moped.
My first plan was to assemble everything as is, but the paintjob is just terrible . Everything is sprayed over, it needs a new paintjob.
The engine got a quick cleanup, new bearings and seals. The crankshaft was a bit abused, i’m giving it a chance. I’m running a original cylinder, the inlet timing and restriction are modified a bit. Just enough to pull a grown man, no racing engine… yet!
More information is found in the image descriptions, i will update the galleries with additional pictures when i get more work done.