Vespa Bravo 1986

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.

4 Replies to “Vespa Bravo 1986”

  1. Wow! Just wow! Very beautiful work, and I envy your beautiful workshop too 🙂

    Very nice job!

    By the way, how does the VHT gasket maker work? Can you explain?

    1. The VHT gives a bit more sealing if you run without a head gasket, like most piaggios do from the factory. Often they leak some oil when the engine gets hot, this VHT gasket is a kind of sprayglue with copper elements, it works at high temperatures.

    1. Hi Tobbe, yes lots of spacers, nuts and washers. Start to align the brake plate, as close to the rim as possible without touching anything while rotating. Then the speedo driver, and after that make sure that the wheel is centered.

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