So If I Were to Buy a Vespa…

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

It would probably be this 2021 GTS 300 HPE Racing Sixties model, with a classic paint scheme of British racing green and yellow – the same as Lotus 7 sports car featured in the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

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From the 1960s British TV show.

We saw this during our first visit to Sloan’s Motorcycle and ATV in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Thursday. The venture was a respite from work at Starbase Nashville and a chance to look at HPE1 models Linda likes.

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So it’s a little pricey.

Sloan’s turned out to be an impressive dealership, with 55,000 square feet of space, roughly the size of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building, in motorcycle terms.

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The Vespa choices were…um, a lot.

It has a wide selection of bikes (and ATVs) but it’s anchored by Indian Motorcycle, which has a designed floorspace that’s nicer than our living room2.

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Kawasaki W800.

Indians are nice, but I was drawn to a Kawasaki W800, a Triumph Bonneville-styled bike, and some of the Moto Guzzi ADV models.

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Moto Guzzi V85TT.

Still, the green & yellow Vespa was so perfect, so classy, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I probably won’t get one, but if I did, I’d have to fix up our place to make it worthy of the Vespa’s presence. Maybe I could get some fixer-upper tips from Indian.


1 – Vespa’s largest engine is 300 cubic centimeters, rather small by contemporary motorcycle standards with about 23 hp. The HPE, or High Performance Engine, is a redesigned affair that keeps the same number of ccs but increases output by a few horsepower. They also have anti-lock brakes and traction control.
2 – Seriously. The floors are faux wood, some of the walls are brick, and the furniture looks like it came from an HGTV make-over reveal. All that’s missing is a wood-burning fireplace. It must be some sort of Indian Motorcycle presentation rule; we saw something quite similar at Motorcycles of Dulles in Chantilly, Va., another nice dealership.

6 thoughts on “So If I Were to Buy a Vespa…”

  1. I think a cousin of mine did some road trips on a 250cc Honda waaaay back in the day (as in, 1970s). I’ll have to ask him again.

    1. … and before I pulled the pin at you-know-what paper, I was thinking of a scooter or a step-thru bike for gettin’ around Sandusky. Just as well I never did.

  2. Man, I’m in love with the yellow/green Vespa too. But for half the price, the Honda Super Cub is pretty sweet too.

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