The English Brighton Marina played host to an array of bikers from around the country, but one stood out of crowd – big time!
As we’re led to believe, the Brightonia Motorcycle Festival is a well-frequented gathering of all on two, and even three wheels. The 2010 installment didn’t disappoint with hundreds of custom bikes, trikes, and choppers turning up to take part in the ceremonious burning of rubber while wearing as much leather as possible – obviously. The selection was vast, covering everything from Harleys and Buells to the wicked Jap high-revving superbikes and even modded Vespas (seriously)! The earlier-mentioned chopper that stood out of the crowd was this highly customized creation, featuring bone handlebars, a skull for a headlight – all in shiny chrome. We wonder whether the owner chromed the bits because they’re actual human body parts which he wanted to keep under wraps, or if his intentions were purely aesthetic. Or maybe he is the elusive “Bone Daddy” serial killer hiding in plain view, eh? Either way the Ghost Rider with chains and flaming skull have nothing on this guy!
Remember the oldest trick in the book, the tablecloth one that BMW recently brought back in the attention of public with their S1000RR? Well, it has generated an online dispute regarding to whether it is real or not, so a couple of guys with their bellies plumped with barbeque have decided to make their own attempt with a 50cc Vespa scooter. More precisely, they laugh about BMW’s promotional video with this backyard spoof. Still, it’s funny…so enjoy!
When we first heard about the stretch-limo Vespa, which is a very original idea of Vespa South Africa Managing Director Andy Reid, we thought at a luxurious piece of Italy’s greatest ever scooter, but looking at it now, we’re beginning to think this is a rather interesting mean of transportation for those interested in saving gas money. Sure, it can be both (personally, I wouldn’t take the kids to school on it), but the fact is that it was built for promotional activities only, so a picture on it with a glass of champagne in your hand should do the trick just fine. For more, build one yourself and ride home from high school with a trio of chicks at the back. And don’t forget the white gloves!
This video created by Patrick Boivin shows Michael Jackson visibly disturbed by the fact that a certain Mr. Bean, who rides a classic Vespa scooter, is messing around while the King of Pop is practicing his dance routines. They end up getting into a fight like we would have seen in old episodes of “Dexter” and the whole thing is quite funny to watch, especially if you’re a fan of the two celebrities and the Italian scooter that replaces Mr. Bean’s Mini once in a while.
Starting from the idea that everyone loves Vespas – including Harley-Davidson riders – this commercial shows such a rider getting up close and personal with the gorgeous ET4 model, which makes the subject of the video ad.
This is the kind of humor that we like to see in motorcycle/scooter commercials and the fact that this one shows both does the trick big time.
Some people never forget their childhood toys or ways to have fun and by judging from this kid’s face, he will never ever forget about his very own, one-off Vespa rocking horse made of metal, fiberglass and imitation leather. The thing even gets the Vespa and Piaggio logos as well as the boy’s name – Diego – at the back of the seat. I don’t believe they could have done a better job with this one. Suddenly, even the memory of my first bicycle fades away.
Vespa, the famous scooter manufacturer from Italy, has found a very funny way of promoting their 125cc four-stroke model using the King Kong theme. Of course, this is a distorted version in which the beast fells in love with the machine rather than with the beautiful girl, leaving us wondering how will the gorilla commute on that thing through the urban jungle. Or is the beast only going to polish the Vespa and then stare at it for hours and hours?
Considering that Superman has a reputation to maintain, we simply can’t help wondering how the idea of a custom painted Vespa scooter came to him when searching for a motorized two-wheeled vehicle. Unless this thing is strongly upgraded to match the performance of a let’s say 2009 Yamaha R1 (which I seriously doubt and still wouldn’t be worthy of the rider), this thing is just a silly joke.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s just Superman on his classic Italian scooter.
The Vespa and the Volkswagen Type 2 (Transporter, for most of us) were contemporaries in the fructuous period that followed the Second World War, two machines bringing a major contribution at motorizing the world and which remain pure icons for the industries they stand for.
Hippies often used to carry a Vespa inside or even on top their Volkswagen busses just to have fun on two wheels once they reached their destination, but I bet they never really thought at it this way.
A Portuguese carpenter named Carlos Alberto was thinking about popularizing his skills when he remembered about the old Vespa scooter forgotten in the garage. Hmmm, what would be the result of that? I guess the images speak for themselves.
All that is left for us to mention is that the engine, suspensions and wheels are still made out of metal. The rest is just poetry to our eyes.
Much better than any commercial, the scooter even got a new name – Vespa Daniela – as it is most likely dedicated to Carlos’s daughter.
Apparently, this isn’t our man’s first wooden two-wheeled creation as we also found a full-size motorcycle called Mota on its website.