Custom Paint Jobs

Wed, Sep 28, 2005


I’m going to use this post to log some of my favorite scooter paint jobs. Let’s start with:
(The Steel Plate look… Not pretty… but pretty scary. I like.)

Why don’t you give it a shot! Point us to some sweet scooter paint jobs!

This one called “The Freak” was submitted by Aaron in MS. Click on it to see the details. It’s looking like Italjet is leading the pack in the “Cool Paint Job” department. Any challengers?

Rori points out this Honda Dio-ZX from Japan. I think I pulled an eye muscle.

Thanks to Steph (and and ch) for showing us this sweet little lammy. Queen Hippolyte of Paradise Island would be proud!

3 Responses to “Custom Paint Jobs”

  1. Bryce Says:

    Here is a link to a picture of a custom paint job I want to do somewhere down the line. All of the chrome would be changed to anodized aluminum.


  2. Anonymous Says:

    DRAGSTERS IN THE USA – A REVIEW OF THE DRAGSTER 180 like the one on your blog.

    I pulled up to a brand-new Mercedes SLK at a traffic light.

    The driver rolled his window down and said, “that is a nice looking moped, har har.”

    I laugh a thanks, and in a joking tone I ask, “wanna race?”

    He gives me thumbs up. It is about 100 yards to the next light. I place my feet on the passenger foot pegs as the light changes and twist the throttle. Mr. Mercedes stomps on the gas and I hear a tire chirp. I am not worried, for I am not on a moped, but a 2000 Italjet Dragster 180 and I smoke his ass to the next light.

    The Dragster 180 is an amazing machine. I am by no means shy, but I was not prepared for the amount of attention this little machine garners. With its trellis frame designed by Miguel Galluzzi, the same Argentinean designer as the Ducati Monster, and a roadworthy Piaggio 180cc motor shared by the Gilera Runner, the Italjet people have put together the best components from many manufacturers and come up with a winner.

    The hardest part about getting a Dragster 180 is keeping the speed down during the break-in period. Italjet/Piaggio recommend a 1000Km/600-mile break-in, while keeping the bike below 55 MPH. My Vespa P-125 never even went 55 MPH. After the break-in is complete, expect to go 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. This is quicker than a Porsche 911. The top speed is rated at 95 MPH. It is nice knowing that if I get on the freeway I can keep up with traffic, but also accelerate out of trouble if necessary. Dual disc brakes stop the Dragster with precision.

    Portland is a city of bridges, and our bridges are grated. In town we have scooterists who will drive miles out of their way to take one of two bridges without grating. The Dragster 180 with its fat Michelin “Bopper” tubeless tires, its independent ‘floating’ steering system, and its dead on center weight handles like a dream. I’ve even taken it on the dreaded Hawthorn Bridge, a ½ mile of scooter eating, flesh-dicing grate without a worry.

    Not everything is perfect on this scooter and it would be unfair to not mention them. First on everybody’s mind should be the fact that they aren’t legal in this country. [Read below on how to be sneaky and make yours legal]. Out of the crate, the plastic front fender was warped and scraped the tire. Placing a boiling hot wet towel over the fender, reshaping it, followed by a cold wet towel to lock the shape in took care of that problem. The steering was off several degrees but a quick turn of the allen screw solved that problem. When I think back on new vehicles I’ve bought in the past and how many return trips I’ve had to make to dealerships, this bike is of pretty quality stuff.

    Design complaints include the dreadful passenger seat, which slants towards the rear, making the passenger reach next to their thighs for the too-small-to-get-a-good-hold handles, while stretching your feet forward to find the foot pegs. I’ve resolved to never put anyone in that position, no matter how cute she is, and I’m replacing the passenger seat, which comes on the 125/180 with the pillion cover from the Dragster 50.

    Many words have been written about the cheap looking plastic chrome on the headset. There is no way to beautify it and I am surprised how many people comment on it. I’m looking for a small carbon fibre fabricator to make me a new headset piece.

    All in all, I’ve never been happier riding a scooter. I find myself looking for excuses to go on errands to race around my neighborhood and beyond.


  3. Background Check Says:

    nice paint job!


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