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28.5.15

Gozo - in search of Vespa

I returned yesterday from a week's stay on the Maltese island of Gozo (neighbouring island to Malta). Was great to get a fix of Mediterranean warmth and culture on one its lesser known islands.

As always, I kept an eye out for classic vespas and thought I'd be in luck considering Gozo's warmer climes but was to be denied! The overwhelming choice there are these Honda 'Cubs' with mainly 70cc engines; the world's most popular motorised 2-wheeled transport I believe..


Honda


Rabat (Victoria), Gozo


I did also spot the occasional 'monkey bike' or smaller proportioned mini motorcyles, I forget which manufacturer produced the example below but did see a couple of Yamaha 'Bop' bikes as well as this one...


Rabat (Victoria), Gozo


A close second behind the indestructible Honda 'Cub' were these small capacity Suzuki, Yamaha and occasional Honda motorcycles (photographed in Gozo's capital Victoria, originally called Rabat), which were very popular with the locals. A step up in the style stakes I'd say from the enduring 'Cub' and more ridable than the above 'monkey bike'...


Rabat (Victoria), Gozo


Rabat (Victoria), Gozo


Rabat (Victoria), Gozo


Next up and a pleasant surprise was finding this red German Maicoletta scooter in the town of Xaghra. I spoke briefly to its Gozitan owner who was very proud of it and I wouldn't be surprised if its the only one on Gozo and even Malta perhaps..


Maicoletta


I was getting closer to finding Italy's most famous 2-wheeled export when I discovered this Piaggio 'Cosa' shortly after the Maicoletta. As you can see it was well used and no doubt familiar with Gozo's many rutted roads...


Cosa


Cosa


On the penultimate day of my holiday I was finally rewarded when I saw this classic Vespa 150 Super at one of the island's more popular beaches; belonging to a young hipster I imagined, working at a beach bar. I did also manage to quickly capture a dark blue Vespa PX that I'd seen on a couple of days but was too slow with the camera..


150 Super


150 Super




So a happy ending after all! Apart from the Super, PX and Cosa I didn't see any other vespas, although I did see two dusty Series 3 Lambrettas and a SIL Lambretta but again was too slow with the camera. I did also see a new automatic 'Lambretta' but couldn't bring myself to photograph it, what with my classic leanings!

I didn't take my film camera with me, so all shots were taken on a small Lumix digital pocket camera. The full album of shots I took in Gozo can be seen here

If you're in Malta, check out Gozo if you can and have time, it's a lovely place, friendly people, good weather, some lovely Baroque architecture, good food and wine with Italian influences and less touristy than its larger neighbour.


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