Ralf about his Vespa 125 VM2 and the conversion:
"My Vespa 125 VM2 is unbelievable fun! However, a few things have always bothered me, e.g. little to no light, low reliability and, of course, the outdated power of an engine that is already more than 60 years old. Unfortunately, when in doubt, I often went to the beer garden with the more powerful Rally. Recently, the possibilities for bringing a Faro Basso up to the current state of the art have expanded remarkably. Reason enough for me to give my tubular handlebar Vespa a makeover. First of all, I had to take stock of the current state: old tyres, rusty rims, shock absorbers that can only be inadequately described by the term "air pump". Brakes that hardly decelerate, a headlight like a grave light and stiff old cables. Many starting attempts are necessary to bring the old lady to life. The engine struggles to rev, smokes, the clutch engages loudly and the engine power is, shall we say, manageable. It stops at just under 60 km/h and the poor Vespa is already being audibly tortured. The dynamometer brings it to light: 2.5 hp rear wheel power, 5 Nm torque. That's not much."