Guide for a tour on Vespa or Lambretta

Created by Dietrich Limper at 12:09 on September 8, 2022

The right preparation and equipment

Due to our many scooter tours, which we have been doing for years through half of Europe, we now know pretty well what you should pack - and what not. We are happy to pass on our experience so that you are spared unpleasant situations. And we know that space on a Vespa or Lambretta is limited. Nobody wants to climb demanding South Tyrolean mountain passes or master the narrow coastal roads on Corsica with 50 kilograms of luggage. The Vespa world travellers who occasionally stop by SIP Scootershop have also given us good tips and suggestions for the perfect equipment. But before you pack your bags, the scooter should undergo a check. With that, the journey begins.

Check Ya Vespa!

Before you start your Vespa or Lambretta and head for the sun, a few quick checks should be carried out. How is the tyre tread? The brake pads? Are the light bulbs working? Is everything well oiled?

Spare parts & tools

Our professionals Olli and Jesco are responsible for this before the tours, and at the end of this blog you will find a detailed list of all the spare parts and tools they recommend for a tour lasting several days.

And what else?

It's best to make a personal checklist of things you don't want to forget: passport, insurance certificate, health insurance, papers and, of course, the driving licence.

Do you need some cash (in the local currency?) for toll stations, bridges or ferries? Which credit cards are accepted in the respective country? What other (traffic) peculiarities do you need to be aware of in the destination country? If you are going to lonely areas, it can't hurt to check the available petrol stations and pack a spare can if necessary. It may sound a bit dramatic now, but we have experienced all kinds of bizarre stories. There is nothing that does not exist ...

Tool bag rolled
Tool bag rolled
Tool bag with contents
Tool bag with contents
Spare part: Piston from Malossi
Spare part: Piston from Malossi

What is the best way to pack luggage on my Vespa?

Opinions differ, of course, but we can give you one good piece of advice: Do without a backpack on a longer trip. Back pain is guaranteed and the tour will soon become an ordeal. If you just want to go to the lake or beer garden, there's nothing wrong with a light backpack or gym bag. Fortunately, there is a suitable front or rear luggage rack for every scooter model. And that's exactly why we have Classic series bags under the SIP Style label. These are bags in various sizes and colours for luggage carriers. We have developed bags especially for the Vespa that can be stored in the spare wheel or in the glove or luggage compartment. Since they take up hardly any space and were developed precisely for the demands of scooter riders, they are very popular. And, last but not least, there are bags that are attached to the handlebars. As you can see, there is a wide choice. If you decide to use a luggage carrier, think about tension straps or luggage nets.

Also popular is the waterproof luggage roll, with a capacity of up to 36 litres, which can be strapped onto the carrier. However, many of our riders swear by a bag that is stored in the step-through between the legs. This may take some getting used to at first, but in the long run it is extremely practical and easy to handle. The insider tip from our pros!

"I have been stowing my luggage exclusively in a waterproof bag or luggage roll in the step-through for years. When we arrive at our destination, I park my scooter, take the bag and go straight to the hotel. It really couldn't be simpler."

Moritz, SIP-Tourenfahrer
Front luggage rack with luggage roll
Rear carrier with SIP Classic bag
Bag and gym bag in the hatch

What should I definitely pack for the Vespa tour?

We don't think we need to tell you anything about a change of clothes or a toilet bag. Everyone has to know for themselves what they need on holiday and what they don't want to do without. You are only limited by the size of the bags you have chosen. But we do have a few tips:

Rainwear should never be missing and should be packed ready to hand. Make sure they are small enough to pack and that they are visible in poor visibility. In our rainwear guide you will find everything you need to know about rain suits and rain jackets.

As mentioned above, for day trips we recommend lightweight containers for towel, bikini, drinks or snacks. For this purpose, there are lightweight backpacks and gym bags in our range that should meet all your needs. Our guide to backpacks and shoulder bags should help here.

If you want to travel to really inhospitable regions, as many a Vespa globetrotter does, you should look into bad weather protection, where we can recommend many products from heated grips to leg covers. However, if you are planning a tour through Tuscany in summer, you can safely do without. It's more a question of the right clothing, and that's where we come in now.

gym bag
Always practical: gym bags
Make sure rainwear is small enough to pack
A lightweight backpack for day trips

What should I wear during the scooter tour?

In the past, we approached this topic casually and everyone wore what they thought was right. One rode in a T-shirt with flip-flops, the other in a leather jacket and heavy boots. But experience has made us wiser and now everyone wears protective clothing on our tours, because a fall at 100 km/h can have fatal consequences.

In addition, clothing that offers real protection on the scooter has developed rapidly in recent years. There are lightweight jackets and waistcoats that offer AAA safety levels. We have jeans that look casual but are tough and tear-resistant thanks to special materials. The same goes for shoes, gloves and other protective clothing. We recommend our detailed guides on these topics.

Of course, you'll be wearing a helmet, but there are considerable differences in helmets and visors nowadays, and it's best to browse through our range of helmets and visors - with lots of tips on safety, the right size and more.

Scooter rider
It doesn't get any better than this: helmet, scarf, leather jacket, gloves, protective jeans and sturdy shoes.

Useful helpers for on the road

Even if the aim is to take as little luggage and knick-knacks with you as possible, there are still a few little things that make life on the road easier or are indispensable. At the top of this list is the first-aid kit, which should never be missing. Medical first aid can be enormously important and it is best to have someone with you who can still remember the last first aid course. If a roadside repair is necessary, high-visibility waistcoats are essential so that other road users see you in time.

The USB charger for your mobile phone is small, light and can be operated with 6 or 12 volts. It would be stupid if your sat nav suddenly ran out of juice and you were stuck in the middle of nowhere. And this same navigation system can be securely fastened to the steering wheel with a holder so that you don't lose your overview or have to drive one-handed. And finally, we offer you locks, GPS trackers and alarm systems, because unfortunately there are thieves everywhere.

We hope that this blog has given you some good tips for the scooter tours you might want to take in the future. In any case, we wish you a lot of fun and a safe ride at all times. Ride On!

first aid kit
The first-aid bag is compulsory
Always juice for the navigation system
mobile phone holder
The mobile phone firmly in view

The lists for spare parts and tools

Spare parts

  • Spark plug

  • Spark plug connector

  • Screws and nuts in the usual sizes

  • The most important special screws (e.g. fan wheel and clutch)

  • Universal cables

  • Screw nipples

  • Set of oil seals

  • Seal set

  • Piston

  • Clutch (at least linings, bronze bushings and nut)

  • Carburettor connecting rubber

  • Diaphragm plate

  • Bulbs

  • Spare wheel or hose

  • Ignition: stator and CDI

  • Split pins

  • Wedges (Woodruff keys)

Tools in general

  • Water pump pliers

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Side cutters

  • Open-end spanner set

  • Socket spanner set

  • Phillips and slotted screwdriver

  • Knife

  • Air pump

  • If required: Hexagon socket

  • If possible: hammer

Special tool

  • Plug spanner

  • Spring puller

  • Pole wheel and clutch puller and holder

  • Special spanner, e.g. crown nut on a Vespa

  • Puller: e.g. brake drum on Lambretta

Universal helpers and tools

  • Set of cable connectors

  • Insulating tape

  • Some grease

  • Oil

  • Universal cleaner

  • Cloth

  • Sealant

  • Occasionally very useful: hand wash for on the road

Dietrich Limper
Dietrich Limper

Dietrich Limper works as an editor for SIP Scootershop and also writes for local and national publications. When he's not geocaching, he enjoys the amazing antics of Bayer Leverkusen.