Vespa Redesigned as Six Types of Concept Motorcycles


yet another italian invention that took the world by storm, the vespa is a cult classic and one of the world’s most popular scooters. when it landed on the scene in 1946 it was given the nickname ‘paperino’ (which translates to duckling) due it’s miniature nature. these scooters are iconic, but if you have wondered what a full-on vespa motorcycle would look like, harley davidson thought it was time to find out. the café racer is instantly recognizable, with it’s low-mounted handlebars, prominent seat cowling and elongated fuel tank. it’s minimalist bodywork and control layout recall early-1960s grand prix road racers, and it could be the perfect lightweight vespa for quick rides over short distances.

the iconic vespa reimagined as a chopper
all images © harley davidson

when you think about a chopper, it’s perhaps the classic harley davidson that comes to mind. with its high handle-bars and unmistakable exhaust sound, this vespa chopper would be the pride of any self respecting mod. so modify it to your heart’s content and lean back, it’s time to cruise.

vespa off-road / dirt bike concept

if it’s off-road biking you’re into, this rugged vespa dirt bike could be the one for you. it can handle any surface you care to test it on: sand, gravel, mud, snow or even a river. the suspension and lightweight bodywork will have you bouncing around comfortably and the knobby tires will keep you safely gripped to the floor.

vespa touring bike concept

if it’s long distances you need cover this vespa touring bike has everything you need. it’s huge fuel tanks will keep you going for miles, the upright seats will keep you comfy for hours at a time and the screens will protect you from any adverse weather. there is even space for a passenger and luggage, making it the perfect bike for a road trip.

vespa superbike concept

the vespa superbike is born to win. speed is the name of the game here, this gas guzzling vespa is thumping out up to 1200 cc, compared to the 50 cc you’d usually get from an everyday vespa. you’d no doubt be finishing first at losail on this thing

harley couldn’t resist finding out what a tron-inspired vespa light cycle would look like. this futuristic racer is powered by pure liquid energy; just push the front and rear ends apart to go faster. steering is done by tilting the cycle and there is a a pair of small fins to help you balance or brake. it’s made for racing, but whoever designed this clearly also has an eye for science fiction style. vespa riders proudly call themselves ‘vespisti’. they’re a passionate bunch, it’s a lifestyle not just a scooter. but we’re pretty sure they’d be queuing up to give these motorcycles a try.