Custom Ciao Santa Cruz

Am Open day 22.04.23 the moped scene showed how strong it is, we received whole groups of fans and among them we saw unique pieces, but one thing caught our eye in particular, and when we were with its owner Marcus Bullock talking, we asked him to tell us more about this beautiful custom Hello Santa Cruz to tell, and he did:

"I still have such old number plates from UTHA here. Take these with you! Otherwise they go in the garbage” So, or something similar, was the sentence when buddy Marc was dissolving a company. At the same time, I remembered my first ciao in my youth, where these types of parts could not be missing in the early 90s. In principle, the idea came up to build a Ciao like I would have wished for back then. The color concept was set insofar as the number plates were not to be painted. A contrasting color was needed, just like it was good form in the 90s!

So yellow, or white? Oh no matter, both!

So began the search for contemporary accessories. Saddle cloth and handlebars from France, white lamps (dyed through) from Switzerland, lamp mask from Italy, red handles / levers from Poland, etc. Some of the parts collected in this country still had pink price tags, one or the other knows which shop that was.

Saddle cover from France

White lamps from Switzerland, lamp mask from Italy

Red handles from Poland

"You used to get all that for a handful of DM?" Those days seem to be over.

engine-wise it had to be a side intake in any case - that was clear. By chance I got a Simonini membrane intake. A replica housing was used paired with a Pinasco full cheek shaft. The water-cooled Polini cylinder with 41mm found its way to me by accident. A good friend of mine liked the idea of ​​the 90s CIAO so much that he let me have it for a good price. Pistons and seals for the water-cooled cylinder drove the scooter somewhere. Likewise, all other required parts such as tyres, bearings, brakes, wiring harness etc. come from Bergheim Glessen. The reservoir in the place where the speedometer normally sits was added as a 3D printed part.

The Ciao is on the road on 16 inch Ten-Spoke rims and the power transmission runs via a series clutch (reinforced) including a belt pulley via an 8,5 Bravo gearbox. The engine is ventilated via a 16 Dellorto carburettor (with a 7-spool valve - important!) and the burned fuel is expelled via a FalkR Reso exhaust. This requires quite high control times, so the rotary engine ran for a not inconsiderable amount of time and ate into the material of the cylinder and the crankcase.

FalkR tuned exhaust lateral view
FalkR tuned exhaust

The frame is a Ciao (C6V moped) which received a strut. On the one hand, a lot of material disappeared to get the side intake through the frame, on the other hand, the frame is already prepared for the Malossi Big Deps with 21 carburettor. Again, some sheet metal disappeared, hence the idea of ​​reinforcement. The Ciao was painted by a good friend, the choice of color was based on the existing plastic parts.

The combination of the colors caused a number of motto suggestions to be made in my garage. After the Wolf lawn mower and, of course, the McDonald-Mobile, I finally decided on the Santa Cruz variant. Moped - skateboard - 90s... that's right!

Marcus Bullock
Mopeds of different colors on a blue background

Everything for your moped

Your Scooter Center has taken care of expanding the range for the classic Piaggio mopeds/mopeds.
Here are a few highlights for the popular Piaggio vehicles that are gaining more and more fans every day!

Holder for running board CIF / Ciao SC models.

Since the holder is no longer available from Piaggio, we have reconstructed the coveted spare part.

Long version for less lifting force

or more braking effect
cast rims: bgm6416GF
wire rims: bgm6416SF

Old school tool bag

An absolute must-have for classic mopeds/mopeds or bicycles.
black: 2211035 
brown: 2211036

rear footpegs

Successful replica of the coveted Chom part for the older Ciao models. Both newer years of construction may require a little adjustment work.

Tuning kit SC

Piaggio Ciao, Bravo, Boxer, Si

Ø=43mm 63ccm, 12mm piston pin incl. cylinder head and decompression valve

Exhaust systems for mopeds


Simonini Serpentone 
for tuning cylinders from 60-75 cc one of the "all-rounders" among resonance exhaust systems.

PROMA circuit 
Another "all-rounder" among the Reso systems.

Polini Top One
The classic from Polini. Best suited for the Polini cylinders beyond 50cc.

PROMA Proma City Power
The "all-rounder"! Regardless of whether it is an original or a tuning cylinder. Everything works with this exhaust.

Luggage racks

MN4503C: matching folding luggage rack for the Piaggio Ciao models with square seat posts and rear light on the frame. 

MN4502C: New edition of the classic luggage rack for the first Ciao models with a square seat post and a round rear

MN4500C : Repro of the often sought after FACO folding luggage rack.

MN4501C : New edition of the classic front luggage rack for the older Ciao models

Everything important for your moped


for Polini Speed ​​Engine and Pinasco Power Casing.
For Dell'Orto
SHA 15/15 and SHA 16/16: bgm2545S19
PHBG 19 AD and PHBG 21 AD: bgm2545S24

Front shock absorber set

one of the most useful accessories in terms of driving safety for the Piaggio Ciao.

No wiring harness gets better over the years and can lead to the most incredible problems.
Therefore, no compromises should be made with the low technical and financial effort. 

Degree disc
determines the intake control angle of the crankshaft and the intake window.

degree disc: 2211193

Steel: 2211193VA

Starting with a pull starter is much more streamlined than the classic bicycle style.
Please only install in vehicles with a decompression valve and do not forget the appropriate nut.


Nut pull starter

bgm7608M / bgm7610M

Pole wheel + ignition + CDI

Maintenance-free CDI 12V ignition - better starting behavior, insensitive to weather and 12V voltage for significantly better light output for more driving safety.


Whether touring or sport, the perfect alternative to the Piaggio original part that is no longer available.
bgm666CR2S, bgm666CR2T.

Saddlebag configurator

How do the cool MOTO NOSTRA luggage bags for the Ciao actually look on your Ciao?

Just try it out:
Simply select your Ciao color in our Ciao side bag configurator and the MOTO NOSTRA side bag of your choice. Add a luggage rack if you like! TIP: If you like it colorful, you can choose a different color for each side. You can also download the resulting combination as an image!


Ciao Brands

These are the finest Ciao tuning parts from Germany. And the boys' slogan is not just empty words. Far too often, moped fans bought supposedly cheap tuning parts in the hope of being able to easily install and use them without complications. Then it had to be improved because the fit and quality were not right. Problem –> Solution! MC PROPARTS develops high-quality components at fair prices that are long overdue. Innovative products, the best materials and tuning parts that are durable and serve their purpose. Now here in the MC Proparts Moped Tuning Shop.

It's always nice to meet friends and that was when Scooter Center-Team on the EICMA 2022 the case. Here is some news that caught our attention:

New Vespa models EICMA 2022

Piaggio proudly presented the new 2023 model years, which will win many new fans with some new, visible and invisible features. 
The most prominent model is of course the GTS300.
We can already say in advance: It drives better than ever! Piaggio has finally dedicated itself to the subject of chassis and has now made it much more stable and active. This is accompanied by a new front wheel suspension including a new supplier for the brake components. Nissin from Japan is now on board here and is responsible for a befitting delay. The front shock absorber of the GTS models differs again from the previous models, which brings us to the third stage of evolution. Interestingly, Piaggio has retained the previous fork/brake type for the new GTV models (recognizable by the headlight on the fender). In line with the spirit of the times, a keyless go system has now been rolled out on the GTS/GTV platforms. With that, the conventional key is history. It was replaced by a pure transponder (key fob) that can be used to start and unlock the vehicle when approaching via a rotary knob in the position of the former mechanical steering lock. The engine corresponds to the Euro5 engine which is already known from the previous model years. The models generally known as HPE, which brought a decent increase in performance compared to the Euro4 models, are used unchanged, i.e. with full power (23,8 hp at 8.250 rpm), in the 2023 models. 

Externally, the new GTS models can only be distinguished from last year's models with a trained eye. However, Piaggio has hardly left a part untouched, so that the term facelift at this point would not do justice to Piaggio's effort. The clear identification feature of the GTS300 Bj.2023 are the switch units separated from the handlebars and the slightly exposed license plate light. The well-known division into GTS, GTS Super, GTS SuperSport and GTS SuperTech has been retained. While the first three versions are more to be understood as color variants, the SuperTech models also stand out technically with a large TFT display instead of the classic instrument landscape. In order not to lose touch in times of mandatory constant communication, Piaggio offers its new connectivity system MIA as an option. A concession to activate new target groups and to give the vehicle class further features, away from the purpose of a pure means of transport. Certainly a good idea to be able to place the GTS models even more fully and comprehensively on the market. 

Vespa 946 10° Anniversary

The famous 946 models were also presented in a new guise. Always designed less as a technology and more as an image bearer, the 946 is both extroverted and a homage to the company's own history. The fact that with the 946 models Piaggio has strayed very far from the original idea of ​​the simple but robust everyday vehicle is not at all an issue here. On the contrary, the 946 embodies that archetype scooter that any child would paint. This is more than any marketing department of other manufacturers even dares to dream of. Appropriately, Piaggio has dipped the 946 in a beautiful shade of green that is distantly related to the first paintwork of the models from over 70 years ago. In contrast to the GTS models, the 946 models therefore appeal more to artistic finesse, to whom an individual vehicle concept means more than explicitly good driving performance. For this reason, Piaggio has not yet given the 946 models a keyless go, but still relies on the good old key technology. To compensate, it has a modern LCD display and an LED headlight. The 946 models are offered with 125cc and 150cc.

 Vespa GTV

The new GTV models have undergone major visual changes than their GTS brothers. The handlebar fairing as well as the handlebar itself have been completely redesigned. Together with the sports seat including the new cover made of plastic (screwed/removable) and the decorative stripes, a beautiful nostalgic race look is offered, almost retro sport from the factory. With the front wheel fork, Piaggio stayed with the previously produced type so that the retrofit parts (shock absorbers) already available for these models also fit. However, keyless go is also already on board here and makes the GTV a reliable and easy-to-use commuter with a touch of avant-garde. The USB connection, LED headlights and the digital speedometer round off the picture of the modern oldie perfectly.

GTS Supersport 300 HPE ABS ASR

New SpecialModel: Primavera Color Vibe 

The color vibe special models of the Primavera models impress with a modern appearance that Piaggio has created with a simple but very effective trick. A completely different vehicle line is implied by a horizontally applied decorative color tone, which deliberately contrasts strongly with the rest of the vehicle paintwork. This makes the Primavera models appear much sportier and more pleasing. Attached to the side, the engine displacement is also a nice gimmick. The color vibe models are available in 50cc, 125cc and 150cc versions.

Vespa Primavera Color Vibe 125 i-get ABS 


Pinasco is still busy and always inspires with new products. The latest hit is the 244/252cc cylinder which was designed for a standard engine housing. Undoubtedly, the already legendary Quattrini M244 was the inspiration here, with its huge success in 2015 no one expected would have; Too expensive, too exclusive. Pinasco has now also dared to interpret the topic of maximum cubic capacity for the series housing. Here, too, a cylinder is used that no longer has a cylinder base that has to dip into the motor housing. This allows the size of the cylinder bore to be increased to a whopping 72mm (series 66.5mm) without having to rework the engine housing. However, a crankshaft with a significantly longer connecting rod (130mm vs. 110mm series) is absolutely necessary for this, as the channels are located significantly further up in the cylinder. A big difference to the Quattrini M244 cylinder is the intake control. The Pinasco cylinder has a large cylinder inlet which is fired by an intake manifold with a membrane. This makes you completely independent of an intake control via the engine housing. Pinasco will offer matching crankshafts with 60 and 62mm stroke. The connecting rod length is 130mm. According to Pinasco, if a Pinasco engine housing is used, there is no need to spin the crankcase for the crankshafts. This step would only be necessary for original Piaggio motor housings.

New PX200 cylinder kit 252cc 

The cylinder with side outlets is also shown here. These are probably omitted in series production.

Piston 72mm diameter

Clutch bell for Ciao/SI

Cylinder kit for Honda SH300

Motor housing Pinasco Smallframe

Now with a multi-drilling pattern suitable for many cylinders 'out of the box'

Pinasco Eureka

A special feature at the Pinasco stand was the E-conversion kit for the Vespa, dubbed Eureka Smallframemodels.
The solution patented by Pinasco envisages replacing only the crankshaft and the cylinder. The cylinder is replaced by an electric motor with a vertical output shaft. The replacement for the crankshaft, on the other hand, absorbs the power of the engine via spur gearing and transmits it conventionally to the clutch. The scooter can be operated as usual (coupling, shifting, accelerating, uhh, giving electricity).


New ECU for GTS 300 Euro 5

Polini offers a new cylinder kit including ECU unit for the GTS300 Euro5 models. With this, the injection quantity/time can be adjusted within a certain framework to the installation situation (modified exhaust, air filter, etc.) by simply adjusting a potentiometer.

New exhaust Vespa Sprint

Polini now also offers their popular 'original box' exhaust system for older engine generations such as the Vespa Sprint. With these models, the exhaust is only fixed to a screw on the engine block. Polini has therefore modified and strengthened the bracket. The end tube was also lengthened. This appears to be smaller than in conventional systems. As soon as we have the new systems in the program, we will mention this detail in the shop. It is also unclear whether the main stand of the Sprint models can fold in unhindered. An often voiced point of criticism of the previous Polini systems which were used on the Sprint/Rally models. Apparently Polini only offers the modified exhaust for the small engine blocks (125-150cc).



New Lambrettas

Lambretta celebrates its 75th anniversary at EICMA 2022. It is presented with a modern range in different shifts and trendy colors.

Lambretta G350 Special

Lambretta X125

Lambretta V Special


Sport Scooter Dragster 500 GP

Italjet presented its new GP500 model to the public for the first time at the EICMA 2022 and shows that motorcycles and scooters are getting closer and closer. A full 450ccm with 43 hp and a six-speed foot switch were paired with a squat and very attractive-looking raw frame including scooter-typical fairing and, for the range of services, rather small tires. According to Italjet, the GP500 should be fast at a whopping 185km/h. For us a real cracker that could certainly take on the legacy of the Gilera Runner 180.

 and some more italjet beauties

The next date for the  EICMA 2023 is here, we're excited to see what next year brings.

My adventures are not only related to the Vespas, but this time to their little sister: the mopeds.
In an impromptu plan, I accompanied some members of the technical team from Scooter Center: Marc, Frank and Roland test their Ciaos on the Moped festival 2022 by Iron Mofa.
Platonika would stay parked because I had to drive in a real vehicle! And I couldn't get a better backseat than the Flatliners boys tandem!
Not knowing what to expect, I set up cameras and we embarked on an adventure that turned out to be a lot more fun than I imagined.

It was fun to see so many bad boys in these little vehicles, but above all, as always, to meet wonderful people full of good humor.

Hello tandem: 

The reason for the construction of this tandem is special, as are the components that make it possible Scooter Center managed to create this rarity!

The tandem is driven by a Polini speed engine with one DR Evo cylinder farms.
As a further tuning measures were a 13/13 carburetor with one SIL Tech Venturi and a Malossi air filter installed.
The exhaust gases are through a Gianeli Ori Power derived.
The landing gear was through the Shock absorber holder from MMW and the bgm ProF16 shock absorbers upgraded.
Due to the increased load on the axles, the normal front axle bearing was replaced by a MC Proparts Front axle kit replaces + socket set

But it wouldn't be the only distinctive feature I would see at this meeting:
The motor of this Ciao comes from a cut-off grinder for railroad tracks.



The tiresome topic: Conversion from Mono to Vario.

What do I need to convert my mono moped/moped to variator.

First we need the gearbox housing.

Some transmission housings for mono can be replaced with the appropriate transmission cover

convert to a Vario transmission. Unfortunately, these covers are no longer available from Piaggio and can then only be bought used.

That's why we use it Pinasco gearbox housingShop

Then we need a suitable gearbox.

It depends on what you want. The original gearboxes were between 11,52:1 and 14,81:1 in the

Mopeds/mofas installed. (there are a few exceptions where the translation is different)

For our purpose (easy tuning with '63 Athena, Malossi cylinder head, racing shaft, machined engine housing, Proma CityPower exhaust and 13/13 carburetor) we use that Pinasco 10.4:1 gearbox – Shop 

Something synthetic should be used as gear oil. This is recommended here motul – Shop

 Then we need a "converter" which unfortunately is no longer available from Piaggio and no longer in all sizes.

Converters with 90mm pulley diameters were installed on the Ciao and occasionally on the Boxer.

These variants are only available used and mostly in bad condition.

So we have to use the accessories area and either the 100mm converter from the Bravo

use (later years of construction of the Ciao and mostly from Holland had this 100mm converter also installed) – Shop

Or you use that Malossi converter 100mm - Shop

100mm converter in the Ciao means adjusting the frame, but this can easily be done with pliers and a rag to protect against scratches. Vehicles from the last years of construction already have a deepening at the rear of the frame.

With the Malossi converter we still need that Clutch bell BGM 7250 – Shop

And matching starter pads.

Unfortunately, the rubbers available on the market do not always have the right shape and should be reworked. This can be done quickly with some sandpaper or a file.

In this case, we have them OEM starter jaws used - Shop

Since we're rebuilding a Mono Ciao, we don't have any old parts to build something out of, so we still need that Locking Plate - Shop

And the right one circlip – Shop

Then comes the V-belt's turn.

Mono vehicles have an approx. 9.5mm wide drive belt and Vario vehicles have an approx. 12.5mm wide belt installed ex works.

Over the years and further development by many ambitious mechanics and small tuning companies, it has turned out that it is better to use a 13mm wide belt.

There are various reasons for this. On the one hand the tolerances of the converter discs (they don't always have the right angle) and the width of the vario. (Malossi has the widest distance)

For our conversion we use the MC Proparts Belts – Shop

As a variator, here comes the Polini for use - Shop


The vario nut -Shop is used so that we can use the largest possible thread portion of the crankshaft.

The first big challenge is the choice of the counter-pressure spring in the converter.

Actually, there is a rule of thumb: as tight as necessary, as light as possible.

Since the following statements are always circulating on the net and forums (yellow Malossi and 6.5gr runs great.)

We always recommend our customers with the switch Polini Feach to start – Shop

And that even with the Malossi MHR converter.

The Polini spring is about 15% harder than the standard spring.

As a final step, we need a matching side panel.

Side panels for variator are only available as accessories from the Ciao - Shop

Unfortunately, Boxer, Bravo and Si have to use used originals, which can still be found relatively easily on the used market.

Would you like to see an overview of all parts? please have a look at this link: Wishlist

And finally ...

Do I need a Ciao, Bravo, Si or Boxer with variator?

Each of you can and must know for yourself whether the time and financial effort is justified by the later result.

The advantage of the variator is that it provides you with a stepless automatic system. Translated short when starting, translated long at speed. The principle is still used today in every automatic scooter.
This offers many advantages in the mountains or when starting off frequently in the city.

A properly tuned variator with the appropriate engine setup allows you
to accelerate as if you were being pulled forward by a rubber band.

Of course, such a conversion also has disadvantages. The variator has many factors that affect how it works.

That would be the weights in the variator at the front, the counter-pressure spring in the converter at the back and the
strength/hardness of the clutch springs. If one thing doesn't fit together, the moped behaves strangely when driving.
It is quite time-consuming to perfectly match the variator to your vehicle and it often requires disassembly, conversion and testing at the beginning.
When everything is done, you just have a big grin under your helmet and you will
Rewarded for many hours of screwing and swearing.


MCCAP fuel cap for your CIAO from MC PROPARTS

Have you ever had that too? You're on the go with your moped, have to refuel and don't have any oil with you!
Now do you have to buy expensive or sub-optimal oil at the gas station if there is still 2-stroke oil in the tank? And where do you put the big oil can?
This problem is now a thing of the past!

With these fuel caps from MC PROPARTS you always have 20ml oil with you in case of emergency. You should come at least 30km with it, because the amount in the oil tank is enough for a liter of mixture at 1:50.

Easy to use

Pull the filler cap out of the tank, unscrew the cover, pour the oil into the tank, follow the petrol, done!

The optical highlight for your moped with the "thinking effect"


The MCCAP is available in 4 different versions, complex and high quality crafted themes!

  1. OEM style
  2. clean style
  3. racing style
  4. motorsport style


  • elaborate & contemporary design in 4 variations
  • made of 6062 T6 high-strength aluminum
  • Logo engraved, lasered or coated (depending on the model)
  • high quality black anodized (scratch and petrol resistant)
  • Reservoir for 20ml 2-stroke oil (21,5ml because there is always something left in the reservoir)
  • generous vent hole (no more problems with lack of petrol at high speeds)
  • fuel-resistant Viton (R) sealing rings for a firm hold and long service life
  • Reservoir 100% tight even without a sealing ring (2 pieces are included for the lid, but are not necessary)

Does the fuel filler cap fit on my moped?

The MC PROPARTS Fuel caps watch out

  • Ciao (not series 1)
  • Bravo (steel tank only)
  • Citta / EC1 (not tested)
Scooter Center CATALOG 2021 2022

Modern Vespa, Classic Vespa, Mofa Ciao and Lambretta

This is our new brochure with new parts and the highlights from our range of spare parts, tuning and accessories for

  • modern Vespa models such as GTS, Primavera Sprint
  • classic Vespa: Smallframe, Largeframe and Wideframe
  • Moped Ciao
  • Lambretta

Scooter Center Browse the catalog here
How do I adjust a carburetor? Tip set tip

Adjust the carburetor with the precision part carburetor nozzle

For the Setting the ignition there are now excellent tools like that buzzwangle or Walthat allow a precise ignition position and make work extremely easy. Adjusting the carburetor, on the other hand, is the most difficult part of tuning a scooter for many.

If setting the air mixture and the idle gas is still child's play, it becomes more time-consuming to determine the correct nozzle sizes for the individual engine setup. Here, the carburetor needles, nozzle assembly, main and auxiliary nozzles interact and, perfectly coordinated, result in a clean setup.

If you choose a nozzle that is too small, the engine runs too lean, gets too hot and major damage is inevitable.
Too large a nozzle and too rich adjustment can lead to engine damage. Quite apart from the fact that the capacity of the engine is not exhausted and working time and money for elaborate tuning literally fizzle out.

How do you adjust a carburetor?

As an example for a Lambretta, we have prepared the PDF, which is described in detail and illustrated, with suggestions for the setup for you.
Free download here: Lambretta carb jetting by Scooter Center

From the tutorial - when does which nozzle come into play?

Adjust the carburetor

Precision product carburetor nozzle

DellOrto nozzles, for example, are stamped with a number that refers to the size of the hole. A 100 nozzle has a diameter of 1 mm, a 115 nozzle is 1,15 mm (!!) only a tiny amount 0,15 mm larger!

If you want to be on the safe side here and rely on high-precision tuning, we recommend using the nozzles bgm PRO or KMT to fall back on. These nozzle sets are characterized by

  • high-precision drilling
  • minimal tolerances
  • meticulously precise graduation of the nozzle sizes
  • easy to read numbers
  • high quality of workmanship and material
  • Quality control
  • including storage box


Precision nozzles from bgm PRO or KMT for clean engine tuning

You have invested a lot of love, time and money in your engine tuning. But the most expensive and complex tuning, with the best components, is of little value if the engine does not run smoothly or if a poorly adjusted carburetor does not allow optimal combustion. In order to be able to tune the engine correctly, high-precision carburetor nozzles are a very important prerequisite and make adjustment a lot easier!


Nozzle sets from bgm PRO

bgm PRO carburetor nozzle set

Nozzle sets from KMT

KMT jets made in england


Quality assurance bgm PRO carburetor nozzles tested under the microscope

We had the new bgm PRO carburetor nozzles checked at an institute. Here is a glimpse into a 118 nozzle, with a dimension of 1,1779 mm, the bore is in the green area with a deviation of only a thousandth of a millimeter and is therefore OK!

Classic Castrol collection

Castrol Classic Merchandise

We offer a high quality range of classic items, from oil cans to magnets and wall signs, all with the iconic 1946 Castrol Classic Branding. Whether in the workshop or at home, our nostalgic range combines both retro style and functionality. Including workshop accessories, clothing and more, there is something for every classic car owner or lover.

Castrol Classic Merchandise not only for Vespa & Lambretta fans

Whether as a gift for an enthusiastic scooterist or as a gift for yourself, you will find the perfect something in our range!

The idea with the castor oil

Castrol was founded by Charles "Cheers" Wakefield under the name "CC Wakefield & Company". In 1899, Wakefield left his job at Vacuum Oil to start his own business selling lubricants for railways and heavy machinery.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Charles developed an interest in two new motorized vehicles: the automobile and the airplane. His company started developing oils for the new engines. These oils had to be thin enough for a cold start and at the same time thick enough to work at high temperatures. The company's researchers found that the addition of Castor oil a vegetable oil made from castor seeds. They called the new product " Castrol ". 1919 used John Alcock and Arthur Brown Castrol oil on the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history.

Heiko's idea with the Castrol sponsorship & fast too slow

CC Wakefield not only invented a new type of motor oil, but also a new way of attracting potential customers to its product: the sponsorship. The name Castrol appeared in flight competitions, car races, and speed record attempts Banners and flags.

Over time, the brand name of the motor oil has become far better known than that of the company's founder / company. This fact led to the renaming of "CC Wakefield & Company" in 1960 castrol ltd

I have been driving Vespa and Lambretta for over 32 years. It all started with a red Vespa PK50S that, bought used, was waiting for my driver's license in my parents' garage. But that was me fast too slow.  The first tuning measure was to mount an expensive 50km / h exhaust. But it didn't do that much, the moped boys were still flying past me to the right and left. So it was sold and I was interested in a black PX 80 Lusso, which was very expensive in insurance at the time. During the test drive, the gears have always been blown out. But I was happy to have my mother ready to buy me this scooter ... also, my father was on a business trip and didn't know anything about the new “80s”. So: now or never! So the scooter was bought with this “little hidden flaw”.

Scootershop, Scootering & Mods, Scooterboys and Scooter Scene

We all know what was wrong with the engine: the reason for the uncontrolled gear changes was the worn “round” gearshift cross. The next Vespa dealer wanted 700 DM for the change, but that was no longer in the budget when I sent my scooter update. I got in contact with other scooter riders.

One of them was still on the skateboard as a skater last week and now suddenly motorized on a brand new Vespa PX 80 Lusso. A month later I met him again, there he was sitting in a suit and polished leather shoes on his Vespa, which was now plastered with mirrors and chrome parts. The next time I met him, half was missing on his scooter and on his head too. Instead of fine leather shoes and a suit, he now wore red boots up to his knees, camouflage pants and a bomber jacket. All that was left of his “popper mane” on his head was a small curl of hair that fluttered listlessly in his face after he took off his helmet. Somewhat irritated, I asked him if he had an accident with the scooter and why he looks so strange. He said he was now a Scooterboy and the scooter was a CutDown!

He had probably discovered her before, she was new to me at the time: the MOTORETTA, the Scootermag and still in black and white. And so the evil took its course. Now the 80s became somehow for me too fast too slow, Schoolmates with DT, RD, MBX & Co and even some mopeds, were faster than me. So if I change the gearshift cross anyway and remove and dismantle the engine, I could make the box a little faster ... In the meantime, I had that too ROLLERSHOP catalog and the SCOOTERING discovered.

The custom paintwork from the glossy magazines fascinated me so much that I sat down in my 80s “children's room” and dreamed of great paintwork and scribbled a few of them on paper. Yes, laugh, these are my collected works:

Castrol sponsorship with the “Castrol Vespa Racer”

Somehow my dreams about custom paintwork didn't come true, so I later took the initiative and asked Castrol to sponsor it. To be honest, I'm a bit uncomfortable right now: I was quite sure that I did it at the age of 16. According to the date of the letter to Castrol, which I found in my “Scooter Scene box”, I was a bit older and already doing community service at the time.

Unfortunately I have the drafts of my "Castrol Racer”With 20 HP and targeted 130-140km / h no longer. I had enclosed the drawings with the letter to Castrol, Motorsport Department. From the letter I found this test print with corrections. But I definitely didn't write to UHU and NUTELLA, MÜHLEN KÖLSCH? Perhaps! I do not know anymore…

But the man from Castrol was very nice, invited me to the IFMA in Cologne and after a short chat in the Castrol truck gave me a few Castrol stickers.

If anyone from Castrol reads this: my offer is still available! This is, for example, my Augsburg Vespa T4:

Classic Castrol Store

You don't need to write any sponsorship requests for our Classic Castrol merchandise, you can now get the cool retro Castrol Racing products from us at cheap prices Classic Castrol Store:

Classic Castrol products

Classic Castrol products


Lessmann brushes Made in Germany

Not all brushes are the same!

You are sure to have a classic steel brush in your tool kit. Such a DIY all-round brush is practical and has many areas of application, but it can be much better with little effort:

I'll show you 4 small ones here Wire brushes from LESSMANN (Made in Germany) for special areas of application that make it easier for you to work on your scooter for repairs and maintenance!

LESSMANN brush logo


1. The file cleaning brush

Steel brush for cleaning files.

Steel brush for cleaning files. You don't need to buy a new file right away if it no longer has the expected effect; cleaning the file is often enough!
This special brush from Lessmann is suitable for cleaning the cuts of metal files so that the cutting effect is fully available again.
The file cleaning brush is particularly suitable for removing chips and strongly adhering metals such as: copper, brass, bronze and aluminum.



2. The rust eraser brush

Rust eraser with steel bristles from the German quality manufacturer Lessmann

High quality rust eraser with steel bristles.
The brush is ideal for a careful repair of your vehicle with original paint on which sheet metal is partially rusted. which should not be ground flat. Keyword: O-paint rescue.
With the rust eraser, oxide particles can be removed effortlessly, even on surfaces that have already been scarred. The bristles on both sides have different thicknesses for precise work. Then the area can be passivated with a suitable agent (e.g. multifilm).

CONCLUSION: Great little tool with a big impact and fun factor


3. The steel brush for the rough

Steel brush for removing coarse dirt such as rust.

This quality steel brush is particularly suitable for removing coarse dirt such as rust.
It is not suitable for use on surfaces made of plastic, aluminum, copper, etc.


4. The brass brush for cleaning spark plugs

Brass brush for cleaning the ground and center electrodes of spark plugs.

Brass brush for cleaning the ground and center electrodes of spark plugs.
Since brushes made of steel roughen the surface unnecessarily and new dirt adheres even better than before,
A brush made from a softer material than steel should always be used to clean spark plugs.



LESSMANN quality brushes | Made in Germany

Lessmann brushes

In the Scooter Center you get Lessmann brusheswhich have proven to be particularly suitable and proven in our everyday workshop and repairing / tuning scooters. Such a small brush can be very helpful and really make it easier for you to work cleanly on your scooter / Vespa / Lambretta etc.!

Toptul tools for scooter drivers - tools for scooter repairs & workshops

Toptul tool for scooter riders

We got a large delivery, so the popular ones TOPTUL tools are available again.

TOPTUL tools for scooter riders

Scooter Center TOPTUL shop

TOPTUL has been manufacturing high-quality tools for over 20 years and is absolutely unbeatable in terms of price / performance. TOPTUL products have been in daily use at Vespa, Lambretta & Co. for years and are always convincing.

The finely subdivided toothing of the ratchets is just one example. The massive and robust design with 72 teeth achieves a stitching of only 5 degrees (1/72 turn). This means that you can work precisely and without repositioning even in very tight spaces with little travel for the ratchet.

TOPTUL tools of course meet or exceed the current standards such as DIN / ISO / ANSI. The in-house quality control is very strict and is expressed, for example, in the individual measurement protocol enclosed with each torque wrench with regard to the measurement accuracy and the release behavior.

From our own experience, we can recommend TOPTUL products to every “intensive screwdriver” with a clear conscience.

These are the highlights from the video:

  • Socket wrench set (ratchet case) -TOPTUL 1/4 ″ - 4mm-14mm + bits - 49 pieces
    Article no.: GCAI4901

And the sets are nice, like this one:

  • Screwdriver - screwdriver set -TOPTUL Pro Series- 20 pieces
    Article no.: GZC2005
  • Seeger ring pliers set -TOPTUL- 4 pcs
    Article no.: GPAQ0401
  • Allen key set -TOPTUL- 1,5mm, 2mm, 2,5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm - 9 pieces
    Article no.: GAAL0916

TIPP: Then you have everything new, uniform and in an appealing look in one go!

You can find further recommendations for TOPTUL here with us at Scooter Center Blog:

All Toptul tools for scooter drivers are available from us at TOPTUL shop

Scooter Center Voucher

The Scooter Center Voucher - a gift for scooter drivers

Especially now, just before Christmas, a great thing for large and small gifts: the Scooter Center Online voucher:

Dancing, singing, painting - in person or contactless - the last minute gift for those in a hurry

After payment has been made, you will receive the voucher immediately as a PDF sent. the Scooter Center Voucher is valid immediately and you can use it right away face-to-face or contactless hand over. You have various options for this, leave yours Imagination & Creativity run free or just use ours finished voucher for example:

  • Print out, fold and in the envelope hand it over personally or by post
  • Voucher directly by email or forward messenger
  • Copy the voucher code from the voucher and via messenger / mail send out
  • Print out the voucher and do it yourself paint / design
  • Copy the voucher code from the voucher and make your own voucher
  • Memorize voucher code and sing on the phone
  • Memorize voucher code and audition
  • ...

Scooter Center Voucher

A great gift! For the simple process, please note the following:

  • Only one voucher can be redeemed per purchase
  • Vouchers cannot be exchanged or returned.
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Setting the ignition Vespa with a stroboscope ignition pistol

Adjust the Vespa ignition - but do it right!

Correct ignition timing is important for the thermal health of the engine:

  • Reliability
  • Longevity and
  • full performance

Anyone who tunes their Vespa, rebuilds the engine or rebuilds it as part of a restoration should do it not on the existing markings rely on the motor housing, the pole wheel and the ignition base plate for ignition adjustment, but measure yourself and the Set the Vespa ignition correctly.

The correct setting of the ignition on your Vespa engine is electronic with these Ignition timing guns For petrol engines with contact or electronic ignition -> transistor ignition system (CDI ignition as in series with ET3, PK, PX, Cosa, T5 etc.) possible without any problems. Of course, this also works with the ignitions of the Lambretta with these ignition pistols also adjust the Lambretta ignition.

With these stroboscopic pistols, both old 6-volt and modern 12-volt ignitions can be set!

To the pilot light pistols in the shop

In this video tutorial Adjust the Vespa ignition we'll show you how Maryzabel and Alex set the ignition on ours Platonica Vespa have set:

Set Vespa ignition Flash Vespa PX ignition & assembly, tuning

Comparison of strobe pistols for Vespa & Lambretta

3 versions: large, small and with onboard or external battery

A super bright xenon tube and a special converging lens guarantee optimal visibility of the fixed marks with these ignition light pistols: even at speeds of over 8000 rpm in the near field range.

The gun is connected by means of an inductive clamp on the spark plug cable directly to the rubber insulation, without direct contact with the strand.

Our ignition timing guns are attached to the lens with a Rubber coating Mistake. This protector protects the plastic housing and the lens and ensures that you will enjoy the product for as long as possible.


1. Handy, mobile, operated with mono cells

Ignition light gun TRISCO-ProLITE (double-D) (- strobe light flash gun - ignition 6V / 12V
Article no.: MN911B

Ignition light pistol -MOTO NOSTRA (double-D) (- Stroboscopic lightning pistol - Ignition 6V / 12V Moto Nostra Article no .: MN911B

Es wird no external power supply needed. Two D batteries (Mono, LR20, MN1300) are used for the power supply; But you can order here at the same time.

In addition to being used as a pilot light gun, it can also be used as a work lamp!

  • handy small
  • Batteries on board
  • Flashlight function
  • Rubber protector


2. PROLITE version for the ambitious screwdriver

Pilot light gun TRISCO-ProLite - stroboscopic lamp flash gun - ignition 6V / 12V
Article no.: MN922

Ignition light pistol -MOTO NOSTRA- strobe light flash pistol - ignition 6V / 12VMoto Nostra Item no .: MN912

This is the largest pistol that feels great in the hand. The cable with the two crocodile clips is a robust and practical spiral cable that is connected to a plug on the gun. Optimal pistol for the ambitious screwdriver and tuner - PROLITE version.

It will always be, regardless of whether it is a 6V or 12V ignition an external power source with 12 volts (e.g. a car battery) if the vehicle does not already have one.

  • external 12 power source required
  • practical spiral cable
  • Cable separable from the housing / plug
  • for the ambitious screwdriver
  • Rubber protector

3. Handy and inexpensive 12V version

Ignition light pistol TRISCO-ProLite stroboscopic lamp flash pistol - ignition 6V / 12V
Article no.: MN912

Ignition light pistol -MOTO NOSTRA- strobe light flash pistol - ignition 6V / 12VMoto Nostra Item no .: MN912

For the occasional setting of the ignition, we have this light and handy TRISCO-ProLite ignition light gun in our range. It lies comfortably in the hand and of course also has the rubber protector. The cables are firmly connected to the gun body.

It will always be, regardless of whether it is a 6V or 12V ignition an external power source with 12 volts (e.g. a car battery) if the vehicle does not already have one.

  • external 12 power source required
  • for the hobby area
  • cheap version
  • Rubber protector

To the pilot light pistols in the shop

For Vespa and Lambretta scooters, these are: strobe or stroboscope lamp, also strobolamp, it is colloquially abbreviated to ZZP among scooter drivers. Do not worry, you do not need a gun license for this pistol, you can also use this ignition timing pistol to control the stroboscopic pistol / speed camera or flash gun and strobe flashes the ignition point on the scooter using flashes, flash from the light gun after ignition, you can then set the ignition to control the ignition setting .


Piaggio Ciao mono drive or vario drive?

Differences between Piaggio Ciao / Bravo / Si / Boxer mono drive and vario drive

Caution ! First things first - the components of the mono drive and those of the variator drive are among each other not compatible or mixable! The crankshaft, in turn, is the same for both types of drive.

The easiest way to recognize this ratio from the outside is by looking at the side covers on the left in the direction of travel.
Has the side cover at the back too a bulge is a variator model.

1. Variator drive
2. Mono drive

Variator drive mono drive

Converter / variator

With the variator model, the converter unit with the integrated clutch is located at the rear. The variator sits in front. The advantage of the variator drive is that it provides you with a stepless automatic. Shortly geared when starting, long geared to speed. The principle is still used in every automatic scooter today.

3. Combined converter / clutch unit
4. Variator



Mono drive

Classically, the German mopeds have the mono drive with 25 km / h, but there are also moped versions with the mono drive, without a variator.

5. pulley
6. Coupling

(5) pulley (6) clutch


Clutch bell, pulley and V-belt

The front sits Kupplungsglocke, inside it runs fan belt on a moped on a groove with a diameter of 26mm inside. (6)

The rear pulley is mounted directly on the mono gearbox. The mono gear can be recognized by the fact that the gear shaft only protrudes approx. 13mm from the gear and only the flat belt pulley is installed (5). This has a diameter of 25mm for the 90km / h moped. The standard transmission of the Ciao has a gear ratio of 10,5: 1, that of the Bravo of 8,5: 1

( see also Piaggio Ciao moped tuning )

7. Variator transmission
8. Single gear for pulley


(7) Variator gear (8) Mono gear for belt pulley

Sensible upgrades or tuning of the translation

Single gear:

The simplest tuning to increase the top speed is extending the translation.

We have exactly three options with the mono gearbox:

  1. Exchange of the front clutch, moped clutch out and 30km / h clutch in.
    The standard coupling has an inner diameter of 26mm, the 30km / h coupling of 41mm.
  2. Replacement of the rear pulley. The original pulley of the Ciao has a diameter of 90mm.
    But only the pulleys with 70mm or 80mm are really mobile because the tightening is still acceptable when driving off.
  3. Exchange of the transmission. To determine the gear ratio, take a look at:


INFO: The standard moped transmission of the Ciao has a ratio of 10.5:1By installing the Bravo 8.5: 1 gearbox, the overall ratio is increased by approx. 20%.

TIPP: Very inconspicuous as the clutch and pulley can remain original.

Moped / moped accessories and tuning catalog:

Ciao Moped Moped Catalog Vespa

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Altötting - Cuxhaven and back. Almost.

Three men, three mopeds and a mission. Take a short drive from Mühldorf (near Altötting) to Cuxhaven.
The approximate course of the route looks like this and can no longer be exactly reconstructed due to the many small roads and dirt roads.

From the start there are five stages to Cuxhaven and the daily stages were always 200 to 250 km.
After a short break in Cuxhaven on the German North Sea coast, we went to Cologne in two days to relax Scooter Center. There were 1.600 km on the clocks of the three.
Where the trip then unfortunately came to an end for two of the trio and the mopeds returned to Altötting in the van.
The reason is a technical problem with the replacement engine from the luggage. The crankshaft was torn off, presumably due to the brute power delivery.
Number 3 continued the journey alone and successfully finished it on the axes of his Ciao. Was that related to the 0,5 l beer can holder on the handlebars?
bgm PRO oil bottle

bgm PRO oil with a new design of the bottle

Our bgm two-stroke oils now come with #EasyFill.

The classification in the highest test categories is impressive proof of the high resilience and quality of the bgm synthetic oil. So we didn't need to optimize our oil, that's great. Of course we drive our bgm PRO oil ourselves in our scooters and we noticed that there was potential for optimization in the bottle design.

Now we have a new bottle that makes clean refueling and dosing extremely easy! Bit by bit we will put it on all bgm OIL-falsehoods.

bgm PRO oil - New design 2T oil bottle with EasyFill bgm tuning oil


bgm PRO STREET 2-stroke

The bgm PRO STREET Synthetic oil is a first-class and highly resilient two-stroke oil which meets the strict Japanese JASO FC test standard. Based on an excellent base oil, many high-quality additives ensure excellent protection of all components. The high classification as JASO FC makes it extremely low in smoke, perfect for use in engines with catalytic converters. The almost residue-free combustion keeps the entire exhaust tract clean and ensures a long service life for the exhaust and cylinder. The special additives ensure a stable lubricating film in all temperature ranges under high engine loads. Corrosion protection is just as natural as the self-mixing properties and usability in engines with oil pumps and injection systems.

bgm PRO RACE 2-stroke

The bgm PRO RACE  Fully synthetic is a 100% synthetically produced high-performance two-stroke oil. Extremely resilient, it is the first choice in all high-quality and powerful two-stroke engines. It meets the highest of the strict Japanese JASO test standards. In thermally highly stressed air and water-cooled engines, it provides excellent protection for all components. Sports and racing engines benefit from the special additives that ensure an extremely stable lubricating film that can withstand the highest pressures and temperatures of pistons, bearings and raceways. The low flash point enables full power as soon as the engine is started, as well as clean combustion even at part load. The high classification as JASO FD makes it extremely low in smoke, perfect for use in engines with catalytic converters. The extremely residue-free combustion keeps the entire exhaust tract clean and ensures a long service life for the exhaust and cylinder. Excellent corrosion protection is just as natural as the self-mixing properties and usability in engines with oil pumps.

Piaggio moped tuning information

The subject of Ciao and Piaggio Mofa tuning is very important to us. For many of us, the Ciao was the first motorized means of transport we used as teenagers to explore “the big wide world”.

Back then, the "chrome potty" was a good thing, a hole was drilled in the air filter and the 32 km / h was scratched on the speedometer (of course only after the hole in the air filter had been closed again with a cigarette filter ;-). Then the "small" disc came along and Zack, you had to pedal uphill ... but downhill ... it was off :-) Back then ...

Long belong Ciao, Bravo and Si to collectibles, but tuning is still popular today!

Even today, everything is still feasible from + 5 km / h to + 100 km / h - to give you a decision-making aid when tuning, we have put together 3 simple setups, peppered with a few technical tips.


Ciao, Bravo and Si Mofa tuning setups:

1. Go to the bakery on Sundays, up to 40 km / h.

Very simple plug-in tuning, quiet and inconspicuous, because it is basically the moped components. At some TÜV bodies, after prior agreement, can be registered.

The original 50cc cylinder is retained and a SitePlus , and a SH12 / 12 carburettor with moped air filter mounted, main jet around the 48th belt pulley remains original 90mm.


SP0219 exhaust Sito Plus 47,95 euros |

Moped exhaust SITO PLUS Piaggio Ciao Bravo

The Sito Plus has the look of the original exhaust and is particularly quiet, and it also brings the required E-marking with which is necessary for carrying on a moped.


Chrome potty

Chrome potty for Ciao Tuning in chrome or black


For fans of the 70s and 80s there is still the original "chrome pot" with the separable muffler and screw in the middle - disadvantage, no labeling, but pure retro feeling. Available in chrome and black:


Moped carburetor DellOrto 12/12

The moped carburetor with a passage of 12 mm replaces the original carburetor with a passage of 10 mm.

Air Filter

Moped air filter for Ciao moped tuning

The moped air filter cannot be distinguished from the moped air filter on the outside, but inside there are 6 holes under the steel mesh filter instead of 3 holes.


spark plug

Recommendation Ciao Tuning spark plug NGK

A new spark plug doesn't do any harm, you should always have one more than too few at home, for the above tuning you need an NGK B 6HS with short thread.

The spark plug is also available in the suppressed version, if your radio crackles as soon as you start the Ciao, recognizable by the addition "R" in the product name:

Nozzles Ciao

If you intend to experiment a little more in the future, a nozzle set is worthwhile. This contains 10 different sizes and is cheaper than buying it individually. The set that comes into question here includes 10 nozzles in the size between 50 and 72:

Moped tuning nozzle set





Which Ciao cylinder / piston pin do I need?

Now it gets technical: So that you can find the right cylinder: When you have selected a cylinder, you will quickly come across the words "piston pin 10mm" and "piston pin 12mm". If you do NOT want to change the crankshaft, you must now, before ordering the cylinder, measure the piston pin of your installed cylinder (10 or 12mm) and then decide on the corresponding cylinder with 10 or 12 piston pin:

  • Piston pin 12mm- ORIGINAL installed in all crankshafts with bronze bush in the upper connecting rod eye.
  • Piston pin 10mm- ORIGINAL installed in all crankshafts with connecting rod bearing in the upper connecting rod eye.

More about crankshafts, 10 and 12mm piston pins can be found in Chapter 3.





2. Cool at the ice cream parlor, from 50 km / h

So that things go faster and more powerfully, the heart of your classic is now being exchanged - the Cylinder ! Look for a cylinder of the 60 - 63ccm class with a bore of 41 - 43mm, the DR cylinder in cast or the Athena cylinder in aluminum offer an entry point.

Even if the manufacturer speaks full-bodied of 60ccm and more - when we turn on the calculator, the following ccm numbers result with a standard stroke of 43mm:

Standard stroke of the crankshaft 43mm

Calculate cylinder volume, seventh school year: diameter divided by 2 = radius "r", "h" the height (stroke) of the crankshaft original = 43mm, results in the following formula: circular area on the floor multiplied by the height: r2 x pi xh = volume of the Cylinder.

Smart ass mode off, this one ccm numbers of the common tuning cylinders:

Standard cylinder diameter 38,2mm = 49,28 cc
Diameter tuning cylinder 40mm = 54,04 cc
Diameter tuning cylinder 41mm = 56,77 cc
Diameter tuning cylinder 42mm = 59,57 cc
Diameter tuning cylinder 43mm = 62,44 cc

With a 43mm bore, the standard case is finished because otherwise the case would have to be spindled - more on that later. Now back to the ice cream parlor:


Tuning setup Ciao 60ccm

Racing cylinder Ciao Tuning

After you know which piston pin you have installed, you look for a cylinder from the following manufacturers

  • DR
  • Athena
  • Polini
  • Malossi

All of the cylinders listed below are absolutely stable and bring one noticeable extra power, more torque and speed.


Racing cylinder 10mm piston pin:


Racing cylinder 12mm piston pin:


Tuning translation V-belt & pulley Ciao

Ciao moped tuning pulley and V-belt

Due to the increased power of the cylinder, we can now also adjust the translation, ie one smaller pulley and the matching V-belt assemble. We recommend the following setup in combination with a cylinder of the 60ccm + class:

The complete sets from CIF are cheaper, but the pulleys are not quite as dimensionally accurate as those from Malossi, which can lead to a slight "wobble" of the pulley when driving:

Moped carburetor setup 12/12 or 13/13 Ciao tuning

In addition, the DellOrto Moped carburetor with 12 / 12mm or the DellOrto 13 / 13mm carburetor,

Main jet approx. 53-55, plus the moped or Polini air filter. All these components are plug & play and interchangeable and fit without problems on the original engine housing and in the original engine compartment:


Moped carburetor DellOrto 12/12

Air Filter

Polini racing air filter

Nozzle set


Racing exhaust Ciao Tuning

Racing exhaust Ciao Tuning

Since we are still inconspicuous when tuning, we recommend the exhaust as again SitePlus or as an alternative the Gianelli "Ori-Power".


Clutch springs Ciao

Clutch springs Piaggio Ciao Tuning

For better acceleration through a higher clutch speed, reinforced clutch springs are now used for the original clutch, here we recommend the black springs from the Malossi set of 3 or the blue springs from the set of 3 Polini:

Racing clutch pads

Clutch shoes - clutch linings Ciao Tuning

Anyone who has the feeling that the clutch linings are no longer 100% in order can mount the Malossi clutch shoes with reinforced linings, these are also supplied with a set of reinforced springs. The clutch shoes fit plug & play in the original clutch:

Spark plug Ciao 60cc cylinder

Spark plug and spark plug cap tip Ciao

With this setup you have to drive a “colder” spark plug, e.g. an NGK B8HS or BR8HS:

... and why not a new one right away NGK spark plug connector to ?



Ciao Tuning Translation, gears, background knowledge.

Our recommended ratio for setup 2 with the 80 mm disc is based on the original "10,5: 1" gearbox of the German Ciao 25km / h mopeds. Even back then, the Bravo 8,5: 1 gearbox was often used to extend the gear ratio; this gearbox could then be used inconspicuously with the original Ciao 90s disc.

So - how do I know which gearbox I have installed on a Ciao?

The ratio of the number of revolutions of the rear pulley to the full 360 degrees of rotation of the rear wheel gives the gear ratio. E.g. Ciao Mofa original gearbox 10,5: 1.

Mark the rear wheel and the pulley with a line to measure, turn the rear wheel once completely through 360 degrees and count the number of revolutions of the pulley - done.

Standard mono (pulley) gears are for example:

  • 10,5: 1 original gearbox Ciao Moped
  • 8,5: 1 original gearbox Bravo moped
  • 7,5: 1 original gearbox Ciao moped 40 km / h Holland
  • 6,5: 1 original gearbox Ciao moped 45 km / h Italy

Mono gearboxes are designed to accommodate pulleys, Vario transmissions have a long output shaft and can accommodate the combined converter / clutch unit. Vario transmissions then have the variator on the crankshaft instead of a clutch.


Luggage rack CIao in front

Luggage rack Ciao in front

What is it? Very much in demand, nowhere to be found and if so, then on the parts market at often astronomical prices.
Exactly: one Luggage rack in front for a Ciao moped!

We couldn't leave it like that. And Voila: This is the new edition of the classic Faco luggage rack, new from MOTO NOSTRA.

Front luggage rack Ciao by MOTO NOSTRA

The luggage racks fit all Ciaos that have the lateral attachment for the fender on the inside of the fork.

Buy Ciao luggage rack here

Available in black matt, white matt and chrome-plated:



Ciao spare parts, tuning and accessories shop

You can find more parts for your Ciao here, choose your model:


Ignition set -BGM Pro electronic- Vespa Ciao, SI - can be used with engine housing Polini or Malossibgm Pro Article no .: BGM6666

Moped tuning parts in Scooter Center

The subject of Piaggio Mopeds is very important to us. At the time, the Ciao was the first motorized means of transport for many of us that we used to explore “the big wide world” as a teenager. Many of our customers feel the same way, which is why we have included a large number of vehicle models for which we offer spare parts, accessories and tuning:

Which moped models are there?

Ciao, Bravo and Si have long been collector's items, but tuning is still popular today! That is why we are currently expanding our product range and are also developing new products! With our own brand, bgm, we now have a new one electronic ignition for Ciao Moped program:

Complete electronic ignition for Piaggio Ciao and SI

If you already have a Tuning engine case as the

you still need a powerful ignition. The complete ignition set from bgm PRO offers you the following advantages:

  • stable ignition point even at high speeds
  • strong spark
  • high luminous flux
  • Weight of the pole wheel: approx. 1.300 grams

Buy here