What's the fun in posting on a forum if you don't show off your work, right? I've got cabin fever really bad right now, so seeing all these old pics make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Enjoy...
Here's what I started with...A plain Jane stock 2008 Vino 125 named Bettie.
After a year of deciding what I wanted to do with her, in late March, 2009, we decided to paint her a satin black
That was a little too plain, so we added a cool leopard print seat cover.
She was still missing a little punch, so in came the pinstriping... This pic was taken the day after it was done, without being washed first. You can still see the chalk that was drawn on first under the paint. It looks much better now after it's been washed off.
I put Shinko whitewalls on to begin with, but they dry-rotted out after just a few months of use(and they had NO warranty). Now I have Prima whitewalls from Scooterworks, and I love them! They handle like the stock tires, but have a classic look.
I changed out the front signals and rear lights to the Japanese style from http://www.scooterwest.com
. It really finishes off the scoot and makes it look classy and streamlined. I also added a chrome headlight visor that I picked up from the local Harley shop. a standard 5 1/4" visor fits well.
I also added a Stebel Nautilus horn. It was tricky fitting it under the plastic (there's not much room to work with,) but people sure realize it if you honk at them! Here's a super-crappy quality video I took of the horn before and after...
So this is how I ended up at the end of the 2009 riding season. This pic was taken before the Japanese style front turn signals were added.
In 2010, I decided to add a couple more things. We started messing with the transmission and decided on 12g roller-weights and a Gates Kevlar belt. so far, these are the only mods that have been done to the tranny. Everything is mainly cosmetic. Custom scooter parts are impossible to find for Vino 125's!
In May 2010, I gave my co-worker my tail-section to play around with. He knew my style, so I gave him complete creative control. He surprised me with an awesome piece of artwork. The only drawback was I had to put my stock tail light back on so I wouldn't cover up some of his work...I can live with that!
For my birthday in September, I was given a new Prima bag from http://www.scooterworks.com
for the back end and I love it! My husband made a rack for it out of some wire shelving. Since the Vino's gas tank is in the worst place possible, he rigged it up so it would be a fast release and I wouldn't have to unstrap the entire bag every time. We painted the rack black and you don't even notice it now. Another bonus is the bag will no longer sag on the sides.
The last thing I've done is change the seat cover. The leopard-print had seen better days and I was ready for change, so I went with a brown and cream Zebra-print. So this is how Bettie looks today. Cold and snowy in Central Indiana.
I can't wait to see what changes 2011 will bring!