Hindsight is a wonderful thing, new two-stroke scooters were once easy to buy and cheap to own. You could visit your local scooter shop and get HP on a new Vespa, ride it for a few years and then pretty much give it away. They were affordable and replaceable, almost as disposable as a Chinese moped is today.
One of the posters on the wall of Ron Daley’s in Barnsley shows that you could ride away from there on a brand new Vespa 90SS for just £137 back in 1967.
Fast forward forty years to 2017 and Piaggio finally pulled the plug on the PX model. You could buy one new for around £3400 at the end of production but supply and demand dictates that prices would rise as stock slowly dried up. The once humble PX is steadily appreciating and will become collectable in our lifetime.
Barnsley based Ron Daley Scooters have been around forever (over 60 years), they’ve seen ‘new’ models – like the Vespa Rally and then the PX, launched, then seen them vanish again 40 years later.
Ron Daley are well-known for their special edition scooters but they’re almost as famous for the price of their special editions so we thought we’d better go and see them to find out why their latest creations start at £6399 and go up to £8499. It sounds expensive for a PX (and it is) but if you’ve ever built a custom scooter yourself you’ll know just how much time, trouble and money goes into it. These things don’t create themselves you know.
Ron Daley’s is still a family-owned and run business, Ron is in his late eighties now and is still involved but day to day running of the shop is by grandson Mike Daley and Ron’s sons Chris, Martin and Phil.
We wanted to have a closer look at their limited edition Vespa Rally. An idea originally sparked by the late (and much missed) Simon Cuerden who wanted to do a piss-take Rally PX for a laugh. The Rally is the ultimate large frame Vespa model (for many fans). The idea of creating a PX based homage isn’t as daft as it sounds but won’t go down too well with Rally owning purists. It’s quite a simple format though: add some Rallyesque features with an up to date powerplant to create a special scooter in traditional Rally colours, whilst using the best modern components.
What makes a Ron Daley Vespa Rally?
- Firstly the shop buys good quality used PXs
- Louvres are cut into the engine side panel and panel strengthened
- The bodywork gets extra care and attention to rustproof, both inside and out
- The custom paintwork is done from bare metal – all paint, no stickers
- Choice of engines 125/177/200 (or to customers spec)
- New Pinasco engine casings are used to make the Rally 200
- BGM exhaust
- New SIP Rally seat
- New vintage style Series Pro front hub
- New Pinasco split tubeless rims
- New Rally rear light
- Scooter is rebuilt using all new cables etc.
- Finished off with BGM or Pinasco suspension and limited edition plaque
New PX Parts
Ron Daley’s has one of the largest stocks of new genuine (and aftermarket) PX parts in the country, so they can build a PX pretty much off the shelf. The specials are built using all new parts. In essence, you’re getting a better than brand new Vespa (the last decade or so of PX production was very ropey, to say the least) with an expansive list of new or upgraded components. Expansive soon begins to sound like ‘expensive’.
No matter how you try and dress it up a PX costing between £6399 (125) and £8499 (177/200) isn’t a cheap scooter by any stretch of the imagination. It’s getting into Lambretta SX territory – although the price of a collectable Lambretta is an easier pill for many to swallow because it’s so long since they were built. The Ron Daley Rally is the sum of its parts though. Plus of course, it’s been stripped, repaired if needed, sprayed and rebuilt from the frame upwards. The finished scooters are very tasty though, the paintwork is superb and they’re built to perfection.
It’s a fact of life that scooter ownership is getting more expensive. Owning a dealer special built with great care and the best parts is what it is, it’s special. For somebody with the cash to spare it’ll make a great scooter and there will only be eight of them built. They’re not for everybody of course but if it’s for you and you have the cash to spare give Mike at Ron Daley’s a ring and tell him we sent you.
Old school scooter shop
It’s nice to still be able to walk into a ‘proper’ scooter shop and see cabinets full of exhausts and stuff to bolt on to a scooter as well as lots of beautiful new, or special edition Vespa PXs shining under the lights in the showroom. Something you’ll not be able to do for much longer. Relish it whilst you still can.
Ron Daley Vespa Rally gallery
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