in Genoa, Italy
Model: Ciao Type E Super Confort Deluxe
Horse Power: 1.5
Transmission: Belt drive, single speed (Pedal
Ignition: Marelli magneto
Tires: 2” x 17”
Dry Weight: 85.5 lbs (Actual 88 lbs)
Fuel Capacity: 3/4 US Gal.
Gas/Oil Mix: 50:1
Equipment: Sprung front forks & seat,
battery powered signals, tool box, tools, air pump, front
Suggested Retail Price When New: $470
Piaggio Vespa Ciao Type E Super Confort*(see note #1) Deluxe Blinkers
C7E, as the name implies, is one of the more unique mopeds offered
in the 1970’s. It debuted in the late 1960's and is still
available, virtually unchanged, in Italy and Europe to this day.
entire design of the Ciao represents a departure from other mopeds
– front suspension, belt drive system and overall compact
size are very unique. The engine is wedged in between the frame
rails with a belt drive located on the left side of the moped. In
the (likely) event of engine failure the belt can be disconnected
from the motor by pressing a small button on the rear hub, making
it the best pedaling moped I have ridden! The front suspension is
by cantilevered arms and springs, rear arms are fixed but the seat
is sprung. (Later Bravo & Si models have rear suspension)
moped rides surprisingly well, the suspension does a much better
job than I would have thought, but overall it still feels awkward.
A big annoyance is the motor's strange wasp like, (Vespa means wasp
in Italian), buzzing from the forced air-cooling. Based on their
fine heritage I really want to like them, however, the two Vespa
mopeds in my collection have been notoriously unreliable - they
no longer leave the garage unless accompanied by a mopeding buddy
seems that parts are readily available from Vespa/Piaggio dealers
only if you live in Italy.... Unfortunately the one place I
found in the USA who had parts is no longer answering calls or emails.
(All the other Vespa scooter dealers I have spoken with
don't want to have anything to do with the mopeds) If you do find
parts be prepared to spend some time doing most jobs since the design
is compact & complicated.
In a word…. different!
Note 1: The word "Confort" is right from the manual, not
a mistake or spelling error on my part!