- 49.9cc displacement
- 12.10 (10mm) Dellorto SHA carburetor
- 17" x 2.5" front
- 16" x 2.75" rear
- Dual variated with internal rear wheel transmission
- 6v electrical system
- Belt drive
The Grande 048: This moped was made for the USA only and was designed to carry two people. It came with a 2 1/2"x17" front tire and a 2 3/4"x16" rear tire (they were available with spoke wheels and mag wheels on later Grandes), automatic variable transmission, telescopic front fork suspension, and rear hydraulic shock absorbers.
The Grande was also available as the "Grande Super Deluxe" which came with a battery and turn signals.
Deluxe and Gilera CBA
The Grande Deluxe was a later model and came with an oil injection system; these are very rare. There was also a European version of the Grande, called the CBA, but with a different motor and made by Gilera (a company also owned by Piaggio).
A large number of performance parts exist for Vespas. Orginially found mostly overseas, but now readily available in the States, there are numerous performance pipes, carburetors (not really numerous, really only one), cylinders, engine cases, variators, CDIs, and crank shafts available to make these pretty quick bikes.
Further tuning with cylinder kits and high end pipes will result in a very fast bike.