THE SCOOTERWEST PHILOSOPHY:
You get what you pay for… Your scooter deserves the best.
With the scooters of today this maxim is as true as ever. More and more poor quality scooters are populating the roads, masquerading as long-term solutions and sharing space with the wonderful vehicles we have come to know and love.
For our part, Scooterwest/Vespa Motorsport is committed to carrying only the highest quality scooters, parts and accessories. From a huge selection of original Piaggio parts for your vintage or modern Vespa to the latest and greatest add-ons for your soon-to-be classic, we have everything you need to get out on the road and stay on the road for life.
We've even got an amazing selection of modern Vespa, Piaggio, and Genuine scooters in our huge showroom. These bikes have been making a reputation for themselves through their reliability, style, and fun factor; they represent the best scooters the world has to offer. Our customers love them and we do too.
Whatever the price, it’s worth it, when you consider the time and money you’ll save not having to deal with inferior products. We're continuing to search the market for the best replacement parts, accessories, and scooters because you and your scooters deserve only the best. Order for yourself and see. Those who drive with inferior parts or inferior scooters will eventually come to realize "You get what you pay for."
Before there ever was a Vespa Motorsport, there was a guy named Alex who spent all of his spare time from 1986 on fixing and rebuilding scooters in his mom's garage. At the time, he started ordering and selling parts that were commonly requested, cables, cable housings, light-bulbs, etc., and then he bought out the old Riva/Vespa at the Beach's inventory and a few other small inventories after which he had a massive pile of parts overfilling his mom's garage. Parts were everywhere: front yard, rear yard, side yard, bedrooms (you get the idea, he had a SHOP LOAD of parts). San Diego scooterists soon found out about him and then he had a business on his hands, so a real shop location needed to be found.
Shortly thereafter, his first shop, Vespa Motorsport, opened up at 3450 Adams Avenue in 1992 and quickly attracted a following here in San Diego. Back then all of the scooterists in San Diego knew each other and most of them could be divided up into two categories: Mods or Racers, a division that is still somewhat true today. Mods tended to be the scooterists who wanted to chrome-out their rides and racers wanted to cut them down and race them out. Alex was the rare breed of scooterist who was into both, so even in the early days he sponsored race bikes for the A.S.R.A. (American Scooter Racing Association) and he also owned a decked-out P200E (which he still owns today with over 100,000 miles on it). Seeing a need, his shop started catering to all scooterists and joined in on many scooter rallies around the west coast up to Seattle and out as far east as Colorado.
In 1993, after a year of competing with each other, Vespa Motorsport joined forces with the world famous Fabio at Vespa Supershop Inc. when a space opened up in the building at 2525 University Ave. 10 years of happy collaboration later, the building got sold by the owners. We had to move out! Fabio decided to retire at that time and Alex moved to a new spot, 4225 30th Street (El Cajon Blvd and 30th Street, yes, now the home of Belching Beaver Brewery). During our time on 30th St., Vespa/Piaggio came back to the U.S. with new products. Since we weren’t a dealer they asked us to remove Vespa from our name, we obliged and became Motorsport Scooters (and made Scooterwest.com our e-commerce site, a much shorter URL to type!). We had a great 8 year stint at that location, but all those years of buying scooter parts, plus taking on the Vespa and Piaggio lines, caused us to outgrow our small shop. In 2011, we reclaimed our original name and found a new Fortress of Scootertude… an 11,000 square foot behemoth on the frontage road off of Pacific Highway.
Our new (and hopefully forever) address is 3955 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110.
In that entire time, Alex and his crew have maintained their interests in scootering, seeing them on the road and seeing their riders happy. It's been a long ride so far, and there's more to come, but that's the best part. We are a shop owned by scooterists for scooterists. We sell what we ride and ride what we sell. We believe in the scooterist lifestyle, a fun, exciting lifestyle enjoyed by millions the world over. So buy a ticket and take a ride on the wild side, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life.