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PAKISTAN-VESPA/
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March 29, 2018
As cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling...
Karachi, Pakistan
The Wider Image: A labour of love: Vespa in Pakistan
As cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a quieter, bygone era. Piaggio's Italian two-wheeler was the ultimate status symbol for Pakistani bike aficionados in the 1960s and 70s, when bicycles outstripped motorbikes on the roads and only a handful of people could afford to import luxury items from Europe. Over the past two decades, motorbike ownership rates have skyrocketed in Pakistan, with locally assembled Chinese and Japanese bikes clogging up the roads in a country where much of the population is below 30 years old. Many long-term owners find that possessing a Vespa in Pakistan is a labour of love, with original spare parts scant and only a handful of mechanics skilled enough to restore the originals. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "VESPA PAKISTAN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: PAKISTAN-VESPA/
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