Vintage Addiction Moped Madness
By Anthony van Someren - 25 Jul 13
You may have noticed we don't often do scooters, but when we do it's because they are properly special, and this wee beastie is one such suped-up scoot, made from so many donor parts we're not quite sure what to call it. The owner and builder is Calalunian, Carlos, AKA Xarlie, from Barcelona. He works full time as a garage mechanic but built this bike in his spare time at evenings and weekends, under the Vintage Addiction Crew name. Xarlie is a petrol head with good taste, with a liking for Aircooled VWs, old Porsches and vintage Scooters as well as custom hot rods, so the styling of this bike has some obvious roots. This is VA's second bike and was built as part of the Massive Metamorphosis moped contest - and battle between friends and a place where Xarlie met many other good people on the scene. Lot's of Xarlie's friends contributed to the project, donating bikes and parts, including a 49cc Derby and Beta Trueba and an 80cc KTM. The inspiration came from the Bonneville Salt Flats. The parts list includes; a Beta Trueba front wheel, swingarm and rear suspension. Front forks and suspension are from the KTM 80, there are Yamaha TZR bars, a custom chassis and seat, Rieju Supermotard rear wheel and the exhaust is from a Derby. The bike is all finished off in matt grey and blue metal flake with tasteful VA decals. But it's not all about scoots. In the workshop Xarlie also has a Mk1 Golf Diesel turbo and VW 1200 Beetle, as well as a a Ducati Desmo 500 cafer racer (we look forward to seeing that on The Bike Shed) a Honda Dominator (another Shed favourite) and a Lambretta scrambler with sir suspension. Blimey.