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The Vespas Of Pakistan
April 04, 2018
As 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 bygone era.
A Vespa rider weaves through traffic in a working class neighborhood of Karachi.
Journalist Arif Balouch, 48, poses for a photograph with his 1980 Vespa in Karachi. "For me, a Vespa scooter is like a family tradition. My father used to ride this and I myself find this very good as it has two separate comfortable seats which is uncommon; it has a compartment to keep things, which is also uncommon; and for safety it guards your knees during accidents. I would say it's the BMW of scooters," Balouch told Reuters.
The emblem from a Vespa in a restoration and repair shop in Islamabad.
Journalist Nazeer Udding Siddiqui, 58, poses for a photograph with his 1979 Vespa in Karachi. "For me, people who own Vespas are very honorable people who still keep this tradition alive," he told Reuters.
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