All Rights Reserved, Introducing the $1000 TopSpeed Student Scholarship, Single cylinder, 4-stroke Piaggio i-get with “Start & Stop” system, 125: 52 mm / 58.7 mm, 150: 58 mm / 58.7 mm, 125: 9 kW / 8250 rpm, 150:11 kW / 8250 rpm, 125: 11.1 Nm / 6750 rpm, 150: 14 Nm / 6500 rpm, Single arm suspension with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber, Double hydraulic shock absorbers with adjustable preload with 4 settings, Hydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc, Hydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc, 2-channel ABS system. I purchased a 2009 piaggio LX … Review your PIAGGIO VESPA LX125 (2005 - on). The leg shield also boasts a bit of storage space with room for minor bits and bobs such as your phone and other “possibles,” plus a bag hook offers a convenient spot to hang a sack. The smaller “125” measures out at 124.7 cc, and it cranks out 12 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 8.1 pound-feet at 6,750 rpm. Big speedo, useful seemingly accurate fuel guage and clock. The shining star of this show is definitely the next-generation “i-get” engine that brings the sub-200 cc line into Euro 4 compliance. The factory waged unrestricted warfare on power-sapping friction by replacing all plain bushings with proper bearings, and it even shifted the cylinder axis to reduce losses due to piston-to-cylinder contact. you just don’t get with other scoots. No infringement is intended. No matter how modern Vespa gets “under the hood,” it always retains shades of yesteryear with design characteristics that hail back as far as the middle of the last century. Lance doesn’t go quite as far as Vespa to reduce mechanical losses due to friction, but it does employ Ceramic Cylinder-Coating technology for low piston-to-cylinder friction within its cast-iron sleeve. 845898), Compare and buy scooter clothign and parts in the MCN Shop, Piaggio Vespa Elettrica electric scooter (2019-on), Piaggio Vespa GTV300 Via Montenapolone (2010-on), Two-valve air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke, CVT transmission. The Vespas are always known to be agile handlers, and the Vespa SXL 150 is no different in this aspect. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I. There’s locking cubby hole in the leg shield, and the dash has a fuel gauge and clock for your convenience. The front wheel rides with a leading-link suspension system that uses a coil-over shock for support and damping duties, and a pair of shocks hidden in back come with a four-way preload adjuster that allows you to dial in for changing cargo/passenger loads. Now I am starting to feel a disconcerting vagueness in the steering probably caused by wear and tear. Look after it though and it’ll still be cool for years to come. Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141 Tyres don't last forever on such small wheels and the standard tyres are very quick wearing. A low-profile tail lamp keeps the rear end clean, and the recessed turn signals means the only thing projecting from the ride are the rear-view mirror standoffs. First up is the USB port that allows you to use your smartphone to interface with the bike and record your trip information, so your phone will remember where you parked, a nice feature for those of us with the attention span of a goldfish. Rather than using an externally mounted electric motor with a noisy gear-reduction unit, the brushless starter is mounted directly on the crankshaft for near-silent operation. Lash (clearance) between the internal components were reduced as well to combat mechanical thrashing noise from the mill, and all moving parts come balanced to reduce friction as well. Rust is a problem on some of the chrome work. I purchased a 2009 piaggio LX 125in March 2009. Though to be fair, he does give scooters the low-wave just because they’re out there, same as we are. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste heat being generated, but it naturally improves mileage in urban environs. The GTS 125 and 150 get an entirely new engine in order to meet Euro 4 emissions standards and keep fuel consumption as low as possible in response to popular demand. As always, this power gets funneled through a centrifugal clutch and Continuously-Variable Transmission that provides the trademark Twist-and-Go operation for effortless control. All Rights Reserved, � Copyright TopSpeed. The Vespa LX125 isn’t a sporty machine, and it has tiny wheels, so the chassis is suited to sedate commuting only – throwing it around an abusing it ties it in knots. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below. All registered in England and Wales. After heavy rain condensation inside the speedo is a problem though. Compare and buy scooter clothign and parts in the MCN Shop. Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTS 125 and 150 iGet. Over the rear wheel we have the classic wasp-tail fenders that finish the old-school looks. At first the bike feels solidly built but now there are plenty of irritating bodywork rattles. Classic looks abound with the typical front legguard/fairing and small headlight housing on the bars atop the chrome-trimmed tie on the fairing. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. The handling was good for the first year. Electronic fuel injection feeds the mill with precisely metered doses determined by the S&S engine management system that also manages the Regulator Inverter Start & Stop feature. But the Vespa LX125 comes with a huge dollop of style (and girly chic in the limited edition pink!) The design means every panel on one side gets damaged even in a small drop. Performance is not inspiring- but no 4 stroke 125 ever will be! Value is a subjective issue with a Vespa – on paper it’s a lot of money for what you get – another bike from Piaggio’s own range would give you a better spec. H Bauer Publishing are authorised and regulated for credit broking by the FCA (Ref No. At 53.9-inches long, the wheelbase is appropriately compact and typical of the small-scooter genre. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that while Lance does a good job of incorporating the requisite design characteristics, Vespa has its own roots to draw upon for a genuine retro appeal. First off, a liquid-cooling system keep internal temperatures more stable than is possible with an air-cooled engine, even a forced-air one. It’s an unintimidating power delivery that new riders won’t have a problem with, though you’ll be wishing for a bigger motor if you’re used to bigger machinery. (I have a full UK motorcycle license and used to own a Yamaha DT125R years ago). Unveiled at 2016 INTERMOT, Piaggio revealed the GTS with all the vintage lines that we love and the iGet engine that new emission standards demand. This leaves us with a stiff but light construction, but as with any uni-body, it makes repairing crash damage more involved than with sheet metal-over-frame rides. It’s well-balanced, has a good turning circle and fits through traffic well – common to most Piaggios the suspension crashes a little over bumps, but it’s OK.