Vespa is an iconic brand coming from Italy. Vespa are well know for their fashionable scooters all round the world and has sold over 16 million units. Vespa is now under the ownership of Piaggio Group.
The Vespa LX125 is a meeting point of classy design and modern engine that is with safety, agility and practicality. Like the Honda Activa, the Vespa LX125 in India will be offered with all steel body design. This modern Vespa is based on the design of the very popular Vespa ET to which the LX is the replacement. To get a retro look the Vespa LX receives round headlight and circular rear view mirrors dipped in chrome that surly demonstrates Vespa’s history. Its saddle height should not be a problem fir most of the Indians. Its wheels have five spoke design that looks sporty and are made of aluminum ensuring better stability and precise steering. Also the brake in the front is disk, an unusual scene in India.
Vespa PX, the most iconic was killed off due to emission norms. Vespa brought the LX to get closest to retain the original Vespa look. Vespa LX looks classical but underneath the visuals is a modern scooter. Vespa has showed the LX125 at the Mumbai International Auto Show along with Aprilia RSV4.
Vespa LX125 uses Piaggio 125cc engine to make a run. The result is a smooth riding scooter, is calm, no noise and doesn’t leave carbon foot print. The Vespa LX125 in India should not have a problem with the engine as most of the Indian riders are with scooters either having a 110cc engine or max 125. The Vespa LX125 is built for fun and at the same time its fuel efficient. On road its 125cc engine is expected to run 40kms per liter.
Ride and Handling
The Vespa LX125 is a commuter friendly ride and not a sporty machine. It has cute looking tiny wheels that are suited to commute purpose. Vespa has compact turning circle and goes well making its way through traffic. Suspension may be bit bumpy on Indian roads but that’s neglect able for this Italian beauty piece.
Looking at the pictures you will realize that Vespa LX125 is a fashion scooter and is not as dedicated commuter as the Honda Activa. Still Vespa has under seat storage compartment for a small helmet of a shopping bag. The leg shield in the front below the handle bar has a lock hock; the same kind of stuff that we find on Honda Activa and other scooters near the foot board. Along with speedometer the dash has clock and fuel gauge for convenience. Vespa LX125 is now also offered with rear carrier which can be used for different purposes. Other accessories include windscreen, 32 liter top box kit, chrome plated front and rear rack, chrome rear and side protection, leather saddle and backrest pad.
Quality and Reliability
Overall Vespa LX125 is a well sorted scooter and most of the parts are under cover and are well protected from corrosion. Now if you make the scooter fall, be ready to shell lots of money to get it repaint. Like the guards those available for Honda Activa, the after markets in India will also produce similar protection guard for the Vespa LX125 in India.
Vespa LX125 Photo Gallery
Vespa LX125 in India will not be like other scooters available. It will be most fashionable and liked by males as females. Vespa also takes the girly attention with pick and other special girl’s package. This will be a ride that surly will give the Scooty Pept and others run for money. The pricing is still not disclosed yet but we can expect the Vespa LX125 price in India to settle at Rs 55,000 and more approx.
The Bottom Line
Every manufacturer wants to mark their presence in the Indian two wheel segment as India is the world’s largest market of scooters and motorcycle and has shown an average growth of 7% over past six years. In total of 8.5 million two wheels sold annually approx 15% accounts from scooter, 1.3 million with an estimated growth of 13% every year. Piaggo Group will be bringing their scooters in India by 2012.
The name Vespa is not new to India; earlier Piaggio had brought Vespa in India twice before. First time they came with Bajaj Auto in 1960 up to 1971 and again in 1983 with LML Motors, the agreement ended 1999.
New Vespa LX125
Estimated Price: Rs 55-60K approx
Vespa LX125 Specification
Engine size: 124cc
Engine specification: Two-valve air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Transmission: CVT
Top speed: 100km/hr
Frame: Tubular steel cradle
Rear suspension: adjustment Four-position preload
Front brakes: 200mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear brake: 110mm drum
Front tyre size: 110/70-11
Rear tyre size: 120/70-10
Seat height: 785mm
Fuel capacity: 8.6 litres