2011 Vespa PX125 and 150: two-stroke, manual gearbox, kick start

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Is there any device in the entire world which evokes a more direct man/machine relationship than a kick starter? That’s what the 2011 Vespa PX125 and 150 are all about: rediscovering that connection in an age of bike-as-appliance. Features like a two-stroke engine and a four-speed twistgrip shifter don’t make the PX more practical, they make it more fun.

There’s only one problem with the 2011 Vespa PX150 and 125, and it’s a big one: while Vespa’s been focussed on winning over the masses with stylish, easy transportation, other companies have noted the lack of a two-stroke, hand shift, enthusiast’s scoot and capitalized on that gap in the market. Companies like Genuine with its Stella don’t already just exist in scooter enthusiast market, as small, flexible companies that exist specifically to cater to that specific market’s specific needs, they own it. Selling products manufactured in the far east, they can undercut Vespa’s premium prices too.

Perhaps realizing this, Vespa has no plans to import either PX into the US market, but says that, if enough interest is shown by dealers and customers, it would consider bringing them in.

There’s all sorts of detail changes and classic design references on the PX, we like riding scooters but don’t know an awful lot about them, so we’ll let Vespa explain it themselves in the press release embedded below. Wouldn’t want to confuse a 1946 98cc taillight with a 1962 125cc’s headlight.

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  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Spare tire ftw!!

  • robotribe

    I had a PX in the late 80s. Owning one again would be a commitment. Just like I discovered that fuel injection was easier to live with on a daily basis compared to a carb, I can’t ever see myself messing with 2-stroke oil at the gas station without asking myself,”WTF was I thinking?”.

    Still, I guess there’s always a market for freshly baked retro/old tech.

    • Cajun58

      The Vespa press release that Wes has so thoughtfully included states that the engine has fuel injection and automatic mixing of the oil.

      • robotribe

        Ah. Thanks for that. Fuel injection is wonderful thing. Auto-mix is good too.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

    Good point about Genuine Scooters, you Americans do love people living the dream and it seems Genuine scooters can bank on some loyalty due to their humble origins as well as the healthy existing dealer network.

    Here in the UK, the brand strength of Vespa is phenomenal. In Italy many people ride Piaggio and Honda scooters (often citing bigger wheels of the Liberty and SH are more practical) however in the UK its a Vespa or nothing unless you are a courier or Pizza boy. This is evidenced by the strength of the second hand market.

    So I expect this to be a real hit here and spell big trouble for the likes of LML scooters. Compared to public transport costs even a relatively pricey Vespa is still a cheap option.

    Wouldn’t the average rider in the likes of NY and SF prefer to pay a small premium and have the real deal?

    • robotribe

      The problem for those interested in SF (or anywhere else in California) is that “new” strokes aren’t legal. As far as I know, they don’t pass strict CARB regulations. So, yes, the 4-stroke Genuine Stella is the only “new” PX option for California fans. As a former PX owner and of various newer CVT Vespas, I absolutely see the value in the Vespa brand. Still, I wouldn’t pass up that 4-stroke Stella just because it has the “wrong” badge on the front cowl. It’s a bargain to boot.

      • robotribe

        Meant to say “2-strokes” in that first sentence.

        (My kingdom for a preview)

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    In Austin, this having one of these would totally get you all kinds of tail. Everyone seems to have, and love Vespa’s.

    • s0crates82

      Austin isn’t really a part of Texas, is it?

  • Cajun58

    It is always amusing to me how street riders get such a big one over having a kickstarter on a bike while dirt riders could not care less. I guess we’re more pragmatic that way and figure why spend time clubing your engine to life when you can just push the happy button and go.

    • robotribe

      Thanks. I don’t feel so old now.

  • voxveho

    A two-stroke 150 scooter will smoke just about anything off the line. It should do 75 easily.

    And a kick start is an awesome idea. Flat battery? No problem. Broken starter motor? Fuck it, who cares.

  • Cajun58

    It’s almost as easy to push start somthing that small as it is to kick it.

  • JimSmiffy

    My 2003 Honda Metro pit scoot hasn’t had a working battery in it since 2003. The kick starter is just about the only manly thing about that little orange scoot.

  • zeke rigg

    i ride a 125 p, i think it’s x, and a Yamaha, 135cc, 2 stroke, rx-k. as for smoking off the line the vespa is nothing compared to a proper 2 stroke with decent sized ports. that being said a vespa doesn’t kill cranks either. i love my vespa cuz i got it for 400$ and it is a nice reliable ride that can beat most 4 strokes. yeah the rx k will make it look like a slow bike but the rx k sits dead right now with transmission problems. so i love the vespa. mine is a 97 so it has oil injection, and rarely dies. ps i am in Asia if you are going wtf at the year and price of the bike.

  • CafeRacer8509001200

    The new Vespas have left me a little flat. Frankly, I wished they had more retro to them.
    This fixes that in spades. I already have three bikes in the garage but I can imagine adding this to the list. A Vespa like this absolutely speaks to a part of me the way my other bikes do.
    My only question is, if I park this next to my Bonneville, would that make me a Mocker?