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It might not look like it, but this isn’t a classic Vespa, it’s a new model for 2011. Word is, it’ll be equipped with a hand gear change and a two-stroke engine, basically, it’ll be the engaging, exciting Vespa of old, targeted at the hardcore of scooter enthusiasts.

Modern Vespas are, unequivocally, wonderful. They’re convenient, frugal and flatter anyone, anywhere. They’re even amazingly good fun to ride; sort of like “with great power, comes great responsibility” turned upside down.  Having said that, somewhere in all their modern efficiency, Vespas have lost their quirk. This won’t matter to 99 percent of the world, but if you’ve ever ridden an older hand shift, two-stroke Vespa, it matters to you.

With this model — we’re currently unsure of the capacity, it’s not due to be unveiled till tomorrow — Vespa is returning some of the character that’s currently missing. Powerbands, pre-mix, gear shifts clouds of blue smoke will again be a part of the scooter experience. Note the right-side trailing-link front suspension that offers a further visual differentiation and nod towards older models.

Apparently, the decision to release such a model was not an easy one for Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, who sees it as a loss of face after it pulled all two-stroke/hand-shift models from the market in an effort to clean up its image. We hope that, instead of seeing the PX as a reminder of a past mistake, Piaggio will instead see that finding a way to create a product that appeals to fans of classic scooters can be enormously positive, re-engaging an alienated group of scooter enthusiasts with the brand in its modern form.

We’ve also heard rumors that this 2011 Vespa PX isn’t currently planned for the US market, but could find its way here if sufficient interest is shown by dealers and the public.

  • MichaelMM

    I would love to get that for my wife… and then just bomb around on it myself.

  • UrbanRider

    holy Crap. LML scooters are screwed!

    The PX used to be made in India, when production ceased the factory carried on licensing the design, or so I think. LML have been doing well of recent at least in the UK but this is going to floor them surely.

  • Mark D

    Look for roving bands of Thruxton and V7 mounted riders to start fights with fussily-dressed long-haired mods on these two-strokes!

    What a beautiful color, too! Never thought I’d be smitten with a scoot, but this one has the right bits.

  • andehans

    Finally some exciting news. They have the tech to clean up two-strokes these days, curious about what Piaggio has done to the engine.

  • Patrick from Astoria

    Friggin’ yeah! This is better news than the RS4 125. MUST write to Piaggio tonight.

  • robotribe

    The Vespa PX in classic form was still available from Piaggio through 2006 here in the USA, if I remember correctly (California excepted because of CARB). This is not an about-face they should be embarrassed about for their Euro fans.

    For you non-2-stroke PX fans, there’s always the 4-stroke Indian-made Stella imported by Genuine:

    50 states legal and quicker (stock) than the 2-stroke version!

  • Plotts

    Um, anyone ever heard of the Genuine Stella? That’s about all this is, with I’m sure a much higher price tag.

  • shawn.bassplayer

    LOL. That’s hilarious. That has to be one of the ugliest little creations I’ve seen in a while. If only it came in pink with a big Hello Kitty graphic.

  • NitroPye

    No thanks, would ride a Honda Super Cub over a Vespa any day.

  • Random

    So nice it doesn’t even need the original spare tire.

  • t1201971

    I’m forwarding this to all the Mods, Skinheads and Rudies I know.

  • AGP

    I grew up in Italy in the 80s… as a teen I had three Vespas: a 50cc (replaced the motor with a 90cc the first day ;) ), a 125 just like the one in the pic, and a 250 that I crashed against a truck while taking a hot girl for a ride. I would love to have a one of these remakes just for the nostalgia factor. :)

  • Pete

    I had a ’79 P200 for a while in NYC. It was the ideal city transport. I want another just to bomb around on. Mine used to mix the oil and gas separately in a little extra reservoir. I wonder if this will share that feature.

  • 2ndderivative

    My dad had one of these when I was young. When I was about 5 or 6 I was sitting on it along with my sister and revving away at the throttle (yes, the scooter was running and we were unattended as my dad went into the house to pick something up – it was a different place and time) when I felt like revving on both sides, and grabbed the left side and twisted. The scooter of course jumped off the stand, did a little spin, then fell. We were unhurt.

    The lesson, I guess, is only leave small children on running 2-wheelers if they can’t get to the shifter. Thus most motorcycles are fine.

  • Cajun58

    Don’t kid me is it available in a Hello Kitty special edition!?

  • Ken D

    Bless. I’d like to think this is some sort of Italian karmic redress for the Ducati Fat Ragazzo.

  • ChickenStrip

    I had a PX200 for a few years around the turn of the century. I loved it. Most motorcyclists see the small wheels and scoff, never knowing just how much ridiculous fun it is zip around on.

    I miss the 2stroke smell and the irregular ring-ding-ding of my little fat-assed wasp.

    Very glad to see this classic back in production.

  • The Lawyer

    Reminds me of my old Vespa Primavera 125 [bought for $400 bucks] I used to tool around on in college. Going 40 mph felt like doing 155 mph on my Ducati.