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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