Due to inevitably rising gas prices and the decline of the economy, scooters are becoming a more popular option for commuters of all kind. And in the name of scooters –Vespa has been around longer than nearly every other manufacturer.
The MP5 Paperino was the first motor scooter prototype designed by Renzo Spolti (for Vespa) in 1943. Now, nearly 70 years later and almost as many models down the road, Vespa is one of the most sought after scooter on the market. Boasting a 12 month, unlimited mile warranty, many versatile accessories, and a world wide following, I present you with 3 of their most popular models.
The Vespa LX 50 comes standard with a maximum speed of about 39 mph, gets between 95-100 miles per gallon of gas, all for a starting MSRP of $3299.
Even for the low price, this low-end Vespa comes with a fair amount of front and under the seat locking storage departments, an 11″ front wheel for added agility and support and front disk braking system to be able to stop on a dime.
Consumer reports rated this Vespa the best choice due to the bang for your buck, riding comfortability, and incredible gas mileage. Others simply prefer this Vespa because of its classic style and design, and for just about $1000 more, you can purchase the 150cc LX which carries a top speed of about 59 miles per hour.
The Vespa S 150 is the mid grade scooter, with a maximum speed of 59 mph, about 75-80 mpg, starting at a MSRP of $4199. The S 150 is the child of advanced technology and iconic styling, according to Vespa. This is the best scooter for 2 as you have an option to include the seat for 2, and comes with all of the features of lesser models, including a lot more accessory kits and comfortable coil suspension.
I will note that this scooter stands out more to the minimalist, who wants the scooter for more of its capability rather than it’s looks and designs. It is engineered for the minimalist, but has the most energy efficient engine of the bunch, and does boast a thinner, more stream-line design.
Vespa’s GTV 250 is the highest priced Vespa currently on the market, and definitely the cream of the crop. Starting at an MSRP of $6,899, the GTV 250 delivers you the most traditional and vintage Vespa design, perfected over the years to produce the GTV 250. Comes standard with a max speed 76 mph, achieving 65-70 mpg.The GTV 250 provides the smoothest ride, handling and stability, with superior braking power. It handles well in the city and on the highway, which could make a scooter commuter out of anybody!
For more information or to find a local authorized Vespa dealer, visit http://www.vespausa.com.