New Vespa 125: Exclusive Road Test
The legendary Vespa scooter is back and how! Running an advanced 3-valve 125cc engine under the gorgeous retro-styled bodywork, the new scooter has been assigned the task of kick-starting the premium scooter segment and it looks all set to get the job done in style
The history of Vespa scooters harks back to the glorious era when radios were happening and bell-bottom pants were the in thing. The Vespa brand brought style and flamboyance to affordable transportation in the form of its gorgeously crafted scooters, which were cheap and effective to run while being extremely chic and upmarket in their appeal. Since the company’s inception in the forties, offering cheap mode of transport to the war-hit Italy, Vespa soon went on to become the biggest scooter company that found takers in all age groups across the globe. No one can be sure if Vespa designer Corradino D’Ascanio ever envisaged that his creation would become such a force to reckon with globally, and from efficient transportation it has become an icon of mobility with decades of history and legacy - and has turned the Vespa scooter of yesteryears into a lifestyle product of today.
Ready to invade Indian shores again, the Vespa 125 (internationally known as the LX125) carries forward the design from the very first Vespa scooter, the MP6 and continues the technological tradition of a monocoque load-bearing frame made out of steel as found on the original scooter in 1946 as well as the timeless Vespa architecture of large front panel and voluptuous curves flowing neatly, retaining the classical charm of the iconic scooter. The handlebar shroud atop the large front bodywork is neatly crafted and holds the rounded 35W bulb donning multi-focal headlight in place. Touches of chrome like the bidding surrounding the front panel, large circular mirrors finished in chrome and buff-finished alloy levers endow the Vespa with a sophisticated and premium appeal.
As for the rest of the bike, the rounded derriere, the clean and curvy lines make the Vespa visually striking. The design retains its retro style without compromising the contemporary make-up of the scooter. The clear lens indicators on both ends add to the Vespa’s modern-day allure, while the rather tiny yet purposeful rear mudguard in red sporting the number plate completes the look. It is truly a timeless design that has been loved and admired over the years by millions of Vespa fans and patrons across the world who have found (or if I may say, devised) a purpose in owning this classic scooters.
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