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MCN overall verdict rating is 3.5

The Vespa PX125 has essentially remained unchanged since its introduction in 1977, but it doesn't feel 35 years old. Subtle changes to keep the Vespa up to date and to get it through Euro 3 emissions regulations mean it feels similar to a modern scooter, only with a two-stroke, manual engine. It doesn't handle like a sportsbike - but a Vespa is all about looking cool, not going fast. Remember that and it can be great fun.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

A two-stroke engine is a rare thing for any bike or scooter over 50cc today, so the 123cc two-stroke powering the PX125 is a welcome change of pace. It needs to be revved to get the best from it - trying to accelerate in too high a gear results in the motor bogging down. But keep the motor spinning and the PX will whisk happily along on a cloud of blue smoke.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

Weighing in at a featherlight 95kg, bumps upset the little Vespa, especially mid-corner - it feels less like a motorcycle and more akin to a hardtail bicycle at times. But you've got to remember the Vespa isn't designed to be a sweet-handling sportsbike. Settle in to a more relaxed pace and it makes sense. Low speed handling is a doddle due to the weight and size.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

Equipment-wise the PX is basic. A speedo and fuel gauge are all you get at the front, along with old-styled switchgear which feels clunky to operate. There's no underseat storage as you'd expect, instead there is a storage compartment in the leg shield under the dash - enough for a small-ish rucksack. There's also a bag hook in the footwell. The twist-shift for the four gears takes a little getting used, but a few minutes of riding soon sees you shifting easily. Because of the twist-shift on the left handlebar, the rear brake is in the right hand footwell which is extrememly awkward.

Vespa PX125 (1977-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,071
Dealer used prices
£2,790 (2013) - £4,170 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,510 (2013) - £3,760 (2014)
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Engine size 123 cc
Power bhp
Top speed mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3.5 rating is 2
Engine rating is 4 rating is 2.5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 2
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 2
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 2

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

It feels a little flimsy, due in part to its lightweight, but everything fits together well and looks to have a good finish. Only time would tell how it stands up to every day abuse during a British winter.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2

If you can find a 'proper' old Vespa that works as well as the PX125 i.e isn't knackered and in need of some attention for £2,899 then you're laughing. It may not have quite the same appeal as an old Vespa, but it's still incredibly cool, and the price is competitve with other 125cc scooters.

Insurance

Insurance group: n/a

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Model History

1977: Model introduced
2011: Relaunched in UK with Euro 3 compliance

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Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 97 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 123 cc
Engine specification two-stroke single cylinder, four gears
Frame
Front suspension adjustment Link arm with coil spring and dual action hydraulic shock absorber
Rear suspension adjustment Engine-transmission serving as swingarm, dual action shock absorber
Front brakes 200mm stainless steel disc
Rear brake 150mm drum brake
Front tyre size 3.50 - 10
Rear tyre size 3.50 - 10

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 2(2 reviews)

  • Ban Silly Kids

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Vespas are great in cities. They have a good load carrying capacity and are easy to handle at a slow pace. They are reasonably comfortable 2 up but obviously lacking in power. Handling isn't great above 50mph but get a sportsbike if you can't handle one. p.s. Reviews by silly kids with little riding experience and more to the point, haven't actually ridden the machine in question, should be ignored.

    16 January 2012

  • Introduce vespa ban

    stefmeister

    Average rating rating is 1

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    Vespas are for girls, and their riders are a liability to all other road users... they should therefore be banned from cities. Guys who rides vespas, grow a pair and get yourself a decent set of wheels!!

    12 January 2012

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