PIAGGIO VESPA LX125 (2005-on) Review

Published: 10 July 2009

"Underneath the classic looks they're a modern scoot"

Vespa LX125

"Underneath the classic looks they're a modern scoot"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  10 bhp
  • 73 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)
  • £2,799

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Now that the iconic Vespa PX series has been killed off by emissions laws, the LX twist-and-go four-stroke is just about the closest thing to the original Vespa look. Underneath the classic looks they’re a modern scoot – and the pink scooter in our pictures is thankfully a limited edition colour!

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Vespa LX125 isn’t a sporty machine, and it has tiny wheels, so the chassis is suited to sedate commuting only – throwing it around an abusing it ties it in knots. It’s well-balanced, has a good turning circle and fits through traffic well – common to most Piaggios the suspension crashes a little over bumps, but it’s OK.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Piaggio 125cc four-stroke engine is used here – like it’s other applications, it accelerates the Vespa LX125 forward smoothly, quietly and fuss free. It’s an unintimidating power delivery that new riders won’t have a problem with, though you’ll be wishing for a bigger motor if you’re used to bigger machinery. But then that’s not who a 125 is built for anyway. Fuel economy is good too.  

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Vespa is a nicely designed machine put together neatly, and although most of the bike is concealed the bits that aren’t suffer with corrosion. The design means every panel on one side gets damaged even in a small drop. Look after it though and it’ll still be cool for years to come.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Value is a subjective issue with a Vespa – on paper it’s a lot of money for what you get – another bike from Piaggio’s own range would give you a better spec. But the Vespa LX125 comes with a huge dollop of style (and girly chic in the limited edition pink!) you just don’t get with other scoots. You probably already know if you want one – buy one and you’ll be perfectly happy with it. Find a Vespa LX125 for sale.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The Vespa is a fashion scooter, so it’s not as well appointed as dedicated commuter. There’s still room under the seat for a bag of shopping or an open face lid, and two small people could fit on the dual seat. There’s locking cubby hole in the leg shield, and the dash has a fuel gauge and clock for your convenience. Compare and buy scooter clothign and parts in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their PIAGGIO VESPA LX125 (2005-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 3.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Sheer Joy

18 December 2010 by davidjbutcher

I purchased a 2009 piaggio LX 125in March 2009. My wife and I go touring in our motor home and we take the Piaggio with us on a bike rack on the back, we have just come back from Spain where we spent 7 months there, during that time we did over 7000... Read more kilometres on our Piaggio and although this scooter was is not built for touring we found that 150 mile round trip was quite bearable, once you got acclimatised to it, it performed very well with two up, with an amazing 73mpg, not bad for two 12 stone heavyweights on, and one Yorkshire Terrier in the top box, Just had to take it easy on the bends, I must take my hat off to Piaggio, it performed far better that I was led to believe. I am now going to part ex it for a Xevo 400 for our next trip, we would like something with a bit more power and comfort, to be able to go further distances.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Stylish but overpriced

14 July 2009 by BDAbye

I've had a black LX125 here in Bermuda for the last 14 months and done around 11,000km on it (not bad going for a small island). (I have a full UK motorcycle license and used to own a Yamaha DT125R years ago). The handling was good for the first... Read more year. Now I am starting to feel a disconcerting vagueness in the steering probably caused by wear and tear. Tyres don't last forever on such small wheels and the standard tyres are very quick wearing. A rear tyre will manage about 3,000km. Equipment is pretty good. Big speedo, useful seemingly accurate fuel guage and clock. After heavy rain condensation inside the speedo is a problem though. Quality is a slight let down. At first the bike feels solidly built but now there are plenty of irritating bodywork rattles. Rust is a problem on some of the chrome work. Reliability is pretty good so far. Performance is not inspiring- but no 4 stroke 125 ever will be! I miss my 2 stroke DT! I reckon these bikes are a little overpriced for the build quality but still like it for the style factor.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £2,799
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 10 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 62 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 73 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Two-valve air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke, CVT transmission
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 8.6 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 110kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Four-position preload
Front brake 200mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear brake 110mm drum
Front tyre size 110/70-11
Rear tyre size 120/70-10

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced in 2005 – colour changes since.

Other versions

Vespa LXV 125 – Similar idea, but a separate chrome headlight and speedo plus bare handlebars mimicking the look of early Vespas.

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