PIAGGIO VESPA LX50 (2005-on) Review

Published: 03 August 2009

"The easiest way in to Vespa ownership"

Piaggio Vespa LX50

"The easiest way in to Vespa ownership"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The easiest way in to Vespa ownership is a slow-going affair, but it looks great and is a reasonably practical machine.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Vespa LX50 deals with bumps better than most small scooters – the design is chunkier and more cosseting. It’s still manoeuvrable at low speed, and large bumps or holes will still upset the small wheels though.

Engine 1 out of 5

The entry-level Vespa is powered by a 50cc two-stroke twist-and-go engine that isn’t exciting or very fast – it has the virtue of being learner friendly and that’s it. It should sip petrol though. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The painted enclosed body is nicely finished and the chrome looks OK, but underneath the metal parts suffer at the hands of road much, water and salt. The iconic body shape is vulnerable in a crash- even dropping will damage everything on one side. 

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

As a purely practical purchase, there are cheaper scooters doing the same job. But the Vespa is about image – it’s not silly money, and there’s fewer more chic 50cc scoots out there. Find a Vespa LX50 for sale.

Insurance group: 2 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Decent underseat storage, a cubby hole in the leg shield, a pull-out bag hook and a fuel gauge make the LX50 practical for the fashionista about town. The seat is comfy and there’s plenty of room for all sizes of rider. Compare and buy parts for the Vespa LX50 in the MCN Shop.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £1,958
Used price £1,000 to £1,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 3.3 bhp
Max torque 2.4 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range 128 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type Two-stroke, air-cooled single, CVT transmission
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 8.5 litres
Seat height 775mm
Bike weight 96kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 200mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 110/70-11
Rear tyre size 120/70-10

History & Versions

Model history

launched 2005.

Other versions

LX4 50 – The same proposition, but with an even slower four-stroke engine. Buy the two-stroke, it’s safer.

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