PIAGGIO VESPA PX125 (1977-on) Review

Published: 05 January 2012

"Essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1977"

PIAGGIO VESPA PX125  (1977-on)

"Essentially unchanged since its introduction in 1977"

  • At a glance
  • 123cc  -  15 bhp
  • 51 mpg  -  91 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £3,071

Overall Rating 3 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their PIAGGIO VESPA PX125 (1977-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 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Ban Silly Kids

16 January 2012 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 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
1 out of 5

Introduce vespa ban

12 January 2012 by stefmeister

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!! Read more

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1977
Year discontinued -
New price £3,071
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 12 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 51 mpg
Tank range 91 miles
Specification
Engine size 123cc
Engine type two-stroke single cylinder, four gears
Frame type Pressed steel
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 97kg
Front suspension Link arm with coil spring and dual action hydraulic shock absorber
Rear suspension Engine-transmission serving as swingarm, dual action shock absorber
Front brake 200mm stainless steel disc
Rear brake 150mm drum brake
Front tyre size 3.50 - 10
Rear tyre size 3.50 - 10

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

PX150

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