PIAGGIO VESPA LX50 (2005 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The easiest way in to Vespa ownership is a slow-going affair, but it looks great and is a reasonably practical machine.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Two-stroke, air-cooled single, CVT transmission|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 litres|
|Front brake||200mm disc|
|Front tyre size||110/70-11|
|Rear tyre size||120/70-10|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||58 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||3 bhp|
|Max torque||2.4 ft-lb|
|Top speed||30 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||128 miles|
Model history & 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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