Mod Squad’s back
’60s style is back with the buzzy two-stroke Vespa
kick starter. You won’t need the latter but it does add to the look and authenticity of the machine.
The PX 150 comes with a four-speed manual gearbox with the shifter and clutch on the left handlebar. It sounds tricky but it only takes a couple of minutes to become familiar.
Classics should never be altered and this timeless Tuscan beauty hasn’t changed much since the first PX in 1977.
OK, that means it isn’t a 1960s Mod scooter, but its squared-off look is still retro with classic clear instruments, black rubber grips with Vespa logo, chrome tail-light and Vespa logo on the central rubberised tunnel cover, which has an elegant edge in glazed material.
The Vespa has a traditional sturdy steel bodyshell yet, at 97kg dry, it weighs the same as the 50cc Vespa four-stroke.
It even comes with a spare wheel tucked up under the left rear fender. Together with the engine, that means there is no storage space under the seat but there is a big lockable glovebox in the front cowl.
The PX comes in Azzuro Mediterraneo (blue), Monte Bianco (white), Nero Lucido (black) and Rosso Dragon (red).
To ride a stroker scooter is to take a step back in time. There’s the noise, the smell, the feel of a spinning twostroke engine, the lack of engine braking. It’s literally a buzz and not just because it will take you straight to an espresso bar. The whole stroker experience leaves your nerves tingling.
At idle the buzzing makes the high mirrors vibrate substantially but they smooth out with revs— and you need plenty of those to get going.
Despite the call for ample revs, it drinks fuel like an Italian sips espresso. The oil reservoir pre-mixes with the fuel, so you only have to top it up once in every few fuel tank refills.
As with all Vespas it has a strong unibody construction which provides rigidity and good handling but the tiny 10-inch wheels tend to kick it about over road imperfections.
In traffic, it will get along quite well. Progress is hampered by ascents but downshifting a cog or two will sort that out. I wound it out to 100km/h on the highway without much effort and never felt I was holding up traffic.
The brakes are a combination of right lever for the front and a floor pedal for the rear. The pedal seems soft but has plenty of feel so you can avoid locking up the rear.
The Vespa PX is a stylish and frugal commuter that just begs you to take it out for a weekend run to your favourite coffee haunt. unlimitedkm 6000km 150cc singlecylinder 2-stroke
Electric/kick 4-speed manual
200mmdisc (front), 150mmdrum (rear)
10-inch 1810mm(l), 740mm (W), 1260mm(wb), 810mm(seat height) 8.0L, 95RON