Mod Squad’s back

’60s style is back with the buzzy two-stroke Vespa

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels -

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.

DE­SIGN

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).

RID­ING

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.

VER­DICT

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

97kg

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