Italian Manufacturer Piaggio makes the Vespa line of motorized scooters. Vespa scooters were first manufactured in Pontedera, Italy, in 1946. Vespa scooters are known for their painted and pressed steel unibodies which encloses the engine and helps keep dirt and grease from getting inside the engine. Vespa scooters have a foot-protecting flat floorboard, and, a prominent front fairing which allows riders protection from the wind. The Vespa scooter’s original design was based on the Cashman scooters that were made in Nebraska and introduced to Italy during World War II. From it’s creation Vespa scooters have been given the nick-names, first, as Donald Duck, because of their unique design, and, then later, they became known as Wasp, because of the sound of the two stroke engine’s high pitch and the body shape. The Italian word Vespa also translates into wasp. Since their inception more than 85 models of Vespa scooters have been manufactured. Vespa scooters have been used in several movies, read about in many books, and, made several television shows appearances as well. Since 2001, popular models of Vespa scooters in the United States include a new, more modern styled, ET Series 50cc two and four stroke models, and, a 150cc four stroke model. In 2004, Vespa Scooters introduced the PX150 model into the United States market, and, in 2005, Piaggio introduced the largest Vespa scooter model ever made, the 250cc GTS250.
(NOTE: The descriptions of these three Vespa scooter models were taken from the Vespausa.com website’s available information).
With features including a maximum speed of 39 miles per hour, averaging 100 miles per gallon of gasoline, a 2.3 gallon gas tank, and, a 30.5 inch seat height, the Vespa scooter model LX50 maintains the same design as the original Vespa scooter Prototype first built by Piaggio in 1946, offering style, comfort, and, performance. There are several color options available for this Vespa scooter to select from, and, a price range of about $3300.
The Vespa GTS250 model has 12-inch alloy wheels, front and rear disc brakes, a liquid-cooled engine, electronic fuel injection, a maximum speed of 76 miles per hour, a 2.4 gallon gas tank, averages 70 miles per gallon of gasoline, has an assortment of available colors to choose from, and, a price range of about $6000.
The Vespa LXV150 model has a four stroke engine that allows highway travel. Features of this Vespa model include a maximum speed of 59 miles per hour, this model averages 75 miles per gallon of gasoline, has a 2.3 gallon gas tank, a 30.9 inch seat height, and, a price range of about $5200.
Vespa scooters also have several different accessories that can be obtained for them. These include chrome kits, vehicle covers, helmets, windshields, and, top cases. Local Vespa Dealers stock these items. Vespa scooters must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles where the Purchaser resides. A Motorcycle License may be needed as well, with a licensing test given. Buyers may want to take a Motorcycle Rider’s Course to familiarize themselves with safely riding Vespa scooters, and, vehicle insurance is necessary to have on these scooters.
Vespa Scooters are available at local Vespa Dealers, or, on these websites, among others.