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Vespa joins the electric bandwagon with the Electtrica

Vespa joins the electric bandwagon with the Electtrica

A scooter with a 4 kW motor and 62 miles of range

No, I haven’t spelled it wrong. It is called as ’Electtrica’ with two ’t’s.

Although Piaggio took its own time to offer an electric vehicle, it is late by no means. Unveiled at the EICMA last week, the Electtrica is the electric version of Vespa’s Primavera scooter with a lithium-ion battery and a 4kW motor that is guaranteed to get you 62 miles on a single charge.

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2018 Vespa Sei Giorni 300

2018 Vespa Sei Giorni 300

A Tribute To A Time When Racing Scooters Ruled

While it’s fairly safe to say that all Vespa products enjoy a pedigree with an established line of succession and deep historical roots, the limited edition “Sei Giorni” takes it a step further with a very narrow and specific historical reference as its design inspiration. Vespa calls it “the most powerful and technologically-advanced” unit it has ever produced with 278 cc mill that delivers 20-plus ponies and boasts over 16 pounds o’ grunt. Uncommon styling touches include a curiously-low headlight and unusual little windscreen to go with a not-oft-seen body style that touches on the historical and takes even mundane components up a notch so that they too become special.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sei Giorni 300.

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Piaggio has created the Vespa (RED) edition in a fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria

Piaggio has created the Vespa (RED) edition in a fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria

Vespa will donate $150 for every RED edition of Vespa 946 sold and $50 for every Vespa VXL sold to charity

Since its discovery in 1981, AIDS has been responsible for the loss of more than 35 million people, and more than 37 million people are living with HIV in this world. And these numbers are only increasing by the second. To curb such a massive outcast, two greats named Bono (U2 frontman) and Bobby Shriver began paving the way for a new idea – (RED).

Now, (RED) got a new partner recently and it is from Italy with love. Being the first automotive brand to collaborate with the organization, the Piaggio Group has created the stunning (Vespa 946) RED and (Vespa) RED VXL – an all-red amalgamation of their classic scooters.

Every purchase of this beautiful scooter, Piaggio will donate towards initiatives fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. $150 for the (Vespa 946) RED and $50 for the (Vespa) RED VXL. This one gesture allows (RED) to provide a total worth of 500 days and 165 days, respectively, of life-saving medical treatments for HIV and help prevent mothers infected with the virus from passing it on to their unborn children.

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2015 - 2018 Vespa Primavera

2015 - 2018 Vespa Primavera

Pick Your Styling - Modern Old or Classic New

The Vespa Primavera got a facelift in 2015 and debuted as Vespa’s hot ticket for the 150 cc U.S. market and a modern yet retro entry in the 50 cc market. The three-valve 150 cc engine gets a lot better gas mileage than the previous incarnations, so using this snazzy-looking scooter as a commuter is even better now. Speaking in terms of the fit-and-finish of the Primavera, this is possibly the best scooter out of Vespa for a while now. It’s classy and classic, elegant and sophisticated; that’s something I don’t always get to say about a scooter. New badging harkens back to the original Primavera in the late 60s, so the whole look of the scooter is modern-old...or classic-new, however you want to look at it.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Primavera.

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Piaggio News O' Plenty

Piaggio News O’ Plenty

Vintage Vespa on the Auction Block

Sit up and pay attention, folks. We have some news from the Catawiki auction site. It seems that the world’s oldest Vespa is up for grabs. Owner Ruote-Da-Sogno has its 1946 “Serie 0” Vespa on the block. Not only is this the oldest, working-condition Vespa in the world, but it comes from a 60-unit, pre-production run so it started out as a rare bird to begin with. The age just makes it even more valuable as evidenced by the almost $175,000 bidding price at the time of this writing. Estimates by the auctioneer place the anticipated sale price at something between $268,000 and $348,000, and we still have a few days left — expect those bids to creep up significantly before this is done. This here is the real deal folks. Hand-beaten body panels work with the hand-soldered frame for an authenticity and craftsmanship you just can’t find nowadays. This awesome opportunity to own a rare, old Vespa is timely as it corresponds with Piaggio’s 130th anniversary.

Continue reading for more from Piaggio on its 130th anniversary.

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2016 - 2017 Vespa GTV 300 ABS

2016 - 2017 Vespa GTV 300 ABS

A Little Powerhouse In Vespa’s Vintage Collection

As part of Vespa’s Vintage Collection, the GTV 300 ABS has all the charm and distinctive classic looks of Vespas from the 1950s and 1960s. In keeping with the return-to-retro-style trend, the GTV 300 ABS is a mix of vintage looks and modern technology.

Back in Pontedera, Italy, during the mid 1940s, Enrico Piaggio was not satisfied with the first scooter prototype developed by his engineers, so he contracted aeronautical engineer Corradino D’Ascanio to redesign it. D’Ascanio — who hated motorcycles because he believed them to be dirty, bulky and unreliable — came up with a design that remedied what he disliked about the existing two-wheeled monstrosities, and Piaggio was pleased.

It is alleged that when he saw D’Ascanio’s prototype, Piaggio exclaimed, "Sembra una vespa!" Translated it means, "It resembles a wasp!" and on that day, the Vespa was born. Vespa grew from a single model to a full line of scooters through the 1950s. Vespa sales received a grand boost when Audrey Hepburn rode on a Vespa with Gregory Peck in the movie Roman Holiday in 1952.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTV 300 ABS.

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2017 Vespa GTS 125 / 150 IGet

2017 Vespa GTS 125 / 150 IGet

Vespa, under Piaggio Group, has redesigned and repowered its flagship Gran Tourismo Sport scooter for the 2017 model year. The GTS 125 and 150 get an entirely new engine in order to meet Euro 4 emissions standards and keep fuel consumption as low as possible in response to popular demand. Unveiled at 2016 INTERMOT, Piaggio revealed the GTS with all the vintage lines that we love and the iGet engine that new emission standards demand.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTS 125 and 150 iGet.

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Piaggio Group Releases MY17 Info At INTERMOT

Piaggio Group Releases MY17 Info At INTERMOT

Piaggio’s umbrella casts a wide shadow at the INTERMOT motor show in Cologne, Germany, as the home company released information regarding its new models and features for the ’17 model year. Starting with Vespa — Europe’s biggest, little-ride company, — add a new Tuono from Aprilia and some sexiness from Moto Guzzi, the immediate future looks bright and clean, literally.

Continue reading for more Piaggio news from the show.

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2014 - 2015 Vespa LXV 150 IE

2014 - 2015 Vespa LXV 150 IE

Piaggio has been influencing scooter design ever since the end of the World War II when it shifted from airplane manufacturing to the two-wheel transportation sector in a bid to supply citizens of that war-torn country affordable transportation that could negotiate the shattered infrastructure.

The Vespa was born of this era, and reached the peak of its aesthetic quality during the ’60s. It’s funny, time keeps marching away, but folks still look to this era for inspiration and to serve as the “style standard” for a number of things, including scooter design and the LXV 150ie falls right into this mold. Piaggio didn’t have to copy or invent anything or even reach to come up with the look; the company just borrowed design features from its own past and ran with it, albeit with a modern flair.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa LXV 150ie.

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2016 - 2018 Vespa Sprint 150

2016 - 2018 Vespa Sprint 150

The Return of the "Vespino"

Harkening back to the time when sporty scooters were ridden by the young and beautiful, the Sprint and its "Sport Collection" sibling, the Sprint S, are a marriage of old world design and technology. I’m not going to say "vintage," but it’s more like the first really sexy update of the vintage designs we saw in the 1960s and maybe into the 1970s. Vespa touts this as the return of the "Vespino" — a sporty small-body scooter. With a maximum speed of 59 mph, you’re not heading on the highway with this little guy, but for spins around town, on the campus and local commutes, the Sprint is a sweet little ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sprint 150.

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Italian Artist and Designer Creates 3D-Printed Vespa Primavera Scooter

Remember Jonathan Brand? He’s the New York artist I wrote about back in January 9, 2015 who decided to make his own 3D-printed 1972 Honda CB500 because he couldn’t afford to buy one. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Maurizio “Mao” Casella, a fellow artist who may as well be Brand’s kindred spirit. See, Casella’s into 3D printing, too. But instead of going ham on a life-sized CB500, he took the simpler route of 3D printing a Vespa Primavera 125cc scooter.

Unlike Brand’s life-sized CB500, Casella’s 3D-printed Primavera isn’t scaled to its actual size. Some of you might be disappointed at that, but before you dismiss Casella’s work, understand that the final product still looks pretty cool. We don’t chance upon a lot of 3D-printed items these days so seeing a replica of the Primavera using this technology is real treat to the senses.

Casella’s 3D-printed Vespa Primavera is made more interesting by the fact that he only used 14 unique files on the bike that can be printed and assembled in no time. Since it’s not scaled to actual size, and because it doesn’t have an actual engine, this 3D-printed scooter is relegated to being more of a showpiece than anything else. But like I said, how many times will you be able to show your friends a 3D-printed Vespa Primavera sitting comfortably in your living room?

It’s not as intricate as Jonathan Brand’s 3D-printed 1972 Honda CB500, but Casella’s 3D-printed Vespa Primavera is still pretty cool to look at.

Continue reading to read more about 3D printing and what it could do for the motorcycle industry in the future.

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Piaggio Recalls 2,613 Scooters Over Defective Fuel Pump

Piaggio Recalls 2,613 Scooters Over Defective Fuel Pump

Piaggio has been bitten by the recall bug. Don’t worry, the diagnosis isn’t life-threatening, although it comes at a time when some models that are affected are pretty long in the tooth. But that’s the nature of these recalls; you don’t know when they’re going to come up and when they do, it’s always better to address them no matter how old the models are.

This time around, Piaggio has identified 2,613 scooters from its own line and that of Vespa, which it also owns. The problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, involves a defective fuel pump, specifically the impeller in the pump that may swell, thus causing decreased pump clearance. In the event this happens, the engine may stall or fail to restart altogether. The NHTSA added that the problem usually occurs when an owner tries to restart the scooter after it’s been shut off for 15 to 20 minutes.

While it’s not as dangerous of a problem compared to other recent recalls we’ve seen, it’s a problem nonetheless. Models that are affected include 2009-2010 Piaggo BV250 and BV 350 models and 2009-2010 Piaggio MP3 25 models. Likewise, Vespa is well-represented in the recall with the 2008-2011 GTS, the 2008-2011 GTV, and 2011 LX models affected by this issue.

As always, owners of any of these scooters are highly encouraged to contact their local dealers where the latter replacing the defective fuel pump components with a newer and presumably safer version.

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2014 Vespa Primavera 150

2014 Vespa Primavera 150

The Vespa Primavera 150 features a retro style mixed with modern lines and first class ergonomics. At its heart sits a 155 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine with catalytic converter and electronic fuel injection and single overhead camshaft. The unit delivers a maximum power of 12.7 Hp (9,5 Kw) at 7,750 rpm and 9.4 Lb-Ft (12,8 Nm) of torque at 6,500 rpm.

All this power is kept under control by an automatic Twist and Go transmission with automatic dry centrifugal clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine can send you to a maximum speed of 59 mph and has a fuel consumption of 117 mpg.

As far as wheels are concerned the Vespa Primavera 150 rides on die-cast aluminium alloy rims that are wrapped in 110/70-11” front and 120/70-11" rear tubeless tires.

The Vespa Primavera 150 is offered with a base price of $4,799.

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2014 Vespa Primavera 50

2014 Vespa Primavera 50

The Vespa Primavera 50 is one of the most iconic scooters in its class, as despite its modern technologies it continues to keep the retro look of its ancestors.

The scooter is built around a 49.9 cc, single cylinder Hi-Per4, 4 - stroke engine with 3 - way catalytic converter and secondary air system which sends its power to the rear wheel by means of an automatic transmission. The unit generates more than enough power to propel you to a maximum speed of 40 mph and delivers a fuel consumption of 90 mpg.

Other features offered by the Vespa Primavera 50 include LED daylight running lights and tail light, new digital instruments with a trip computer, and die-cast aluminum alloy wheels.

The scooter can be yours for no less than $3,599.

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2014 Vespa Sprint 50

2014 Vespa Sprint 50

Compact efficient and easy to handle, the Vespa Sprint 50 is a modern scooter wrapped in a classic appearance that is perfectly suited for riding through the city.

Power comes from a 49.9 cc, single cylinder Hi-Per4, 4 stroke engine with 3-way catalytic converter and secondary air system. The engine can send the scooter to a maximum speed of 40 mph and delivers a fuel consumption of 90 mpg.

The scooter rides on a pair of 12 inch die-cast aluminum alloy wheels which are wrapped in 110/70 - 12" front and 120/7- - 12" rear tubeless tires.

The Vespa Sprint 50 is offered with a choice of five color including Rosso Dragon, Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Blu Gailo and Giallo Positano.

As far as prices are concerned, the Vespa Sprint 50 can be yours for no less than $3,699.

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2014 Vespa Sprint 150 ABS

2014 Vespa Sprint 150 ABS

With its classic style, compact wheels and retro appearance, the Vespa Sprint 150 has all it needs to draw a lot of attention.

It was built with efficiency in mind and is propelled by a 155cc, single cylinder, 4 Strokes, engine with catalytic converter and electronic fuel injection.

The engine delivers a maximum power of 12.7 Hp (9,5 Kw) at 7,750 rpm and 9.4 Lb-Ft (12,8 Nm) at 6,500 rpm. The unit if fed by an 8 liter fuel tank and is mated on an automatic twist and go transmission with automatic dry centrifugal clutch. The unit can propel you to a maximum speed of 59 mph.

The scooter rides on 12 inch die cast aluminum alloy wheels which are wrapped in 110/ 70 - 12" front and 120/70 - 12" rear tires.

The scooter is offered with a base price of $5,099.

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2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE Super Sport SE

2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE Super Sport SE

Vespa is one of the best known scooter manufacturers from the market. Its models are built with efficiency and reliability in mind and most of them keep the old school appearance of their brothers from the past.

Developed with agility in mind, the Vespa GTS Super Sport version brings back, the company’s tradition in the competition world.

Power comes from a single-cylinder, catalysed, 4-stroke, 4-valves Quasar engine with electronic injection. The units delivers a maximum power of 15,8 Kw (21.1 Hp) at 7.500 Rpm and 22,3 Nm (16.4 Ft-Lb) of torque at 5.250 Rpm.

For 2013, the Vespa GTS 300 IE Super Sport is available in two new colours, including a matt black “Abyss Nero” with an orange trim and sleek grey “Grigio Titanio”.

The scooter is priced at $6,599.

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2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE Super

2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE Super

Vespa has a pretty impressive history behind it and since its inception (1946), the company’s scooters have been constantly upgraded. Today, Vespa’s products mix the classic style of the first models designed by the company with modern technologies and the result is quite impressive.

The Vespa GTS 300 IE Super makes no exception and features a vintage style, first class ergonomics and a lively, yet fuel efficient 278 cc, single-cylinder, catalysed, 4-stroke, 4-valves, Quasar engine with electronic injection. The unit generates a peak power of 21.1 hp at 7.500 rpm and 22,3 Nm of torque at 5.250 rpm (16.4 ft-lb).

As far as style is concerned, the Vespa GTS 300 IE features black wheel rims with satin aluminium-look edging, muscular fenders and a round headlight.

The scooter is priced at $6,599.

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2014 Vespa GTV 300 IE

2014 Vespa GTV 300 IE

The Vespa GTV 300 IE draws inspiration from the first models designed by the company and has all it needs to help you deal effortless with the city traffic.

The scooter is powered a 278 cc, single-cylinder, catalysed, 4-stroke, 4-valves Quasar engine with electronic injection. The unit cranks out a maximum output of 15,8 kw at 7.500 rpm (21.1 hp) and 22,3 Nm of torque at 5.250 rpm (16.4 ft-lb) which is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 80 mph. All this power is sent to the rear wheel by means of an automatic transmission. As far as efficiency is concerned, the Vespa GTV 300 IE returns a fuel consumption of 65-70 Mpg.

The Vespa GTV 300 IE is offered with a base price of $7,199.

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2014 Vespa S 150 IE Sport SE

2014 Vespa S 150 IE Sport SE

The Vespa S 150 IE Sport SE combines the company’s iconic style with a set of special style features that give it a sportier character. The most notable additions include a series of sport graphics, a comfy single seat saddle with white piping, a tasty Satin Black color, black wheels and a red suspension spring.

The scooter is built around a 150cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroker engine with catalytic converter which cranks out a maximum power of 8,7 Kw (11.6 Hp) at 8,000 rpm and 11,5 Nm (8.4 Ft-Lb) of torque at 6.250 rpm. This power is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 59 mph. As far as efficiency is concerned, the scooter scores a mileage of up to 75 mpg.

The Vespa S 150 IE Sport SE comes with a base price of $4,699.

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2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE

2014 Vespa GTS 300 IE

If you love the classic style of a Vespa scooter but you want more power, then you should check out the Vespa GTS 300 IE.

The scooter is powered by a lively 278 cc, single cylinder, catalysed, 4 stroke, 4 valves Quasar engine with electronic injection. The unit is mated to a CVT transmission and generates a maximum output of 15,8 Kw (21.1 Hp) at 7.500 rpm and 22,3 Nm (16.4 Ft-Lb) of torque at 5.250 rpm.

Like any Vespa scooter, the GTS 300 IE features a monocoque body which is made entirely from steel helping it deliver superior ride and handling performances.
The scooter’s speed is kept under control by a set of reliable 220 mm front and rear disc brakes.

As far as prices are concerned, the Vespa GTS 300 can be yours for no less than $6,399.

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2014 Vespa S 50 4V Sport SE

2014 Vespa S 50 4V Sport SE

Vespa was founded in 1985 and since then, its main purpose was to build efficient, affordable and practical scooters. Today, the company continues to build scooters that keep the same DNA as its predecessors, but are fitted with modern technologies and features which make them perfectly suited for the requirements of modern riders.

The Sport Special Edition of the Vespa S 50 4V makes no exception and is powered by a modern 49.4 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valves engine with catalytic converter. The unit is fueled by a 2.3 gallons fuel tank and is mated to an automatic twist and go transmission (CVT) with automatic dry centrifugal clutch with vibration dampers.

In terms of style, the Sport Special Edition comes with a series of special graphics, a single seat saddle with white piping, black wheels and a red spring.

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