An Italian Classic (Vespa LX 125 3 Valve) Motor Trader Car News

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Vespa S College 125
Vespa S College 125

An Italian Classic (Vespa LX 125 3 Valve)

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

PIAGGIO started manufacturing Vespa scooters in Italy in 1946, that’s over 66 years of Vespa history and during that time they’ve sold more than 17 million vehicles worldwide. Over the years Vespa has become a leading style icon and global brand name, it’s also helped to create an all-encompassing lifestyle for the avid enthusiast.

Despite the gloomy financial state of the world, Piaggio market share rose to 20.1% in 2011 and they sold an impressive 152,000 Vespas, which is three times as many as in 2004.

The latest scooter to benefit from scooter evolution is the very successful Vespa LX. The LX has been a popular scooter, its light and compact, has a low seat height (which makes it an ideal first scooter) and has attractive styling. That styling remains virtually unchanged on the latest model, other than a new speedo, revised front horn grill, Vespa scroll logo on the centre floor mat and a couple of minor detail changes.

The big news for this particular launch was the all-new 3-valve engine.

The brand spanking new four stroke, 125cc air cooled 3V engine makes 11.6bhp and has a new three valve cylinder head. Obviously the engine is fuel injected and the LX now uses a third generation MIU G3 system and integrated spark-advance, air/fuel ratio and phase management with lambda and three-way catalyst.

The automatic CVT transmission has also had some work to optimise efficiency and reliability, which is good news for us all because the engine now boasts a belt life of over 12,427 miles and service intervals on the scooter have been extended to 10,000km.

Fuel economy is claimed to be a very respectable 129mpg (or 55km a litre at 50kmh) an improvement of 27% over the old engine. Those figures mean in theory if you cover 4,000km a year you could save over 34 litres of fuel and ride 1500km for free! CO2 has also been reduced by more than 30% so all in all it’s a potent and frugal little engine.

You can usually tell almost instantly if you’re going to like a scooter or not and after starting the LX and blipping the throttle I could sense that the new 3V engine was going to be quite nippy, it was almost as eager to get going as I was whilst sweating in the scorching Italian sunshine.

Thankfully the roads in the UK are much more scooter friendly and even riding in London is a walk in the park after that little blast. The LX is very good for city riding, it’s agile so you can point it in the right direction and nip through traffic at will, it’s also light and nimble so you can turn it around in the smallest of roads.

As expected, the new engine delivers what it promises, so has loads of low down and mid range power, which is very useful whilst trying to dive through a small gap between four lanes of crazy Italian drivers. That extra bit of power helps to keep you safe and it’s always good to have a bit left over in reserve.

We didn’t get a chance to test the top speed of the scooters, although I did manage to see close to 65mph on the clock during one traffic free blast. Apart from suicidal drivers Rome also has an abundance of cobbled streets and tramlines, which are all good places to test a scooters suspension. I’m pleased to report that the LX handled the dodgy terrain without hassle and the Michelin City Grip tyres more than lived up to their name.

The new Vespa LX 3V is available now; it comes in a choice of five colours and is available as a 50cc two stroke for £2399 or the 125cc four stroke for £3449. If you’re looking for a machine to blast around the city, or to travel further afield the LX is more than capable.

Vespa S College 125
Vespa S College 125


Engine: 124cc, 3 valve, 4-stroke, air cooled, electronic fuel injection

Wheels: Front 110/70-11”, rear 120/70-10”

Brakes: Front 200mm hydraulic disk, rear 110mm drum

Seat height: 785mm

Tank capacity: 8.3 litres


Price: £3,449 (50cc £2,399)

Vespa S College 125
Vespa S College 125

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