Vespa LX 125 vs Yamaha Ray Feature Autocar India

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Vespa S College 125

We pitch the Vespa against the Ray to find out which one makes for a better ride.

Jan 22, 2013

Ride and handling

The LX125 and Ray are scooters that are tailor-made to excel at city use. Both rivals are adept at running miscellaneous errands and feel apt for that to-and-fro office or college commute. The LX125 is a heavier scooter, meaning women are certain to feel more at ease on the 104kg Ray, which is a full 10kg lighter than the Vespa. Having said which, the LX125 isn’t a cumbersome scooter to manage.

Both scooters rely on an upright riding position, the Vespa seats its rider on a higher saddle, with its handlebars aptly placed for even taller riders. The LX125 and Ray both come with well cushioned seats, although the LX125 has a roomier saddle. The Yamaha makes a better option for shorter riders, thanks to its lower saddle height along with a lower handlebar.

The LX125 uses a single-side shock absorber with linkage in front, and a conventional hydraulic rear suspension, which proves capable of tackling poor road conditions and delivers good ride quality. It’s still not as good as the Ray though, a scooter that shares a similar rear suspension, but rides on superior telescopic fork front suspension, this always inspiring much better front-end feel.

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Handling on both scooters feels apt for city running. The lighter Ray does, however, hold the upper hand, feeling more nimble, which goes a long way in making this scooter more of a breeze to ride through thick traffic conditions a major asset sure to win many a lady’s heart.

The LX125 uses a larger diameter front drum brake, and stops from 60kph in 24.33m, while the Ray shines brighter again, stopping in a significantly shorter 20.95m from the same speed. The LX125 front brake is feeble and often feels most unnerving, an Achilles heel that proved a major safety concern on this scooter throughout our testing period. Vespa needs to move quickly to address this.

The Vespa LX125 is a well-rounded scooter, with evergreen styling and good fit-and-finish.It’s also armed with a refined engine and acceptable fuel economy. However, the Yamaha Ray scores equally well across these parameters, going to show how keenly contested this match is. The Ray gains an upper hand in several other areas, thanks to its light, easy-to-manage nature, which is such a big plus for ladies who are looking for a practical scooter for everyday use.

What finally nails the deal completely in favour of the Ray is that, at Rs 47,469, its value-for-money price tag is a hefty chunk lower than the Vespa’s Rs 60,565 (both prices ex-showroom, Pune).

Vespa S College 125
Vespa S College 125
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