Piaggio Vespa PX150 Bike Overview
If you are looking for a vintage scooter with character the manual four geared Vespa PX 150 is a great choice. Riding the bike is rather simple as you need to select the gears using the twist grip on the left side with the clutch that is cable operated on the right. With a little practice you will ride the scooter like a pro.
Simplicity is the bottom line with a single piece metal body, the two stroke engine is the beneath the right panel and a spare tyre affixed below the left panel. The glove box is metallic and it comes with a speedometer a fuel gauge and a manual choke. If retro is what you are looking for they do not come any better than this.
It houses a 150 cc two stroke engine, a rarity these days considering the tough Euro emission regulations in place. It is about 112 kg in wet weight and offers a nippy pick up considering its weight to power ratio.
Braking is okay with a drum brake fitted at the rear and a disc brake at the front. Tyres are rather tiny just about 10 inches on split rims, Suspensions are reasonably good though they get a bit wobbly over bumps and pot holes at high speeds.
Handling and balance of the bike is okay as long as you do not lean into it and gear changes are smooth if you do not over-rev the engine. With low maintenance and good resale value a good scooter to begin with for amateur riders.
Piaggio Vespa PX150 Bike Spec
- Weight (Dry)106kg
- Top speed55mph
- Seat height805mm
- EngineSingle cylinder, two stroke, air cooled
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The ride quality is ok but need to be careful to the overall stability especially whilst cornering.
Engines are very much restraint due to the fitting of components to make the scooter compliant to the Euro 3 emissions. The worst danger on the Vespa engine is to seize the piston if driven for long distances at maximum throttle. It looses power especially on acceleration (e.g. when stopped at a traffic light), when needed most.
The bike can be improved only if built as per 70/80/90s specifications (engine, electrics and braking system especially), otherwise would be better to be withdrawn.
The PX versions from 2011 onwards are of very bad built quality, unfortunately I have had problems after problems since bought, engine, electric and braking being the worst areas.
As for the other components, I have experienced problems with the braking systems especially with the front disc brakes, with massive shuttering on breaking, compromising the stability and overall safety of the rider.