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PIAGGIO AND VESPA ARE THE MODERN INTERPRETATION OF THE SCOOTER

Herb Chambers Vespa Piaggio Boston

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Piaggio had the top-selling scooter last year with the 150cc Fly and the 2012 model will go on sale with fuel injection in place of carburetors, immobiliser, more under-seat storage and a halogen lamp.

The bigger-wheeled Liberty 150ie irons out the bigger bumps, making it a smart choice for riders who deal with bad roads on the daily commute.

The Piaggio range is the modern interpretation of the Vespa scooter.

Models vary from a 50cc inner-city runabout to a 500cc three-wheeler that will embarrass sports bikes over rough roads in the wet.

The Italian-built Vespa range is as famous for resale values as for classic lines.

One scooter proving a hit with the rental and younger crowd is the Piaggio Typhoon, with 50cc and 125cc models.

The rugged-looking scooter has chunky treaded tyres and sports military-style logos. These give it street cred in the city – if you plan to ride into the ‘burbs, opt for the 125cc or a soundtrack of car horns will urge you to get out of the way.

A quick ride of the range shows the latest versions are as simple to use and as stable as ever. The Vespas have the reassurance of those solid metal fenders up front to protect legs in an accident. It’s not much but it’s far better than plastic.

Both ranges make easy work of filtering through peak hour queue to the front line at the lights. The low centre of gravity and small diameter rubber combine to make these as nimble as a startled rat and that can save your life in the rat-race rush to and from work.

You need to get the 50cc models off the line as quickly as self-preservation demands but the stablemates are more than capable of putting a gap on the cars before the next lights.

The scooter market grew 8.8 per cent last year, with the Vespas and Piaggios taking a proportionately larger chunk of that growth.

The updated models and broader fitment of fuel injection should maintain that growth.

– AT A GLANCE –

** Vespa Models**

LX50

S 50

LX125ie

LX150ie

S150ie

PX150

GTS250ie

GTS300

GTS300 Super Sport

GTV300ie

** Piaggio Models**

Zip 5 0

Zip 100

Typhoon 50

Typhoon 125

Fly 125

Fly 150

New Fly 150ie

Liberty 150ie

X7 300ie

MP3 300ie

MP3 500ie

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