Vespa LX150 IE and S150 IE

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa LX150 IE and S150 IE

Year

2013 - 14

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder,SOHC, 3 valve

Capacity

150 cc / 9.2 cub in
Bore x Stroke 62.6 mm x 48.6 mm
Cooling Ram air cooling system
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Electric
Starting Electric
Clutch Automatic, dry centrifuge with damper buffers

Max Power (at shaft)

8.7 kW / 11.8 hp @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

11.5 Nm / 1.17 kgf-m / 8.48 lb/ft @ 8000 rpm

Transmission 

CVT with torque server
Final Drive Belt
Frame Sheetmetal body with welded reinforcements

Front Suspension

Single sided training link with hydraulic shock absorber

Rear Suspension

Hydraulic shock absorber

Front Brakes

220 mm disc

Rear Brakes

110 mm disc

Front Tyre

110/70-R11"

Rear Tyre

120/70-R10"

Dimensions

Length:  1755 mm / 69.0 in

Width:      740 mm / 29.1 in

Wheelbase

1290 mm / 50.7 in

Seat Height

785 mm / 30.9 in

Dry Weight

102 kg / 225 lbs

Fuel Capacity

8.2 L / 2.2 US gal

Consumption  average

3.3 L/100 km / 30 km/l / 72 US mpg

Top Speed

95 km/h / 59 mph

Colours

Dragon red, Montebianco white, Midnight blue, Vocano black, Aquammarine

Sources and Reviews

Motorcycle.com, Unbox.ph

Howís the ride? In a word, superb.

You get great balance and control due to the low center of gravity. This helps reduce wobble in turns at higher speeds. The turning radius and response is also great and very responsive to the shift in weight of the riderís body. The LXís mixed type braking system (hydraulic linkage and dual opposed piston hydraulic caliper) gives you confidence as you hit the brakes. The suspension is also phenomenal as I rarely had any problem with humps or potholes even with one passenger on board.

Acceleration is relaxed, cool, and smooth. I was actually surprised at how fast I got in such a short amount of time considering the Vespa looked like a slow ride due to the design.

Great suspension and brakes!

Another field that the Vespa excels in is detail. The scooter is gorgeous from the top-down. There are no cheap and loose buttons, controls, or hand levers. The gauges are also beautifully well lit, simple, and easy-to-understand. The classic round chrome side mirror also gives it a vintage look. Iím definitely impressed with the craftsmanship!

They also put an advanced built-in alarm system. One call to the dealer and you can have the bike disabled from afar. Sweet.

Lastly, one particular feature that I like is the color. The light blue tone doesnít intimidate or give off the ďangasĒ feel. The bike is very pleasant and cool to the eyes.

Over-all the Vespa LX150 was a very happy and fun ride. Itís a great city bike and with proper maintenance this scooter will last a very long time making it a great investment.

Itís more expensive than a lot of other bikes but itís not just for show. If youíre the type that loves great quality products and brands then you seriously have to consider the Vespa LX150.

 

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Review: 2013

 

I chose one of the LX 150ís as my first ride and was immediately struck by just how small it is. Both the LX and the S are tiny and this makes them exceedingly responsive. These small-chassis scooters weigh in at just over 240 pounds, so my 200 pounds are definitely the boss and not the little Vespa.

The LXís brown leather seat is very comfortable with space for two. The S also has a comfortable seat with a stylish white leather seam surrounding it. From the riderís seat, the two new models look different, as the LX has a newly designed digital instrument console whilst the S makes do with two old-fashioned analog clocks with instruments lined under.

The LX 125/150 3V also features a large lockable glove compartment whilst the S 125/150 3V makes do with two open pockets. Both have a carrier hook for a bag of shopping. Under the seat thereís room for a small helmet and a couple of things, such as an extra jacket should the weather change.

The LX 125/150 3V Touring have chrome luggage racks front and back thatíll allow for a large bag being strapped to the back and a sleeping bag or similar at the front. With the Touring additions the LX changes its appearance to something like a custom scooter, so style has been taken care of even if youíre of a more practical inclination. Iíd highly recommend the 150 version for Touring, as a couple of extra horses and a little more momentum will be welcome with the extra weight expected.

The real news of the LX and S 125/150 3V is of course their new 3-valve air-cooled four stroke engines. Hidden under the steel-bodied Vespa we find a 124cc or a 155cc engine of 11.6 and 12.9 horsepower, respectively. It may not seem much of a difference, but riding the two back to back I much preferred the 155cc powered version as it has more torque earlier on in the rev range and therefore responds much quicker when itís time to leave other traffic behind us around Rome. North American riders wonít have the choice of the 125cc models.

I was truly impressed by the small and intricate new machine developed at Piaggioís Pontedera plant in Tuscany. On my second tour of Rome of the day we pushed the S 150 3V to its absolute top speed, and the instruments showed 110 kph (68 mph). The main difference you can feel between the 125 and the 150 is the initial drive.

The stability both at speed and over uneven road surfaces is impressive for such a tiny vehicle. The front wheel is an 11-incher and the rear a 10-inch, and on them sit Michelin Pilot City tires which are good for all-round use with enough grooves for a rainy ride. The front tire is a 110/70 and the rear a 120/70. The front suspension is a coil spring and dual action monoshock on a single-sided arm and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the back. The S model has red coils and the LX black coils.

I found the suspension to work remarkably well and it was full throttle over anything from cobbled streets, small potholes and uneven surfaces. The reinforced steel body along with the engine and the front swingarm acts as the chassis. Thereís nothing plastic about a Vespa, and this can be felt when you ride over the many uneven surfaces where a ďplasticĒ scooter would make noises that would make you believe it was about to shake itself into bits.

When in Rome do as the Romans, and thatís exactly what I did, keeping my mobile phone in the left front compartment on the S 125 or 150 and checking my messages and taking photos which went straight up to Facebook whilst still in the saddle. I canít recommend this to anyone, of course, as itís illegal in most countries and probably also in Rome, so stick to a Bluetooth headset instead.

I chose the S150 for carrying a passenger, and it was no problem at all. Even with a pillion there is good initial drive and both travel in comfort.

The S 125/150 is easily distinguished from the LX in that it has a square headlight and chromed mirrors whilst the LX has round items. The LX is also slightly more sophisticated with more chromed parts. Both models have an 8.3-liter (2.2 gal.) fuel tank, and Vespa claims that fuel consumption is of 55km per liter (129 mpg) if riding at a constant speed of 50 kph (31 mph). The new service intervals are set at 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles).

Conclusion

In 2011 Vespa sold 115,000 of these little wonders, and that alone tells us that people love the Vespa brand and the vehicles. They are cheap and practical to run, you donít have to know anything about motorcycles, and even though pricey, they tend to hold their value very well.

 

Review: Motorcycle.com