Vespa LX 50 2T

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa LX 50 2T

Year

2006 - 12

Engine

Two stroke, single cylinder

Capacity

49.3 cc / 3.0 cub in
Bore x Stroke 39 x 41.8 mm
Compression 11.1:1
Lubrication Wet pump, chain driven trochoidal pump
Cooling Air cooled, forced
Spark Plug NGK CR9EB / NGK CR9EIX
Ignition Electronic capacitive (CDI)
Starting Kick start
Clutch Automatic, dry centrifugal

Max Power

3 kW / 4.9 hp @ 8750 rpm

Max Torque

3.5 Nm / 0.4 kgf-m / 2.6 ft/lb @ 6500 rpm

Transmission 

CVT, twist and go
Final Drive Belt
Frame Loadbearing pressed sheet steel

Dimensions

Length:  1755 mm / 30.4 in

Width:      700 mm / 27.6 in

Wheel Base

1280 mm / 50.4 in

Seat height

775 mm / 30.5 in

Front Suspension

Single arm with helical spring and dual effect hydraulic single shock absorber

Rear Suspension

Coil spring and dual effect single shock absorber

Front Brakes

200 mm disc

Rear Brakes

110 mm drum
Wheels Pressed die cast aluminium alloy

Front Tyre

110/70-11"

Rear Tyre

120/70-10"

Dimensions

Length: 1755 mm / 69.1 in

Width:     670 mm / 26.4 in

Wheelbase

1280 mm / 50.4 in

Seat Height

805 mm / 31.7 in

Wet Weight

102 kg / 225 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

8.6 L / 2.3 US gal

Fuel Consumption

3 L/100 km / 33 km/l / 79 mpg
Top Speed 63 km/h / 39 mph

Colours

Midnight blue, Nero grafite, Cortina, Capri

 

The Vespa LX 50 2T is one of the best selling scooters on earth, partly because it's a Vespa and partly because it is Vespa's entry level model. So why do so many people begin their scootering life on the LX? Well not being particularly loyal to any one brand I was always confused over some people's outright worship of the Vespa brand. I guess it's just how some people are, I've a few friends who are big Apple fans, they simply buy anything made by Apple. Apple could make a car with no roof; square wheels and a pack of hungry gerbils for an engine - ¦my Apple friends would simply buy it. They wouldn't even test drive it, they'd buy it and defend it regardless of how terrible it was.

 

I went into this test thinking the Vespa would be something like the Apple car. All form and no function. Well, I was wrong. One hundred percent wrong. There's a reason people buy Vespa's and the LX is a good example. I'm not normally a 50cc scooter guy; I prefer the bigger and more powerful models. It's funny because I always thought it was because 50cc scooters were just too slow for me. My 50cc experience was limited to the usual cheap or old Japanese models; most with high kms on the clock. I simple hadn't ridden a modern Italian 50cc scooter like the Vespa 50 LX. It's the quality you feel it as soon as you get on, the bike is solid, the suspension is tight and contrary to what I'd read elsewhere on the web, the brakes are strong. Most entry level 50cc scooters feel like they are about to break the day you ride them out of the store. Not the LX; the demo I rode had nearly four thousand kms on the clock and it still felt brand new.

The Vespa has another advantage over a fair portion of its competition too, it doesn't look cheap. It looks well, like a Vespa; clean and timeless styling that appeals to a vast portion of people. Let's say you arrive at a cafe on your average 50cc scooter to meet a bunch of people you'd never met. If you arrived on the average 50cc scooter people normally assume you ride because you simply can't afford a car. If you arrive on a Vespa the same people assume you ride by choice. I guess it shouldn't matter what other people think but that's the world we live in, like it or not. The best way of describing it is this, the LX 50 looks like an adult's bike; most 50cc bikes don't.

The LX 50 2T is surprisingly fun to throw into corners, it's higher than average weight and strong frame give it a solid feel unlike most 50cc models. The front 200mm disc is reasonably strong with good lever feedback and this combines to make braking better than average for a 50cc machine. The rear brake is still a drum brake like most entry level models and like I always say: why can't manufacturers give us dual discs? Straight line performance is about average and like most 50s its fine on flat ground; keeping up with cars around town quite comfortably; it's just the hills that slow you down. It all depends where you live, I test rode the Vespa in Auckland New Zealand which is rather hilly so naturally 50cc scooters don't work so well here; in other cities 50cc scooters work perfectly.

Ease of use was good all round on the LX 50; the under seat storage area easily swallows a full face helmet and the lockable front glove box is handy for, ¦well gloves. At 98kg the Vespa is a bit heavier than some 50cc scooters but is still pretty easy to move around and put onto the centre stand. The seat is wide and comfortable and the seating position is about perfect for riders of average height. Using the same frame and basic components as the LX 150 gives the LX 50 has the added benefit of an 8.6 litre tank; combine that with its rather impressive fuel consumption and you get a tank range of over 230kms. Finally a 50cc scooter you won't have to put gas in every two days. All together the Vespa LX 50 would be a very easy bike to live with.