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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Sunday, 13 January 2008 15:37     E-mail
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Living with the LX 150 is pretty simple; it does everything it’s supposed to do in a rather dependable fashion. First off; it handles surprisingly well, it’s not as fast or as chuckable as some of the lighter 125 and 150cc bikes but Vespa was never trying to compete with them directly. What the Vespa does well is give the rider a quiet confidence; the solid metal construction of the scooter means it doesn’t rattle and bump over small undulations like most bikes it competes with. Braking is pretty good but not outstanding; see when I imagined the LX 50 with more power I guess I should have factored in a brake upgrade as well. The 200mm front disc is strong with good lever feedback but you have to wonder how a 150cc scooter capable of 107kp/h is only fitted with a drum brake on the back wheel. At this price and performance point twin discs are virtually a given.

Performance is solid but not breathtaking. The engine makes its 11.5hp easily and is obviously tuned for fuel consumption, longevity and the new Euro3 emissions standards. Straight away I was looking for just a little more power; around town it was fine; it was just out on the motorway where the 150cc engine could have done with a few more horsepower; I really mean just a few…I imagine the same bike with 15hp would be perfect. However the LX 150 still works just fine on the motorway and will get up to around 107kph given enough time.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 February 2009 21:37 )


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