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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Saturday, 12 January 2008 18:59     E-mail
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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.

I won’t get into the legality issues of moped laws as it varies from country to country but the test bike was a derestricted model and I doubt any smart owner would leave their bike restricted. There wasn’t a lot I didn’t like about the LX the only things that come to mind are really just niggles. I’d like to see a remote opener for the under seat storage as it’s annoying having to take the key out to access this area; in fairness a simple push and twist of the key does open the glove box so smaller items are easily accessed in a hurry. I’m also not a fan of Vespa’s take on the indicator switch as it’s just not the best solution out there. The only real is issue with the LX is price; depending on where you live the Vespa LX 50 is up to twice the price of some entry level 50cc bikes. Obviously the Vespa is of higher quality than most cheap entry models and the LX will always have better resale value than most of its competitors…but to some people price is everything. If you can afford it, definitely put the Vespa LX 50 2T on your list of bikes to ride. As they say…you get what you pay for.

PriceUS $3199, Euro €2200, UK £1899, NZ $4590


Lap Time

11.7 Seconds

46 Seconds

Top speed
62 kph
Fuel Economy
3.0L/100kms - 79MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 45kph actual

Pros:Classic styling, overall quality build, solid handling, good suspension, strong front brake, excellent resale value, awesome tank range.

Price, high overall weight for a 50cc blunts performance

Fuel Consumption
Value for money
Ease of use
Build quality

Overall Score


Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 3.1 kW @ 8750 RPM
Max torque3.5 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Engine TypeSingle cylinder, four stroke
Cylinder Capacity49.4ccm
Seat height775 mm
Dry weight 102.0 kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity8.6 litres
StartingElectric and Kick start
TransmissionCVT “Twist and Go”
Storage volume---
CoolingRam Air Cooled
Bore X stroke39.0 x 41.8 mm
Compression ratio---
ChassisLoad bearing steel chassis with welded structural supports
Front SuspensionSingle arm with helical spring & dual effect hydraulic single shock absorber
Rear SuspensionCoil spring and dual effect single shock absorber
Front brake200mm steel disc with hydraulic calliper
Rear brake110mm mechanical drum
Front Wheel/TyreTubeless 110/70 - 11"
Rear Wheel/TyreTubeless 120/70 - 10"
Length1755 mm
Width740 mm
Wheelbase1280 mm
Max speed (km/hr)  
Type approval 
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l 
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageyes
Glove boxyes
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no

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