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Written by Del Fuego    Wednesday, 09 January 2008 12:46     E-mail
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In short, if you are a fan of retro styled scooters and you want to own a genuine piece of history, that will serve you well and reliably for many many years but don’t want to get your hands greasy with the restoration and repair that normally goes with owning a 20 year old machine of any type then the a newer Vespa PX200 is the bike for you.

It does the job it was designed for back in the ‘70s and does that job admirably. In light of the last 25 years of technology however there are many bikes that do that same job, and they do it better. If you want a tool, purely for transport and convenience, this is probably not the one to get.

However if you are looking for something with that genuine vintage feel and don’t mind a slightly temperamental gearbox, manual choke and fuel tap then rush to your local Vespa stockist before it is too late… the Iconic Vespa PX200 with it’s beautiful sounding 200cc two stroke engine, 4 speed twist grip gearshift and side mounted spare wheel has finally seen the end of it’s marathon run. With problems meeting Euro3 emission standards this old girl has finally been discontinued. Whether you love or hate this particular machine you have to give it credit, 28 years is a pretty good run for a vehicle that remains virtually unchanged from the first day it rolled of the production line. A vehicle that just as a side note is the only scooter ever to have completed the arduous Paris Dakar Rally.

Please Note: Don't be offended by the rankings given on this bike. We understand the love affair with this style of bike, unfortunately we don't have a separate rating system for older bikes so the ratings are in comparison to a more modern machine hence the low scores for the likes of "ease of use" etc.

0-50km/h6.5 Seconds
0-80km/h14.7 Seconds
50-80km/h9.2 Seconds
Fuel Economy 3.8L/100kms - 62MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 43kph actual - 100kph displayed = 91 actual


Classic styling, good engine, great sound, own a classic without having to get greasy fingernails, beautiful detailing,loads if parts available

Cons:Old Technology, manual transmission, not much storage space, average fuel consumption, not especially practical as daily commuter

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Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 11 HP @ 6250RPM
Max torque---
Engine TypeSingle cylinder 2-stroke
Cylinder Capacity198CC
Seat height810mm
Dry weight 97kg
Kerb weight 108
Fuel tank capacity8 litres
StartingElectric & Kick start
TransmissionFour speed manual. Handlebar mounted clutch and shift mechanism
Storage volume---
CoolingForced Air Cooled
Bore X stroke57 x 66.5mm
Compression ratio---
ChassisLoad-bearing steel chassis with welded structural supports
Front suspensionSingle-arm with dualacting hydraulic shock absorber and co-axial spring
Rear suspensionHelical spring with adjustable 4-position pre-load and dual effect hydraulic single shock absorber
Front brake200 mm ø steel disc with hydraulic twin piston calliper
Rear brake150 mm mechcanical drum
Front wheel/tyreTubed 3.50 - 10” on Steel rims
Rear wheel/tyreTubed 3.50 - 10” on Steel rims
Length1810 mm
Width740 mm
Wheelbase1260 mm
Max speed (km/hr) 100 km/h
Type approvalEuro2
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageno
Glove boxyes
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no

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