The Vespa! 7

The Vespa LX50, Gap version has arrived! I went to pick it up today (and pay tax, tags, registration, assembly fee…a free prize is never free, oh and insurance) and rode it home! In the rain. It is only 49cc and barely made 25 mph uphill, but screamed to 45 mph downhill. The worst wasn’t the rain but the backsplash from the cars in front. Now, for a few pictures. Click on them for bigger images at Flickr.
Scooter 2
The scooter itself. Note the Gap stripe motif. You will recall that we won this in a Yahoo!/Gap competition this past Christmas.
Seat up - Checking helmet compartment
The seat flips up to store the helmet and various other items. But NOT pets! You have been warned:
Warning! No Pets!
And finally, the rebel without a clue and his girl.
Born to be wild!


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7 thoughts on “The Vespa!

  • Cole

    Sweet! I want a ride! Seriously, I want a ride on it. If you like it, please let me know. I’ve thought about one for years.

  • robin2go

    How cool are you!!? That is such a great ride, especially in light of gas prices, and the coming warm weather. I especially like the Gap stripes. Your Vespa rocks. You too.

  • Drew

    How very European of you. My wife saw the snapshot of the No pets label and said, “That’s good, but apparently you can put your kids in there since there is no label.”

  • Chris Brady Post author

    Thanks everyone! It is nice, but you would definitely want a 150. The 49cc engine is just too small. Since this was “free” I can’t complain. I will have it for a bit but it is likely to end up at my in-laws beach house later in the summer. I will let you know when I bring it on campus (probably Friday or early next week, weather permitting).

  • Stevie Roco

    Sweet ride! I was looking at the Vespa pages yesterday, because of your post and because we’re thinking long and hard about gas prices. How were the other drivers on the road, with you?

  • Chris Brady Post author

    Stevie – folks were very considerate, a few even being patient and sitting behind me (when I would have passed, there was a turning lane). Two recommendations: (1) Get a 150cc motor. We just have too many hills around here and if you are merging into fast moving traffic you really need a bit more oomph. On the other hand, if you leave right near campus and are mainly driving on campus you should be fine. (2) Shop around and consider used. The prices, they told me, have gone up 20% at least in the last few months because everyone is having the same idea…

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