Vespa LX 125 comprehensive review
24th Aug 2012 1:10 am
Born in Italy, bred in India, the LX125 is priced a hefty chunk more than its rivals. Does it deliver that much more value?
Vespa’s return to India comes in good time, when the scooter market here is showing healthy growth and ample promise. The LX125 is well suited to India.
Everything was beginning to seem picture perfect, till Vespa announced the LX125’s unusually high price. Let’s find out whether the Indo-Italian newcomer has what it takes to justify asking a premium over its rivals.
Vespa scooters have often used a monocoque chassis, the LX125 showing off a rigid, steel structure on these lines. The scooter’s seat is plush and roomy, with the riding position feeling just right, comfy, upright and with the handlebar set at the correct height.
Ride quality is good, even when riding with an adult pillion or negotiating poor roads and the LX is light and stable to ride.
The Vespa corners just as well as any scooter on 10 inch rims. A weak front brake proves the single biggest letdown on the Indian LX125 and is a safety hazard that needs urgent addressing, for it provides inadequate bite, as well as stopping power. Given the scooter’s high price, Vespa would do well to offer the LX125 with a front disc brake.
The LX125 comes shod with grippy MRF rubber front and rear.
The LX125 proves frugal for an automatic, 125cc scooter, returning 40.7kpl during our testing in real world, Indian city riding conditions, this improving a bit when testing on the highway, where it gave us 42.1kpl.