Driving report Vespa S 125
Small scooter with chic and flourishes
The Vespa S 125 brilliantly maintains the timeless elegance of its famous name.
Mopeds from Zündapp, Kreidler or Hercules were the popular means of transport for the youth of the 60s and 70s. Scooters were too good, too conservative – with one exception: From 1969 onwards, they were poaching Vespa 50 Special in the moped area.
38 years later there is again a sporty S series. It is an offshoot of the elegant LX 50/125, with which it shares the self-supporting sheet steel body as the basis, the engines and the essential chassis components. This means that the S 50 is powered by a fan-cooled 4.4 hp two-stroke engine, the S 125 by an air-cooled four-stroke two-valve engine with 10.3 hp.
It doesn‘t mean the Vespa S is just an LX in disguise. Shortened side panels, reduced front fenders with chrome hoods, a new, slim and energetic leg shield without interior paneling and the striking rectangular headlights make the S look lighter and more powerful at the same time. The round instruments embedded in the handlebar trim and the white-lined bench seat, which is available as a short sports and longer touring version, go well with this.
While the cultivated four-stroke engine of the S 125, which is quite powerful at the start, does not hold any surprises in store, the chassis conveys a completely unusual Vespa experience thanks to noticeably tighter damping, especially on the front shock absorber. Instead of just rocking around comfortably, you can definitely pepper the S around the corner with verve; one always stays in the picture about the road conditions. The narrow, light and super-handy S-Vespa puts you in a good mood on winding country lanes like when hitting the hook in the city. You wouldn’t want more scooters here, especially since even people who are 1.90 meters long are perfectly accommodated.
Data Vespa S 125
Engine: fan-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, two valves, an overhead camshaft, wet sump lubrication, carburetor, secondary air system and U-Kat, electric and kick starter, centrifugal clutch and variator. Bore x stroke 57.0 x 48.6 mm, displacement 124 cm3
Rated output 7.6 kW (10.3 PS) at 8000 rpm
Max. Torque 9.6 Nm at 7250 rpm
Chassis: self-supporting sheet steel body, drawn single-arm short swing arm at the front, drive unit swing arm with one spring strut at the rear, disc brake at the front, Ø 200 mm, drum brake at the rear, Ø 110 mm. Tires 110 / 70-11; 120 / 70-10.
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1280 mm, seat height 785 mm, dry weight 110 kg, tank capacity 8.6 liters.
Warranty two years
Colors: red, black, white
Price including additional costs 3799 euros
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