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The Vivacity is one of the many mopeds that Peugeot range. Not the most attrative moped out there, but certainly one of under-appreciated mopeds out there.
As stated before, this isnt the greatest looking moped out there, it does not have the same looks as the Speedfight or the Blaster. The newer vivacity is alot different to the one pictured, the headlights feature a U Shape indicator base, and a headlight on the handle bars, alot different to the old vivacity. Colour range is pretty basic, you have the choice of either 2 tone or 1 tone colours, with some people personally customizing theres for a better affect.
The vivacity as standard is restricted to 30mph. However a de-restricted moped can reach up to 50mph, but this completely depends on exhaust condition. The vivacity is definately the lightest 'Pug' in the market, alot lighter that the speedfights and the blasters. Because of the lightness of this moped, it handles great!
The new mopeds are rather cheap, about the same price as all the other Peugeot, but with the new vivacity's have alot of storage, under seat storage and panel storage, so it has the potential to fit two helmets, which suggests that the moped is definately built for two.
The older mopeds, in which me myself have are also pretty cheap. I picked up an 05 moped for around 659 with 7k miles on the clock. I then later purchased a new exhaust for £69 which increased my moped's speed from 30mph to 40mph.
Insurance is around 299 (third party, fire and theft) or 199 (Third party).
===New or Used===
There are some advantages to the new one, the increased storage and the simple fact its newer may sway you, but please be aware that the moped will loose its value as soon as its driven out of the show room. Prices drop from 1899 to around 1200 or less as soon as the mileage adds up.
The used ones are still good, the feeling of mobility is great, acceleration is amazing, and it looks ok!
Now this is a key issue, with any 2-stroke, you're going to get problems. Mine had the small issue of the choke not kicking in, but it wasnt a mammoth job and it was soon back on the road. Just be aware that its a rather common problem, so if your buying from a dealership, just ask them to include a check of the choke when you purchase it. If its from a private, it may be worth bringing in a mechanic to come and help you have a look.
I find that on the older mopeds the lack of a proper fuel gauge to be an issue, this is not a problem on the proper one. The digital speedo seems fantastic on the newer vivacitys. The older ones have a fuel light, so you have to almost guess when its about empty, mainly because the fuel light comes one quite soon, even when the fuel is no where near empty. Everything else is fine.
Overall, I believe that the Vivacity, old/new is a very good moped. Its rather nippy, amazing handling and good fuel economy. Please remember that the more expensive two stroke the better, it helps the fuel economy. Its not a bad machine, good for a 16 year old, but the looks arent the greatest.
As a first time scooter buyer I hunted high and low for a scooter that I liked and with the mass of scooters available was a huge task in itself. Finally I settled on a Silver Peugeot Vivacity 100cc and waited two weeks for it to be delivered to my door from France. The Vivacity comes in a variety of colours; with the most popular being blue and red (if you want either of these colours the wait can be anything between one and two months). The main reasons for my choice of scooter were the rather large indicator and headlights, which I feel is essential if you plan to ride your scooter at night and most scooters tend to have small lights in comparison and surprisingly that the Vivacity has a good sized storage compartment and you can easily fit a full size helmet underneath the seat. If this isnt enough space you can also attach a top box. As I'm only 5'2" I found that I could easy touch the floor when seated and had a large foot plate as this can be quite a big problem on other scooters
The Peugeot Vivacity comes in two engine sizes 50cc and 100cc and is well worth paying the little extra (usually around £50) for the 100cc, not just for the higher spec but for the boa lock as standard. This type of lock is attached to the scooters metal frame underneath the body and is retractable for easy storage (most scooters can have this fitted for anything up to £500). The Vivacity offers a lot of security for its price, which helps with insurance costs. But remember a variety of things can affect insurance costs such as age and you need to check this out before buying any scooter. Some scooter dealers also offer free insurance but this tends to be third party and I would always opt for fully comprehensive.
I used my Vivacity for commuting to University in the day and work in the evening (about 30 miles a day) and found I was using around £5 of unleaded a week. The Vivacity is a two stroke and you need to remember to use two stroke oil. I found that my Vivacity used a small bottle of oil every 6-7 weeks which can cost between £2.99 and £8.99, depending on the quality and brand of oil.
For first time buyers this is a nice scooter that now comes in sport models and if you are lucky you may be able to strike a deal with the dealer to include a helmet and gloves. A lot of dealers offer this and although the gear isnt top of the range it does cut down the cost until you can afford better. I opted for this and for £1,699 I got my Vivacity, a helmet worth £69 and a pair of gloves worth £20, but you do need to shop around.
First time buyers need to remember:
1. You need to have passed your basic training to purchase this scooter (CBT), but remember this expires after two years,
2. You need insurance,
3. You are restricted to scooters up to 125cc, so this is a good choice,
4. You need to display L plates front and back (dealer usually puts these on for you),
5. You need to get some decent gear- helmet, gloves, jacket, trousers, all should preferably be water proof for those watery days.
6. Remember to ride SAFE.
OK, not a car, but my first vehicle so I'm easily impressed, my sexy Peugeot Vivacity. I got it in January after waiting two weeks for it to arrive from sunny old France. Its quite a sexy looking thing (dare I say it), definitely makes me look good on the road as oppose to some other 50cc models which are so low down on the road a bus could easily crush you without noticing. With 12inch wheels fitted as standard (as opposed to 10 inch wheels fitted as standard on all other scooter makes) the machine sits higher in the road and has brilliant suspension for turning corners at 30mph and adding very good stability. Top speed of the Peugeot Vivacity 50cc model as the book states is 30mph, however I've been known to push it over 35mph and very near 40mph on open stretches of road. Considering I drive for at least 40mins each journey in Central London rush hour traffic, I usually achieve 35mph going on the wrong side of the road in heavy traffic jams, which is perfect for commuting, at times I've even beat police cars and ambulances to the fronts of jams. So although 40mph isn't very fast at all, it does the job for a hardcore commuter ped in the Capital. However downhill It has been known to do 55 mph, which is scary stuff as its never designed to do those sorts of speeds. However considering my claims above I do actually consider myself to be quite a safe driver. I follow the usual unwritten motorcycle convention on the roads, never had accident yet. Bit of a killer on insurance as I cant get fully comp insured, as the cost of the insurance would value more than the cost of a brand new scooter. So I'm stuck with Third Party Fire and Theft. A plan which is absolutely no good to me whatsoever, great if I decide to smash into somebody or fire it out of a cannon but it hasn't happened yet. I mean how can a 50cc engine overload and go in fire when restricted to 30mph?? Other things that go against me insurance wise are my a
rea, Central/South London SE1, my first vehicle, age (18), have only got a provisional license with CBT and living on the border of the congestion charging zone. I've also lied to insurance people and told them that I keep it garaged, in a desperate attempt to keep the premium down. The scooter came with £100 subsidized from whichever insurance plan I chose, or free third party insurance. I chose the subsidy. Although I live on the border of the congestion charging zone, all two wheeled vehicles are 100% exempt from congestion charging which is one of the good points of owning it. Parking is totally free where ever I go, Solo Motorcycle bays are free everywhere, although I don't particularly like using it as when I return from a hard days work ready to drive home I find that 7 times out of 10 somebody has picked it up and moved it out the bay so they can squeeze theirs in, isiots costing me the price of a ticket. Parking on yellow lines, on the pavement and in other non-parking designated areas definitely contravenes parking regulations and will incur a fine, however we motorcyclists have a known convention which gets up the parking attendants noses. Simply covering the number plate with something and ensuring that my tax disc (costing only £15 mite I add) is safely in my pocket as I walk away from the bike ensures that I dodge a few hundred pounds of parking fines each week. As the law states that Parking Attendants cannot touch anything on the bike including anything covering the number plate or tax disc. If only you cars could get away with it. Of course I dont take advantage too much, I always park in places which dont obstruct anything or anybody where possible, although its illegal it doesnt do anybody any harm. Its a 50cc model (Parents think I'll kill myself on anything higher) in Night Blue and comes complete with a built in, insurance approved boa lock which pulls out of the back of the scooter allowing it to be wrapped around
anything and locked to itself to secure it to something. And a built in immobiliser. Already been put to good use with several theft attempts. I've also added an alarm and disc lock at my own expense. A tank of petrol will last me half a week to a week, which considering I do serious mileage every day (Usually about 25 miles per day) is great economy. I top up with two stroke oil every two to three months (only costs about six quid). However I do have a suggestion to make to anybody with a vivacity. Peugeot recommends using Esso two stroke oil, which is what comes with the scooter and it's what they'll put into it every service, however its crap. I use Castrol Two Stroke Semi Synthetic Scoot-r oil. Its especially designed for scooters and since changing to it I've noticed a brilliant cold starting time, cleaner exhaust, by reducing carbon nuild up and keeps the spark plug cleaner for longer. Also the bottle says it doubles exhaust life. Cant go wrong really. I drive on a provisional license, costs about £30 and must have motorcycle entitlement on it, (simply means just ticking an extra box on the form), I did a CBT (Compulsory Bike Training) which cost £100 and took a day to do, it involved taking the scooter to the training centre for a day or so, learning about basic maintenance and operations of the bike, riding around on the pad for a few hours, weaving in and out of cones, practicing emergency stops, travelling at low speeds, unplanned dismounting (crashing), and finally going out on the road with the instructor, we were both linked via radio comm, after he's satisfied that I was good enough to ride on my own, he issued the certificate of CBT which made me legal to drive and validated my insurance. Theft Attempts: Around three weeks... ...after getting my brand spanking new machine, I left my house one morning to discover that somebody had tried to take a hacksaw to the boa lock, and failing miserabl
y as it cannot be cut through. Around the end of February... ...I drove the scooter the 12 or so miles to work in Battersea, when I arrived and got off the scooter to garage it for the day, I discovered that the back faring panels where they meet at the entrance to the boalock had been loosened and all of the screws accessible on the bodywork were missing. Quite a chilling surprise to gather that somebody had removed all the supports to the body work and left it as a death trap for me to use after failing to steal it once again. Total cost for repairs £16 for new screws and refixing bodywork. Lesson for the future, daily checks to make sure everything is as it should be before even getting on the thing Sunday 24th March... ....I was awoken by some loud noises at around 3AM. I jumped out of bed to look out of the window to find the somebody had tried to steal the scooter, and because of the disc lock, boa lock and immobiliser they were unable to get it. So they threw it over on its side causing serious damage to the right hand side resulting in the necessity of a new faring panel and mirror, total replacement cost for five minutes violence £100. What do the police do to protect us innocent victims of the law?? Nothing. So I've invested £150 notes in an alarm and a new hammer which stays under the bed for repeated attempts at costing me a lot of money, I'll get them. However dispite theft attempts and other things, I'd definately reccommend the Vivacity to everybody, the independence it gives me to just get on it and scoot to whereever cannot be bought on public transport, the time it saves is unbelieveable, after the total cost of the scooter is settled the only payments are petrol (£4 per tank), oil (£6 every few months), Tax (£15) and Insurance once a year (£456 for me but EVERYBODY gets it cheaper than me). All in all much cheaper than £35 on a travelcard each week. But be careful on the roa
ds and dont under estimate other people on the roads, always be one step ahead and do it all legally, insurance servicing and CBT. Be safe There are some pictures of my scooter on http://www.stephenirwin.co.uk/id88.htm
** Update 3 nov 2002** 1st birthday ... Well, it's survived it's first year, and so did I. I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that my insurance policy hasn't gone up by a ridiculous amount. For those interested, my first year was £300, zero excess. The 2nd year, £360, with £50 excess (considering an £850 theft, that's okay). The insurance company is CIS (http://www.cis.co.uk/) and they're fairly nice to deal with if not a bit strange (they insist on an agent visiting you personally and taking cash or cheque payment for the first year!) ** Original ** Bought a 100cc vivacity out of desparation. My commute was taking between 1 and 1.5 hours each way and it was killing me. My (impulsive) eye fell on the vivacity because it doesn't look too "sportsy" which would only make it more popular with the plentyful thieves in my area (streatham), has a built in chain lock (sometimes a pain to get the key in/jammy) and an electronic immobiliser. At high speeds (45mph+) its a bit unstable and at 60 you know you're going way too fast. This is my first scooter, so I can't contrast it to other scooters. I've done about 9000KM (milage indicator is in KM, not miles) on it over the last 10 months, it's fairly reliable, but one of the gears snapped once, instantly rendering it dead. Cost only £22 to repair (gear), my dealer didn't charge for the repair since I had it serviced at the same time. A service sets me back £75, which is needed every 2500km, although you could get away with it every 5000km according to peugeot, if the vivacity has an easy life. Mine does not have an easy life. It's a hard-core commuter ped. I do about 25 miles a day on (2 runs of 40 minutes) through half of london (streatham-ealing via the south circular), including 40mph dual carriage ways, potholed roads, smothered in a sauce of typical nasty london traffic.
I've crashed it twice (one oilspill at 10mph, and going down during emergency braking at 30mph), it's been stolen and smacked up to the tune of £850 of body work repairs. It only got stolen because my key fell out of my pocket after examining my punctured tyre and leaving the bike there for the weekend. Having gone down 2 times, I can't stress the importance of getting proper safety kit enough! Get booties, trousers with knee+shin pading and a well armored jacket. When you go down with your vivacity, you're very likely to suffer injuries to your knee, shin and ankle on the side that you fall... I wasn 't wearing lower torso protection at the both times I crashed and that's where the pain was (for 3 months!)... Good kit shouldn't set you back more than £350/400 for helmet, booties, trousers (steer clear of pablo spada kit, rubbish, get Dainese Dry line instead) and jacket. It's cut my commute down to 40 minutes, so I'm very happy.... The total cost to run, ie fuel and maintenance, is £55/month for doing 500 miles/month, that's 11p/mile. Add insurance and loan repayment, it works out to 31p/mile over 2 years. Once the scooter has been repaid, it will be a wicked deal, working out somewhat cheaper than travelcards, but leaving me with far more free time and no more "signal failures on the district line".
Not as popular or with the sporting looks of a speedfight but with the same ultra reliable engine and running gear this budget model is still stylish enough to appeal to all but the most discerning sixteen to sixty year old. We have had ours for 14 months, when we bought it, it came with free third party fire and theft insurance that covered four people,that meant that it actualy worked out cheaper than buying a late second hand model. They come with a choice of two engine sizes, a 50 and a 100cc but if you are 16 then the choice is made for you, like most modern scooters its an automatic which means no gears and the brakes are on both handle bars which means that everyone in the family can easily ride it..... *CBT test required for 16 year olds but car drivers with a full car licence can ride 50cc without a test or L plates Ours has been used constantly, it's my daughters main and only form of transport and I can say that we have been really pleased with it. The dealer derestricted it on her 17th birthday without affecting the warranty,and it was transformed into a really nice little runaround, it does more than 95 to the gallon and an indicated 50 mph (down hill with the wind behind it), can't be bad. With more than 8000Kms currently on the clock it has required only regular servicing,there have been a few problems,the electric starter switch has failed twice but it has a kick start so it's no problem, it also chose a very wet and dark winter night to get a puncture which was horrendous but that would have been the same on any two wheeler. Some manufacturers fit ten inch wheels on their scooters, Peugeot fit twelve inch wheels which raises the seat height and makes it slightly more difficult if you are a really small rider but it compensates by adding to the stability of the machine and increasing its ease of handling. Security is provided by the built in immobiliser and the very use
ful Boa lock that sits inside the tubular frame of the bike and pulls out from the rear just below the seat, if there is a post near by then good but trying to fit it round the back wheel is "difficult" (I dont think they have any number plates abroad because thats what stops it fitting) Unplanned dismounting (crashing) at low speed has not resulted in any major damage, in fact it really is put together very well, but the paint is not impregnated into the panels so if it does scratch it leaves a noticable white mark which is a shame but for this money you can't really complain, once derestricted it's a very useful addition to the fleet!