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I have been riding the PX range of Vespa since 1986. My first PX being a 1985 PX125 EFL which i foolishly sold to buy a Lambretta. I soon realised that i needed a reliable workhorse so i bought an older P125X a 1982 model which i used to commute the 10 miles to work and back every day during 1987. I attended Four Scooter Rallies during this year. Great Yarmouth, Margate, Lowestoft and Scarborough. This scooter was very reliable and cemented a deep down trust of this make as a reliable, sturdy, faithful machine. In September 1987 i took my full motorcycle test on my battered P125X and to my delight i passed. So what did i go out and buy a 1000 cc motorbike. No a 1986 Vespa PX200 with 1000 miles on the clock, this scooter was my workhorse for the next three years and i attended countless national scooter rallies as well as commuting daily to work.
The only problems i experienced were Punctures which are easy to repair as i kept a spare tyre under the left hand blister. Spark plug replacement due to the vehicle being a two stroke. A snapped clutch cable which i repaired myself and a brake lever when the scooter was blown over in the wind in 1987. Since 1986 i have owned approximately Eight or Nine of these machines and always like to have a PX200 in the garage.
My latest machine is a 1993 PX200E in original condition which i rescued from a garage where its previous owner had fallen off of it and lost all his confidence. A new petrol tap and spark plug and she purrs as good as new even with 16000 miles on the clock. I have ridden her to Cleethorpes and Mersea Island scooter rallies and she didnt miss a beat.
Again like the PX125 fuel consumption is very good as long as they are kept standard and i would recommend that you buy one with the front disc brake rather than the older drum which is not really good enough for modern traffic. I would also recommend that if you bought an older model to upgrade the front light and lens to the halogen Summary: This scooter has given me the opportunity too make so many friends and visit lots of places. These scooters are no longer made due to Strict Euro emmisions and as such are appreciating in value and attracting larger price tags. Definately an investment.
I took delivery of my new scooter on September 7th.I find her much more attractive and stylish than the last model.The lights have changed shape and colour and the new headlight is much improved,in that, when I first rode behind my daughter at night she thought she had a bigger bike behind her.Unfortunately the finish on the new bikes is disappointing and the underside of the headset is rather roughly finished.The petrol consumption is good as well,me being a big girl I was surprised at the distance I was getting on a tank of fuel.All in all a good improvement on an already great bike.
This is the ultimate scooter-boys dream machine, the classic style, a little more poke than the px125 so you do need a full licence to drive this machine, the only draw back is the lack of a disk brake on this model but you can go for the px200 disk it just means that with this model be a bit more carefull brakeing in wet weather. Unlike other scooters this is a full metal jacket no plastic here which with its style adds to the charm of this scooter but not as fast as these modern plastic fantastic`s with a top speed of just over 60 mph this is scooter for serious scooter junkies and not fly boys who need speed. This scooter has its own crowd and social life to boot which many biker-boys are so jealous because its so much more social being on a scoot and with so many more woman now joing the ranks of scooterdom who wants to be sweaty in leathers when with all the new jackets and scooter clothes now looking much cooler. If you like chrome this bike has many an accessorie to add to your scoot that just makes it better looking than any old Harley. OH and if you have a puncture a spare wheel can be carried under the panel next to the seat wow you can`t do that on a Harley. The price is right as well at only £1999.00 and with a little haggle you can get it bit cheaper from your dealer. Oh yes before I forget this is also a geared scooter so a little getting use to how to turn the gears is needed, unlike all the twist and go bikes this does need practise and in a way makes scootering more fun.