I normally drive a car to most places if it is more than a few kilometers from my house (saw a deadly scooter accident several years ago). Right now within a few kilometers of my house there is not that many places so I almost always drive a car.
Now that I will move to place n the city, and I wanted to sell my Yamaha scooter which I hardly ever drive much, for IMO a more stylish Vespa. I wanted to get a an antiqueone, but I want to ask if anyone has ever driven or ridden on one? Are they a rough ride? How are the brakes?
My wife also wants to drive it herself ever so often so I need to know if these Antiques are heavy or difficult to handle for a petite Taiwan lady? Also, do all of the antique Vespas have gears that require manual shifting?
I will only drive it around for short little jaunts in my neighborhood that are just beyond short walking distance. Probably won’t drive it but 3-4 times a week at most. I mention this to let you know that reliability isn’t that important if old Vespas need TLC, I can provide that as well as regular maintenance.
If it is a rough ride, requires manual gear shifting or is especially tall or heavy, then I will go for a modern Vespa. I was thinking of the GT200 that I saw someone had imported and was selling on Yahoo Bid! I think that might be overkill for short jaunts around my neighborhood (plus it is super expensive), but then I was afraid the ET8’s for sale in Taiwan were totally 100% made and designed in Taiwan and I would prefer an import. Anyone know if Vespas are even made in Italy now? Which models? The LX? The ET4? PX or GT? Any of these imported besides the Granturismo GT200?
Any Vespa advice would be appreciated. I know they might cost more, or not be as good as some of the new Yamaha or PGO models, but I am kind of becoming a fan. Only ever test driven an ET8. Not too impressed, but well, it has that Vespa mark…OK OK OK…someone else must also feel this way about Vespas no?