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xBhp was born more than 16 years ago and since then we've had a chance to ride or drive hundreds of machines running on two wheels or four wheels, and sometimes even three wheels. We are not done yet, and this list is still growing. In these pages, we take a deep dive in the treasure trove of our ride experiences and bring you all that we have ridden or driven.

Vespa

150CC 11.6BHP 11.6NM
1st_photo_blog The original idea of designing a scooter was to provide affordable two-wheel transportation to masses which should be easy to operate and maintain. Although scooters were in production from the early 20th century, it was only after the World War II that they started to become mainstream and their design associable. Vespa and Lambretta were the first ones to start producing scooters in mass numbers. However, it was Vespa that attained global popularity first as a prominent scooter maker. CEATPirelli_2 Vespa is an Italian scooter company since 1946 and owned by Piaggio. After the WW2, the need of a practical and affordable means of transport became paramount and hence, Piaggio ideated to mass produce scooters. Distinctly Different The design of a scooter is distinctly different from a motorcycle starting from the front body panel acting as a shield for the rider’s legs extending into a flat floorboard and then into a shell which houses the engine and all or most electricals. Piaggio readied their first scooter in 1944 which was officially called the MP5, however, the design was discarded and the scooter was redesigned. The second design was accepted and the owner of Piaggio, Enrico Piaggio, said that the scooter looked like a Wasp. Who would have guessed that this casual statement from Piaggio would give birth to the most famous Scooter company in the world? Apparently, the Italian word for “Wasp” is “Vespa” and this is how the Vespa brand came to be. WRANGLER_Template From Ordinary to Vintage The first Vespa was publicly launched in 1946 and from then on, Vespa went on to become the standard in affordable scooters. The design of its scooters has always been quite recognizable giving them their own identity compared to others in the market. This would also imply that the latest generation of Vespa scooters manages to look classy and vintage. This is quite wonderfully highlighted in one of their newest scooters, Vespa SXL 150. Even a single feature like the headlight design is enough to instil a feeling of nostalgia and this is exactly how the SXL 150 comes across.
Vespa SXL 150 With the rectangular headlight placed horizontally, the SXL 150 instantly appears like it is straight out of your grandfather’s garage. But look a bit closely, and you’ll notice that it belongs in the 21st century with its impressive fit and finish of parts and the overall build quality. It is powered by a 3-valve 150cc engine which churns out 11.6PS of maximum power at 7,000 RPM and 11.5NM of torque at 5,500 RPM. Another highlight is the aircraft derived front suspension which uses a single-sided shocker with anti-dive functionality. So, when the rider uses the front brake hard, the front will not nose dive. The tyres are also wide enough for a scooter with a 110mm front and 120mm rear. The fact that it is a modern scooter is further highlighted with the standard disc brake on the front wheel. There’s also a link-spring mechanism between the engine and the frame to eliminate the shocks coming from the road surface. This, in turn, enhances the handling and the overall stability of the scooter. Vespa_150_1 Vespa_150_4 Vespa_150_5 Vespa_150_6 Vespa_150_7 Vespa_150_8 Vespa_150_9 Vespa_150_10 Vespa_150_12 Vespa_150_13 Vespa_150_14 Vespa_150_15 Vespa_150_16 Vespa_150_18 Vespa_150_19 Vespa_150_21 Vespa_150_22 Vespa_150_23 Making Its Own Space in the Scooter Market Today, there are lots of scooters in the Indian market which has been made possible by the Honda Activa. It quite literally dominates the scooter segment. However, TVS is giving a decent competition to Honda with their Jupiter brand. In this crowd of similar looking scooters, Vespa has its own identity and offers an up-market ownership experience.
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