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Old 14th August 2016, 22:12   #16
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And has a little bit of exclusivity.
A very well written review Mr Blackwasp.
Infact we do know well you enjoy exclusively even in your four wheelers. Any plans of an upgrade to Aprilia?
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Thank you for the quick response @blackwasp.

I apologize for the late response on my part as I am kind of caught up with unforseen health issues in the family.

Please do continue posting what you can and whenever you can as your posts are keenly followed by me.

In between running between hospitals am reading up on the 150 CC category of Vespa scooters and trying to understand pros and cons between CVT engines etc.

Saw the Aprilla scooter...did not like it on account of it being too 'skimpy' to carry off a brand image of Aprilla (at least the brand image I have if Aprilla anyways Some make like it and some may not.

Vespa 150s do look more rounded off than the Aprilla scooter.

But all in all a good attempt for scooter market to start showcasing 'sporty' scooters. I hope the companies that launch it do remember that most of us Indians grew up with 'scooter' standing in for reliability and servicability before anything else. IMO this baseline has not changed for the customers who opt for 'premium' scooters.

Am currently in Pune and on the sidelines trying to link up with Vespa owners to shortlist decent dealers etc.

Just got stumped with the health issues in the family. Hope all goes well!

Wish you and other owners of Vespa many safe miles ahead!

Taking this opportunity to thank the moderators of the forum for keeping it what it is. Its surprising how your efforts give a bit of 'exhaling' time to members who may be experiencing difficult situations in their lives or on the homefront in my case. Please don't read 'exhaling' in an incorrect or superficial way of acknowledging your efforts. I mean it in the most respectful of terms.
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Just got stumped with the health issues in the family. Hope all goes well!



Wish you and other owners of Vespa many safe miles ahead!



Taking this opportunity to thank the moderators of the forum for keeping it what it is. Its surprising how your efforts give a bit of 'exhaling' time to members who may be experiencing difficult situations in their lives or on the homefront in my case.

Mate, first of all praying for good health in your family. Thank you for your kind words.

Regarding scooters and CVT and geared bikes, if your use is in traffic, then CVT will be a joy to use. Do go through the latest thread by @Hemanth.anand. He has travelled quite a bit on different Vespas and he has shared his experience wonderfully.

Vespas can keep up with traffic and the 150cc ones will be even better. The SR 150 though a sporty scooter, lacks the looks of vespa. And being a retro scooter in a modern avatar, Vespas are recognised easily.

So far my maintenance is also well inside my expectations. Eagerly waiting to take her out. You can expect some updates around 1st sept.
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18k kms done. Its a long time to update, but life has been busy. Took an off from work so got some time.

Not much usage since I started working in Feb last year. Time flies by, but nothing much has changed in the Vespa. She still turns heads ( especially when ridden by a lean guy wearing black jacket and black helmet with a smoked visor). Stopped doing the every 3 month servicing recommend by the manufacturer. Sticking to 3k kms and 4months service. Service costs have increased to around 700-750 for an oil change service. Moderate increase. Also gone are the days of getting servicing done in a day. Have to take prior appointment now. The Aprilla has improved the sales of Piaggio scooters. Every time I goto service, a minimum of 20 scooters are parked outside.

My work and my classes in the weekends have forced me to use our cars (Abarth + an uncle's 09 Spark) instead of the Vespa. Now the Vespa has been reduced to just a couple of trips a month and dad's trips to the local Park. However, I do try to go take her out occasionally and my favourite place is Datta Snacks at Palaspa Phata just ahead on Panvel. I go there for breakfast - mostly solo but sometimes with friends- and then goto office. Was thinking of upgrading to the SR 150 which was recently launched, but the Vespa simply has been too good. There is no reason to upgrade to any other scooter. She will be 4 years old in May 2017.

Niggles so far -
1.The LHS side mirror has a tendency to bend downwards while in motion. its not very loose, but gets annoying after sometime. I frequently have to adjust it when I'm riding.
2.The clock intermittently stops working and when I decide to take it to the Service centre, it's back to normal.


Parts replaced since last update-
1.Accelerator cable
2.Brake Cable
3.Rear Tyre - there was a big nail stuck and I drove for a bit leading to a tear. I thought it's wise to replace it.

FE has more or less remained consistent around 45-50kmpl.

Adding some random pictures.


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Random photo - she's a looker

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One of the rare snaps of me riding

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Garage mates

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All set to go

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Good company

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One of the trips to Datta Snacks

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Can cruise all day long at 60-80kmph


The only regret I have regarding her is that I haven't yet taken her on a long trip. Many have been advising me against that, but some forum members have done good trips on their Vespas. Its certainly doable, but finding good company is important. Most people just zoom off ahead and then theres no fun of going together. Its better to go alone. So far, I've got a bunch of friends who share similar views on the speeds to be done during trips, so going to plan a trip with them soon.

Until the next update...
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