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Old 3rd April 2015, 11:36   #3301
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Had the same dilemma with my choice which considered silver also, but finally settled for my favourite colour red !
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Well said! Subsequent to my previous post, I happened to see a Stallion Brown Jupiter in person and it wasn't that bad to be honest. I might go ahead with the same shade after all.
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Guys, I am in the market for scooters so after a lot of reading and searching, I have brought the choices down to:

1) Activa 125 and
2) Piaggio Vespa.

I am leaning towards Activa though for its reliability and pricing.

The niggling thought in my mind is that the scooter will be used by Dad and wife so will the Activa 125 DLX model be OK?

Wife does drive scooters and is habituated to Kristal. I am a bit apprehensive about the disc brake setup.

Can someone comment on the disc setup, the bite, response and feel during braking. I don't want them to tip over with the discs.
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I have a Vespa VX 125 now for almost an year & its performed beautifully. No danger at all with disc brakes in any condition - in fact it makes the scooter much safer.

Vespa is a slimmer & taller vehicle and is balanced beautifully. If your wife is tall, prefer the Vespa. I had an LML Vespa for 18 years before this, was pretty reliable too.

Vespa looks better, but Activa is likely easier & cheaper to maintain because of far more numbers sold.

Recommend that your dad & wife should test drive both & then decide.
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Guys, I am in the market for scooters so after a lot of reading and searching, I have brought the choices down to:

1) Activa 125 and
2) Piaggio Vespa.

I am leaning towards Activa though for its reliability and pricing.


Can someone comment on the disc setup, the bite, response and feel during braking. I don't want them to tip over with the discs.
Hi, I am using my Vespa (non-disk brake version) since the last two years. There have been no issues so far, except a non functional tail-light bulb (replaced under warranty).

I also used to own an Activa before , but simply getting it serviced was a big task. First you have to queue up as soon as the service centre opens up, then pray your chance comes, and finally your Activa is taken in. And even after asking to do some work, they will not do, forget it. Washing won't be done due to no water, electricity,etc. If washed, the vehicle will be wet, not dried etc. The Activa is a brilliant machine, no doubt, but its the servicing woes that keep me away from it. This is what I experienced, but could be different for others.

On the other hand, all my service-ing experiences have been very good for Vespa. No queues, no waiting. They will even wash and dry properly before giving your vehicle back.

I think that you evaluate the servicing aspect before your purchase.

Some Pros for vespa
1. Monocoque body
2. Time less design
3. Superb mileage. (I got 55kmpl using tankful to tankful method)

Also the disk brake version was introduced after I got mine, otherwise I would have take the disk brake equipped version too.
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Guys, I am in the market for scooters so after a lot of reading and searching, I have brought the choices down to:

1) Activa 125 and
2) Piaggio Vespa.

I am leaning towards Activa though for its reliability and pricing.

The niggling thought in my mind is that the scooter will be used by Dad and wife so will the Activa 125 DLX model be OK?

Wife does drive scooters and is habituated to Kristal. I am a bit apprehensive about the disc brake setup.

Can someone comment on the disc setup, the bite, response and feel during braking. I don't want them to tip over with the discs.

Hi I have been riding my Vespa S for the past 1 year and it has run more than 7k kms till now.
The discs are a must in my opinion as far as safety is concerned. I have done some long trips including Pune-goa-pune and the vespa engine is great at highway speeds. The vespa brakes have the adequate bite. You just need to operate both the brakes on tandem
Also vespa suspension has a lot better ride quality when compared to activa. My friends who have activa find my Vespa's suspension very soothing as compared to their activa's bone jarring suspension.

Vespa does have a bigger ground clearance so the height issue can be there. Better ask your wife to take a TD.

Last but not the least you will have an exclusivity factor. Activa is too common nowadays.

The service is also amazing and I haven't faced any issues till now and the service costs have been negligible till now ( have got done 4 services done).

The mileage part depends upon how you drive. If speed isn't made to cross 60 then you can easily expect 50+ otherwise 40-50. This is applicable to activa 125 as well.
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Guys, I am in the market for scooters so after a lot of reading and searching, I have brought the choices down to:

1) Activa 125 and
2) Piaggio Vespa.

I am leaning towards Activa though for its reliability and pricing.

The niggling thought in my mind is that the scooter will be used by Dad and wife so will the Activa 125 DLX model be OK?

Wife does drive scooters and is habituated to Kristal. I am a bit apprehensive about the disc brake setup.

Can someone comment on the disc setup, the bite, response and feel during braking. I don't want them to tip over with the discs.
a4anurag, buy the activa 125 only if budget is a concern.
But since you have the vespa in your shortlist, I assume that its not a concern.

My 5 feet wife drives the vespa without any issues. Thanks to the good seat design of the italian scooter, she is comfortable even though vespa has the highest seat height theoritically

The brakes are good but don't worry the vehicle doesn't tip over even on hard braking

Now other advantages for Vespa:

1. You can leisurely getup at 9am on a weekend and give the vehicle for service by 10 and still expect the vehicle back by 4pm the same day.
Compare this to running to a honda showroom at 6am or early and finding 20people already before you
Not to mention the better service that you get at Vespa

2. Vespa gives you around 3bhp more in power

3. It takes in more fuel in its tank

4. Stylish. All movies off late has this vehicle for its female lead. Dont you want to give it to the female lead of your life

5. Waiting period will most probably be zero.

One negative I've found so far:
The headlight of the Vespa is pathetic. I'm looking for a change.

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All the points mentioned above are personal experiences from having an activa 110 and a Vespa S in the family
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I think the days of these early morning queues at a Honda ASC is a story of the past. At least I never had to undergo this task for the first three services of my Dio last year. I am a lazy guy and my day starts at 10AM on a holiday. I would leave the vehicle for service at around 1030AM and collect it at around 530PM or so same day. This is with Silicon Hondas main branch. I had once taken an appointment too and left the vehicle at 12PM and got it back at around 630pm in the evening same day.

That said, I have no appreciation for their service quality. I realized that its the same for all two wheeler brands and once they grow their roots strong, this will eventually happen.

BTW my aunt got herself an Activa 125 and we had the same task of finalizing between the offerings. How far the buy is justified I am not sure and I myself cannot justify that its the best thing out there. But in short, whatever shortcoming the old activa had wrt its suspension is brilliantly sorted out. Moreover, the quality of the switchgear, instrumentation etc is better than the Jupiter, Vespa and at par with Suzuki and Yamaha. Having bad after sales is one thing, but my experience with two dios maintained in opposite conditions is that we can safely say goodbye to ASC without worrying about anything.

Looking at the way the Activa 125 performs, I badly want a Dio 125 now
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Hi guys,

I am looking for a pre-worshipped tvs scooty streak in Bangalore. My requirements are :

Mfg Year: 2013 or sooner
kms : <8000kms
& last but not least, no dealers please.

Please let me know if you know of any one willing to sell theirs.

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I have a Vespa VX 125 now for almost an year & its performed beautifully.

Recommend that your dad & wife should test drive both & then decide.
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Hi, I am using my Vespa (non-disk brake version) since the last two years.
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Hi I have been riding my Vespa S for the past 1 year and it has run more than 7k kms till now.
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a4anurag, buy the activa 125 only if budget is a concern. But since you have the vespa in your shortlist, I assume that its not a concern.
Thank you guys for the suggestion on helping me think as to which is a better one in the competition.

Did visit three Honda Showroom and Piaggio for the TD's with my wife though she did drive a bit longer to get the feel.

She did like the Vespa but overall is satisfied with the Activa 125 DLX.

Did get a price quote for both the vehicles:

Activa 125 DLX: 69K
Vespa: 83K.

The Yellow colour in the Vespa VX variant is addictive and makes me get it right away. So awaiting my wife's final decision on which one is to be bought.
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The headlight of the Vespa is pathetic. I'm looking for a change.
Yes. 100% agreed. Please try to fit some kind of projector light.

Here is the one I have in mine. Its an LED projector.

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It is not perfect, but it is better than the stock light. It also consumes way less(around 17W in high beam) than the 35W that the stock light is rated at.

Also, I have disconnected the blue ring that is connected to position lamp. I didn't like the looks with the blue ring.
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I own a 2012 Honda Dio and its kick start and its self start have been acting up lately,when the kick starter is used the engine doesn't turn over and it makes an unpleasant grinding noise and the kick pedal doesn't come back up.The pinion gear in the self start motor keeps wearing out,both the kick and self start have been repaired but the problem crops up again.
Can someone please shed some light on what is wrong with my Dio?
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Any idea if 150cc scooters from Hero, Honda, Yamaha would be launched this year. I am planning to sell away my bike and buy a scooter so that both me and wife can use it and there need not be multiple bikes around.
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Any idea if 150cc scooters from Hero, Honda, Yamaha would be launched this year. I am planning to sell away my bike and buy a scooter so that both me and wife can use it and there need not be multiple bikes around.
Me too waiting eagerly for 150 cc scooter launch by Hero, Honda or Suzuki but seems to be distant dream so far. Hero Zir at Auto Expo looked drool worthy and my next two-wheeler replacement but as per the reports so far all action in this category will not happen anytime before 2016.
Hence, going to book Pulsar RS200 by this month-end.
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My Suzuki Access scooter completed 4 years with a running of 19000 KM.

I am planning to change the tyres.
What are my options?
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Any idea if 150cc scooters from Hero, Honda, Yamaha would be launched this year. I am planning to sell away my bike and buy a scooter so that both me and wife can use it and there need not be multiple bikes around.
I too have postponed the purchase of Activa 125 by a month or two for the same reason. Waiting is around 1 week for the 125cc Disc model.

If the 150cc scooter is priced well then it should get decent sales.
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