Vespa is one of the most famous scooter brands in the world. It is the first globally popular scooter brand in the world. It has been making a name for itself since 1946 when it was founded. It has a strong grasp in the scooter world. Many people even incorporate the word “Scooter” with the word “Vespa” due to its popularity. Vespas are popular due to their undying classic look and their simple design. And the cheapest Vespa available in Bangladesh, as of today, is the Vespa Notte 125.
Vespa is an Italian scooter brand. It is manufactured by the Italian motor giant Piaggio. The Vespa Notte 125 is one of the most affordable and most selling Vespas in Bangladesh. The Vespa Notte 125 is a commuting scooter in the 125cc range.
The Vespa Notte 125 has a long and wide single seat. The single-seat was made for comfort. The scooter has a large under-seat storage space. The storage is large enough to hold a full-face helmet and more. The special feature is not space, it is the construction of the space. The scooter has a removable storage unit. This allows the rider/service providers to access the engine very easily. This is a feature that makes the Vespa Notte 125 unique compared to other scooters. It also comes with a door for the spark-plugs, which will allow services to be smoother and simpler.
The Vespa Notte 125 also has a unibody structure. This means the Vespa Notte 125 comes with a monocoque chassis/frame. This allows the scooter to be strong to the core and also makes it less vulnerable to crashes/damages. This kind of chassis although drops the performance of the scooter, but it also increases the longevity of the scooter.
The headlight of the Vespa Notte 125, is a tribute to the perpetual design of Vespa scooters. It is a circular headlight with a halogen light at the core. Since the Vespa Notte 125 was made for the city, it is more than enough.
The word “Notte” in Vespa Notte 125 means “Night”. As its name suggests, the Vespa Notte 125 comes in only one color, that is the matte black color. The motto of the Vespa Notte 125 is “Paint the town Black”. This is due to its elegant black color which is meant to turn heads.
The Vespa Notte 125 is a small and elegant machine. It has a saddle height of 770mm. Which allows riders of 5’3” to comfortably ride the scooter. The leg rest at the front also has adequate space for taller riders not to feel uncomfortable. The scooter has a fuel tank of 7liters, which should be enough for the regular city commute.
The length, width, height, and weight of the Vespa Notte 125 are 1770mm, 690mm, 1140mm, and 114kg. The scooter may seem quite heavy, but the weight is quite less considering the full metal chassis. The scooter also has a small wheelbase of 1290mm, which brings the question of balancing the scooter at high speeds. It also has a ground clearance of merely 150mm, which makes it susceptible to most speed bumps in Bangladesh.
Engine and Transmission:
The Vespa Notte 125 comes with an aluminum cylinder head, overhead cam, and roller rocker arm fitted engine. The engine is also air-cooled and carbureted. The engine pumps out 9.52BHP of power at 7250rpm, and 9.9Nm of torque at 6250rpm. The power is quite less compared to most 125cc scooters. But that also increases the fuel efficiency of the scooter. The scooter can give around 48-52kmpl of mileage on average.
The Vespa Notte 125 comes with a fully automatic gearbox, which makes it very much easy to control. The Vespa Notte 125 also has an engine-mapping system, which makes it detect the situation and send power to the wheels accordingly.
Brakes, Suspensions, and Wheels:
The Vespa Notte 125 comes with a full drum setup. The front and rear both have drum brakes. The front drum is 150mm and the rear drum is 140mm. The drum brake setup may seem very backdated, but a scooter of this capacity in the city can easily go well with these brakes.
The Vespa Notte 125 has Aircraft derived single side arm Front Suspension with Anti-Dive characteristics. Now the street meaning of the that is “good shock-absorbing suspension at the front”. The rear has a suspension with Dual-Effect Hydraulic Shock Absorber. And that means that the rear also has a single suspension on one side.
The Vespa Notte 125 comes with alloy wheels. The front and rear both have 90/100 section tires. The wheels are both 10” at the front and rear. The small wheels may cause a bit of a problem with stability. The thickness of the tires also limits the leaning of the scooter. The tires may be of similar dimensions compared to other scooters, but it gets a semi off-road tread for better grip.
The Vespa Notte 125 was made for the young generation, who are looking to have a hint of the classic in their daily life. This bike will bring back a lot of memories for many people, but it will also allow them to make newer memories. It was made for the people who are looking to make a mark and to stand out in the crowd. This scooter is made for the change-makers.
Vespas being unique and having a monumental, do not deserve any competitors.
All in all, the Vespa Notte 125 is a well built and strong scooter with sentimental value. The Vespa Notte 125 will be very admired by scooter/Vespa enthusiasts as it embraces the classic looks, with minimalistic modern features. As the motto suggests the Vespa Notte 125 “Paint the town Black”.
Specification: Vespa Notte 125
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