Vespa is a veteran manufacturer when it comes to scooters. It started manufacturing these vehicles shortly after the World War II. The Italian company ensures that it remains true to its roots. It has maintained its signature silhouette on all scooters for 60 years. Among the best Vespa models is the 2008 Vespa S. Although it was a new release for the year, scooter enthusiasts have noticed only a few changes from the Vespa LX, most of which were made to the exterior. At first glance, one might say that it is totally different. However, under the hood, almost everything is the same as the LX 150.
According to some owners, the riding experience is not much different than the LX. Their engines, fuel capacity, weight, and wheel sizes are identical. Nevertheless, there are also a lot of features that differentiate the 2008 Vespa S from the rest. Among these is its design that proves less is more. It has a sportier single passenger racing seat that makes it unique in the Vespa family.
The Vespa S is cheaper than the Vespa LX. This could be because Vespa S has more plastic parts while LX features more metal. The S has plastic in the front fender, headset, and some parts of the floorboard. Like other Vespa models, the S still has a thin leg shield and a bulkier globe box. Owners can take advantage of the sufficient storage space under the seat that can hold one full helmet. Those who need more storage area may also add a luggage rack and top case accessories. Riders can get these items from Vespa with color options that match the scooter’s paint scheme.
The Vespa S also features dazzling chrome. Unfortunately, this can be a distraction at a busy intersection and under the sun. Also, some owners pointed out that the seat’s separate lock can be a little inconvenient. The Vespa S is unlike other models in the family where riders can unlock the seats from the ignition. With this model, they have to remove the key from the ignition in order to unlock the seat.
Vespa S is proven to have low emissions with a respectable fuel economy of 60 to 70 MPH. It runs on an 11.7-HP engine with 8.5 lb-ft of torque. Although it is air-cooled, it gives owners the benefits of not having to worry about coolant leaks, radiators, and pumps. After all, air cooling is standard for scooters.
Furthermore, Vespa S is among the lightest 150cc scooters of its kind. It is actually lighter than the 125cc Yamaha Vino. Its 30.5-inch seat height is enough for the driver to see the road and be visible to others.
The 2008 Vespa S is a good choice for those who want to take a break from big bikes. The riding experience with the S is refreshing, in addition to its fuel economy and commitment to the environment. Vespa never fails to create scooters that are clean-running and make use of fuel in the most efficient way to ensure miles of riding and a great experience. Its top speed of 59 miles per hour is quite decent for a scooter.
Vespa offers 2008 Vespa S owners the chance to show their creative side with six optional graphic kits. Also, they can buy other accessories that are specially designed to match the Vespa S. Available colors include Optic White, Shiny Black, and Dragon Red. Standard features built into the 2008 Vespa S are a rear and front fender, side cover, exterior cover, and fork guards. Vespa S is a classy but stylish scooter that is absolutely a head turner. It runs with ease and has a durable look and feel. It is great for riding all over town but may not be a good choice for the highway.