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14Apr/050

Vespa Granturismo 125cc

Finally, after months and months of aspiring to become the proud owner of a new BMW 1200GS, I finally capitulated and compromised on my second choice, the Vespa Granturismo 125cc. The Vespa, manufactured by Italian company Piaggio, has been something of a style icon since the introduction of the first model in 1946. Since then, Piaggio has produced scooters which were always eye-pleasing while still maintaining a reputation for reliability and performance, not bad for a company that started out making airplane engines only to be bombed nearly out of existence during the Second World War. Having taken ownership of this, my first Vespa only a few hours ago and having already clocked up 60km, I can understand why one can scarcely pass a bike parking zone in the city without noticing more Vespa's than not crammed between the striped lines. It truly is an elegant piece of engineering, graceful in its delivery, exciting in its inception, it raises my pulse to look at and curls the corners of my mouth skyward, I think this could be love. The black model usually comes with a mock-leather brown seat, but my dealership, Scooterpower, was good enough to switch that out for a black seat. in my opinion, this is a vast improvement and lends a certain classic disposition to an already iconically retro masterpiece. With smooth power delivery and granite solid build quality, the Vespa Granturismo 125cc is practically an urban survival tool and is highly recommended for anybody looking to escape the cattle mentality of red buses and scorching summer-time tubes. Set yourself free!

http://www.vespa.com

UPDATE 24/11/2005: I sold my Vespa to ScooterDen yesterday, it was a sad parting.

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