2000 Vespa ET2 50

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Feel like an Italian!

Oct 9, 2000 (Updated Oct 9, 2000)
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Pros:Robust, safe, quality, looks

Cons:Somewhat expensive, a bit slow

I bought my black Vespa et2 two months ago. I am living in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), so I am riding the European version of this scooter, however, the soon to be released American version of the Vespa et2 is almost the same (some minor details differ). Until six weeks ago, I went to work by public transportation which took me about 50 minutes per trip. With my Vespa it takes me about 25 minutes to ride the 10 km to work (including a short ride on a ferry). Riding the Vespa et2 is a great experience. I rode on several scooters before buying this one (including Peugeot and Yamaha), however riding the Vespa is a different experience because of two important reasons. First, the Vespa is made of steel which gives it a very sturdy feel. I have felt somewhat unsafe at times on other scooters, however, the steel, the weight, and the robustness of the Vespa gives you a very safe riding experience (even in the rain). Second, with its retro look, the Vespa looks great. It is a true pleasure to ride around and see people watching and even pointing at your scooter (I am pretty sure they were not pointing at me). The Vespa is a very comfortable scooter. After riding it for an hour I experienced no pain in my back (which I do after sitting in a cheap chair for an hour). Moreover, the operation of the Vespa is very easy. Even with no scooter or motor experience, riding it will be a breeze. Importantly, the quality of the Vespa is very high. In Europe you see a lot of older Vespa's, still riding around (all steel of course) but you see no older plastic scooters (all gone). Okay, now for some disadvantages. First, the Vespa is not cheap. Compared to other scooters it is not the most expensive one, however, there are comparable plastic scooters that are cheaper. Second, when your Vespa gets hurt, fixing it will mean bumping out and flatten the steel. This is more expensive than buying new plastic covers. On the other hand, whereas plastic covers break very easily, the steel on the Vespa will be damaged but not broken. Third, the Vespa is not the fastest scooter around. When I leave the ferry together with other scooters, I am always one of the slow starters. The luxury, the safe robustness, the steel, it all slows the Vespa down. In summary, If you are looking for a great, robust, high quality, comfortable, good looking, low maintenance and safe ride, buy the Vespa. You will not regret it. If, however, you are looking for as much speed for your money as possible, do not buy the Vespa. You will be dissappointed. Good luck with buying a scooter.


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