After looking mainly at Chinese and Taiwanese scooters and some of the Japanese ones (which are generally made in China) the opportunity came up to buy a second hand 2005 Vespa ET2 with only 1,100km on it.
Just jumping on it and feeling the solid construction and the fact that it wasn't a midget bike meant I was sold almost straight away.
With this engine size it will never have lightning performance, but for what it is, it is very good. It gets off the mark surprisingly well despite the weight penalty of a steel body. Braking and handling are very good, with the front disk brake ensuring that you have no trouble pulling up from the speeds this little scooter will do.
It took me about 2 weeks to work out the turn signals as to cancel them I was frequently turning them on in the opposite direction. To cancel push the switch down, not across and they cancel no problems.
The handling is excellent and the scooter copes very well with any bumps and holes in the road. A great range of accessories is also available for it.
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Amount Paid (US$): 2000
Model Year: 2004