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The Italian Vespa - Fun Facts about the Romantic Vespa Motorscooter

Updated on September 26, 2013

Tribute to the Vespa

The Romantic Italian Scooter

Perhaps, you are not as ignorant as I, but still you've heard of something called a Vespa and always wanted to know what one is. I mean perhaps you have heard the term "Vespa" somewhere before, scratched you head and asked yourself, "What in the world is a Vespa?" Well, in sum a Vespa is a small Italian scooter and happens to be one of the most romantic vehicles on the planet. This hub covers all you've ever wanted to know about a Vespa, but were afraid to ask.

A Romantic Getaway

Vespa by Piaggio

The Vespa was first intro by the Italian manufacturer Piaggio in 1946.

Since 1884 the Piaggio name has stood for innovation, quality and superior performance. The Company's rich history, which includes ship outfitting, railway construction and aviation, gave way to developing practical and accessible means of transportation for post-war Italy such as first Vespa® motor scooter.

Since making the transition Piaggio became Europe's largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles, and has become known throughout the world for their superior technology, craftsmanship and design. Piaggio's well-fashioned, stylish and fuel-efficient line of motor scooters are the epitome of practical indulgence.


The Vespa was the first globally successful scooter. From the time of their creation, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a structural unit.

New Vespa models are featured below, but used vintage Vespa models can cost between $1500 to $5000.


Vespa in Australia

New Piaggio Scooter Models

Currently Piaggio offers at least seven scooter models including

  • FLY 50
  • FLY 150
  • BV Tourer 250
  • BV Tourer 500
  • MP3 250
  • MP3 400
  • MP3 500


Piaggio FLY 50

  • Price $2099
  • Maximum Speed 39 MPH (63 KPH)
  • Gas Mileage: 110-115 MPG
  • Gas Tank: 1.9 Gallons

Piaggio FLY150

  • Price $2899 
  • Maximum Speed 61 MPH (100 KPH)  
  • Gas Mileage 70-75 MPG  
  • Gas Tank 1.9 Gallons

Piaggio BV250

  •  Price $4899
  • Maximum Speed 80 MPH 
  • Gas Mileage 65-70 MPG 
  • Gas Tank 2.6 Gallons

Piaggio MP3 250

  • Price $7199
  • Maximum Speed 77 MPH
  • Gas Mileage 60-65 MPG
  • Gas Tank 3.2 Gallons

Piaggio Vespa BV TOURER 500

  • Price $6399
  • Maximum Speed 99 MPH
  • Gas Mileage 55-60 MPG
  • Gas Tank 3.49 Gallons

Piaggio Vespa MP3 400

  • Price $8699
  • Maximum Speed 88 MPH
  • Gas Mileage 57-59 MPG
  • Gas Tank 3.2 Gallons

Piaggio MP3 500

  • Price $8899
  • Maximum Speed 89 MPH
  • Gas Mileage 55-57 MPG
  • Gas Tank 3.2 Gallons


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    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Corona, California

      Yes they do don't they? Thank you Tammie for your encouraging comment.

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      Tammie Hardrick 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      They look like so much fun!

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      7 years ago from Corona, California

      Thank you webrevolve for your sharing your experience. I went to the 4th of July parade in Santa Barbara, CA and a Vespa motor scooter club participated in the parade. They were having much fun.

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      7 years ago from Liverpool

      Some nice photos of the Vespa there. I had one too but after failing it's MOT several times I sold it - then found out that the new owner had blown the engine up by ragging it around. Very sad!

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      8 years ago

      Motor scooters were made traditionally for cute running. Although Vespa motor scooter has models like that, they concentrated more on motor scooters that can run faster.

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      10 years ago from Corona, California

      Ign Andy, thank you for sharing your story. That must have been quite a surprise to see the Vespa pull away from you. The one my friend had in Cambodia was old but it kept up with many of the newer Japanese scooter models.

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      Ign Andy 

      10 years ago from Green Home Office

      I remember 15 years ago, I rode a moped and raced with a Vespa. I never thought this machine is so fast and agile. Great hub!

    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Corona, California

      Sally, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. I am happy that I have stirred up so many fond memories for you and the others who have commented so far.

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      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Just your title alone made me chuckle with fond memories. When I was a teen, a boy's right of passage was not complete until he owned his own Vespa. Used Vespas were cheap to buy and cheap to run, but more important, they required that his girl wrap her arms around him. My first motorbike ride was on the back of my highschool sweetheart's Vespa. I can still hear the distinctive engine and gear shifting sounds if I close my eyes. Rated up and awesome!

    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Corona, California

      KKalmes, sounds like you guys had an nice little motorcycle vehicle business. I hope I didn't conjure up too mouch pain. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      10 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hello EC, when we first bought our motorcycle shop some 34 years ago (so long ago I was actually married at the time), we purchased inventory from DJ's Bike Barn and sold Vespa's, Ducati's, Penton's, KTM's, an occasional Moto Guzi, Bultaco's, Ossa's... eventually turned to rice burners and sold Honda's and Yamaha's.

      I wish I had kept a Vespa for myself...

      thanx for the memories... not of being married (ugh), but of the classics...

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      10 years ago from Corona, California

      Hana, the new styles do take a bit of the romance out of them, don't they. Thank you for your comments.

      Dave, the Lord blessed me greatly with a scooter while in Cambodia. It allowed me to go places and that most four wheel vehicles couldn't go until recently. Plus the gas mileage is incredible.

      Riding a scooter would be more dangerous in the U.S. because most Americans don't know how to co-exist on the roads with two- wheeled vehicles.

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Not really my cup of tea. I prefer to be supported by 4 wheels and totally surrounded by something solid to protect me from everything unsafe.


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      10 years ago

      so long that i have not seen a vespa!

      love especially those in the black and white photos. :)

      The new vespa looks so futuristic..and a lot like those special vehicles in a Japanese anime movie. prefer the older models definitely

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      10 years ago from Corona, California

      sord87 I was introduced to Vespa's in Cambodia. One of my co-workers had one to get around the capital city Phnom Penh. His was definitely an older model, but it was fun to ride with him. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.

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      10 years ago

      Looking at your pics,reminds me the old days somewhere in 70's to 90's people used vespa frequently even to market in my country.Vespa looked so multi purpose and great looking.Now new models takes place but still keeping the design just like Vespa.Nowadays people open up a Vespa club and all those Vespa model being decorated and became a legend for public view.


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