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2014 Vespa 946 - Coolness Factor = 56.1%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:30 pm

2014 Vespa 946 on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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2014 Vespa 946 on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

"The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams". - E. Roosevelt

Back from the future

Unique as the year in which it was born, 2013. The essentiality of the design endows even the most impersonal function with style and individuality.The Vespa 946 is a pure expression of a style synonymous, in the minds of millions of travellers and devotees, with freedom of movement and expression. A far-sighted projection of sustainable mobility, whose form and substance crystallise the fundamental aesthetic and dynamic values of the history of the two-wheeler.


Made for distinction

The Vespa 946 is made to man’s measure. And to the measure of the universe. Low consumption and reduced emissions. Fully digital instrumentation.A throbbing technological heart, perfect for long distances and city travel.Superior construction quality to make it a winner on every road, the means to reach every destination.



ECO-SUSTAINABLE BY VOCATION

The way to guard against imitations is to look beyond the immediate future. The Vespa 946 has ABS braking and ASR traction control. The 4-stroke 125 cc monocylinder engine is a response to requirements that may still be nascent. And it guarantees the best performance in its category. Electronic injection, three-valve distribution, reduced friction and improved fluid dynamics sharply reduce consumptionand emissions, establishing a new benchmark over and beyond current regulations.


CONCEIVED THROUGH PASSION

Real luxury is realising a more ambitious and fascinating dream every day. Today the Vespa 946 re-affirms its legend. It enhances the classical values of tradition: the shape of the handlebar, the proportions of the fairing, the plunging curves of the saddle all come from the earliest drawings. Every detail reflects a choice and a reference to Italian-style production. A craftsman’s approach in a futuristic dimension.


2014 Vespa 946 - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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Engine Single cylinder 4 stroke, with catalytic converter and eletronic
fuel injection, Single overhead camshaft - 3 valve (2
intake, 1 exhaust)
Cylinder capacity 155 cc
Max speed 57 mph (93 km/h)
Tank capacity 2.2 gallons (8.5 liters)
MPG up to 117 mpg (up to 50 km / l)
Ignition Electric
Transmission Automatic “twist and go” CVT
Front suspension Single link arm with coil spring and dual-action hydraulic shock (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com)
absorber
Rear suspension Coil spring with adjustable preload, mono shock with
progressive lever system
Front brake Disk, 220 mm + ABS - ASR
Rear brake Disk, 220 mm + ABS - ASR
Seat height 31.6 in (805 mm)
Emissions approval EPA and CARB
Warranty All 2014 and newer Vespa scooters include a 2-year unlimited mileage





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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:31 pm

As you know, Scooters on the Cool Wall are quite rare, but this one is quite the exception as it's a new design direction for Vespa. Think of Vespa like Harley-Davidson, they have been constrained by heritage design. So it's like the V-Rod was to H-D when it was introduced.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:20 pm

Fail
gorgeous woman but all scooters fail sorry :P
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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:12 pm

BRUMBEAR wrote:Fail
gorgeous woman but all scooters fail sorry :P
Lol. Ok, but what you think of the direction then for the company? Good idea... bad idea?

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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:57 pm

the seat sorta looks like the head from alien
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The company IMHO is doing ok they have a cult following and seems like the MOD scene is on the rebound so will see.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by pchast » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:15 pm

They have a market and utility. The new design is enough
of a cross between modern and traditional. Now, if they just
price it right,it should do well.

I'm inclined to give it a cool.
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Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:50 am

I vote cool for almost every motorcycle, scooter is a fail. That being said abs, traction control, and the brunette is not too bad either.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:18 am

I'm gonna ruffle some feathers, but voting fail just because it's a scooter (i.e. all scooters are fails) is wrong. That would be like voting fail on every cruiser just because they're cruisers.

If it fails at being a scooter, then that's a different story.

Vespa's have a lot of style, but you pay a lot for it. No price given yet for this one, but I checked out Piaggio's website and the 946 is positioned as much as a fashion accessory than as transportation. They have another model, the LXV 150 ie, that's priced at least $1000 higher than it's worth, just because of the styling. I bet this one's going to be pricey, too.

If I wanted a 125cc scooter for in-town basic transportation (the spec above is wrong, it's 125cc, not 155cc), I could get a Yamaha Zuma 125 for $3400. (Zuma's are cool little bikes, BTW). I'll wager this Vespa 946 will be priced above $5000. Nice styling, and if Piaggio can get away with pricing these things as "lifestyle accessories", (remind you of a certain American motorcycle company? :mrgreen: ) then more power to them. But they won't sell one to me. Uncool for suspected price.
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Unread post by ceemes » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:26 pm

I gave it a cool coz its a Vespa and even though updated, still looks uniquely like a Vespa.

Personally I wouldn't own or ride one, but still its not a bad looking little commuter runabout.

Tho I think is we were to paint one pink, our friend from the bottom end of Africa Sapaul would love it. :lol:
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:11 pm

I'm sure that to the Italian palette this Vespa looks chic and fashionable. But to my 'MERIKUN! eye it looks like nothing as much as a 1950's era dishwasher. I wanna know if it'll get streaks off my glasses and egg off my fork tines, more than if it'll get me where I need to go.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:32 am

jstark47 wrote:I'm gonna ruffle some feathers, but voting fail just because it's a scooter (i.e. all scooters are fails) is wrong. That would be like voting fail on every cruiser just because they're cruisers.

If it fails at being a scooter, then that's a different story.
Exactly. Personally, I don't understand the loathing for scooters as an entire category of bike. I suppose people who live in a country/state where lane splitting is illegal simply won't get the appeal. Scooters are possibly the most appropriate kind of motorcycle for a dense urban environment with a lot of traffic congestion.

That said, I can't exactly defend this Vespa. A scooter is a tool, it should be practical. This one seems to be form at the expense of function. Doesn't seem to have room for a pillion. And it doesn't seem to have any underseat storage, an almost standard feature of scooters. Total fail.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:04 pm

You know I can't tell ya why I hate scooters maybe cause the rocker appeals to me more, that said Jstark is probably right but I still hate scooters. Maybe it's the little chubby wheels or how they look like a bug or sound like a weed eater on ludes IDK they fit the bill for parking and travel in urban area ok enough but I just can't ever think of owning one or even liking one. I hate them simply because they are scooters why isn't that ok? Thinking on it even more it's not the tires or looking like a bug cause I LOVE mini bikes I still ride one regularly, nah it's scooters I hate em.
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Unread post by faded sun » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:50 pm

Any scooter is cool. I'll never own one but they are just sexy little machines. Of course you can get a pillion on that seat! That's the point. Chick's love it; am I right Lady Blue? IF I could afford one as well as my motorcycle and one or two others I'd like in a collection I would get one in a second - just for the fun of it. Useless for anything but puttering around but damn that is a sexy little thing! Love that Italian design thing. Always have.

There's a reason a lot of the electric bikes look like scooters....
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:01 am

I voted: Awesome

Vespa (to me) is THE most successful scooter company in our modern era as they have successfully combined style, heritage, technology and fashion all in one package. That's an extremely hard mountain to climb for any manufacturer and very, very few have done this with a motorcycle let alone a scooter.

The new Vespa 946 is (as mentioned above) definitely very fashionable and I bet it will be at a premium, but wow, it sure is European classy. Not sure how well it will do in America, but I can see it in the more fashionable cities doing well and with those who the cost for any scooter isn't an issue.

I've never understood why scooters were considered "below motorcycles", they share almost everything in common with a bike. The only glaring difference is I find scooter riders generally do not wear all the safety gear motorcyclists do nor take the rider training classes (unless they must by law) as many scooter riders can get away with a drivers license (usually 50cc class).

That said, if you are always riding urban or errands I'd take a scooter over a car any day, zipping around the city jungle is a lot more fun than driving in it. :D

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:03 am

Awesome! After living in Europe I have a new appreciation for scooters. And this one from Vespa is so futuristic and such a huge but also hugely positive shift from their traditional look, how could it not be awesome?! This is like a company taking themselves out of the old and into the new, while keeping their heritage and branding. Nicely done! I would own one!
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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:20 am

2014 Vespa 946 - Coolness Factor = 56.1%
Featured: April 11th, 2014 - April 18th, 2014
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Vespa 946 is:

Awesome (3 points) 34% [ 13 ]
Cool (2 points) 26% [ 10 ]
Uncool (1 point) 13% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 26% [ 10 ]

Total votes : 38

= a Coolwall Factor of 56.1%

NOTES: Even though the top category voted was Awesome, the new Vespa 946 ends up a paltry 56% cool. A very interesting result which goes to show every vote counts. That said, I'll defend the Vespa 946 as an awesome scooter, one which Vespa should do very well with. I can't think of another Scooter company in our modern era as they have successfully combined style, heritage, technology and fashion all in one package.

Next 2014 TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting on, have fun!!
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Re: This Week: 2014 Vespa 946 - Vote Today

Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:57 pm

faded sun wrote:Any scooter is cool. I'll never own one but they are just sexy little machines. Of course you can get a pillion on that seat! That's the point. Chick's love it; am I right Lady Blue? IF I could afford one as well as my motorcycle and one or two others I'd like in a collection I would get one in a second - just for the fun of it. Useless for anything but puttering around but damn that is a sexy little thing! Love that Italian design thing. Always have.

There's a reason a lot of the electric bikes look like scooters....
Yes, faded sun,scooters are cool. I'm thinking of getting one for commuting. The price of fuel is constantly rising and it would cut down on gas usage and fit anywhere in the parking lot at work. There are no highways to get to work and back. I used to be able to use transit but when the company decided to change my hours, transit was not an option.

I think a scooter would be fun. :D
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