2009 Vespa LXV
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– 2009 Vespa LXV
2009 Vespa LXV
Two exceptional models created for the Vespa’s 60th anniversary, which will go down in the history of the world’s best-known and best-selling scooter.
The Vespa LXV and Vespa GTV celebrate 60 years of the most legendary two-wheeler of all time by reviewing and reinterpreting the trademark design and functional features of 1950s and 1960s Vespas.
Cleverly re-interpreting some of the traditional design and technical elements of vintage Vespas, particularly 1950s and 1960s models, the Vespa GTV and Vespa LXV pay homage to this iconic product, the result of pure Italian creativity and industrial culture.
The Vespa: a 1946 masterpiece
A few years after it was originally launched, the name of this unique, innovative product would come to symbolize Europe’s post-war reconstruction. Over the decades, the Vespa would become an icon of youth culture, a means for women to mark their independence and an emblem of Italian style and design worldwide.
The Vespa was a product of technical genius in the aeronautics sector, where design was indissolubly linked to function.
Over the years, the Vespa’s design and technical evolution have left the original stylistic and mechanical concepts untouched. Now, more than 60 years on, the Vespa continues to be an innovative product and an example of industrial design par excellence in terms of styling and production technology.
The passing decades have turned the Vespa’s strong concept, expressive styling and unequalled success worldwide into an icon featured in countless films, photographs, advertising campaigns and art and design exhibitions.
The Vespa turns 60 in 2006 and Piaggio is celebrating the event with the launch of two extraordinary Vespas: the Vespa GTV and Vespa LXV.
Cleverly re-interpreting some of the typical design and technical elements of vintage Vespas, particularly 1950s and 1960s models, the Vespa GTV and Vespa LXV pay homage to this iconic product, the result of pure Italian creativity and industrial culture.
Developed on the base of the 2005 Vespa LX, the LXV has been conceived as a tribute to the 1960s Vespas.
The 1960s: a legendary decade that witnessed the social and cultural revolution that shaped contemporary society, marked by the emergence of youth for whom the Vespa symbolised individual mobility and freedom.
As on the Vespa GTV, the changes concern the accessory parts to the metal body, recently renewed on the LX series.
The headlamp remains in its original position on the handlebar, like the 1960s scooters from which the Vespa LXV is derived, but in a slimmer, more minimalist version to emphasise the unfaired handlebar and give the front of the vehicle a more lightweight look.
The analogue instrumentation is placed in a chrome-plated frame while the unique graphics resemble those in vogue in the 1960s.
The ‘naked’ handlebar is a chrome-plated tube ending in new handles encased in fine leather, also used on the saddle that separates the rider and passenger seats as on the early models.
The Vespa LXV also ‘inherits’ all the technical equipment on the LX series with an 11″ front wheel, front disk brake and two very modern, environment-friendly engines in classic Vespa displacements, 50 and 125cc.
The 50cc 2 stroke Hi-Per2 is meant for riders seeking a simple, powerful and zippy engine. Its smooth running makes it ideal for town traffic with its continual stop-and-go.
The 125cc is perhaps the most classic Vespa displacement. The first Vespa in this displacement dates back to 1948, equipping the model that shot to fame in the movie classic Roman Holiday. Fifty-eight years on, the Vespa LXV 125 uses an extremely modern four-stroke Leader (Low Emission Advanced Engine Range), with a power output of 10.3 bhp taking the Vespa LXV to a speed of 91 km/h and thereby offering the power required to handle town traffic with the greatest of ease.
Developed on the base of, respectively, the Vespa GTS and LX, the Vespa GTV and LXV have a distinct vintage look, but include automatic transmissions and eco-friendly, modern engines. The GTV utilizes a powerful 250cc four-valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection, a double rear shock absorber and 12″ wheels stopped by two disk brakes. The LXV is built around the LX engine, a 150cc four-stroke engine. Both models feature a single steel chassis, as all Vespas have since their inception.
Developed on the base of the 2005 Vespa LX, the LXV was designed as a tribute to the 1960s Vespas. The updates to the LXV are on the accessory parts to the metal body, such as the headlamp and handlebars. The headlamp remains in its original position on the handlebar, like the 1960s scooters from which the Vespa LXV is derived, but in a slimmer, more minimalist version to emphasise the ‘naked’ handlebar and to give the front of the vehicle a more lightweight look. The analog instrumentation is placed in a chrome-plated frame while the unique graphics resemble those in vogue in the 1960s. Real leather is used on the saddle, which is designed with a separate passenger seat just as on the early Vespa models, underneath which is a storage compartment.
2009 Vespa LXV – Specifications
MSRP: $TBA USD
VESPA LXV 125
Engine Single cylinder LEADER
4 stroke with two way catalytic converter and SAS
Bore/Stroke 57/48.6 mm
Displacement 124 cc
Valve gear SOHC, 2 valves
Cooling Forced air
Start Electric with kick starter
Lubrication Wet sump
Clutch Automatic centrifugal dry clutch with dampers
Gearbox ‘Twist and go’ CVT
Load bearing structure Pressed sheet metal frame with welded reinforcements
Front suspension Singlearm with coil spring and dual effect single shock absorber
Rear suspension Coil spring and hydraulic dual effect single shock absorber
Front wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 2.50×11”
Rear wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 3.10×10”
Front tyre Tubeless 110/70-11”
Rear tyre Tubeless 120/70-10”
Front brake Steel disk Ã¸ 200 mm with hydraulic command
Rear brake Drum Ã¸ 110 mm with mechanical command