Master key for pre owned Vespa S150 IE
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Thu May 21, 2020 12:47 pm quote
Hello everyone

i am about to buy a Vespa s150 ie from a private owner but i just realized he only has the black key (does not have the red/brown master key) is it true that s150 does not have an immobilizer and a master key?

thanks
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Thu May 21, 2020 1:47 pm quote
Greetings:

Yes the S models omit the immobilizer and antenna - My S50 lacks the feature and I heard Robot say it on a ScooterWest video. Ergo it must be true.
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Sat May 23, 2020 5:00 am quote
Wheelman-111 wrote:
Greetings:

Yes the S models omit the immobilizer and antenna - My S50 lacks the feature and I heard Robot say it on a ScooterWest video. Ergo it must be true.
It’s true.
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Sat May 23, 2020 5:47 am quote
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The omission of the immobilizer system and the locking glovebox undoubtedly allowed Piaggio to charge less and entice more customers away from competitors.
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Sat May 23, 2020 7:39 am quote
Hi and welcome from Kansas.

You have just one key? You ought to start thinking about getting a duplicate.
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Sat May 23, 2020 8:14 am quote
Re: Cost Leader
Wheelman-111 wrote:
Greetings:

The omission of the immobilizer system and the locking glovebox undoubtedly allowed Piaggio to charge less and entice more customers away from competitors.
I never understood the thinking behind the LX and S differentiation.

The LX has a two-person seat, immobilizer, and glovebox - better features to most.

The S has a one-person “sport” seat that people sometimes complain about, no immobilizer, two dumb and tiny open compartments in the leg shield, and rectangular nonstandard mirrors and headlight. Slightly different dashboard.

Identical everything else.

And yet the S was sold at a $200 premium. CORRECTION: no it wasn’t, I got these mixed up somehow. The LX was sold at a $300 premium. But I do think they are oddly similar to each other to have completely different model names.

Why?

(Personally I find the glovebox and immobilizer to be completely unnecessary complications and, except for the seat, consider the S the more practical of the two.)

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Sat May 23, 2020 8:58 pm quote
The S was the cheaper one, sort of a no frills version of the LX.
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Sun May 24, 2020 4:11 am quote
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Greetings:

Huh, if the S model was sold at a premium price, it wasn't justified. Less complex ECU, antenna omitted, and no complicated hinge and lock mechanism has to reduce production cost a little. OK so it has a cool chromy instrument surround. Vespa's high quality standards and comparatively high labor costs made competition with Asian makers on price unrealistic, but a slightly lower buy-in might woo a few away.
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Sun May 24, 2020 5:09 am quote
I see Motovista is correct as usual. The S was indeed priced what appears to be $300 below the LX. The priced changed over its run and I must have previously compared prices at different times. I prefer the simplicity of the S, except for the seat.

Two ‘08 reviews...
Vespa LX 150, MSRP $4399
https://www.cycleworld.com/2008/05/13/petrol-pinchers-vespa-lx-150-first-look/

Vespa S 150, MSRP $4099
https://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/2008-vespa-s-150-review-86783.html
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