Create a better LXV
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2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Location: Guatemala
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:52 am quote
Good Saturday! I have a LXV 125ie from 2012, I know I should not have a favorite one, but I will confess it without much guilt.

I love that it is lightweight and handles nicely in the city traffic. I bought it last year and and thanks to MV I have been slowly making the following changes:
1. Malossi Cylinder kit 187cc
2. Shorty Mirrors
3. Led taillight
4. Front Led H4
5. Front and rear led signal lights/running light
6. Usb charger inside glove compartment
7. Passenger footpegs
8. Malossi RS24 front and rear shocks
9. Michelin City Grips front and rear
10. Front Rack (it came with the rear one)
11. Cowl protectors
12. Leather handlebars
13. Sip Sport brake levers (ordered them but not yet received)

When I bought it the only think I really needed to change was the lack of Torque, specially needed for uphill and when I had a passenger; and also needed to add footpegs so my daughter would stop complaining about it. Every change that I have made, I have been happier and happier. I know I could have bought a new Primavera with more torque, but I saw the weird LXV in a strange color that sometimes is brown, sometimes seems gray and sometimes purplish (color is called ETNA Brown) and I felt in love with it and the price was very unbeatable. Plus I thought that would be easier to teach my daughter to ride vs the GTV.

Anyway, if anyone would like to make me any other recommendations on top of what I have already added, please chime in. Thank you in advance!









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Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:09 am quote
Quello faro bellissimo, non lo avevo mai visto! Grazie Mile!
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2009 LX 150, 2008 GTS 250
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Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:31 am quote
I like it! Very nice Vespa with good choices for upgrades.

Bill
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Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:54 am quote
Thank you for purchasing an Italian product ...
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LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:28 pm quote
I had a blue one. Nicest looking Vespa in my opinion. It was the switch gear that made it for me None of those switches hidden in plastic. No way. Rreal metal housings. And easier to incorporate a proper looking tach onto real handlebars.

For the riding i did mostly at low speed so torque was OK as i was lucky to find a 150. I was going to go the higher rpm + cam route as all iI needed was mid range for very, very occasional up hill cruising at about 80 kph. (Indonesia does have some hill). I did look into a local 200cc cylinder but time ran out.

Sadly I had to sell the bike and move but still have some weights and two cams and a nice exhaust for the next time. And it will be an LXV if I can find one.
LXV dark colour with offsetting shiny bits does look good in the sunshine. Dual seat is nice as well.
Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Location: Guatemala
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:45 am quote
waspmike wrote:
I had a blue one. Nicest looking Vespa in my opinion. It was the switch gear that made it for me None of those switches hidden in plastic. No way. Rreal metal housings. And easier to incorporate a proper looking tach onto real handlebars.

For the riding i did mostly at low speed so torque was OK as i was lucky to find a 150. I was going to go the higher rpm + cam route as all iI needed was mid range for very, very occasional up hill cruising at about 80 kph. (Indonesia does have some hill). I did look into a local 200cc cylinder but time ran out.

Sadly I had to sell the bike and move but still have some weights and two cams and a nice exhaust for the next time. And it will be an LXV if I can find one.
LXV dark colour with offsetting shiny bits does look good in the sunshine. Dual seat is nice as well.
Its a shame you had to sell it, but I am sure that at the right time, another one will come along. I have never seen a blue LXV. I have seen portofino green, espresso brow and Ivory. Was it a dark blue? Any pictures by chance?

In general, I love the look of all Vepas (old and modern), from the moderns I specially like the GTV (the vintage look in any color), the latest Primavera (in dark blue) and the New GTS HPE (in forest green or the Notte, well in every color they are gorgeous ) but the LXV one in my opinion has its own charm. It reminds me of the Vespa 125 U from the early 50s, when they moved the headlight to the handlebars.

I also do a lot of slow riding on this one, mainly urban traffic with constant stopping at street intersections, short distances, so I needed the extra torque for quicker exit, I Normally use it around 40-43 mph. And the fastest I have ever done on it was probably around 50mph. The small tires and potholes in my city are not the best combination.
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LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:59 pm quote
ValVitola wrote:
Was it a dark blue? Any pictures by chance?




Its new home.

Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:16 pm quote
Nice, very nice color.
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LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:26 pm quote
Low mileage, lady owner. Just lucky with the colour.

As I commuted I was going for the executive look in the bike parking.
Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:46 am quote
Anyone, any suggestions on what else should I do?
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2012 Kymco Like 200i (Sold), 2018 FLSL
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Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:59 am quote
ValVitola wrote:
Anyone, any suggestions on what else should I do?
Place an MV sticker on the windscreen, leg-shield or glovebox.


I do like the grips you put on your scooter. Nice touch!
Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Location: Guatemala
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:15 am quote
TroutBum wrote:
ValVitola wrote:
Anyone, any suggestions on what else should I do?
Place an MV sticker on the windscreen, leg-shield or glovebox.


I do like the grips you put on your scooter. Nice touch!
I would love one, but not sure how can I obtain one.
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Vespa LXV
Joined: 23 May 2019
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:38 am quote
Wow, beautiful LXV and very nice modifications! I recently got one, but mine hasn't anything major done/installed:
1. Exterior and docs are of 2006 50cc LXV, the "heart" is 2013 150cc LXV. My Frankenstein
2. Custom matt blue color (LOVE it, I'm a total blue fan).
3. Chrome headlamp, looks cooler than painted one, IMHO.

Otherwise I need brake levers more suitable for small hands, now I barely reach the rear brake lever... Vespa hates vertically challenged and small-handed human beings Adjustable levers didn't do any good. Maybe I'll just take the original levers to the guys who work with aluminum and they would either bend them nicely or break and mold them back together in a smaller angle.





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LX190, Primavera
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:50 am quote
lucidlynx wrote:
2. Custom matt blue color (LOVE it, I'm a total blue fan).
Thats stunning!
Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
Joined: 11 Mar 2018
Posts: 423
Location: Guatemala
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:08 pm quote
lucidlynx wrote:
Wow, beautiful LXV and very nice modifications! I recently got one, but mine hasn't anything major done/installed:
1. Exterior and docs are of 2006 50cc LXV, the "heart" is 2013 150cc LXV. My Frankenstein
2. Custom matt blue color (LOVE it, I'm a total blue fan).
3. Chrome headlamp, looks cooler than painted one, IMHO.

Otherwise I need brake levers more suitable for small hands, now I barely reach the rear brake lever... Vespa hates vertically challenged and small-handed human beings Adjustable levers didn't do any good. Maybe I'll just take the original levers to the guys who work with aluminum and they would either bend them nicely or break and mold them back together in a smaller angle.
Wow, love the color!!
I ordered a pair of SIP sport levers, the order is still being prepared since the fork cover that I order is being painted. As soon as I try them, will let you know if they are the dogleg lever types and if they help. I have a pair of dog leg levers on my GTV that someone here sold me for a good price but they no longer make them and impossible to find. Will keep you posted.
Your Vespa is a royal beauty!



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Vespa LXV
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:43 pm quote
ValVitola wrote:
Wow, love the color!!
I ordered a pair of SIP sport levers, the order is still being prepared since the fork cover that I order is being painted. As soon as I try them, will let you know if they are the dogleg lever types and if they help. I have a pair of dog leg levers on my GTV that someone here sold me for a good price but they no longer make them and impossible to find. Will keep you posted.
Your Vespa is a royal beauty!
Would be great if you updated me on these levers, as I lost hope... My hands are totally on the smaller side, the overall length of my palm and middle finger is 15.5 cm, while from thumb to middle finger it's 11 cm, so the perfect comfy distance from handle to lever would be something around 7 cm.
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:50 pm quote
Here's what i like about the Vespa, it's very easy to customizable from the beginning and very customizable afterwards; this is probably also the reason for his success.
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