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Hi everyone.

I just got a new 2019 Sprint 125cc, Notte edition.

It's my first Vespa. My daily ride is a Suzuki DRZ400SM.

The front end of the bike vibrates and sounds a lot. I feel every little bump of the road. It has a lot of feedback, but I think it's too much, ate the point of being annoying and very frustrating. Larges bumps I have no issue with, but seriously I can feel in my hands some cracks on the road.

Is it normal? Are new Vespas just under performing in front suspension?

I took it to the dealer and they found nothing wrong with it. The offered to replace the shock, but I don't know if that is going to fix the issue.

Care to share your thoughts?
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Welcome.
125cc tells me you're not on the U.S. side of the pond. If you post your location, you might find a local MVer to help you. Best thing I can tell you is to try to get a side by side comparison. If this is your first Vespa experience, it may not ride the way you expect it to. My first ride on a small wheel scoot(Vespa)was not what I expected.
The best comparison of my BV's to my Honda is, when I ride the Honda, I feel the need of a mouth guard.
Good luck.
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I would check tire pressure per the manual or plates to be sure it is correct.
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Welcome.
125cc tells me you're not on the U.S. side of the pond. If you post your location, you might find a local MVer to help you. Best thing I can tell you is to try to get a side by side comparison. If this is your first Vespa experience, it may not ride the way you expect it to. My first ride on a small wheel scoot(Vespa)was not what I expected.
The best comparison of my BV's to my Honda is, when I ride the Honda, I feel the need of a mouth guard.
Good luck.
Thanks for the response. And yes, I'm in Santiago, Chile.
I didn't get that: Do you need the mouth guard with the Honda or the BV?

I tried other Sprint at the dealer. The ride was smoother for sure, but not by much. Overall it seems they are poor performance, only mine is poorer.
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I would check tire pressure per the manual or plates to be sure it is correct.
Thanks for the response.

I did that. Went from 30 to 26psi, which is the recommended pressure.
No major differences.
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I suspect what you are feeling is normal (given a dealer checked it out). The suspension and handling are going to be very different when compared to a DRZ!
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In the event that the situation is normal: Has any of you tried any upgrades such as adjustable shocks?
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Forgive me for asking but how much is your riding weight? Weight does have an influence in riding. You may be lighter or heavier than the designers figured when sizing the suspension.
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Forgive me for asking but how much is your riding weight? Weight does have an influence in riding. You may be lighter or heavier than the designers figured when sizing the suspension.
Sure. I'm 163 lbs, 74 kgs.
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I've got a Sprint 150 and have been riding conventionally suspended large motorcycles for the past 37 years. The Vespa front suspension is plain weird by comparison and takes some getting used to. I find it stable enough at speed but the bump response is noweher near as good as a decent set of forks. I did test ride the Piaggio Liberty and frankly that felt a lot better to ride but my wife loved the Vespa look/brand so....
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