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Ok its been awhile
I rode my scoot (2009 LX50) all summer and in to the school year and still going. OMG I love this thing.
I have been messing with the idea of getting a larger vespa. something like a 125 or a 150. I like the look of the older models. How is the Stella compared to the vespa.
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Which model Stella - 2 or 4 stroke? Never mind, it does not matter. Vespa is the better scoot. Razz emoticon
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I had an LXV 150 3v. Good for urban running around and the occasional longer trip (100km each way)
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The LX50:is quite a fun bike, glad you like it. If you want to get more serious about your scootering,to include longer trips, then a 125 or 150 would be great. But, if you are intending to be really really serious about doing big miles and want the ability to travel pretty quick try for the 300 GTS. They are stunning!

The Stellar is not quite so good depending on the model you want.

Good luck with whatever choice you make.
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Re: Bigger vespa
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How is the Stella compared to the vespa.
Horrible. But it's also horrible compared to someone throwing rocks at you.
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The 2 stroke Stella is an excellent scooter. I've owned mine since 2003 and put over 30,000 miles on it. Easy to get parts for it. Disc brake on front. Very reliable - I ride it to work all winter in all weather conditions. You can find them used for around $1,500.

I've never owned the 4t, so can't comment.

Avoid the automatic Stellas.
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A friend has a Stella 2 stroke. Great scooter but has to many old world charms for my liking, I had a P200E Vespa-so I know. I do enjoy the chance to ride/borrow the Stella though. I have a Liberty 150. Super modern and has been a great scooter also. So I guess its down to style and what you intend to use it for. If I wanted a hobby/toy scooter I would get a Stella, for daily use I would get a modern Vespa.
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The 2 stroke Stella is an excellent scooter. I've owned mine since 2003 and put over 30,000 miles on it. Easy to get parts for it. Disc brake on front. Very reliable - I ride it to work all winter in all weather conditions. You can find them used for around $1,500.

I've never owned the 4t, so can't comment.

Avoid the automatic Stellas.
Reliable is one of those terms that gets bandied about quite a bit, that means different things to different people. When I see "very reliable," I think of a daily driver, something you could commute on every day with a high likelihood of getting where you wanted to go on time.
30,000 miles in sixteen years on a Stella without any major repairs is remarkable. That's almost 2,000 miles a year. If your commute was about three miles each way, and the Stella got you there and back on time most of the time, without any major repairs, it would definitely fit the bill. What repairs has it needed over those 30,000 miles?
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How is the Stella compared to the Vespa.
Well, the Stella always had some reliability issues, but now it is a discontinued orphan in the US. It wouldn't be on my list.
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I know this is Modern Vespa but what does everyone think of the models from the 70s and 80s
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I know this is Modern Vespa but what does everyone think of the models from the 70s and 80s
They are fun to look at
But, do you like wrenching or riding?
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Re: Bigger vespa
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Ok its been awhile
I rode my scoot (2009 LX50) all summer and in to the school year and still going. OMG I love this thing.
I have been messing with the idea of getting a larger vespa. something like a 125 or a 150. I like the look of the older models. How is the Stella compared to the vespa.
I have an LX 50 and it's a great scooter. It was a bit underpowered until I installed the 80cc kit. It's much better now, but still a small scooter. And by small I mean at 6 feet tall I have to sit on the center of the seat, or on the back of the seat if I want to lean forward a bit. My wife sometimes prefers to ride pillion, rather than ride her own scooter, and it's not very comfortable for me on any longer than a couple mile ride. So a 150 isn't going to help, as they are the same size scooter with more power. So keep in mind the LX 150 (or Primavera 150 or Sprint 150) will have more power, but it's the same size scooter.
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If you want an older 2 stroke model, get something in the P series - 125, 150 or 200. Once set up properly, it will give you many miles of smiles. As far as maintenance goes, you will spend more money and time on a modern. And yes, I have owned both. By the way, I owned a 2003 Stella, bought with 3k on the clock and I put another 15k on it in the next 18 months. It was my first scooter and I got it thinking it would be less work than an older one. I could not have been more wrong. When I sold it, the lower end was going out, all the rubber bits were disintegrating, the wiring was sub par and failing, the seat was falling apart, and the electronics were a mess. Never again. My first P200, being almost 20 years older was a much better built bike all around .
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This. I've owned two Stellas. One was on purpose. The other one was abandoned at our shop. I got one of them for what it's worth.

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The issue with two strokes, especially if only used for low miles each year, is the amount of corrosion the engine internals suffer. It's this corrosion to bearings, cylinders etc that knocks out the engines vital components very quickly particularly the small & big end bearings, main bearings etc. If ridden almost everyday, getting the motor really hot, they can last very reasonable mileages. But they don't come anywhere near close to meeting the same engine life as modern four-stroke engines.

A Stella covering 30000 miles is remarkable, but I've never known one do that without an engine rebuild. Yet a four stroke GT/GTS bike will easily cover 3 times that mileage with nothing more than routine servicing & consumables.
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