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im new to vespas and driving in general im from ireland and was wondering if they could go on the motorway, it states it has to be a 50cc but the lx50 is a 49.9c. does that mean its not able to?
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In a word - no.
Motorway speed limits (120 km/h)

A speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour is in place on all motorways. You should note that learner drivers, vehicles under 50 cc, bicycles, pedestrians, animals and invalid carriages are not allowed on motorways in Ireland.
Frankly, it'd be bloody dangerous, as other traffic will be going up to three times as fast.
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jimc wrote:
In a word - no.

Frankly, it'd be bloody dangerous, as other traffic will be going up to three times as fast.
Agreed.

My ET2 would technically be legal (having increased its capacity to 68cc) but I wouldn't dream of taking it on a motorway.

I even do my best to avoid taking my 350cc bike on the motorway too (it's electronically limited to 70mph). Motorways are quite harshโ€ฆ

โ€ฆyou'll just be a moving chicane, and some will try to 'clip the kerb' without even considering that you're a human being sat on a bike. ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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Thanks for the info guys ! Any models yous would recommend for motorway use or even beginners that just want to go around the town? Thanks again !
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A 125 will be legal on the motorway, and should be reasonably cheap second-hand.

I don't know the rules for getting a permit or licence in Ireland, so double-check those.
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'Motorways', or as they are called here, Interstate Highways or Freeways, are almost always posted at 75-80 mph, maybe 65 mph in the more congested hurban areas.

I hesitate to even ride my GTS 300 on them for the most part, and then for only short distances as a necessity if other secondary routes are unavailable. Those 80,000 pound Peterbilt semis hurt when they run over you.
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I only ride on freeways to get to back country or side city roads.
Here in Minnesota, you almost can't get anywhere without going on
the freeway. You can stay off the freeway, but it takes a long time
to get across the metroplex.

Despite those that do not care for freeways, the GTS300 is more
than capable of zooming down the freeway. That is why it has
become the Vespa for all occasions.

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USA people posting about it'd be better to get a 300 are completely forgetting the different licensing requirements in the EU. It'd take several thousand euros and a week or so of time to get a licence for a 300 - but a 125 usually can be ridden with almost no extra expense or hassle.

So please, if you're not aware of the OP's local requirements (and I don't know the full ins and outs of Irish regulations) don't suggest solutions that are entirely inappropriate.
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Bob Copeland wrote:
Finally riding here in Frostbit Falls.
I want that red GTS, Bob!
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<rant>
USA people posting about it'd be better to get a 300 are completely forgetting the different licensing requirements in the EU. It'd take several thousand euros and a week or so of time to get a licence for a 300 - but a 125 usually can be ridden with almost no extra expense or hassle.

So please, if you're not aware of the OP's local requirements (and I don't know the full ins and outs of Irish regulations) don't suggest solutions that are entirely inappropriate.
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I did not recommend that the OP buy a 300. I merely said that I am hesitant to ride even a 300 on our 'motorways', and although they can be, I consider them barely adequate for that purpose in spite of their relatively large displacement and hp.

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jBlacklund,

It was always going to be red when I admired Vespas over the
years. There are many good colors - but red was it for me.

I walked into my local Vespa Dealer in Minneapolis (Scooterville)
one late Fall with no intent to buy anything. There was
a Dragon Red GTS300 Super on the showroom floor.

Even without the Vespa $500 dollar off incentive to move current
year models, I simply had to have it. I did the paper work right
then and there and bought it.

When I got home, my blushing bride remarked "what do you need
two scooters for". A Vespa Medium Windscreen, Vespa chrome
racks front and back, and a black and white checkered cheeky seat
completed the scoot.

Ten years later, still my most fun ride. As I have mentioned earlier
on this forum, even when I am to old to ride, I will keep it and
sit on it smoking a cigar. Living the dream.

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USA people posting about it'd be better to get a 300 are completely forgetting the different licensing requirements in the EU. It'd take several thousand euros and a week or so of time to get a licence for a 300 - but a 125 usually can be ridden with almost no extra expense or hassle.

So please, if you're not aware of the OP's local requirements (and I don't know the full ins and outs of Irish regulations) don't suggest solutions that are entirely inappropriate.
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Good point. 125 cc bikes do get used on motorways. It is quicker & cheaper to get trained on a 125 than anything over that capacity.

125s have disproportionately high price in the scooter market for that reason - people want them.

It then depends on the specific bike purchased as to whether it'll be usable/comfortable, but it would certainly be legal. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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Bob Copeland wrote:
Frostbit Falls.
Is that past tense? Razz emoticon

Bob Copeland wrote:
even when I am to old to ride, I will keep it and
sit on it smoking a cigar. Living the dream.
Might want to move it into the living room for year-round pleasure...gets cold in Minnesota garages!
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fledermaus,

I am currently in the living room having a fine cigar and
Brandy with a side of Italian Liquor La Strega (the witch).

I expect my bride would be adverse if I brought the Vespa
into the house. As time goes by and I can not ride, I
would be restricted to be sitting on it in the garage in good
weather with the door open puffing. I also still pass out
milk bone dog biscuits to dogs walking by.

Side note: I pluck on my Banjo during commercials on TV.

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She lets you smoke in the house. How much worse can a Vespa smell up your living room? Worth a try.
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She lets you smoke in the house. How much worse can a Vespa smell up your living room? Worth a try.
A two stroker running that strawberry scented oil could be a new aromatherapy thingy to try out. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Back to topic: as others have mentioned, the 50 is a town scoot, nothing more or less, limited to about 35- 40 mph. Motorway scoot would start out at a 125 - 150. these will do 60 mph on a good day, but barely. I would also like mention the Yamaha Smax. Now it is 155cc, so I don't know that works with your licensing laws in Ireland, but is very capable and will hit 77 mph indicated.
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