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I was a first-time rider in May 2023 when I purchased my 2020 Vespa Sprint 150. Up until then, I had been doing most of my errands by bicycle most of the time after I retired in 2016. I no longer have a car. I got my initial 600 mile service last month, so I decided that it was time to see how fast I could go on the I-15 freeway early last Sunday morning. I got up to 67 on the speedometer (actual 62 mph according to Vespa service), but the wind buffeting me got a little too hairy. The scooter seemed very stable, but the wind was hitting me too forcefully from the side and it unnerved me some. I slowed and exited the freeway. I love this scooter in the city, especially when I'm going 35-45 mph. It can do hills fine, and I can keep up with the fastest traffic anytime I want to, although I'd rather cruise in the right lane much of the time. I'm posting this as a recommendation for the Sprint 150 when someone does most of their riding in the city. Any thoughts?
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The longer you spend at higher speeds, the more you get used to it.

When you say 62mph according to Vespa Service, do you mean the app? I always thought the app used the speedo measurement.

My digital dash seems to over read by 3mph across the whole rev range in comparison to GPS. I top out at 59mph true speed, but my Vespa will display 62mph when I feel the limiter kick in. I have seen 65mph on the speedo but I have to accelerate down hill to get the last little bit!

I've got a 125cc version of your Vespa and it's definitely more comfortable in the city, but it can cope with the higher speeds. Difference is you go from a big fish in a small pond, to a small fish in a big pond.
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Some motorcycles will break the wind up some depending on the model. With most scooters, the wind washes over the leg shield and can be worse than a motorcycle. The model you have does exactly what it was designed for - a city bike that can do 55-60 mph when needed. But it is not a highway scoot, there are other models for that. But it can do a few short highway trips when necessary.
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Medium windscreen helps a lot. One that you look over is about the right height.

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By "Vespa service" I meant the service technician who puts out videos from Portland Oregon Vespa. He did a you tube video with a 2020 yellow Vespa Sprint 150 and stated that Vespa over estimates top speed of its scooters by 5 mph.
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The fastest I ever saw on my Primavera 150 was 110km/hr indicated, but that was downhill on the motorway with me crouching a bit. On the flat it would pull to around 105km/hr but no more. I found the bike was acceptably stable at those speeds, actually a lot better than I expected for something that is as agile as it is.
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I agree. My Primavera is quite stable at 40 and 50 MPH. I am pleasantly surprised.
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sprintbrad wrote:
I got up to 67 on the speedometer (actual 62 mph according to Vespa service), but the wind buffeting me got a little too hairy. The scooter seemed very stable, but the wind was hitting me too forcefully from the side and it unnerved me some. I slowed and exited the freeway....Any thoughts?
Tuck. You'll get a few more mph and much less buffeting.
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