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October 18, 2008
The PX, minus top case

Orin O'Neill photo

Notice anything different about the PX?

That’s right, there’s no top case.

When I got the PX, Piaggio threw in a free top case. It’s the same item you’d use on an LX, but it came with a different mounting rack.

When the PX was my only scooter, the top case was useful. Sort of. It’s big enough to hold a bag of groceries, provided said groceries were not too big or bulky. It wasn’t big enough to hold my full-face helmet, or a large amount of extra clothing. But it did come in handy on occasion.

However, it just didn’t look right. The early 21st-century bubble just didn’t go with a mid-1970s scooter design. And the mounting rack was a very poor piece of work—the welds were sloppy, it got in the way of the cowls, and it isn’t even symmetrical. It looks like something that got a C+ or a B- in high school shop class. In fact, some people in Portland took a whole bunch of pictures of the rack, saying they were going to make something better. Never did hear how that project turned out.

The idea of an old-skool chrome rear rack has crossed my mind. I’ve even got the milk crate, from a local dairy that has since gone out of business.

But the GTS has plenty of storage, including a top case that’s way bigger. And now that there are three grocery stores within four blocks of my swingin’ bachelor pad, the PX doesn’t have to be able to haul a load of food, or anything else. Not even a pillion; it has a hard enough time lugging me around.

No, the PX’s new mission is taking nice, leisurely rides on sunny weekend days. Like today. Favicon

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5 Comments
  1. October 19, 2008 8:25 pm

    Looks a whole lotta more stylish and unencumbered this way. Good move!

    Lorenzo

  2. October 20, 2008 8:15 am

    Never liked the look of Givi-type topcases in general. They look good on, say a BMW motorbike, but they just look weird on a scooter (especially the old-styled scooters). Those soft-sided “Roman Holiday” knockoffs that Prima makes are much better (though I prefer improvised luggage. Leather straps and some pop rivets can make -anything- into a topcase)

  3. October 23, 2008 1:42 pm

    MUCH better without the topcase, Sharp looking ride.

  4. cornelsky permalink
    November 11, 2008 11:31 pm

    i agree with all of you px looks more of a classic without a givi box, how about the rear chrome rack, front racks and other bling bling?

  5. November 12, 2008 11:02 am

    I dunno, I’ve never had much interest in the “bling.” My finances are a bit tight, so I’m more inclined to spend money on things that make the PX work better…

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