The debate rages on
In scooter circles, the discussion has been going on for years: which is better, the Vespa PX or the LML Star/Genuine Stella? France’s Scooter-Station.com recently sought an answer.
As you may know, the Vespa PX was re-introduced to the European market a while ago after a way was found to make its 2-stroke engine comply with Euro 3 emissions standards. LML introduced its 4-stroke Star in Europe last year; you probably know the sad tale of the delayed intro of the 4-stroke Stella to the U.S.
Keep in mind, the comparison (which for good measure includes a Vespa S) is of 125cc versions, which are more prevalent in the French market. Plus there’s the apples/oranges nature of comparing the 2-stroke Vespa to the 4-stroke Indian scoot.
In a nutshell, the PX wins on details and finish while the Star is less expensive, and its 4-stroke engine requires less owner attention. FWIW, you don’t have to shift gears on the S. 😉
However, the equation could change radically if rumors of a 4-stroke PX to be introduced this fall at EICMA turn out to be true. Like the Stella, a 4-stroke PX could be sold in California and other states that have adopted California’s emissions standards.
This could get interesting. Stay tuned.