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Springtime in Seattle

April 9, 2014
2015 Vespa Primavera

Vespa’s 2015 Primavera makes its Seattle debut (Orin O’Neill photos)

Spring is springing in Seattle and Western Washington. Cherry blossoms and crocus are making their annual appearances. And Vespa’s reborn Primavera made its debut at Vespa Seattle Tuesday.

As you may already know, the 2015 Primavera replaces the LX, which was introduced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the original Vespa 98. (“LX” is the Roman numeral for 60.) This new Vespa smallframe arrives two years prior to the brand’s 70th anniversary, and revives a model name that debuted in 1968. Because calling it the LXX would have been silly.

2014 Vespa Primavera rear view

The new Primavera’s most notable feature is its superb fit and finish, comparable to any new car’s. The headset especially is light-years ahead of the one on my 2003 ET4.

Primavera headset

Much has been made of the larger under-seat storage bin, made possible by relocating the battery to the floorboard tunnel. Unfortunately, a full-face helmet still won’t fit.

A full-face helmet doesn't fit

Like the 946, the Primavera is saddled with the damnable tacked-on turn signals, front and rear. There will surely be conversion kits.

Checking it out

Once again, the event included the Vespa Club of Seattle‘s monthly meeting. While the turnout was not quite as large as for the 946 launch, a good time seemed to be had by all.

Carey won a prize pack

Vespa Seattle provided pizza, beer and soft drinks, and offered up four raffle prize packs. Carey was one of the winners. Everyone got a goodie bag that contained an OFFICIAL Piaggio MP3 MP3 player.

The scoots had just arrived that afternoon, so none were available for test rides. I did sit on the blue one pictured, and it fit me like a glove. I hope to have a review for you very soon. Favicon

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