The necessity of going with the 125cc/3v
In Italy, as long as a driver has the standard B driver’s license, he or she can operate a scooter at this power or below without having the drag oneself back to the joys of Italian driving school, and new tests (written and practical) to get an expanded license. If you’re not attuned to the joys of Italian driving school, read more here.
I have zero desire to be a speed wonder on the Italian roads, so this was an easy decision.
I wondered if I’d be feeling left in the dust with our model, but it has proven to be quite robust, easily sprinting up the hill to our house even with two of us on the bike. And I’m not a small person!
“Weather permitting,” the one drawback to Vespa living
During the rainier autumn and winter months, scooter life can be restricted, and one’s bike can remain parked for long periods. Of course, there are people undeterred by the weather, but the idea of rain, slick roads, and a motorbike doesn’t seem like a good combination. But, thankfully, here on our part of the coast of Liguria, we enjoy more days of sun and good weather than most parts of Italy. We haven’t had the Vespa for the fall and winter months, but I’m hopeful that our baby will continue to be used regularly. I’ll be sure to report back next year!
But when the weather is glorious, nothing beats tooling about on a Vespa!