Table of contents:
- Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: outside
- Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: by city
- Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: on the road
- Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: the passenger
- Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: final assessment
After having tested both the Lambretta LN 125 and the Vespa S 125 ie a few weeks ago, it is time to face one with another directly. They are two models that compete in the same segment and for the same segment of the market and, although very similar, small differences can make us opt for one or the other. Let's see what your differences and similarities.
Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: outside
Both models they remember their grandmothers but after having gone through a beauty salon for a complete treatment. The wrinkles have disappeared and the lines have been defined, especially in the Vespa S 125 ie. In the Italian one, when you look at it as a whole you know perfectly well that you are seeing: a Vespa; but you also see that his lines are completely from the 21st century.
The Lambretta LN 125 however it has been updated much more subtly. Logically you know that it is not a model from 30 years ago, but at the same time you see that its lines could have been sculpted in those years without any problem. Only small details like the LED rear light add a touch of modernity to the whole. Quite the opposite happens if we look at the watch box. The chrome frame and overall design on the Vespa S 125 ie it is more accomplished.
Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: by city
The town It is the perfect environment for these two opponents. We have not found big differences between them: they are extremely agile Thanks to their small diameter wheels and despite their small 125cc engine, they have enough acceleration to get out of the traffic light first.
Visibility by rear view mirrors is good, a little better in the Lambretta LN 125, where you don't have to tuck your elbows in so far to see what's happening behind you. Both have a very low noise level, although in the case of the Lambretta LN 125, the fit of some plastics on the handlebars was not very good and generated noise when rolling or driving over potholes.
The flat platforms allow you to transport objects with total comfort and as for the gaps, the thing is divided. Yes OK under the seat of the Lambretta LN 125 there is more capacity, the Vespa S 125 ie it has a glove compartment without a lid behind the shield in which you can carry an object, but be careful because you can get thrown off the ground.
Finally, the braking of the Vespa S 125 ie it is a bit more efficient, especially the front one who puts a strain on the tire's grip. Behind the advantage falls on the side of the Lambretta LN 125, with a drum brake with more bite and feel.
Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: on the road
To a 125cc engine as both motorcycles carry You cannot demand great benefits from them by highway. The thrusters are completely different: on the one hand we have the Italian thruster of the Vespa S 125 ie and on the other, the engine shared with the Taiwanese brand SYM of the Lambretta LN 125.
Up to a speed of 70 - 80 km / h the benefits are quite equal although from here, the Lambretta LN 125 clearly lags behind while the Vespa S 125 ie is capable of continuing to stretch up to 100 km / h. I have to admit that Lambretta LN 125 It had very few kilometers but once the engine was completely released, I don't think it would match its performance either. If we ascend a slope, the Vespa S 125 ie also has the upper hand, with greater ease to maintain a cruising speed close to 80 km / h for equal travel. These data can be extrapolated to the highway.
Both one and the other require a quiet driving, without looking for the limits because neither suspension nor chassis will allow you frills. Here the Vespa S 125 ie lags behind because while its suspensions are a bit more capable, its ground clearance is lower and it's easier to hit the stand in fast corners. Be very careful with this that we can end up on the ground in an oversight if we keep lying down.
Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: the passenger
I define it in one word: little. Small is space for the passenger and small it has to be this to roll comfortably. As always, my problem is that I am big and my passenger too, from what seen from the outside it seems that the bike was built under us while we were seated.
The Vespa S 125 ie It had a backrest that served as a luggage rack, comfortable so that you didn't have to grab hold of it, but at the same time uncomfortable because it stuck into your back. In the Lambretta LN 125 There was nothing and between the repris of the exit and that the passenger is sitting on the edge, a couple of times I was on the point of losing it when leaving a traffic light.
The posture is relatively comfortable, not at all forced, but the retractable footpegs of the Lambretta LN 125 have two problems: they fold relatively easily so it may happen while driving and in that case it is necessary to stop to unfold it again and in curves, if the passenger's heels are low they will hit the ground with their feet. On the Vespa S 125 ie the space is shared on the platform between the rider and the passenger. The space for that many feet is a bit tight if you're wearing a 45 like me.
Lambretta LN 125 Vs Vespa S 125 ie: final assessment
The consumption of the Lambretta LN 125 has been higher, approximately 4.25 l / 100 compared to 3.5 l / 100 measured in the Vespa S 125 ie. This, together with the low total capacity of the Lambretta tank, means that the theoretical autonomy is only 140 km when, however, with the Vespa we reach 230 km before running out of broth.
The price of the Vespa S 125 ie currently it is € 3,243 since it is in promotion (without it it would be € 3,450) while the Lambretta LN 125 In a two-color version like the one tested, the price remains at € 3,190. Is this price difference between the two justifiable? Yes because on the Vespa S 125 ie we have some finishes and higher quality settings. Another issue to assess is whether the quality-performance-price ratio justifies prices above € 3,000 on both scooters. But I leave that judgment to you.
Who is crowned winner in this comparison? In the total set, our winner is the Vespa S 125 ie but the Lambretta LN 125 is not far behind, as shown by the fact that it was only one point apart in our assessment. I personally find it a lot more beautiful the Lambretta LN 125 but those little "buts" that we have found make him unable to surpass his eternal competitor.
At the end you have the links to the data sheet of both models and to the test that we carried out on them in their day. I leave you with the videos in case you have not seen them at the time.
Note: The Lambretta LN 125 was loaned by Lambretta Asturias (6126.96.36.199). The Vespa S 125 ie It was loaned by Vespa Gijón. Gasoline expenses have been borne by the publisher. For more information, consult our policy of relations with companies.