VESPA is a name that’s synonymous with the passion associated with high end scooters. The latest rendition of the brand’s classic design is the limited edition 2021 Primavera Pic Nic, which we’ve had the pleasure of testing.
The Pic Nic is unmistakably Vespa, from its authentic 1960s-inspired styling to the special edition accessories which are inspired by breaking free from the urban concrete jungle and heading to explore nature’s beauty.
Available in three colours, including White Innocenza, Grey Materia and as per our tested scooter, Green Relax, the Pic Nic features an exclusive rustic seat with strap (in beige) and some interesting trimmings.
These include a branded rattan picnic basket, picnic blanket, tote bag and tumbler. The concept is inspired by the mantra of making life fun and the Vespa scooter has everything you need for a day in the park.
The accessory package is nice and adds to the overall relaxed ambience of what the Vespa Primavera has to offer, but the scooter is so much more than that. It’s a great way to commute, and is nimble, economical, stylish and practical.
City riding is a breeze and with the Vespa’s compact size, parking can be achieved almost anywhere there is space. Lane filtering is easy, although we did notice motorists weren’t always aware we were there, given how quiet it is.
With a kerb weight of just 120kg, a length of just over 1,850mm and width of 680mm, the Vespa Primavera Pic Nic is easily manoeuvrable, whether you’re shifting it around your garage, or just working your way through city traffic.
It’s powered by a single cylinder four-stroke 150cc air cooled engine, producing maximum power of 9.5kW and 12.8Nm of torque. Featuring electronic fuel injection and automatic gears, the Vespa Primavera Pic Nic is simple and joyous to ride.
For this particular reviewer, the surprise with the Vespa was the amount of go it still had while moving his 100kg plus frame. Although it took a little time to build momentum, once the 20km/h mark was reached, the pick up was good all the way to the 70-80km/h mark.
Our test route saw us take on a hilly road with decent up and down hills, as well as straights, to stretch out the Vespa and see what we could do in terms of top speed. With a little bit of a tail wind, we managed just over 110km/h.
Although that’s probably not what you are going to use the Vespa for ideally, we were testing the performance of the scooter and thought it would be a fun idea. It was, and the Primavera far exceeded our expectations.
We even managed to run down cars on twisty uphill runs which also impressed us. The handling was far better than what we expected too. Granted it’s no Grand Prix bike, nor is it designed to be, but it does provide confidence and felt stable at all times.
Riding on white 12-inch rims front and back, the Pic Nic Primavera has a single arm with helical spring and single double acting hydraulic shock absorber providing suspension on the front.
At the rear, there’s a double-acting shock absorber which can be adjusted to four positions on the pre load. The package worked well and supported this rider’s girth. Braking however felt a little underdone, and this is the area we would like to see some improvement.
Aesthetically, the Vespa Primavera Pic Nic’s design cues are classic and timeless, and form the image of what people associate the term scooter with. Its build quality is good and there is ample storage, which has been well thought out.
Apart form the racks on the front and back, you’ll also find space under the seat, and a nifty spot for your phone and wallet in the front of the scooter.
The 2021 Vespa Primavera Pic Nic is a stylish and fun way to commute. Priced from $7,890 plus on-road costs, it is also very reasonably priced for a well built scooter that has such a rich history.
Our test bike was provide by Vespa Scooters Australia. To find out more about the 2021 Vespa Primavera Pic Nic, contact your local Vespa dealer.