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Lunar Looney Bunny: A Vespa Is for Fun

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by Ujjwal Dey
4/16/2023


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Vespa is a two-wheeler brand with great recall value all over the world. Their Vespa 946 “Bunny” model was introduced to commemorate the Year of the Bunny and the 10th anniversary of this model. But you don't need to be hopping mad to buy it for other reasons.

It's a cute graphic which is delightful and attractive to youth, for a brand always associated with youth.
 
 

We mostly talk motorcycles here at Bikernet.com but the market for scooters is huge globally. Majorly, the ladies find scooters without gears easy to learn and ride because they can wear any kind of dress -- formal or casual or ethnic or hot couture -- and still navigate the busy urban jungle -- 'hopping' from home to office to grocery shopping to cafes, et al.
 
 

You have your legs in front rather than the horse-rider saddle position of a motorcycle. This has its own benefits for the scooter rider, including easier city traffic navigation (for both men and women and teens).

I mean, how many two-wheelers offer you style along with performance - true, they come at a premium price. For love, no price is too big. Therefore, this looney bunny graphic can double as a cool Easter weekend ride. Why not?
 
 
 
The bunny version of Vespa 946 is limited to 1000 units only, each with a unique serial number.
 
 
 
Why are all these Vespa scooters so expensive? It is reported that throughout Piaggio's history, every Vespa has been made from steel. The latest Vespa scooters are no exception. Models such as Vespa 946, the GTS Sei Giorni and the Vespa Elettrica are also made out of steel.
 
Obviously, steel is more expensive than plastic parts. They are built to last. So don't discount scooters as something silly and childish.
 
 
 
From its very beginning, Vespa scooters have become famous in the two-wheel industry for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines, in a unified structural unit, a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection).
 
Hey, the 150cc engine of Looney Lunar Bunny Vespa 946 can carry you & your better half all the way to a vacation home safely on modern highways. If you are a motorcycle rider, it takes some time & practice to be comfortable with smaller wheels on a scooter.
 
 
 
Vespa 946 Key Specs:
• Engine: 150cc single cylinder, 3-valve, air cooled 4-stroke
• Power: 12.7 HP @ 8000 RPM, 8.5 lbs-ft torque @ 6500 RPM
• Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
• Transmission: Automatic CVT
• Bore & Stroke: 58.0 mm x 58.6 mm
• Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection
• Wheelbase: 55.3”
• Weight: 346 lbs.
• Starter: Electric
• Seat height: 31.7”
• Fuel Tank: 8.5L / 2.25 gallon
• Front Brake: 220mm disc brake with ABS
• Rear Brake: 220m disc brake with ABS
• Front Suspension: Anti-dive geometry with linkage and single shock
• Rear Suspension: Single horizontal linkage activated shock with adjustable preload
• Tires: 120/70-12 (front), 130/70-12 (rear)
 
 
While you are wondering whether that exclusive Vespa is worth the expense, you might want to have a peek at a more affordable 75th anniversary edition Vespa, offered in 125cc and 150cc engines.

Yes, in 2021 it had been 75 years since the launch of the brand we know as ‘Vespa’. Established in April 1946, these were prettiest of scooters and the current models reflect the same design & styling. They are still aspired to by young as well as older generation.
 
 
This 75 years anniversary edition features a new special edition paint job, badges, and a few other changes to standard LX 125 and VXL 150. Biggest difference is the circular leather bag on the tail, which resembles a spare wheel, and the new metallic yellow paint job. Sport ‘75’ numbering on the side panels and mudguard, along with a ‘75’ badge on the front storage compartment.
 
The 125cc engine is air-cooled, single-cylinder motor, having 9.92 PS of peak power and 9.60 Nm of maximum torque. The 150cc engine, air-cooled, single-pot motor, with 10.47 PS and 10.6 Nm. Transmission on both is via CVT on both giving you a twist & go readiness.
 
 
Unlike the strict production of the Lunar Bunny edition, there are enough of the 75th anniversary models for everyone to get going to the dealerships. I personally have very limited experience on scooters probably due to media / public perception of a scooter-rider –but if I had to pick one scooter to own from plenty of pretty ones offered by Japanese, European and Indian companies, then the Vespa would win my favor instantly.

So, hang around these ‘urban hippies’ (an oxymoron term?), and check out the cafes – you might just find true love. There are enthusiasts who meet and ride together on scooters and those exclusively riding Vespa. If you test-ride one, do let us know your experiences with them. Go ride it with your love-bunny.

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