2009 Genuine Scooter Company Stella from United States of America
Good retro scoot, but needs improvement
Intermittent turn signals not related to RPM.
Intermittent low beam headlight.
Screws are rusting.
Engine appears to be leaking tranny oil (but have not yet investigated).
Tire already needs replacing (previous owner?)
As a lover of old Vespa P2commons, I got this because the economy does not allow me a second car (thanks, Obama!). This is my car, which if you can't afford this, you need to buy shoe leather! Cheap to run and fun to ride! Since the Stella is made from the Vespa P dies, it is exactly what I remember in my 1980 P200E.
However, Indian build quality is not up to Italian standards. The electrics are consistently inconsistent, with low-beam headlight and turn signals behaving in a most capricious manner. And as soon as I think I have found a pattern, they change! I suspect it is because I do not have a garage, and the scooter cannot handle the elements.
I also miss the 200cc engine of the original Vespa. This one is anemic to say the least! I may be older and heavier than when I had the P, but really!
Also, the paint quality is lacking. One week, and the key fob had worn it down to primer!
When I can, I am replacing all the electrics, and will swap the engine with a hopped up P200 unit.
Overall, I enjoy this P clone, but it is nowhere near as good as the original. If you, like me, insist on manual transmissions, you really have little choice elsewhere. If you, like me, remember fondly the old Vespas, you also have no choice. This is a nice scoot, but I wish it were better.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th May, 2011