Vespa P 200 E Review

1981 Vespa P 200 E from United Kingdom

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles


Nice powerful scooter, but a bit flawed


Main bearings.

Dead CDI.

Gearbox cruciform.

Rear hub studs.

General Comments:

Quite a torquey motor, with plenty of pulling power and reasonable acceleration. Tops out at about 65-70, and cruises comfortably at 55, even with a passenger.

Very light steering, great round town, but very poor over 50 mph with a very vague front end; the front brake is a bit weak on this drum braked model. Suspension is soft with a big seat, so it's comfortable but bouncy. Gearbox is very clunky.

My model was not well looked after, so suffered a few reliability problems, but all pretty easy/cheap to fix. Does about 75 MPG, looks quite cool, and is practical transport.

Gearbox cruciforms seem to only last 15,000 miles and are tough to replace, but only £15.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2014

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 1 review