DESIGN

The Vespa

It’s this ride-ability that explains why much of Mediterranean Europe uses the Vespa as the ultimate urban mode of transport. Teenagers through to grandmothers buzz around tight city streets, while the onboard storage allows a whole week’s food shop to be carried with ease.

The faff associated with a motorcycle barely registers when jumping on a Vespa. Helmet and gloves – and you’re off. In Bristol, you can park for free in any bay and you’re rarely stuck in traffic because the narrow handlebars make it the perfect weaving tool.

For all its practicality, the Vespa remains a beautiful object. The handlebar enclosure sits on top of the knee guards and then sweeps down over the engine and storage compartment. The distinctive rear of the Vespa looks like the thorax of a wasp. Hence the name Vespa – wasp in Italian.

It’s this ride-ability that explains why much of Mediterranean Europe uses the Vespa as the ultimate urban mode of transport. Teenagers through to grandmothers buzz around tight city streets, while the onboard storage allows a whole week’s food shop to be carried with ease.

The faff associated with a motorcycle barely registers when jumping on a Vespa. Helmet and gloves – and you’re off. In Bristol, you can park for free in any bay and you’re rarely stuck in traffic because the narrow handlebars make it the perfect weaving tool.

For all its practicality, the Vespa remains a beautiful object. The handlebar enclosure sits on top of the knee guards and then sweeps down over the engine and storage compartment. The distinctive rear of the Vespa looks like the thorax of a wasp. Hence the name Vespa – wasp in Italian.