Ron Daley Scooters Vespa PX 200 | ROAD TEST
The Vespa PX 200 was (and in many cases still is) widely regarded as THE scooter rally workhorse by many, that was until the new GTS 250 came along in 2005. Tightening Euro legislation had killed the PX 200 off in 2003. Leaving just the PX 125/150 to fulfil the geared needs of the Vespa fanatic at that time.
I still own the Vespa PX 200 Disc I bought new in 2002, it replaced my T5 Classic and I knew it would probably be the last brand new geared Vespa I’d ever buy.
Remade engine casings by the likes of Malossi and Pinasco have changed the game though, meaning the PX 200 still lives on and can be bought ‘new’ from Ron Daley Scooters in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. We went to try one out…
Specials since 1958
Ron Daley are well known for building special edition Vespas, they’re also the only scooter shop I’ve ever visited where one half of the shop is devoted to assorted weaponary and there’s a firing range downstairs. This isn’t a gun shop likely to fuel the fire of a school massacre though, this is an air rifle and scooter shop. Air guns to keep the local vermin at bay and scooters to keep the local scooter enthusiasts happy. A winning combination.
Daley’s have been around since 1958 and have been building special edition scooters for years. After the PX 200 became extinct they started building PX 200s using brand new PX 125s fitted with new 200 engines, built using their stocks of new complete Piaggio engines. Once the supply/stock of complete engines dried up they used new casings, built using 200 components until they ran out as well. Then they started using the new Malossi 200 casings when they were remade before moving on to the latest Pinasco casings, which is what we have here.
Derogation, that’s what we need
As we all know, the PX 125 and 150s were killed off thanks to Euro 4 regulations which came into force in 2017. Any unsold stock had to be sold or pre registered by a specific date (although a certain amount were allowed to be held by the dealers on a derogation scheme). That’s where this scooter comes from, it’s Ron Daley special edition No. 22, as denoted on the metal plaque on top of the glovebox.
It may be No. 22 but that’s just the standard PX 200 specials Ron Daley have built. They’ve actually created over 70 in various guises and states of tune. That’s an extra 70 PX 200s that would never have seen the light of day without the likes of Ron Daley, Malossi and Pinasco making them available.
What do you get?
The scooter itself is based on a brand new PX 125 chassis that has been pre-registered. The scooter we rode also had front and rear Pinasco shock absorbers and Pinasco tubeless split rims. It also had a 200 engine of course, built into new Pinasco crankcase induction Master casings using new internals.
Before the PX was deleted from the Piaggio range in 2016 it cost around £3500 new, a set of Pinasco casings are currently £650 and you’re getting them built using new components. This makes the £5999 price tag seem fairly reasonable to me. It’s about the same price as you’d pay for a common as muck new Vespa GTS 300 with a few accessories.
The PX 200 is a scooter that has been obsolete for 15 years though and is technically outlawed…
There’s something quite satisfying about riding a new scooter out of a shop, especially if it’s a scooter that you can’t just go and buy from any Piaggio dealer. It’s even better when it immediately feels like an old friend.
If you’ve owned and ridden a PX for a while you’ll be used to the momentary lag as the electric start lazily fires it into life. Followed by that characteristic ‘pop, pop, pop’ engine note, sounding just as it should, albeit enhanced by the SIP Road 2 exhaust fitted to this one. A performance modification worth doing to any standard PX to give it a little more oomph.
Everything looks and feels like a new PX should, hardly surprising really because that’s pretty much what this scooter is. The super light clutch feels like there’s nothing there after riding a tuned Lambretta for the previous few weeks and the gearbox snicks into first easily but with a positive ‘PX’ clunk.
Easing away from the shop the scooter feels exactly as I remembered when my own PX was brand spanking new. Well set up, all the controls and cables feeling as they should. The seat firm yet comfortable and that two-stroke sound we all grew up with.
No.22 may not be super fast, laden with accessories or gadgets (Ron Daley can certainly spec it up though if you prefer) and it doesn’t have fancy paint but it does have the heart of a Vespa PX 200, albeit with Italian Pinasco casings rather than the original Piaggio item.
On the road
It’s a brand new scooter with an all-new engine and unlike my own hard done to scooters I wasn’t going to abuse it too much on it’s first outing. We all know the top speed of a Vespa PX 200 is a little over 60mph, (70 on the clock) and you can add a couple of extra mph and some additional pulling power thanks to the SIP Road 2.
With this one I just enjoyed reminiscing, remembering a time when this seemingly harmless machine could be bought as a production scooter. A time when cities around the world were mobilised by them, replaced by faceless, characterless modern machines. Scooter rally campsites were full of PXs, standard, custom and cutdown. Slowly our culture and heritage have been eroded by time, circumstances and legislation. In a few more years the world will be devoid of such simple pleasures. The sound and aroma of a two stroke will be nothing but a memory.
As I pootled about, filtered through traffic and enjoyed listening to the soundtrack of my youth most of the people around me would have been oblivious to the impact the PX had on thousands of scooter fanatics around the world. This timeless machine has been more than just a transport solution, it epitomised the last great youth movement and continues to play a significant part in our lives today.
One thing that is for sure though is that these special edition PX 200s won’t be available forever. Just as I knew the PX 200 Disc I bought in 2002 would be my last. If you want to own No. 22 or any other Ron Daley special edition PX you’d better not deliberate for too long…
Words and photos: Iggy
Ron Daley Vespa PX200 specifications
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder Pinasco PX 200 Master casings, all new internals
Suspension: Front and rear Pinasco shock absorbers
Brakes: Front disc, rear drum
Tyres: Michelin S1
Price: From £5,999
Contact: Ron Daley Scooters
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