As Vespas continues to be one of the most successful motorcycle brands in the world, one of their latest additions is the Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition, which pays homage to the success of the first Sei Giorni. The “Sei Giorni” (Sei Giorni = Six days) name is coined after the prestigious 1951 Sei Giorni Internazionale (6-Day International) at Varese, Italy where the Sei Giorni won 9 gold medals against off-road motorcycles. Originally designed for racing, the “second edition” pairs its classic looks with modern technology, and this is no doubt one of the best scooters that I have ever ridden. Let’s find out why.
Every time I went out while riding the Sei Giorni, it’s nearly impossible that a fellow rider wouldn’t tell me that this scoot looks unique. Pairing the classic Vespa look are its bigger tires compared to other Vespas–120/70-12 at the front and 130/70-12 at the rear. There’s also a Sei Giorni Badge with a number 6 pinstripe and red details on the tires, and a faro basso headlight which gives the Sei Giorni a unique look. Oh, and did I mention there are only 5000 units in existence globally? Talk about being unique!
The Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition features an analog speedometer and fuel gauge, and honestly, it fits the bike perfectly. It’s also got a naked bar and a small windshield to add to the looks. It also comes with a glove compartment in the front fairing with a USB port which is a bonus. The quality of every part is top-notch. Seats are made with faux tuck and roll finish and are extremely comfortable to ride on, but sadly, the seats are designed largely only for the rider which leaves very little space for the pillion.
I have ridden the Sei Giorni for 500 kilometers in 3 days, and I am confidently telling you that it’s not all about just looks! The Sei Giorni uses Vespa’s latest and best engine up to date. It’s a 278 cc, single-cylinder, three valves, and four-stroke HPE (High Performance Engine) which gives you 23.8 horsepower with 25.76 Nm of torque at 8,250 rpm. Riding the Sei Giorni was a lot of fun like it almost seemed this scooter is telling me to ride it more. I did not attempt to push this bike to its limit, but the top speed that I was able to get with me weighing at 83 kg was 124 km/h. Mind you, I wasn’t even trying.
Personally speaking, this was the most surprising part of the Sei Giorni for me. I knew beforehand that I was riding a new HPE engine by Vespa, but I wasn’t expecting that it would be this good! Its acceleration and agility are just amazing. I conquered EDSA during rush-hour with it and going in and out of traffic was a breeze. It’s really perfect for city riding, I couldn’t ask for more. Long rides are doable and also fun but the Sei Giorni shines best in the city.
With it being a 300-cc scoot, Vespa also made sure that it doesn’t come short when it comes to safety and comfort. The front and rear brakes use a 220 mm disc that comes with ABS. Its suspension is very gentle, ironing out various bumps with ease. Despite it being a heavy scooter, it’s surprisingly comfortable and agile to attack the curves due to its bigger tires.
In terms of fuel efficiency, I got 28.2 km/l with me using it with a somewhat aggressive throttle control.
With all of that being said, it still comes down to its price tag. This has been the largest drawback for other consumers when it comes to Vespas. With a retail price of P435,000, it’s definitely not an affordable scooter. While it is true that there are tons of scooters out there that could give you more for your money or even bigger, faster bikes that can be bought at this price point, we should remember that buying a Vespa does not only mean that you are buying their scooter. You’re also buying the rich heritage and legacy that comes with the Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition, not to mention the pride of owning one of the most exclusive scooters sold in the Philippines.
Elijah’s Likes ☺
- Amazing acceleration
- Perfect for city rides with its agility
- Unique looks that makes the stiffest of heads turn
- Front and rear ABS
- Pride of riding a Vespa
Elijah’s Room For Improvements ☹
- Gets really hot when used for longer rides, especially the under-seat compartment and glove compartment
- Fuel consumption not on par with its rivals
Elijah’s Ratings ☺
Fuel Efficiency: ★★★★☆
Value for Money: ★★★☆☆
Overall: 4.3 out of 5
*Pricing is correct and accurate as of this article’s time of writing.