Ok, It took me a little while to get the Boulevard registered and insured, but I've been riding it around this morning for its first real road test, and here's my initial thoughts:
• Scooter is really well built. I've had other 125's, and even a few BeeWee's, but this thing takes out the prizes for build quality.
• It looks cool. The horn cover in black on the front really makes it look smart on the white scooter.
• At first, I thought "Wow, 125's are gutless eh?" but that was after jumping off the 250, and it had only 1km on the dial. Now, I'm surprised at how capable a 125 engine is. It's already getting me to 90km/h, and its not even hit 20km.
• The instruments are clear, easy to read, and the indicators are in my opinion nicer to use than the Vespa. Perhaps its the clunk/click of the indicator switch that gives it credibility. The Vespa ones are soft, and smooth, and sometimes your not sure you've really clicked it.
• Braking feels different, especially with the fork setup different to the Vespa, but Twin discs on the Vespa win hands down, but the Brakes on the Boulevard are solid, and you know you can trust them to do what they do when you need them.
Agility on the Boulevard is the greatest thing I've found. Perhaps its the heavy GTS250 that I'm comparing it too, but the scooter is very lightweight, but still feels solid. Being tall, I sit a little further back on the seat, and the convex shape for your *** feels a little too forward for me, but I've found a comfortable medium on where to sit.
So, thats all I can really report at the moment, other than its a heap of fun to ride. Those of you with Piaggio Fly's must be really happy with them, as they are exactly the same. Another thing I've noticed, and this is very 'vespa' of me to comment, is the instrument panel layour is identicle to the older Vespa ET range, and also the mirrors are the same. It has that Vespa characteristic.
I'd suggest anyone whos looking at a Vespa Clone, stear clear of the emulations/copies/look alikes, and get something that is pedigree of the Piaggio bloodline.