The Vespa has been getting a lot of use lately. It really is the perfect get-around-town transport for a city like Boston. They get about 60 miles to a gallon of gas. We filled it up last September and we are only at a half tank. A motorcycle license is not needed for a Vespa if it is 50cc or under. No special insurance is required. The best part of all, they can be parked anywhere, even on the sidewalk!
Even though a 50cc Vespa tops out at 35mph, we would never get on one without a wearing a helmet. The reasons are many...streets can be bumpy, cement is hard, and we are fond of the shape of our heads. For a helmet to work, you have to get one that fits, and you have to wear it.
Some of us here have a problem with enclosed spaces...so they wear an open-face helmet. They are easy to put on and take off, are very comfortable, and will fit in the storage compartment of the seat of the Vespa. While not as protective as a full-face unit, they are infinitely better than no helmet at all. If we were on Monhegan Island, say, we would consider not wearing a helmet, but since we are in Boston we would never get on the Vespa without one. [Permalink] - Vespa Helmets