Monday, February 13, 2012

Stella Scooters

Stella (known by different names in different countries) is a model of a vintage-style scooter imported into the United States by Chicago-based Genuine Scooters since 2003, and manufactured by LML in Kanpur, India.

History

In 1986, LML began a joint venture with scooter manufacturer Piaggio, through which the Italian company sold its Vespa PX model to the Indian market. The Stella and Vespa P-series scooters share much of their design and engineering, and many of their parts are interchangeable. Genuine Scooters was formed to import the scooter to the United States market. Production was interrupted by a labor strike from 2005 to mid-2006 but resumed once the dispute was settled.

Characteristics

The Stella features a 150cc 2-stroke engine capable of speeds up to 65mph. Like "vintage" European scooters, it operates with a 4-speed "twist-grip" manual transmission. Other traditional features include a steel frame, spare tire, and styling.

The 2007 and 2008 models include better quality paint, grips, and a redesigned headlight.

The 2-stroke version of the scooter is authorized through Genuine Scooters dealers throughout most of the United States, but not in California due to state regulations. In 2011 Genuine developed a 4-stroke version of the Stella which meets California emission standards.


Comparison of Stella and Vespa PX150

Comparison
 Feature
Genuine Stella
Vespa PX150
Frame Heavy-Guage Pressed Steel Monocoque Pressed Steel Monocoque
Engine Type 5-Port Single Cylinder 2-Stroke Single Cylinder 2-Stroke
Displacement 150cc 151cc
Bore * Stroke 57.8 mm * 57 mm 58 mm * 57 mm
Fuel Economy 90 Miles Per Gallon 60 Miles Per Gallon
Compression Ratio 9:1 8:1
Induction Modern Reed Valve Rotary Valve (used since '50's)
Ignition Electronic CDI Electronic CDI
Starter Electric and Kick Electric and Kick
Exhaust Catalyzed Catalyzed
Lubrication Automatic Oil Injection Automatic Oil Injection
Cooling Forced Air Forced Air
Transmission 4-Speed Constant Mesh 4-Speed Constant Mesh
Fuel Capacity 2.1 Gallons 2.1 Gallons
Horsepower (Max.) 10 8.2
Dry Weight 240 lbs. Due to thicker steel body 213 lbs.
Length/Width 1760 mm./ 695 mm. 1810 mm./ 740 mm.
Wheelbase 1235 mm. 1260 mm.
Seat Height 820 mm. 810 mm.
Wheels/Tires Pressed Steel Rim/ 3.50*10 Tube Type Pressed Steel Rim/ 3.50*10 Tube Type
Rear Brake Mechanical Drum Mechanical Drum
Front Brake 7.87" Hydraulic Disc 7.87" Hydraulic Disc
Suspension Adjustable Load Gas Shocks Coil Over Oil Shocks (Used since 50's)
Colors
Red, Tangerine, Green, Silver, + Special editions
"Vintage" Green
Price (MSRP)
$2895
$4299

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