I just picked up my 2009 Vespa 250! She only had 5 miles on her. Here are some pics. I drove her home 65 miles and here are my impressions: I'm six-two, 195, 32 inch inseam. This sucker is smooth. I didn't go over 55 indicated, but at that speed I truly didn't feel like I was riding on a 12-inch tire. Very stable/smooth. The tall windshield give you a very quiet ride. I had ear plugs in under my helmet and it was almost too quiet! No buffeting. Torque/pickup at both off the line and at 35mph is more than sufficient. It's confidence inspiring. A 250 cc is really the perfect size and balance for the type of riding I do. Throttle is a little stressing after 20 mins, but the again I haven't been on a bike for 2 years so maybe my muscles will adapt. The seating position is very good for my height and even though I can tell it will hard to sit upright for long distances...that is a good thing! Again, it will build and promote good posture! It's much better than leaning back and putting stress on your tail bone. The Givi E470 (47 liter) is a great match. I thought it might be too big, but it's nice sized and it looks proportional. I'm getting the light kit added to it next week. I did notice a slight burning smell on stops, but thought it must be the new breaks? I did go over 60% throttle because I had to, but I'm not too worried about those hotly contested perfect break-in threads. It's a bike, not a baby :) Oh, and guess what I'm doing tomorrow morning? I'm going riding!