Vespa continues to develop beguiling special editions of its iconic scooters. The latest innovative interpretation is the 2022 Vespa Pic Nic. Based on the Vespa Primavera platform, it takes the simple act of outdoor dining and turns it into a fashion statement.July 20 Update: The 2023 Vespa Pic Nic lands in US dealers in August. The Pic Nic 50 has a list price of $4699, and you’ll pay $5999 for the 150c version.Don’t get the idea that the Vespa Pic Nic is only about style. The modifications to the Primavera make it a functional tool for delivering you and a (potential) loved one to a scenic spot for some Italian bread and Prosciutto di Parma—and maybe something appropriate to wash it all down.
The Pic Nic is outfitted with a picnic basket mounted on a chrome luggage rack. Not just any basket, this carrier of fine dining is wood intertwined with rattan. Inside is a removable cooler bag that ensures your cold items are still chill when you arrive at your destination.In the front, you’ll note another luggage rack that has been chromed. It is carrying a blanket, as grass stains will ruin the fine Italian clothing you and your date are wearing to the picnic. The blanket has an integrated brown leather belt that performs double-duty—it secures the blanket to the luggage rack, and serves as a handle to carry the blanket to your remote dining location.It is certainly worth noting that both the blanket and basket proudly display the Vespa Pic Nic logo.Beyond the technical features, there are additional styling touches that make the Pic Nic distinctive. The scooter gets its own two-tone seat—the seating area is beige, and the lower rear wraparound seat panel gets a dark brown panel with a unique woven pattern. The passenger strap has an Italian flag belt, and the top of the seat has light gray piping. The dark brown used on the seat is reprised in the footrests’ rubber inserts and the step-through panel.Final touches include a special edition plate on the leg fairing, chrome body trim, and gray-painted wheels enhanced with diamond edges.You have a choice between Verde Pic Nic and Grigio Pic Nic colorways, with a racing stripe on the rear side panels.We don’t have a price for the 2022 Vespa Pic Nic, though we can tell you that the Primavera 150 75th special edition has an MSRP of $5849. Also, we can’t confirm when, or if, the Pic Nic is coming to the United States. You may have to travel to Italy to obtain one, but we all occasionally make sacrifices in life.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!