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Vespa’s dark Notte treatment looks sort of menacing

It’s now available in the Philippines if you like black

The Notte line is available on the 300cc GTS Super. PHOTO FROM VESPA

Let’s face it: Vespa is the polar opposite of Harley-Davidson in the styling department. While the American motorcycle brand is known for badass-looking two-wheelers, the Italian scooter marque is popular for its cute charm. Someone once joked that you only ever buy a Vespa if you’re female or Italian. A sexist wisecrack, sure, but you get the point: Vespas just won’t intimidate a group of thugs waiting to mug you down the alley.

If you’re one of those image-conscious individuals who truly love Vespa but want something tougher-looking, then the Notte (Italian for “night”) treatment might finally convince you to pull out the checkbook. Even better news: It’s now available in our market.

You like your stuff black? The GTS Super Notte looks much meaner than the regular version. PHOTOS FROM VESPA

The Notte series is essentially a special line offered for certain Vespa models. It immediately stands out for its matte-black paint job and other black-colored details. For our market, Vespa Philippines is offering the Notte edition on two models: the 150cc Sprint and the 300cc GTS Super.

The Notte treatment is also offered on the 150cc Sprint. PHOTOS FROM VESPA

If you dig black Vespas, inquire about the Notte series at either one of Vespa Philippines’ showrooms in Bonifacio Global City and North Greenhills. If you get one, you still won’t be allowed to join a Harley-Davidson Sunday-morning ride, but at least you’ll get fewer smirks from tattooed bikers clad in dark leather jackets.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.