Since this is my first post, I apologize for any "malapropism" or incorrect term I might use.
First, some context: I decided last year to take my father's old Vespa out of the garage, and put it back on the road, since I'm currently in need of a personal vehicle other than a bicycle. However, due to college exams and such, I took it to an official Piaggio workshop. I wasn't sure what to fix anyways, or what was wrong with.
I got it back after some time, and was very satisfied with the results. The bike started without too much kicking (5 or 6 if cold in the morning, 4 if warm afternoon), nice ride on the city, a lot of fun with the gears, increasing levels of wanderlust. You probably heard this story, or even experienced it yourselves. Now to the bad part:
I'm slightly disappointed with the bike in terms of power. I know, I know, it uses old technology (2-stroke, carburetor), it's almost 40 years old, etc etc. I understand that.
When I ride it alone in the city, it's more than enough, never left me in the dust. Good top speed, decent acceleration, superb maneuverability, good visibility.
But when I'm riding with a passenger, it's just slow. And when we go for a ride on the national roads (Spain, speed limit 100km/h, nobody gives a feck about speed limits), the engine just can't keep up. At a 20% slope, passenger and me, fourth gear, full throttle, it reaches MINIMUM speed limit, 50km/h. I started worrying about temperatures and engine seizures, but nothing happened. How can I travel long-distances with my partner, when a short ride becomes a stress-test? Maybe I was over-cautious, maybe I was realist.
Since I don't have a lot of experience, or even specific tools (flywheel remover), I'm interested in upgrading the bike in the most simple ways. The Spark Booster (blue, cheap one) from Kytronic looks very interesting, and the very few (3) reviews I found said it really worked. The SIP SITO exhaust series seemed very nice too. I don't even need to reach highway speeds (120km/h), just a little bit of extra power.
What would you recommend me? What should I do? Should I stick to urban riding, or can I really travel around with my Vespa?
Any advice, recommendation, or lesson, no matter how harsh (no insults, just tell me my bike is small and old) is welcome.
TL;DR: Bike (PK125S, stock, no upgrades yet) is very nice, but I think a little more power/efficiency is needed to travel around. Suggested upgrades: Spark Booster (Kytronic), new exhaust (SIP SITO Plus), maybe a bigger air filter?
-Not very experimented with transmission or engine repairs, I only repaired fairings and electric parts
-Driving techniques for long-travel plus driver and passenger?
Thank you very much for your support and understanding