2008 Vespa GTS 250 Review ~ Vespa Daily

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2008 Vespa GTS 250 Review

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The Vespa GTS 250 delivers scooter with more performance expected from your small-displacement scoot.


I made this immediate after slipstreamimg past a in his monster truck on the freeway, over just in time for my Never mind that my maneuver took place at a 70 mph, or that the truck’s could have stomped on the and had me choking down diesel from the exhaust — happened to be at my eye-level. No, not this

Before my rival could down Kid Rock’s “Bawitdaba” the red Vespa GTS 250 was out of reach on the off-ramp. one up to the Piaggio Kid.

Vespa wasp in Italian, and the GTS 250 packs one of the stings in the iconic scooter The GTS 250 replaced its GTS 200 predecessor as the most ‘wasp’ on the road (a new 2009 has since eclipsed the 250.) The 250 more palatable open-road for scooter lovers, opening the options to anything with

Credit the versatility of the big Vespa to its 244cc Quasar Single. sounds like Star to us, but it stands for QUArter liter Augmented Range — being the operative word. the great thing about the GTS 250 is what it’s not, a scooter.

We like the little too, but their applications are specialized – a nice way of saying The GTS 250 mill splits the difference the fuel-efficient 125/150cc class and 400-650cc maxi-scooters.

We took the GTS 250 on many more roads your typical scooter

In real-world performance, the fuel-injected is capable of a variety of tasks its claimed 22hp and 14.9 of torque. The peppy throttle intimidate newbies, yet seasoned will appreciate the acceleration and abilities. It’s no Hayabusa, but the GTS off a green light and motors of four-wheeled traffic no problemo.

capable of freeway speeds, we the GTS 250 out on the superslab on regular occasion. treks filled with soccer moms and 18-wheeled big enhanced our feeling of vulnerability, on all two-wheelers but exaggerated on a scooter. And the (for a scooter) 12-inch don’t eliminate total on the freeway – especially if you’re to survive a wild commute in a So-Cal-esque interstate system.

That said, our initial faded as more and more jaunts made the 70-mph routine.

Those large do work well on regular Teamed with 120/70 and 130/70 rear tires, the GTS confidence while cornering, to the of us taking the Vespa on some of our sportbike backroads – albeit at a pace. With a 55-inch the scooter steering geometry is far sporting, but twisting the throttle out to the the little red road warrior its own.

And while it may have out of place during our Southern forest play rides, we at home buzzing through with some European verve.

Toss the scooter some of your favorite The GTS250 was game for the challenge.

The trailing arm and single shock up confirm Vespa’s claim of front end dive. But don’t out any harsh bumpy roads at speed, as you’ll feel the – even with the ultra-cush seat.

The Vespa’s dual-disc is effective, with positive feel. The rear 200mm feels stronger, bringing the (61%) 339.5-lb tank-empty to a halt — although the tire easily breaks with hard application (an ABS version is available.) Grabbing a of both levers stops in an efficient manner, but we were to never test the full at some of the higher speeds we on the Vespa speedo – topping out on one pitch at an indicated 80mph.

Stop-and-go street traffic is the GTS shines, a rider not bothered by the gear shifts and clutch While it sports a larger engine, the GTS is still relatively Riding it in urban settings, or passes for them in our Southern HQ, we loved sneaking around lots and alleyways for those scooter parking spaces.

And time we were stacked up a red light, the urge to do some lane splitting was almost

Fit and finish on the Vespa is good, an informative instrument cluster. We appreciated the digital fuel

Storage on the GTS is decent, with one exception – there’s no space for a helmet. Our mad Tetris skills utterly useless attempting to one under the seat. PR fine claims underseat storage can “two Vespa half so riders have to purchase the top case.

Still, there is room for a amount of gear and the underseat is supplemented by a convenient glove up front.

The instrument cluster is with an analog speedo to digital tach, fuel and gauges. Riding position is the soft seat accommodating rides as well as the usual trips. The floorboards did cramp our feet, but passenger footpegs are a addition, as is the convenient metal to bungee gear.

If you are carrying lbs out back, the rear suspension is adjustable.

Vespa GTS 250

While the standard is easy to use, we cursed time we were forced to use it for tasks – like closing the door, or jumping off to snatch from the underseat storage. A side/kick stand would be

In the style department, some in our snickered at the molded-leather-like seat, will perfectly match purses out there. Okay, it’s a bit much, but how can anyone the looks of a Vespa scooter? it’s like saying an old Beetle is ugly – the iconic fly above conventional critique.

And is iconic, the non-riding public the Vespa name as synonymous scooter.

And, of course, everyone knows scooters get incredible gas The 2008 summer of $4 gas made efficiency the hot button issue, scooters more fashionable ever. And although the price of has plummeted this fall, who what to expect next

Our GTS 250 observed a respectable 59.8 Better than any four-wheeled but run-of-the-mill in the scooter realm. figuring against a 24 MPG “average” the Vespa gets 10 cents per savings in fuel costs at $4

Plus, there’s something to be about the psychological benefit of out less than 10 bucks to up the 2.4-gallon tank.

The Vespa GTS 250versatility is a big selling point, as a mount in neccessary for most US and sub-urban commuters.

Vespa the fuel efficiency of its scooters as an and environmental benefit, which it Vespanomics. We’ll examine further in an upcoming article, but if we could save the planet and $50 a in gas money, the pricey GTS 250’s MSRP is a definite drag. For the cash a rider could a more powerful maxi-scooter with comparable MPG), or a Ninja 250R with to spare!

Another drawback to the GTS is fixing it can be Just ask any Vespa owner had their little beauty over. At issue is the sheet frame, which contributes to the Vespa look but also the brunt of a tip over.

The result is an repair, not a cheaper, easy-to-replace panel swap.

Plusses and aside, bike ownership about cold, rational There’s always the grin to consider, and something else can’t always be justified, yet is – personal taste.

Making admission, we flat out loved our Vespa scooter. It was our summer Our budget-shredding commuter. Our weekend The speedy red freeway racer reminded us scooters really do

And they do!

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