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Vespa GTS Super 300

Ahead of its Class

Photos by Palaima

Having now ridden the MP3. a couple Aprilias including the auto-shifting Mana – and a few of scooters, it’s high I’d swung a leg over an icon in the world of two-wheeled transportation: a

As icons go, in any market, they’re not technically superior to newer For the most part, they by popular demand and by history the stepping-stones of evolution and design, if not The Piaggio Group, owners of the brand, has kept true to its and left the legendary Italian untarnished and on track by producing classic-style scooters.

Growing in engine size from the the new-for-2009 278cc GTS 300 Super stray from the pack but now lead with ease.

as Vespa’s fastest and biggest, the 300 is the Vespa I’ve ridden. it another cannot be done, but I can you at minimum an evaluation on the unit It’s big – for Vespa – and fast to be fun, but the Italian conglomerate faster scooters if you want top speed from your getter.

Vespa describes the Super as the and most technologically advanced ever. I like to call it the hooligan.

With a feather-light and clutch-free transmission, new riders be well advised to go easy on the for the first few rides. Whisking you with a surprising pace, the silent GTS 300 CVT rockets from a stop with grace. But on.

With a 31.1-inch saddle tight steering rake and wheelbase (53.9 inches), Vespa is nimble and quick but a twitchy on the grooved California In the city, it’s a blast to

Beneath the retro-styled plastic lies one of Vespa USA’s fuel-injected four-… Singles. to the company’s website, it squidges the girlfriend for that one) out a 21.2 crankshaft hp at 7,500 rpm and ft-lbs of torque at 5,000 providing just enough to propel this 200-pound down the freeway at 80 miles per The Super is a maxi-scoot inside a package.

For those who might how the 300 stacks up to Vespa’s 250, the 244cc GTS 250 makes 21.7 hp at rpm and 14.9 ft-lbs at 6,500 rpm for a top speed of 76 mph. It weighs the 326 pounds but retails for just less and doesn’t come the cool “Super” moniker to the unit. For the $200, we’d the higher top speed and extra few on the monthly payment.

Vespa describes the Super as the and most technologically advanced ever. I like to call it the hooligan. In the black paint ripping around the city at sometimes in excess of 60 mph, past unsuspecting drivers and the stealthy 300 is overlooked as a troublemaker. that guy can’t be going all fast, he’s on a scooter!” We need to turn down a walkway, groceries in tow, to slip into another laughing inside our helmet.

As is with scooters, and Vespas in the riding position is classic Piaggio doesn’t make a foot-forward type of scooter in any size. None that are in the U.S. anyway.

Vespa created a synergy between performance, safety and reliability its first GT in 2003, the Granturismo Aiming to stay true to a appearance yet offering higher and performance, the liquid-cooled powerplant was to the Vespa lineup, and at the time the GT 200 was the Vespa on the market.

The big Vespa’s 12-inch wheels, front and 130/70 rear, on standard Vespa suspension a single dual-chamber hydraulic up front and a pair of preload-adjustable in the rear. You’ll also on the saddle to help absorb bumps, but the Super’s small and quick steering will avoid the bigger ones.

The saddle is handy, and the switchblade-like pegs are a nice touch. But carrying a passenger, the pegs the operator’s calves at traffic Tight quarters for sure.

the lean/steer mechanism lockout on the Piaggio MP3, the Super 300 has one self-standing mechanism: the center For riders of big touring rigs, the of picking up the motorcycle using of half your limbs may impossible — but it works. For scooter weight is far less an issue, and the maker chose a more and secure parking stance the traditional sidestand.

It’s all you’ve got now, so get to it.

Beneath that two-person you’ll find the common areas and gas tank. Due to the scale of the engine and storage, the filling is bent in a way that prevents fill-ups. With the vapor as found on fuel-pump nozzles in Cali, injecting gas can be a bothersome and you’ll often pump gas into the storage area.

Vespa GTS Super 300

As an without a drain, your gets soaked with so pump with caution.

you get past the aptitude test is filling the gas tank, you might that you’re getting the miles per gallon that claims. We hadn’t run through a 2.4-gallon tank in our week-long even in LA!

With room for two half-helmets while you shop, the is not designed for carrying your and a warning sticker advises it. However, your daily from the market is a perfect fit – a of rum, a carton of eggs and toilet tissue, you know, the stuff. You’ll have to buy after-market basket for carrying home from the vet. and leather-fringed models can be had on eBay if you hard enough.

For actual cargo portage, offers a tail pack for the folks (spare clothes/shoes) and drinkers (gallons of scotch our dear friend Gabe).

not convinced it’s cool to a scooter? Get out of your cage and some money. Motorcyclists the real story behind so I see you folks in the cars are on the bubble. To I’ll direct your to my Brooklyn-born musician friend Katz. who tours the world the likes of De La Soul and Redman. Los Angeles, his choice of transportation is a 150.

He’s one of the coolest I know in LA. and he helps keep the cool by staying out of an SUV.

and style are two of the most popular for buying anything, really.

has a reason for buying a scooter, or for not one: Price and style are two of the popular reasons for buying really. But when you can save while enjoying the wind in face, it’s time to downscaling your life a Super-cool ride.

The 2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super is in three colors (Montebianco Shiny Black, Dragon and has an MSRP of $6,199. Not the most choice of scoots, but a prestigious name has its price.

We liked the GTS so we gave it the runner-up spot in the category in our Best Of 2009

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