2010 Vespa GTS 300 Super Review — Motorcycle USA

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Vespa GTS Super 300

2010 Vespa GTS 300 Super

The 2010 Vespa GTS300 is an of the GTS250 model and is the largest Vespa ever made.

Italy, April 23, 1946:

A Piaggio Cie. representative into the patent office and an application for a “motorcycle with a arrangement of organs and elements, a frame with a mudguards and concealing all mechanical parts.” Isn’t Florence in Italy? gives? Italian engineering beauty, performance, a fat pricetag and all the of Robert Downey Jr.

I didn’t know there was a word in for “rational” until I looked it up for article (razionale, which I and not unreasonably, assumed was some of pasta, as in “I’ll have the razionale with fennel”).

Of the birth stories of most motorcycle companies usually with a pair of colorful (“born in Bologna in 1911, the boys were well-known in the racing scene and by 1934, racing a hand-built 125cc in the Mille Miglia”) starting out a shed behind the prosciutto-curing But that wasn’t the story Vespa.

Piaggio, a large and heavy manufacturing concern, a cheap transportation product to to Italy’s post-war masses. The had mechanical engineers, designers, workers, a factory — a large, rubble-filled field there used to be a factory and capital. All that was needed was a design, something a little practical and substantial than scooters, which were more as toys for wealthy than practical transportation.

Yes post-war Italy was marked by unemployment, horrible roads and a restless population. Nobody afford a car, but they to get around, and for that they cheap, tough, dependable and it was Italy) stylish wheels.

Fuel gauge, temperature and clock round out the instrumentation. ignition is very effective, and

Piaggio’s aeronautical past itself in designer Corradino (who developed several helicopter prototypes) new scooter its swoopy cowlings and landing-gear-like end. But that’s what he “With no knowledge of motorbikes, I about making a vehicle I could use without having to be a said D’Ascanio in a 1949 interview. That must been the winning formula, it wasn’t long before (it was dubbed Vespa, or “wasp,” of its buzzing engine note or waist and bulbous tailsection, on which scooter nerd you to) and “scooter” were interchangeable like “Kleenex” and “Facial or “Microsoft” and “Pain in the Ass.”

County, California, 2010:

The GTS300 is held together by a chassis that makes for good and maneuverability.

Sixty-four years and the brilliance of a non-rider’s idea to build a motorcycle for non-riders is still readily apparent in Co.’s Vespa 300 GTSie. last year, it’s an of the GTS250, and is the largest-capacity Vespa made. And the irony is that the post-war engineering, intended to get back on its wheels as quickly and as possible, is now the hallmark of the luxury

At $6199, the 300 GTSie is pricey for its

Sixty-four years along, are still built with steel monocoque chassis: steel stampings welded to form a rigid structure, the tube-steel and plastic construction of typical 21st-century scooter. All metal makes the scoot good handling, expensive-looking and to repair dents or dings. The is also the engine/drive unit, and suspended by dual preload-adjustable

In front is that distinctive front. suspension. thing. a double-acting hydraulic damper. A 220mm disc, two-piston and braided-steel line handles the action up front, and another disk is in back. To live up the the badging — a moniker harkens back to Vespa’s Super Sprint models of — there’s sporty-looking on the front shield, engine and suspension, as well as two-tone wheels.

The Super’s modern, four-valve, fuel-injected Single hills, no matter how steep, aren’t a problem.

That may look familiar to the ghost of but the motor probably wouldn’t. as modern and clean-burning as an internal-combustion can be, a far cry from the smoky, buzzy of the Vespas of yore. It uses a to drive a single overhead operating four valves. also fuel-injected and water-cooled, sanitized and it probably has the Pope’s as well (calls and prayers to the were unanswered as of press

It’s the biggest motor has put in a vehicle of late: 278cc, bigger than the GTS250 or (no, I don’t know why the 250 is and the GTV300 is also 244cc). good for a claimed 22 horsepower through the no-shifting-required CVT, than some dual-sport of similar displacement I could but won’t because I like invited to press events.

This luxury scooter luxury appointments: wide, seat with lots of for two, underseat storage for two a digital clock, a locking fuel gauge and fire-engine-red that’s as deep and glossy as a wet Rancher candy. Electric and built-in anti-theft electronics are standard. But the real luxury on this Vespa — all really — is the exceptional quality, fit, finish and of all the components.

It’s a luxury something that can’t be with fancy names or plastic trim.

Luxury have to perform and handle than budget ones, and the delivers. The motor’s new displacement and are readily apparent. Twisting the makes all 22 horsies leap out and gets the 326 lbs (claimed dry weight!) of metal moving down the pretty briskly. Keeping up any kind of city traffic is no at all, uphills, downhills, cargo, whatever. This is one that will never up traffic.

On divided freeways, the GTS up to its 65-70 mph cruising speed easily, but past that it a little—and maybe needs a downhill slope—to get to its 80 mph (claimed) top And for all that performance, fuel is still quite acceptable: I saw 60 mpg in my very unscientific mpg testing, means you can expect 120-150 from its 2.4 gallon tank.

The corners as well as anything a purse hook has a right to do. grab rails replace the rack found on the standard

This is no continent-clobbering maxi-scooter: designed to stylishly, efficiently do 95 percent of scooters need to do; get town and maybe cruise on winding two-lane roads. The handling is. super. The long and radial 12-inch Pirelli keep things stable and and the suspension is well-calibrated, soaking up and keeping the rubber stuck to the despite the challenges the unsprung of the powertrain unit presents.

The work well, too, good feedback and no fade, after an hour of photo up and down a very twisty road. Steering is very and easy, but mid-corner stability is you can carry lots of corner like on a much bigger without the bike feeling or indistinct as you roll on throttle. The limit is cornering clearance the centerstand tang can drag if you too far over — but something has to you you’re on a scooter.

Around the big Vespa doesn’t give up to its smaller cousins. It’s maneuverable, with a tight circle, and the step-through design that even if your little legs can’t the ground, you can still pop forward and the bike in and out of a parking space. The is well-balanced, making parking the a snap (the sidestand well too), and the underseat is voluminous.

No luggage rack, but you can buy and a locking trunk as an accessory.

Dual disc brakes braided-steel lines deliver safe stops, two-tone deliver the latest in Euro fashion.

Vespa has come circle. It’s gone building basic transportation to get post-war masses on the road to second luxury vehicles to urban sophisticates who want to fun while looking good and less fuel. Sure, a will have better ratio, but it’s not a scooter, is it?

are different, and riding a Vespa is riding no other scooter: the frame and suspension give it the character you’d expect a limited-production, Italian-made vehicle. Now for the fastest, best-handling, biggest made. seems like a for the right person, although you can find quality bikes for far Those products might be better performing and offer value.

But like a guy who’s only driving a Mercedes for 40 if you want a Vespa, you want a I didn’t ask for facial tissue: I some Kleenex for my delicate

Were Vespa a person, be busy purchasing golf in anticipation of retirement. No such for Signore Vespa. Sixty-four on, D’Ascanio’s invention is still exactly what it promised: non-motorcyclists (and enlightened out into the fresh air, the benefits of life on two wheels.

And tells me that even if the brings electricity, fuel or even atom-powered hoverbikes, will still be fashionable riding their Vespas in

Thanks to “60 years of the Vespa” by Sarti and Piaggio Company’s Italian Style for the World” for the information.

FOOTNOTE: *But no cats! a warning sticker under the with the “NO” symbol over a cute little cat and “NO PETS” written under it. I used to sell Vespas, I wonder about that after all, when you see like that, maybe the warning about using hairdrier in the bathtub (which bet, if done carefully, can be a time-saver), it’s on there somebody, somewhere, tried to do thing.

So I asked Erik Piaggio USA’s Director of Service about the sticker, not a serious answer, but he told me a about a dinner with international compliance people—who sure Piaggio’s products all the legal and political requirements of the they are being sold in during which Erik them the apocryphal tale of a of home appliances that was because a little old lady her poodle off in her microwave with bad results for the animal. The next a shipment of the NO PETS stickers from Italy with no and they’ve been placed in Vespa’s underseat compartment I don’t know why the sticker show a poodle, though: Italians don’t like

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