Vespa 250 GTS vs. Yamaha Morphous Review- Scooter Comparison Tests

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Urban Beat Two ways to the town: Vespa 250 GTS vs. Yamaha

Photography by Marc Urbano

are those among us who do not fully the modern scooter. Which, to be is baffling. Scooters possess an of use that lets you go places you not tread in a car or an SUV or a truck or even on a motorcycle.

Scooters elicit And waves. A six-pack fits under the flip-up seat. of all, you can spin your wheels all weekend on five worth of gas.

As the high of fossil fuels continues to headlines, the small-wheel set is garnering attention. Reporting last on Piaggio’s recent return to The Wall Street Journal that the Italian firm’s “were a favorite Hollywood Nicole Kidman on a Vespa? get much more mainstream that.

Between Aprilia, Piaggio, Suzuki, Vespa and U.S. consumers can choose more than two dozen and four-… models, ranging campus-capable to freeway-friendly. Regarding the Auto-clutch Continuously Variable aside, anything with two and an engine displacing more 49cc is a motorcycle, at least in states.

So, technically, the new-for-2006 Yamaha and the Vespa 250 GTS tested here are meaning they both a two-wheel endorsement on your Beachside vacation rentals aren’t.

Not that they belong at the beach. Or in the city. Or about anywhere in between. The GTS is the most powerful, most advanced Vespa in history.

And not PR prattle; as scooters go, the thing is quick. The Morphous, with its length and curious styling, slack-jawed stares wherever it Behind the acres of plastic, are no fewer than four compartments, all locking.

Both are 250s but arrive at their displacements differently. Bore and on the liquid-cooled, dohc, four-valve, Yamaha is an undersquare 66.0 x while the liquid-cooled, sohc, 244cc Vespa uses a 72.0 x 60.0mm combination. In of peak power, the GTS (15.9 at 7600 rpm) gets the though the Morphous (14.5 hp at isn’t far off.

Throttle pegged, the Vespa from 0-60 mph in 12.9 3.4 seconds quicker than the Chalk up the difference to weight: The GTS the scales at 345 pounds, nearly 50 lighter than the Yammie. times are closer, and top speed is at 76 mph.

Acceleration isn’t the area where these two differ. The Yamaha, with its 64.5-inch wheelbase and larger-diameter wheels, is supremely stable at any The Vespa, which measures a 55.0 inches between and rolls on smaller 12-inch always feels a bit jittery, as if enjoyed one too many espressos. The of course, is instantaneous steering

Whereas the Morphous arcs through corners, the GTS darts apexes with puppy-like

Part of the credit for the Yamaha’s goes to its telescopic fork, like its hydraulically actuated brakes, works well and good feedback. In a nod to the past, the like other Vespas, a single-sided trailing-arm front Brakes are hydraulic discs.

As on the Yamaha, the right lever the front, the left activates the

The low-slung Morphous reaches its limits quite early, its sidestand and centerstand on the left and the on the right. Adding a passenger the situation worse, particularly unlike on the Vespa, the dual are not adjustable to compensate for additional weight. The GTS will deck its too, but doing so requires a deeper lean angle.

difference: seat height. At 25.5 inches—bumper height to SUVs—the Yamaha’s sculpted with its two-position backrest a full 6 inches lower the Vespa’s. Keeping with the theme, the Morphous’ tubular is angled down, resulting in a cramped cockpit, especially for

In contrast, taller riders at ease on the GTS, with its upright riding position. You sit the Vespa, as if at the dinner table, the handgrips like a fork and a With the laid-back Morphous, the are more post-repast, what’s-on-TV

That position may feel and good in the dealer showroom, but on the with much of your concentrated on your tailbone and from potholes, pavement and other street imperfections up your spine, it’s not at all. At least airflow the low windscreen is smooth and free buffeting.

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There are no such with the Vespa—what you see is what you passengers struggle getting on the rider (as with the similarly Morphous), and the cool retracting are located so far forward that at the passenger’s boots overlap those of the rider.

Despite the immense size, storage all that great. As previously there are four locking which Yamaha refers to in the manual as A, B, C and Trunk. A is the glovebox below the handlebar on the left of the dash. B and C are the two underseat bins.

The trunk is at the rear of the bike.

to all four areas requires the key. A is suitable for paperwork and a opener. B, the most forward and of the underseat compartments, is shaped to a full-face helmet, just as as it’s not one of the latest, spoiler-equipped C is good for smaller, flatter such as a sandwich (6-inch, not a pair of gloves or a T-shirt.

A switch located on the left of the machine between the two bins a light for nighttime use. The turns off automatically when the seat is lowered.

The trunk is a idea in concept. In actual though, despite Yamaha’s it is too small and awkwardly shaped to be of any benefit. Soft, pliable rainsuit, for example—fit best.

In to the standard folding luggage the Vespa has two locking storage a small glovebox and a large bin. The latter can be pulled out for and easy access to the engine. the engine on the Yamaha requires of one or both of the underseat storage which are secured by three and Allen-head bolts, respectively.

Finally, there’s price. it reintroduced the Vespa brand to the six years ago, Piaggio set prices high, compared to with like displacements, that buyers would pay a for the opportunity to own one of the fabled Italian The GTS is no different, as it retails for $5799, $600 more than the

That is nothing to sniff at, but it isn’t enough to cost the victory. The GTS is quicker, more and more fuel efficient. It has cornering clearance and superior

Most importantly, it’s fun to ride. That’s something we can all

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