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Vespa GTS Super 300

Vespa 300 GTS

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are three brands which not evoke a loyalty and passion even within our emotion-driven of two-wheelers, they have the usual bounds and gained awareness among those not interested in our kind of thing. The inevitably, is Harley-Davidson, a symbol of style and rebellion across the

The second is Ducati, as the single-track of the Italian obsession with persistently punching far above its with improbable success upon year, not only on the but in terms of public recognition The third is also Italian, and coming from the most and original two wheel design of the century: Vespa is so strong as a a large proportion of people heard of it have no idea the that makes it is called Indeed, to many, vespa has into a generic term for

Click on image for gallery The was built in 1946, designed by aircraft engineer Corradino to get working factories silenced by the of hostilities as well as to mobilise short of fuel, cash and The steel monocoque chassis was and highly effective, the fully engine an essential for everyday the easily detached wheels and dealt with the then problem of punctures, and it was styled Italian flair at its finest.

In the UK mods took to scooters mostly Vespas and Lambrettas as the antithesis to the grubby, high motorcycle culture of the rockers, but if were a cult, the fundamentals of and unintimidating transport which their clothes clean to most people. That was 62 ago and while most motor has moved on almost unrecognisably, Vespa fundamentals were so the latest machines- principles are changed.

Even D-Ascanio-s undercarriage-derived front suspension the same and unique in the two wheeler single sided for that change facility and with a link that looks at sight as if it ought to dive at the first hint of front It doesn-t though, remaining and level because while the transfer of the scooter is trying to the suspension, attaching the brake to the bottom of the shock absorber it counters by trying to extend the as it attempts to rotate around the Wheel removal aside advantage is that the wheel backwards as it moves up, like one in telescopic forks, rather forward and up as in many other front ends such as Telelever, and in turn this a better ride quality.

is why you still find the D-Ascanio design on the latest Vespa, the 300 GTS The Super tag has been applied to the sportiest Vespas over the and before the details of this one were announced, Vespisti were arguing over the of blowing the dust of this once again. Yes, really should have things to do.

What they didn-t was that the GTS-s capacity was to be upped, out to 278cc from the of the 250-s Quasar engine via and … increases, concomitant cylinder head changes to with the additional flow of the larger cylinder. But the changes to the resultant power curve appear especially sporting, the low and mid rev ranges being packed out more torque as a priority a top end horsepower boost — the claimed top speed of 82mph is the on the 300 as the 250.

But it-s all the better for and perhaps ironically sportier at least at speeds it-ll be used at. It drives off the line some impressive muscle surges forward into up hills and with faster traffic significantly more than the 250, and no doubt cope with a passenger effectively too. It-s not 70mph that it starts to breathless, so you could conceivably use as a fast A-road and motorway should needs be.

Certainly the stability is well up to the engine-s That pressed steel is, according to Piaggio, more twice as rigid as typical steel ones with bodywork, the general scooter formula, and it really does

Bear in mind the step-through is poor from a rigidity there-s a 40:60 front to weight distribution and usually 12 inch wheels, yet the 300 GTS Super is stable even flat out and in conditions. Okay, it-s not secure, but within scooter it-s one of the best, and that extends to the way it steers, with neutrality at low speeds preventing it dropping to far into tight and little of the urge to run wide in broader corners that-s of this weight distribution.

You do to notice the considerable unsprung of an engine and transmission that in concert with the rear as the going gets quicker and with some jarring and but again, the Vespa is more than most scooters.

The plays an important role in the feeling of rider obedience as it up the drive with unusual and predictability. On some scooters almost impossible to execute a point turn without at a small wobble when the kicks in as you open the throttle, and are downright difficult because of But controlling very low, trickling speeds with the twistgrip on the GTS is pleasing and easy you can pull away directly a full lock turn both feet up on the footboards and not them poised near the in case a quick dab is needed.

Engine aside the differences 300 and 250 are not major. The Super badge the 300 the right to some side cooling grills as sported by er, sporting Vespas, while the have been revised different chrome trim and red-painted suspension components and rear and new seats (there are two at purchase time), both of are leaner looking than the

What you don-t get is the 250-s useful and I think rather looking rear rack, a as this seriously reduces the practicality, always something of a disadvantage with Vespas to most other modern as they have less storage than most. No at all to fit my full face Arai there without taking a saw to it even then I-m speculating), not all open face lids fit.

There is a top box option, this will of course your sporting pretensions. No a rack of some sort be an option at some point, if it-s not one of Piaggio-s own.

omission which surprises is the of ABS. The Brembo brakes impress with both balance and power, and there-s good feel from the which most motorcyclists used to, although that-s because a scooter-s rear generally is stronger than the not just because of rider but because with more squeezing its tyre to the road it has stopping potential, even weight transfer taken account. But the Vespa is upmarket, and expensive, and lesser scooters ABS so really this one should

Like all motorcycle and scooter Piaggio doesn-t quote fuel economy figures will tell you some its bikes, but not for speeds or conditions any person would relate But judging by experience with the I-d expect you-d be able to get (24.8km/l, 4.0l/100km) or maybe out of the 300, which with its 2 tank (2.4 gallons US, 9l) 140 miles (225km) to empty.

fine for round town use and the majority of Vespa riders, but I help thinking a little would add a touring dimension the is otherwise capable of (given top box too of course). It-s certainly enough for several hours in the weather protection isn-t bad could even wear one of all-over leg covers and keep lower half completely and reliability is good enough for over long distances in lands. But then with space taken up by fuel you-d not even fit a Barbie helmet beneath the seat.

If the £3649 is high, where you is in depreciation, or lack of it compared with cheap Chinese Not only do they generally any sort of style, they come close to a Vespa-s impressive build quality, barely have an importer at all let a proper dealer network, and they go wrong, as they do, you can-t get any spares and pretty have to throw them Even if you can sell one on the depreciation hit is huge.

In the end though, no matter how convincing the a Vespa sells because a Vespa. That is taken to Italian style and chic at its and in those respects too, the 300 GTS does not disappoint in the slightest. one of those rare objects, some Ducatis and Harleys and a few bikes too which is simply a to own, whether you rode it or

But of course you will, and you-ll it then too.

Vespa GTS Super 300
Vespa GTS Super 300
Vespa GTS Super 300


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