Vespa GTS 300 Super Sport — Motorbikes Reviews, News & Advice

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Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie

Vespa GTS 300 Super Sport

zippy 300 Super Sport up to its name, with plenty of and a brilliant quality of finish. And it can mix it in any situation

From the shaky under AMF to the famous management of 1981 and into the decades Harley-Davidson has built itself a global giant on the back of styling and a rich, long

Hang on, this a scooter isn’t it? Yes, it most is, but if you think about it, the relevance of the example becomes clear – in ways Vespa is Harley’s equivalent.

Long and proud Check – the first Vespa was under the guidance of Enrico son of Piaggio’s founder, Rinaldo at the end of WWII. Cultural icon? – the Vespa has become synonymous Latin chic, ever actors Gregory Peck and Hepburn took to Rome’s on one in the 1953 Hollywood blockbuster, Holiday . Retro styling modern engineering?

Check – has never strayed far from its silhouette, but today the marque’s line-up boasts features as electronic fuel injection, it to meet increasingly strict emissions regulations. Premium Check and ker-ching – like owners, Vespa owners do pay a whack more for the name, but price do you put on style?

Sitting at the top of Vespa family – along with four models, each stylistically a different but with the same engine and chassis configuration – is the GTS 300 Sport. It’s not quite as as the limited-edition GTV 300ie Vie Della or the optioned-up GTV 300 Via Montenapoleone, while the Sport’s Nero Abisso scheme (that’s ‘black’ to you and I) quite as striking as the limited-edition and orange GTS 300 Arancio Competizione, but a small step up from the GTS 300 Super, thanks to its Super badges and decals, and ribbed Yep, between the superlatives and the you’ve got to work pretty when reading the promo to pin down the actual differences these models – better to simply revel in the beauty of the you like best, and judge it on its own


I recently about 1000km over a of weeks doing just on the GTS 300 Super Sport, and while I classify myself as a scooter I was mightily impressed from the I hopped aboard. In fact, I was even before I hopped – because Vespa does so well, and the GTS 300 Super Sport that point home.

I mean, from a city away it could only be a The lines, the level of finish – all there. It’s beautifully put and pleasingly devoid of any cosmetic

The matt-black colour provides a backdrop for the chrome highlights the mirrors, the pillion grabrail, and other bits of trim.

It fairly sizeable for a scooter at glance, but any notion of it being is instantly dispelled the moment rock it off its centrestand or pick it up off its It’s 148kg (dry) is light in itself, but because the of that weight is carried down low – the direct-drive engine serves as a swingarm, after all – it like it could be half This means it’s to push around in the drive, combined with a short wheelbase and 12in wheels, it direction with lightning and a bare minimum of input.

in the back brake lever and the starter and the scoot’s 278cc single-cylinder engine stirs life. It’s a four-… and clean and quiet – an aspect isn’t such a neat fit the evocative images of Vespas in the day – but it’s still one spirited performer. Wind it on from a start and the SS leaps off the line, punchy, largely linear all the way up to 100km/h, from which the go tails off until an indicated top (with this 92kg of around 120km/h.

It’s ample to beat the away from the lights, and – in a of distinction from the marque’s fare – it’s enough to mix it the cut and thrust of freeway traffic. I quite secure aboard the SS on my commute, which takes in 130km, 95 per cent of which is I’d only recently had a Vespa S 150 IE for a and that didn’t quite the oomph for 100km/h zones but it was happy in 80km/h zones.

I it all depends on where and how you intend to use


The suspension is with a non-adjustable mono-arm shock and preload-adjustable rear shocks. The springs do a decent and with the steel monocoque they provide a stable over typical city It’s surprisingly stable, despite those diminutive even when tapped out on the road.

The braking package comprises calipers front and rear, a single disc up the pointy Used together they’re pretty good, offering feel and plenty of power, and enough for its intended usage.

The CVT transmission offers fuss-free with a super-smooth take up stationary to forward motion. All the benefits of scooters are here – the ’n’ go’ convenience, the shopping hook, the glove compartment, and the underseat The latter will swallow a bit of gear and probably a couple of helmets, but it’s not deep to take a full-face lid.

As for there’s not much to speak of. self-retracting sidestand is annoying – I accidently chucked the thing on its once during the scoot’s – but fortunately the centrestand is really to use. The headlight is a winner, a broad spread of light, but the could be louder – a common with scooters.

Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie

The instrumentation an analogue speedo, fuel and engine temperature gauge, a small digital display, but it really do with a trip to back up the odometer – that take some of the guesswork out of your next petrol The digi display features a Press the adjacent button and the flips to the date. Press it and it shows seconds.


And finally, we have the in the Super Sport’s crown – its economy. It returned an average of while in my care, which was 1km/lt under the S 150 IE I had before it, the extra weight and performance. a 9.2-litre tank, that to a working range of around which ain’t bad.

The filler is fiddly. It’s under the seat and the diameter of the is just the right size to a petrol pump nozzle. this means you won’t make the mistake of filling it diesel, it’s way too easy to fuel back out of the top of the filler, then spills into the under-seat storage.


If you’re used to getting by car or motorcycle, over time the Sport’s frugal economy go some way to addressing the Super biggest stumbling block – price. At $8290 (plus it’s a lot of cash for a scooter and are far cheaper alternatives. However – and as is the with Harley’s cruisers – if the right name on the product is an ingredient, Vespa’s GTS 300 Super has the performance and the quality of finish to up the image.



Type: Liquid-cooled, four-valve single-cylinder


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Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie
Vespa GTS SuperSport 300 ie

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