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The Toronto Moto Scooter Club Message Board › REVIEW: Test Ride, Vespa GTS 300 Super - Updated with more photos.

REVIEW: Test Ride, Vespa GTS 300 Super - Updated with more photos.

Benny
DiavoloFortunato
Toronto, ON
Post #: 10,907
The Vespa GTS 300 Super is now the largest displacement engine ever to be fitted to a scooter with the Vespa name on it. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a test ride of a few hours today of a very new, not yet broken in 300 with only 17 kms on the odometer, thank you Clyde. What can I say about the styling other than if you are fond of the classic but updated Vespa lines, you will love this scooter.



The addition of the slit/gills on the right rear cowls harkens back many years to its older kin, a classy look for this fast bike. Other changes from the previous GTS including, black trim around the front fender crest, black ring around the headlight, two toned wheels, a newly designed horn cast, red suspension cover, white piping on the seat and an analog dash with a black face. Overall, it is stylish, classy and sporty, I love it.







One quick press of the starter button and the 278 cc fuel injected, liquid cooled, four valve engine roars to life. Roars? Yes I said roars. Another change is that the chrome tipped exhaust has a new voice. This engine now roars and is growly in a deeper sportier way. It isn't quite the roar of my Leo Vince pipe on my own GTS, but I'm not sure I would bother getting a LV pipe if I owned a 300. I like the new sound effects.

So how is it to ride you ask? Well it is very very much like my GTS 250, which means it is a nimble yet powerful scooter that easily handles the day to day grind of city riding. However, one very big difference between the 300 and my 250 is the torque. If you look at the engine's stats you will notice nary a difference between the 250 and 300 in terms of horsepower. Vespa did not tune this baby to reach a higher top end, rather they tuned this to be the ultimate urban assault scooter. The GTS 300 has amazing torque, that is on demand immediately. This is very very apparent from the first time you twist the throttle. The 300 is like a crouching tiger, ready to pounce. So much so, that I felt that if I shifted my weight towards the back of the seat just a little bit more, I could probably lift the front wheel off the ground and wheelie it. Trust me, I didn't want to find out if I could handle a wheelie so I didn't try it out. However, the torque really seems to be there for it if you were to want to try such a thing. So this scooter really wants to run. You will beat other scooters and cars easily off the mark at a light. The power comes on right away. This is a very good trait if you spend most of your time riding in town. As with all GTS's, it has a capable, solid suspension that easily absorbs the bumps and lumps that plague our town. The GTS is a well balanced scooter that is easy to ride and fun to lean into corners.



How is it on the highway? Well, today was very windy and this scooter's engine was not broken in. As well, it did not have a windscreen on it unlike my own GTS which has a flyscreen. This scooter easily reached 120 km/hr to keep up with traffic in the passing lane. However, due to the wind conditions and lack of windscreen, I did not take it up faster than that today. I would like to try it out on the 401 sometime once the engine is broken in and with a flyscreen. I really feel that having a flyscreen makes the scooter slice through the air better and gives it better aerodynamics. I am much more comfortable at those speeds on my flyscreen equipped GTS 250. So as far as highway riding goes, it gets you up to passing speeds with ease, but I don't know what the top speed is yet.



Quality of build? The quality of the Vespa is like that of other Vespas, solid, well built and with quality fittings. I like the way the switch gear feel when you do simple things like turn on the indicators or turn on the high beam. It feels and is quality. The ergonomics of this scooter are excellent. There is sufficient leg room for those who are long of leg, yet the seat height is sufficiently low for those with relatively short inseams (I have a 29" inseam). There is space under the seat for two 3/4 helmets but it will not fit a full face helmet.sad





I guess the question is though, would I trade my GTS 250 in for this new GTS 300. In short, the answer is no. The difference in torque albeit great, is not enough to make me want to trade in my GTS. I actually prefer the extra information that dash on the 250 gives as well that the 300 doesn't have, things such as outside temperature, tachometer and trip odometer. However, that being said, if my current ride wasn't the GTS, but was instead the GT200, I think there would be another used Vespa for sale and a new GTS Super 300 in my garage.biggrin

Thanks for reading my review and please forgive it's short comings, I have never written a review and I am not a professional test rider.smile


Steve W.
ElroyJ
Toronto, ON
Post #: 136
You'd never know you haven't written a review before. Great job. The only question I still have is, what is the difference in price ?
Good thing George didn't have a Super on hand when I was out shopping!
Benny
DiavoloFortunato
Toronto, ON
Post #: 10,908
Oops, see what a newbie I am at this stuff. I didn't even think of asking because I didn't want to know. wink It is $8295 according to the Vespa Canada website.
Tom
07-MP3-250
Mississauga, ON
Post #: 751
^^

The next thing he's gonna tell us... the GTS300 Super is the "Benito" he picked up. LOL biggrin
Benny
DiavoloFortunato
Toronto, ON
Post #: 10,909
^^

Didn't you read the end of my review? sad I guess you got bored and didn't finish it. tongue No, I'm not going to buy a GTS 300 Super, I'm more than happy with my GTS now that it is safely home again.
Tom
07-MP3-250
Mississauga, ON
Post #: 752
^^

I read it. But... who knows... if we are not gonna get a "SURPRISE!!! Fooled ya all" lol.
Adrian
rocksyourworld
Toronto, ON
Post #: 3,065
Great review.

I'm more curious about pricing of the 150 / 250 / 300 as well as performance and specs of each.

I think the other real big question is, is it worth paying the extra $$$ for someone looking at purchasing the 250 or the 300?
Benny
DiavoloFortunato
Toronto, ON
Post #: 10,920
LX 150 retails for $5695, the GTS 250 retails for $7595 and the GTS Super 300 retails for $8295.
Benny
DiavoloFortunato
Toronto, ON
Post #: 10,945
I've been chatting with some GTS Super 300 owners from Europe and the US who have had their 300's for a while. The consensus is that the engine really opens up after break in. After that period the highway performance improves from what I saw. However, that being said, I still think the 300 wasn't tuned for highway performance in mind because if that was the case, it would have a higher redline and greater horsepower. Instead, this engine is a torque machine. After riding my GTS for a few days now, I realize even more how much instant torque the 300 has.
A former member
Post #: 5,141
I've been chatting with some GTS Super 300 owners from Europe and the US who have had their 300's for a while. The consensus is that the engine really opens up after break in. After that period the highway performance improves from what I saw. However, that being said, I still think the 300 wasn't tuned for highway performance in mind because if that was the case, it would have a higher redline and greater horsepower. Instead, this engine is a torque machine. After riding my GTS for a few days now, I realize even more how much instant torque the 300 has.
change variator, rollers, and springs and she will be highway tuned,. easy fix with cvt transmissions.
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