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Piaggio Vespa GTS300 Super
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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The GTS 300 Super is Vespa’s biggest scooter to date and blends classic Vespa style with bang-up-to-date performance, refinement and sophistication. It’s up to more than outings across cities and suburbia: get the extra luggage, load it up and it’ll happily take you for a long weekend away touring. At 70mpg-plus it won’t cost too much either, though a bigger tank than its two gallon one would have helped.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Vespa GTS 300 Super has been created by enlarging the 250GTS’s ‘Quasar’ four-stroke, single-cylinder engine with bore and stroke increases and a revised cylinder head designed to improve mid-range torque rather than peak power – and it makes a real difference. The 300 charges away from the lights and pulls strongly up to 70mph, then keeps going to just over 80mph, which is much the same top speed as the 250 version, but it gets there a lot quicker.     

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Vespa GTS 300 Super is one of the sweetest handling and most stable scooters you’ll get of any capacity. Wriggle through town, between cars, over mini-roundabouts, in and out of car parks and it rewards with perfect balance and steering. While at the top end it still feels secure rather than scary. You do notice the unsprung weight of the engine and belt drive transmission bouncing around with the wheel at higher speeds, when the GTS kicks and gets choppy more than a conventional bike would, but ride quality is right at the top end of the table compared with other scooters.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Other differences between the Vespa GTS 300 Super and the 250 version are mostly cosmetic, including grills in the side panels, a stylistic nod to older sporting Vespas, revisions to the leg shields using different chrome and vents, red painted suspension components and new shaped seats (there are two options, comfort and sport). The wheels are cool two-tone alloys allegedly reminiscent of the old unboltable rims of earlier Vespas – not sure about that, but they look good. The rear luggage rack of the 250 isn’t standard on the 300, which is a surprise, though Piaggio says this is because the 300 is sportier and needs to have the cleaner rear end appearance. But the underseat storage isn’t great – Piaggio’s press shots showing a helmet in there don’t tell you it’s an open face belonging to a pin-headed pygmy. My hulking great Arai didn’t come close to squeezing in, so most buyers will have to fork out extra for a rack and probably a top box too if the GTS is going to be any use for getting to work with a briefcase and wet weather gear. Compare and buy parts for the Vespa GTS300 in the MCN Shop.

Vespa GTS300 Super (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,291
Dealer used prices
£2,980 (2011) - £3,840 (2013)
Private used prices
£2,680 (2011) - £3,460 (2013)
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Engine size 278 cc
Power 22 bhp
Top speed 80 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Vespa GTS 300 Super is a top-of-the-range machine and has the equipment to live up to that billing. Brakes are by Brembo and offer balanced stopping power with good feel from the rear, and they add to the air of sophistication and general quality which pervades these large-framed Vespas. But what we don’t get in the UK is ABS, which might bother some riders – you’d think as the flagship scooter you’d be able to specify this at least as a cost option.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Vespa 300 GTS Super isn’t cheap, but against that it won’t suffer the plummeting depreciation of much of its cheaper opposition, so in the longer run (and it’ll still be going when some Chinese offerings have long been sent to the skip) it should pay you back. Find a Vespa GTS300 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

2009: Vespa GTS 300 Super introduced

Other Versions

GTS 250
GTS 125

Specifications

Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 16.4 ft-lb
Weight 148 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 9.2 litres
Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 278 cc
Engine specification 4v l/c single, automatic
Frame Pressed steel
Front suspension adjustment Single-arm, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, preload adjust
Front brakes 220mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 12
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 12

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • GTS 300

    knowlep

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Brilliant Fun Bike - loads of grunt - quality kit - huge fun factor. BUY ONE!!!!!

    12 June 2010

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motorcyclemodificationz

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Vespa Modifications

I prefer vespa years older, antique and classic. Vespa design is now in my less than satisfactory.

19 October 2012 04:36

tamlin23

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What a stunner

I'm not a big scooter buyer, mostly just bikes, but the GTS's are all stunners, and this is the best.  I did have a Derbi GP1 250cc scoot, just to have a try, and it was quite impressive with all considered.  It had the 250 piaggio engine, as Derbi is owned by Piaggio, and had some remarkably good parts, like mazzochi USD forks, twin radial front AJP brakes and some other nice bits and touches too.  I would have swopped it for one of these in a heartbeat though...

28 December 2009 15:31

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