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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.