PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2009 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
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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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v l/c single, automatic|
|Frame type||Pressed steel|
|Fuel capacity||9.2 litres|
|Front suspension||Single-arm, no adjust|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, preload adjust|
|Front brake||220mm disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 12|
|Rear tyre size||130/70 x 12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||70 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£120|
|Used price||£2,900 - £4,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||22 bhp|
|Max torque||16.4 ft-lb|
|Top speed||80 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||170 miles|
Model history & versions
2009: Vespa GTS 300 Super introduced
Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2009 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2009 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Version: Abs/asr 70th anniversary model
Annual servicing cost: £97
This is my first Vespa. I'm impressed with the high level of fit & finish throughout the bike. Today's GTS's are fully featured with digital instrumentation, a bigger fuel tank (9.5ltrs), bigger under seat storage, & of course abs & digital traction control. Because these newer versions offer considerably more low & midrange torque, traction control is actually quite useful. This better power delivery is courtesy of a new 32bit ECU over the older models 16bit version. The ride & handling are impressive & comparable to many fine midrange motorcycles, as is the braking. Incidentally, I come from riding big bikes ie: GSX1400, Vstrom 1000GT's & a Burgman400. All good bikes! But, the Vespa does it for me & it is an incredibly useful tool. The only slight moan is about the side stand which is not as secure as it should be. If you were to knock the bike, the side stand can easily self retract, letting the bike easily fall over.
The ride on one of these has to be experienced. It's not what you'd expect, offering fantastic balance & taut handling/roadholding. My bike has the enhanced sliding suspension up front (ESS). This gives an amazing ride over bumps & potholes, almost magic carpet like! Yeah, I know, all on 12" wheels which doesn't seem possible. It's down to the trailing link ESS suspension which is amazing. Whether on motorways or back roads the bike is fully at home and comfortable over big distances. The large frame is incredibly stiff compared to a conventional maxi frame scooters. Vespa says 2.5 times as stiff! It is, trust me! The brakes have loads of feel & stop the bike on a sixpence. The abs has not kicked in on mine yet, but I'm told works really well.
Yet again, I can't find fault here. I'm not a slow rider, but I don't barrel down the road at 75_80 all the time. The motor will take it, but frankly if you want to do that sort of speed ALL the time, get a bigger bike. But, she's happy at 65_70mph all day and the motor is not stressed. Average fuel consumption for most of my day to day riding is between 84_88mpg. If you don't go over 55mph she'll do 92_95mpg! Quite amazing!
The paint finish (metallic silver) is phenomenal. It's thick & glossy, & durable. I've had the bike almost a year now & there is NO corrosion anywhere. The bike has been totally reliable with no failures or faults of any kind. However, I have recently rust proofed the entire bike. This one's a keeper.
The 6200 mile service is likely to be in the region of £130 to £160. Oil & filter changes are at 6200. Rear hub oil is changed at two yearly intervals. However, the bike is a diy'ers dream and once out of warranty I'll undertake the work myself. This reduces the cost considerably & is easy & fun to do. Parts are cheap to buy.
The bike does not have a screen as standard, it should come with one in my opinion. It also does not have heated grips as factory fit either. So, I fitted Oxford Advanced Hotgrips, not the scooter grips because they don't get hot enough. The GTS has 450 watt generator so it can handle the higher load of the beefier Hotgrips. I also fitted the genuine Vespa mid size screen. Great!! The standard Citygrip Michelin tyres are also brilliant. Leave them on.
Buying experience: Bought mine from Colchester Kawasaki. Brilliant dealer.
suitability as a touring scooter
Annual servicing cost: £150
Performance, good with pillion, excellent build quality, iconic name, good at distance, good lights, great in town and on the open road, thumbs down for distance between seat and floor pan for 6 footers, can feel a little cramped, carries loads well a good touring scooter, not as engaging to ride as my px. Yes I would recommend it far prettier than a sh300.
It's a great all rounder more than comfortable enough to do a tankfull.
For a traditional style scooter it's performance is what geared scooter riders can only dream of. Acceleration and a constant 70mph even loaded and two up is exceptional. But just not as engaging to ride as a geared 2t or even a lml geared 4t
Keep it clean, polish it regularly, don't forget around the engine rear springs and front end especially if used in the winter. Sometimes cuts out at standstill if using 95octane runs much better on 98octane no other problems on my one.
Always use quality oil, and tyres to maintain the handling if regularly carrying a pillion and luggage up the preload.
Smoothness build quality. I have a Vespa top box & back pad good but flimsy compared to givi - hepco & Becker etc and I think the box makes the scoot look a bit femanin, will prob buy a 30ltr sip "classic" semi rigid bag the same as my px. The gts already has a FA Italia front rack and a 10ltr sip classic bag good quality keep their shape and look good on vespas. All my scoots are fitted with schwalb race man tyres and I will get them fitted to the gts when it needs them,good in all weather as long as you get some heat in them. But they are great when it's hot and wear well.
Buying experience: From a dealer. Second hand very low mileage and like new chopped in my last motorbike. Have bought from this dealer before always had good service.
Brilliant Fun Bike - loads of grunt - quality kit - huge fun factor. BUY ONE!!!!!