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After putting fuel stabilizer in a beautiful red Vespa GTS 300, it’s time khổng lồ take it out for a quichồng ride around the neighborhood to get the stabilizer running through the fuel system before putting the xe đạp away for the Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp, so why not shoot record it & giới thiệu a Clip Reviews of the GTS 300? In this video I’ll be sharing a bit about the history of Piaggio (the maker of Vespa), what I love sầu & hate about this scooter, và answers to lớn the five most comtháng questions that new scooteristas ask.

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Everyone can recognize a Vespa. For decades now, Hollywood & the rest of the world has been in love with these gorgeous, iconic, Italian machines, gracing the posters of movies lượt thích Madeleine, Lizzie McGuire, Larry Crowne, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Yes Man, và of course, Roman Holiday and Quadrophenia. But a lot of people don’t know Vespa’s history.


Vespas are made by parent-company Piaggio, which started out building trains, plains, ships, & pretty much anything that was needed to lớn keep Italy rolling during the second World War. Post-war, Italy needed efficient and economical means of transportation for the people. The first Vespa làm đẹp was born in 1946. Ten years later, by 1956, over 1 million Vespas were produced. That’s when their popularity began to explode. By 1960, over 4 million Vespas were born & scooting all over the world.


As I’m sharing little pieces of trivial knowledge, I’m interrupted by a woman walking her dog up the street. “I love that!” she exclaims. “What a red!” she adds, eyeing the bike’s color.

Another fun fact about Vespa’s history, is that the designs borrowed a lot from Piaggio’s background in aviation. For example, the single-sided front forks are based off of Piaggio air craft landing gear design, and the original Vespa làm đẹp used an aircraft starter motor as it’s engine.

Today’s “modern Vespa” GTS 300

Today’s 300cc Vespa, though still small, curvy, & beautiful, is a beast compared khổng lồ the small frame Vespa of years gone by. The Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp GTS 300 is a 278cc liquid cooled, fuel injected, single cylinder engine. It seems lượt thích the optimal phối between vehicle technology and mechanical simplicity. The Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp isn’t over-engineered or complicated, it’s allowed lớn simply be elegant, tasteful, và effective sầu.


The Vespa’s small tire kích cỡ and short wheelbase means that it handles very well, but those small tires mean the scooter doesn’t handle ruts in the road as well as a motorcycle’s larger tires would. Suspension is adequate, & due khổng lồ Vespa’s large global appeal, especially in Europe, there are a ton of unique aftermarket parts available for these machines, should you wish lớn upgrade any of the factory components.

The GTS 300’s power is impressive, this machine isn’t just a scooter. It’s a scooter, & it can haul ***, even uphill (see video). In the GTS 300, Vespa làm đẹp has a bike that you can take on highways. The power is a big step up from my old Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp LX 150 which let you know that she was not fond of aggressive inclines. While the GTS 300 wouldn’t be my choice for a touring machine, if you needed to get an hour out of town by highway, you would make it just fine on the GTS.

Where the GTS reigns supreme is urban and suburban commuting, where nimble handling, a relatively small form size (more on that later), fuel-miserliness, and reliability make it a top piông chồng on any dry day.


Cliông chồng the little unmute button in the bottom left corner khổng lồ unmute the đoạn Clip.


Commonly asked questions about Vespa làm đẹp & the GTS 300 specifically

Below are 5 questions people commonly ask about the Vespa GTS 300, or simply about Vespas in general, based on my twelve years of riding scooters (that’s right, there’s a scooter parked next to my Harley).

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1) How does the GTS 300 compare to the GTS 250, & which one should I get?

Surprisingly, the GTS 300 (realistically a 278cc) isn’t 20% better than the the GTS 250 (realistically a 244cc), despite what the scooter names might have you think. Despite being smaller, the Vespa GTS 250 actually makes more horsepower than the GTS 300, albeit at higher RPMS (21.7 hp
5,000 rpms for the 300). An experienced Vespa owner will notice the difference in pick-up & acceleration.

Does that mean you should go for the GTS 300? No, not necessarily. In fact, if you can save sầu a couple thousand dollars picking up a used GTS 250 instead, I recommover doing that, và putting a few hundred bucks inlớn some performance parts. For example, we found that adding simple performance parts lượt thích a $40 set of Malosham rollers to your 250cc will make it out-gun the GTS 300.

For further performance boost you can look into aftermarket exhausts, which are much cheaper for scooters than they are for motorcycles. And if you really want to go all-out now that you’ve saved thousands of dollars, you can even “kit-up” or bore-out your Vespa 250cc engine khổng lồ make it on par with the 300’s displacement.

If I got a little ahead of myself and left you trying lớn underst& why the new Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp motor isn’t light-years ahead of the old one, here’s the scoop: Manufacturers are extremely limited by government emission requirements. Each year these government emissions laws become more and more stringent and harder lớn comply with, so you get less và less performance, as the motors get cleaner & cleaner. To off-set this, manufacturers need to make slightly bigger engines, lớn get the same performance they used khổng lồ get one decade earlier.

2) Should I buy a Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp or a motorcycle?

That depends. If what you’ve sầu really always wanted is a motorcycle, get a motorcycle. A Vespa is not a replacement for a motorcycle, but it is a valid alternative sầu option. If you want is something đáng yêu, light, economical, fun, easy khổng lồ ride, & more fun, get a Vespa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp. There’s no shifting, and there’s even some storage space under the seat (more on that later). If you want to lớn rev up your engine, make some nice, have sầu a manual transmission that you can ride your way và get the most performance you can handle out of your machine, get a motorcycle.

3) How vì gears work? Is it automatic?

For all intents and purposes, yes, it’s automatic. But technically it’s called CVT transmission. Watch the đoạn phim, you’ll see I never shift gears. You just twist the throttle (h& grip), và go, và when you want khổng lồ brake, it’s like a bicycle, the two h& levers are for your front brake và bachồng brake. Easy.


Piaggio has been making Large and Small frame Vespas for decades

4) This thing is bigger than I expected! Are there smaller Vespas out there??

Yes, absolutely. For what feels lượt thích half a century (maybe more, maybe less) Piaggio has been making Vespas of two different frame sizes: Small frame, and Large frame. The Vespa GTS 300 is a large frame Vespa. If you feel that the GTS 300 is more xe đạp than you want khổng lồ handle, don’t worry, you can start off on a small frame Vespa làm đẹp lượt thích the S150 instead.

Here’s a video I made showing và comparing the differences between large frame & small frame Vespa scooters:

5) Should I buy a vintage Vespa làm đẹp or a new “modern” one?

That depends on how you plan on using it. I had a 1979 Vespa làm đẹp Sport 100. Sometimes it fired up easily, sometimes it would prodemo my attempts to lớn get her started, and when I had found a buyer for her, she wouldn’t start at all! The 1979 Sport 100 also had drum brakes front & baông chồng rather than disk brakes, meaning that coming khổng lồ a stop was kind of like walking through a haunted house: Somewhere between “I’m pretty sure I’m going to lớn be okay” và “I’m still kinda terrified at the same time.” For most of the time that I owned the ’79 Thể Thao she lived in my kitchen as more of a decor piece (see this video).

If you want something that sits there và looks cool, và you have sầu the patience and self-reliance khổng lồ work on the xe đạp yourself, or else the funds lớn pay a dealer to try khổng lồ fix it for you (assuming they’re able khổng lồ và can find parts), by all means, get the vintage Vespa làm đẹp. If you want something that’s reliable, still makes people smile whenever you ride past, that’s good on gas, gives you some storage options, & is better for every day use, this Vespa làm đẹp GTS 300 is a sure bet.

Dislikes và conclusions

As much as I thought the Vespa was absolutely gorgeous, there were still two things that I didn’t lượt thích about the GTS 300.The under-seat storage, while it will fit a three quarter helmet & a half (beenie) helmet, will not fit a full face helmet. If you ride with a full face & would lượt thích to lớn keep it on your bike, you’ll need to lớn get a top case.The small tires can get pushed around on bumps và rut worse than larger scooter tires or motorcycle tires vì chưng. However, they’re a key part of the GTS’ overall aesthetic, so I’m ok with this. The **** we put up with for the sake of beauty, am I right?

The Vespa GTS 300 isn’t as aggressive sầu or powerful as a motorcycle, but it has more than enough power for urban or suburban environments, along with it’s own own charm and grace. I hope you guys kiểm tra out the video và let me know what you think.

COMMENTS: Can you see yourself riding a Vespa? Let me know in the comments section below!

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