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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Wednesday, 18 February 2009 11:40     E-mail
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Living with the GTS 300 is going to be virtually the same as the GTS 250. It does about the same gas mileage of 64mpg. It handles very similarly and still doesn’t take a full face helmet. This still amazes me as anybody who rides on the freeway with an open face helmet has clearly never seen what happens when you have an accident wearing one. Vespa have done a great job of the new centre stand as it is miles easier to use than the stand on the 250.

Summing up the Vespa GTS 300 Super. The Vespa 300 is a fantastic bike; it really shows you why people love Vespas. It just does everything incredibly well and you look cool while it’s happening. Now if you already own a GTS 250 it probably isn’t worth an upgrade. I know this won’t stop people doing so as some people simply have to have the latest regardless of whether it’s better or not (perhaps if you already have the 250 just buy a new exhaust and give the old girl a tune up? Ed). If you’re looking for the best full size scooter on the market then the 300 is certainly in the ball game. The problem is this. The Honda is still a better bike on paper. The Honda runs more power, handles far better and has far better, ABS, brakes. All this for about the same money. If Vespa wants the sales crown back it needs to get into the new millennium and quickly. Quote me on this. A GTS 300/400 with 35hp and ABS brakes would be a massive hit. If they delivered it at SH money it would be the best selling full size scooter on Earth. It’s just a question of whether Vespa build it now or after Honda delivers the SH 400. The clock is ticking.

PriceUK £3,671 AUS $8,990 USA $6,199 NZ $9,990
0-50km/h4.0 Seconds
0-100km/h13.9 Seconds
50-80km/h4.3 Seconds
Lap Time---
Fuel Economy 3.8L/100kms - 47MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 41kph actual - 100kph displayed = 89 actual

Pros:Cool, solid torque, good performance, comfortable, cool.
Cons:Price, HP, lack of real upgrade from 250

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Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 15.8kw (22bhp) at 7500rpm
Max torque22.3Nm of torque at 5000rpm
Engine TypeSingle cylinder Liquid cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder Capacity278 cc
Seat height790 mm
Dry weight 148.0 kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity9.2 litres
Transmission“Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Storage volumen/a
CoolingWater cooled
Bore X stroke
Compression ratio
ChassisLoad-bearing steel chassis with welded structural supports
Front suspensionSingle arm with dual-acting hydraulic shock absorber and co-axial spring
Rear suspensionTwin dual action shock absorbers with adjustable preload
Front brakeSingle disc 220 mm, Dual Piston Caliper
Rear brakeSingle disc 220 mm, Dual Piston Caliper
Front wheel/tyre120/70-12
Rear wheel/tyre130/70-12
Length1940 mm
Width755 mm
Wheelbase1,395 mm
Max speed (km/hr) ---
Type approvalEuro3
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageno
Glove boxno
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) yes
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written by vincel , October 23, 2009
Re the speed thing, my guess would be they tested to 100kph displayed which is actually a smidge under 90kph actual, that would explain the discrepancy...
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written by JJ Joseph , September 29, 2009
I've always liked Vespas because they're "man-sized". The handlebars don't bang my kneecaps, unlike the Asian machines. That said, I own a Honda Spree because it's small enough to fit in my trunk. Go figger.
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written by Cam , February 25, 2009
Thanks for the great review on this anticipated Vespa model. I have just received the latest NZ Autocar magazine which did a review on the Vespa 300 GTS also. They claim a 0-100km time for this model at 10.93 seconds, whereas your review claims 13.9 seconds! Quite a difference here and was wondering what figure is more correct and accurate?
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