No such problem exists on Vespa’s hero offering, the GTS 300ie ‘Super Sport’. It really is a double-cool thing, representing the brand with a real nod to Vespa’s heritage alongside a modern bent.
The scooter is all matt-blacked out, with sweet design cues such as the rib-stitched and piped seat and a distinctive red front spring. The all-analogue instrumentation is neat and functional with white numerals set against a black background. Readouts are minimal, but as much as you are ever likely to need, with a speedo, odometer, engine temperature and fuel gauges. It’s easily read at a glance.
The bike makes use of the brand’s ‘Quasar’ 278cc, fuel-injected, Euro-3-compliant liquid-cooled engine, claiming 15.8kW (22hp) and 22.3Nm (16.4ft-lb) at 5000rpm, which feeds a CVT ‘twist-and-go’ transmission, the latter offering real-world user-friendliness. It’s a very sprightly engine and the capacity is just about perfect for a bike that has some degree of sporting aspiration. You’ll get away from dreaded traffic snarls with ease – another element that has made me look at scooter commuting in a different light.
There’s an all-steel body that is nice and rigid, while the front tyre is a 120/70 and rear a 130/70 – that puts a lot of rubber on the road, on 12in wheels.
Front suspension is the tried-and-true single-arm link with coil spring and dual-action hydraulic shock. At the back there are twin hydraulic shocks with four-position preload adjustment.
A nice touch is the anti-theft coded key immobiliser. Scooters are dead set easy to knock off, and this offers a strong deterrent.
Brakes at both ends feature 220mm discs and the stopping power is a highlight. This thing stops on a dime – again, a very attractive trait from a bike that is going to have to deal with tight going.
It’s not the cheapest option out there at $8290 (plus ORC), but I have to say it is the most competent and stylish scooter I’ve ever ridden. Given the fact it’s capable of just about anything a motorcycle of similar capacity is, and even a touch more based around manoeuvrability and ease of parking/storage, the GTS delivers on a bunch of fronts.
– Nice power
– Very cool looks
– The right brand
– Not cheap
Type: Air-cooled, four-valve, single-cylinder
Bore x stroke: 75mm x 63mm
Fuel system: EFI
Type: CVT with torque server
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Frame type: Load-bearing steel chassis
Front suspension: Single-link arm with coil spring and shock, non-adjustable
Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
Front brake: 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake: 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Claimed dry weight: 148kg
Seat height: 790mm
Fuel capacity: 9.2lt
Max power: 15.8kW (22hp)
Max torque: 22.3Nm
(16.4ft-lb) at 5000rpm
Colours: Grigio Titanium (matt grey) or Nero Abissio (matt black)
Test bike supplied by: Vespa Australia
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited kilometres
*Manufacturer’s list price, excluding dealer and statutory costs.