Vespa GTS300ie...Wow on the highway & in traffic!
Took my new GTS300ie on a 90 mile commute yesterday (Saturday). I was on my way to pick up some specialised paint for a project I have going on. Took the highway (our dual carriageways/motorways) and gave the bike the opportunity to shine. Boy, did it do that! For most of the trip I was riding on the A12, one of the country's most dangerous dual carriageways. Full of trucks, fast moving cars, other motorcycles all packed in tightly. You get the picture...all doing 70+mph. The Vespa gave no corner, it went easily and smoothly at 70mph and was totally stress free for 40 miles. Then...road diversions had sprung up. This resulted in a 7 mile tail back of traffic jams as we were routed through small villages, and into a major town. Everything coming to a near standstill! But not me! The Vespa proved it's worth (yet again) and allowed me to easily filter through the traffic in a way I would not have done on my Burgman or any of my other bikes because they are too big/wide. The Vespa was a complete delight to ride in those circumstances and made the job of filtering so easy. I got to my destination unflustered and relaxed having thoroughly enjoyed the ride, every bit of it!
So far I cannot fault the bike having owned it for 3 months now. Starts first time everyday, covers an average 86-87mpg (best so far is 93mpg uk gallon), uses no measurable amount of oil, stays full all the time. Accelerates very very fast. Hits indicated 85mph (true gps 82mph)...but of course, these bikes are not totally about top speed. Handles, holds the road and brakes really well and very much like a good motorcycle. If anything, as I mention in another post, it's smoother over the bumps than my Burgman 400. That's in spite of the slightly smaller wheels (12"). Has to be experienced to believe that. So, a very happy bunny!
2016 Vespa GTS300ie abs/asr...