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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!
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Seems to be a nice bike. While I am not shopping for a new bike, I could downsize due to not needing to commute to make money any more. A 200 to 300 cc auto bike would work for 85% of my current bike needs. The most I need 70 MPH speeds are for about a 6 mile ride twice a month. Everything else is 50 MPH or slower.

That 93 UK MPG is fair, its about 77.4 US MPG. I have used a Excel formula of 3.785/4.546 to figure MPG conversion but now days there are web pages that do it for us. http://www.calculateme.com/cGasMilea...rial-to-us.htm
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Very good, QM -- message taken. However, indicated this is the usual cruising speed on Hwys here and it's rising every half season or so. I dunno who are those 60 mph limit signs for anymore, but it's just a fact. Sometimes i keep 90 on the B for miles simply to stay in the mainstream. 109 mph is still achievable with a calm in the air and flat roads and this comes in very handy at times.
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I am sure it accelerates great. My Piaggio 250 was faster than my Burgman up to about 50 but my fuel economy is better. BTW, how does your fuel guage work? Fuel guage inaccuracy and inconsistancy is a common gripe among Vespa and Piaggio owners. My guage was all over the place and I had to keep records of the mileage to insure I would not get stranded though the low fuel warning light seemed to work reliably with about 25 mile cushion the few times I allowed it to get that low. Changing the sending unit had no effect.
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Yeah, I take the point about speed on the highways Bolzen. It's like that over here too in some places. That's in spite of our motorways being the most heavily policed in 'Urop'. But at least over here, no one troubles you if you are sauntering along at 70mph. Everyone else just goes around you, but mostly 70mph is more than fast enough over here. Fuel costs too much this side of the pond to waste it! Vespa quote 115mpg on the WMTC figures, but although I won't ever get that figure, if I don't go over 60mph the bike is easily capable of 95-97mpg plus, I'm told by the dealer who has one of these that he uses for himself.

Skunkhome, the fuel gauge on these digital bikes is great for accuracy, but all my figures are taken from brim to brim filling of the tank and then I get my analogue pencil and paper out...lol. The bike also has multiple trip meters so I can set one to zero when I fill her up and then put fuel in when she shows 150 odd miles. So far, I'm finding she is slightly more economical than my Burgman. So although I have a smaller tank capacity, I can still go roughly the same journeys without having to stop to take on extra fuel. I've got a 400 mile day coming up soon so I'll plan my fuel stops in advance. The bike should also loosen up a bit more over the next 1000 miles and become even more economical (hoping).
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Good to hear the new machine is working out so well. I have to admit that the appeal of a smaller machine for commuting is tempting. The burgie 650 does the job very well at this point, but when it goes away it may be replaced by something in the 150cc to 300cc range. I have to admit, though, that I wonder if a Kawi Ninja 300 or something similar may be more economical, mostly because of the cost of belt & roller replacement compared to chain and sprocket. Of course, reality is that a used econobox is the king of low cost commuting with all the auto economies of scale, but where's the fun in that? And for filtering, or course. Now, if we could convince the public here that filtering/sharing is a good idea...
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When I was looking for a new scooter the Vespa GTS 300 was on our short list. It was fast, stable, classic design etc. It ticked all the boxes but one for us-passenger area. My wife was not comfortable on the back. The Vespa dealership at least offered a test ride (no other manufacturer does) so we got a good amount of seat time on the Vespa. Very nice scooter.
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antimatter, sc00ter, yes the GTS300 is good to have on your list of bikes to look at/consider. Shame it's no good for you and your wife sc00ter. Parts on these GTS's are very cheap. Rollers and belts are less than half what you pay for a Burgman 400 and it's easier to do yourself if you want to. I think compared to a chain and sprockets, it may be just a tad cheaper over here. Oil changes only every 6,200 miles too. So quite cheap to run. Just checked my latest mileage from the last tank of gas and it's came out at 92mpg (uk gal 4.54litres) and that was a good mix of fast and town road work. Pleased!
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Rollers and belts are less than half what you pay for a Burgman 400 and it's easier to do yourself if you want to..
Mech, it seems that these two bikes cannot replace each other -- only supplement.

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