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Old 01-07-09, 03:38 PM
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Exclamation Fastest production Vespa EVER!!!

300 cc!!! (Well, it's really 280 cc, but who's counting???)


The Vespa GTS 300 Super



Not that we have all been sitting around waiting for a scooter that had enough juice to wheelie off the line, but wouldn’t it be nice to have an urban-commuter machine that had a real dose of power? Storied Italian brand Vespa delivers just that with its new GTS 300 Super.

Using advanced finite-element-analysis software, Vespa’s engineers redesigned the unibody chassis, increasing rigidity without adding weight. Next, they bored and stroked the sohc four-valver to 280cc. Electronic fuel-injection and a catalyzer are standard. Leading-link front suspension has yet to materialize, but the Vespa GTS 300 Super definitely handles better and is more stable and surefooted even when pushed to its staggering (by Vespa standards) 80-mph top speed.

The new engine is outstanding. Peak power only increased from 21 to 22 horsepower, but torque has been boosted from 14.8 ft.-lbs at 6500 rpm to 17.1 ft.-lbs. torque at just 5000 rpm. This makes engine response superb, almost to a fault! You’ve actually got to use restraint with the throttle when leaving lights because the 300 Super tends to wheelie even if the rider sits right at the front of the seat. And a wheelie from a vehicle this short—especially one notorious for having a weight distribution heavily biased to the rear—happens pretty fast, so discretion is advised. But even part-throttle starts will make the Super a top contender at the drags down the streets of Milan. In fact, a taller final-drive ratio would not kill one bit of the Super’s zest, with the added benefit of improved fuel mileage and perhaps even a higher top speed.

Compact, lightweight and as practical as ever, a Vespa makes sense as a thrifty and stylish mode of transportation. There are no current plans to import the new GTS 300 Super to the states, which is a shame because it represents a new dimension of excitement and performance to the ultimate urban commuter.

HARDCORE!!!

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Old 01-07-09, 03:45 PM
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I'll get one as my beater if it comes with that girl...
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Does it come with prepaid burial services?
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sweet, alway want a vespa. Wonder what the price will be on that.
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80 mph on a Vespa? I am sorry, but someone obviously wasn't thinking when they did that, but very cool, i wouldn't buy it, but if you gave it to me for free, sure
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I have a frien who collects the old italian spec vespas. They are pretty cool but they litter his living area
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Originally Posted by I8ABMR View Post
I have a frien who collects the old italian spec vespas. They are pretty cool but they litter his living area
Litter, no those are vintage collectible Italian parts and scooters in the living room.
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Reminds me of the top gear Vietnam special.
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For the price of a Vespa, you could get a good used 600cc sportbike that can easily do 160mph.
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80mph on this thing... and no airbag?
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Cool! That's-a lot of power for a tall scooter.

The girl in the photo is not seated in the time-honored Roman "sidesaddle" position necessitated by a tight skirt. Back in the day the streets of major Italian cities were filled with Vespas weaving in and out of automotive traffic, often with a very attractive, fashionably dressed and coiffed young lady on the back. Typically, she rode with a compact in one hand, applying makeup with the other, aloof as she balanced herself on her perch while her boyfriend executed maneuvers at speed that would terrify most American solo riders. It was the best thrill show in Rome or Naples - on several levels.
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