Rush Hour Road Test: 2007 Vespa GTS 250ie

Weather: 76°F (24°C) With scattered thunderstorms.
Road Conditions: Wet.

Vespa GTS is so hot, that fireplug might come in handy…

Now that my Vespa GTS 250ie “Rose” and I have travelled over 700 miles together, and I have been able to ride her out of the break-in constraints, it’s time to do the Rush Hour Road Test.

This is going to require me to put away all the emotional attachments I have developed over the past week, and kill my New Bike Buzz for a bit, so I can try to give you an objective report on how the GTS compares to other commuter motorbikes I have experienced.

It’s not going to be easy, mind you, but I can do this. I am, after all, a Professional. (Thanks, Hunter…)

The Vespa GTS is the culmination of a long evolution in Piaggio’s stylish retro-scooter line. All of the traditional curves are there, slightly updated in strategic locations, so as not to be confused with the vintage ancestors. Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, electric-start (only), and sporting a digital LCD dashboard, it has all the modern conveniences.

Hmmm… “All Mod Cons”… Now, where have I heard that before?

But I don’t intend to get all caught up in the cultural ramifications here. That’s not what Rush Hour Rambling or Ride to Work(tm) are about. The object of the Rush Hour Road Test is to evaluate the suitability of the test subject for the mission of daily commuting. This entails measuring such parameters as fuel mileage, maintenance costs, comfort, visibility, utility, and performance as it relates to getting through heavy traffic during rush hour.

In other words, what is it like to actually live with this bike, day-to-day?

GTS dash is pure class.

First and foremost, the Vespa GTS is a modern scooter. That means it has an automatic, CVT transmission and is driven by a clean four-stroke engine. The Piaggio “Quasar” engine has a chain-driven, single-overhead-cam bumping four valves in the liquid-cooled comfort if its’ single cylinder head.

The fuel injection operates without a glitch, from idle all the way to full-throttle. The exhaust system keeps the whole show nice and quiet, so we don’t wake the neighbors when we take off for work in the pre-dawn stillness. Of course, all modern scooters are quiet. But not all commuter motorbikes are.

My Termignoni-equipped Ducati made me Neighborhood Enemy Number One for awhile there. We would set off car alarms just rumbling past in second gear. I’m really not so sure that Loud Pipes Save Lives, but I know for a fact that they do piss off the neighbors.

Since I took up riding scooters, my neighbors have forgiven me. Some of them actually talk to me now, from time to time. And that is mostly a Good Thing…

Out on the road, the GTS feels like it was carved from billet. The Vespa’s stamped-steel monocoque chassis resists twisting much better than the underslung backbone frame and plastic bodywork of its’ Asian rivals. The modern single-sided, trailing-arm front end, originally derived from aircraft landing gear, is surprisingly stable. Even in hard cornering, I could not detect a bit of flex or other bad behaviour.

The Vespa GTS makes you want to visit places like this.

Essentially, the handling of the Vespa GTS is better than any other scooter I have tested. But let me clear something up for any new Vespa owners in the house: Every single scooter I have ridden has exhibited some tendency for front-end oscillation on deceleration. I’m not sure if this is a product of the steering geometry, or the small wheels supporting a lot of weight, or what. It is, in effect, very much like what you get on some shopping carts when one of the wheels wobbles back and forth.

*Epiphany! Maybe that’s why most scooter pilots never wave!

On the GTS, this quirk never progresses beyond the mild curiousity phase. Kind of, “Huh, I wonder why it does that?”. Some of the Asian scooters I have ridden will go into full blown tank-slappers if you don’t use force to restrain them. But if you have both hands on the GTS’ handlebars when you are coasting or slowing down, then you won’t even notice it. Applying brakes damps it right out.

Speaking of brakes, the stoppers on the Vespa GTS work just fine. Hydraulic discs both front and rear, they have excellent feel and the rear can be locked with a good hard squeeze, if you must. I’ve never tried to lock the front, and “stoppies” are never necessary during the course of moto-commuting.

Acceleration is brisk, for a scooter of this size. Most 4-wheeled adversaries can be defeated away from a stoplight with a quick burst of full-throttle. That’s where the CVT is nice, because you never stop accelerating to change gears. But don’t get cocky… Many modern cages have high-performance engines which will allow them to stay with, and even pass you on the way to that single-lane construction zone up ahead. Just let `em go, and live to ride another day.

So, what about the numbers that matter? Rose is getting a solid 68.2 mpg average over the course of 706 miles. I spent $40 on the supplies for her First Service, which I performed with a little help from my friend Roadbum. Had I brought her to the dealership, they would have added another $176, plus tax onto that. So the advantage definitely goes to the gearhead who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

Just retro enough to look right at home in a time warp.

Comfort-wise, I have no complaints. The GTS’ seat is perfectly positioned for my 5′9″ frame, and the reach to the bars is completely natural. The ride is a revelation, after the cheap shocks and forks I grew used to on the Asian scoots. I have set the rear shocks at about medium preload, as the factory soft setting was a bit too plush for my liking. Vespa includes a nice little spanner in the tool kit for this purpose.

Although lower than my KLR, Frogwing, I can still stand up on the floorboards to see over most vehicles in front of me. You can’t do that on a sportbike, unless you let go of the handlebars – never a good idea in rush hour traffic. Sometimes such a perspective is crucial in avoiding gridlock, as it enables you to start moving towards the exit earlier.

You can’t beat the maneuverability of a scooter in tight city traffic. With 12″ wheels, the GTS fits the standard scooter mold better than the larger maxi-scooter category. This allows moves that wouldn’t be possible on a Silverwing or Burghman. Yet the GTS will keep up with them on group rides, all the way up to illegal speeds on most two-lane country roads. Rose has seen the far side of 75 mph indicated with my non-aerodynamic bulk perched upon her back.

Purchase-price is the only parameter where the Vespa seems to give ground to the competition. But that’s only if you count plastic-bodied, angular-styled, non-traditional scooters as The Competition. In the world of Ride to Work(tm), where we evaluate strictly on the merits of a moto-commuting platform, there are better deals to be had.

Kymco puts out a couple of 250s that have similar performance, at around $1,500 to $2,000 less. That’s a lot of money, to somebody who is shopping for a scooter to save on commuting expenses. They also have an excellent reputation for reliability and parts availability. Honda and the rest of the Japanese Big Four produce 250cc machines with similar performance for less cash outlay.

That’s a lot of weight piled on the other side of the decision scale, for the pragmatic moto-commuter.

Pack a bag, and hit the road. How much simpler could it be?

And that’s the point at which the practical, logical riders are separated from the romantic, emotional riders. Right-brain vs. left… or is it vice-versa? I always forget.

But I could never forget the Vespa GTS’s radiant Vintage Red color, or those gorgeous, classical lines. I could never forget the feel of that metal body underneath my polishing cloth, or her wonderful Italian heritage. This scooter looks so good in photographs that I take twice as long to get anywhere for stopping to set up the shots.

Oops, I guess I slipped there, didn’t I? Objectivity flew out the window like the smoke from a fine cigar…

I bought my GTS because I’m a sucker for tradition, and a connoisseur of fine Italian design. I bought her because she caught my eye across the showroom floor like the girl of your dreams down at the end of the bar. And now that I have known her in the most intimate ways, I can tell you with complete confidence that I have no regrets. Rose, my 2007 Vespa GTS 250ie, is everything I hoped she would be, and more.

44 Responses to “Rush Hour Road Test: 2007 Vespa GTS 250ie”

  1. Bill Sommers Says:

    You should get paid for writing this. The way you laid out the technical break down, then finished with how she affected you on an emotional level was perfect. This is some GOOD stuff brethren!

    Have fun,

  2. Steve Williams Says:

    I concur with Bill’s observations. You are a professional.

    I’m only slightly ahead of you in mileage with the odometer set to break 2000 miles towards the end of the street tomorrow morning. Like you I made the purchase for reasons other than economics. The look of the GTS melted any fiscal resolve.

    The only comment I would add is this Vespa looks good used. I have ridden it through some snow and salt, rain and mud, bugs and dust, and generally have provided only cursorary cosmetic attention and it still looks fantastic with the riding patina. I think this scooter is a lot like the BMW’s that don’t get washed. This can be a riders machine if one desires and it still looks fantastic. And if you want to rub it all day long with a diaper it will perform with quiet elegance in that area as well.

    Toolkit? I didn’t get no stinking toolkit. I didn’t get one of those little plastic do-hickey’s either to hold the rack up or down either. I didn’t complain about that but a toolkit??? If you are reading this Piaggio I think you need to send me one.

    Maybe Gary should tell me where it is hidden first. Maybe I have it and am too something to realize it…

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks.

  3. MatL Says:

    Ah– finally the classic picture with Mickey’s in the background.

    good job

  4. andy goldfine Says:

    Congratulations on your new scooter! Many years and good miles. I want one.

    And thanks for the nice report. Well done.

  5. conchscooter Says:

    All that and tons of accessories, lots of places to stash that stuff that you need everyday, sunscreen, tire pressure guage, tire plug kit, waterproofs, rags bungies, all the crap that molders in the bottom of a saddlebag stays pristine in the glove box and pet carrier. Oh and the ride….

  6. Lisa Says:

    The toolkit is hidden in your glovebox in a little plastic box.

    It’s pretty basic, but it’s there!

    I’ve done 2500kms and I’m a little more in love every day.

  7. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Bill: Thanks. I wish Cycle World shared your opinion…

    Steve: Look in your glovebox, to the right of center, on top. There should be a black plastic box there which houses a small tool kit. Not much in there, but the spanner really comes in handy.

    MatL: Yes, and we will be doing that morning Ramble Plan to Mickey’s for breakfast soon.

    Andy: Thank you! I’ll let you ride her when we come up to Duluth. Shane too, as long as he promises not to try a wheelie…

    conchscooter: Maybe we should do a “Conchscooter Addendum” to this piece! I didn’t mention all the accessories and the storage space because this post was already longer than usual. Good catch.

    Lisa: Oops, sorry, your comment was stuck in moderation when I wrote this reply. Welcome aboard!

    Ride well,

  8. Sidewalk Dan Says:

    Polishing cloth – what the…???

    Rounds on target. Fire for effect, over…

    Hey, is there a doctor in the house? Someone has replaced the Gary I used to know w/ some circus freak (c. Sideshow Bob)…

    Seriously though, very nice write-up. I’m glad you are enjoying her so much (your wife isn’t jealous is she?). You sound very happy w/ your new stable-mate. I hope she does you proud.

    Now, if you can just return the old Gary we can all move along…

    And another excellent shot of Mickey’s. If I can swing that, I’d like to join you for breakfast there someday.

    Sidewalk Dan out.

  9. seagullplayer Says:

    I love the look, I would really like to try one out.

    Now with this being a daily commuter ride, would you be able to ride it in the winter conditions of two winters ago, like you did the Red Baron? Or is she just to pretty to take the chance…

    More practical question, is she allowed on the interstate, by law?

  10. joe Says:

    great review. i have been commuting on my gts for about 1 year. its the only vehicle that makes me grin when i see it in the parking lot.

  11. Susan Says:

    I’m taking my son and his girlfriend out for Vespa glamour shots this weekend. Right after I give Sophia (05 GT200L in VG) a good wash and polish we’ll all head over to the park for a foto session. The vintage red in your photos is fantastic!

  12. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Sidewalk Dan: You crack me up…

    I’m just rounding out my riding experience here. With Frogwing, I have the rugged, capable, tactical tourer who never takes a bath, and only showers when it rains. He is not pretty, and that’s the way I like him.

    But Rose brings out my softer, more artistic side, which was beginning to atrophy. Once scooters got under my skin, the classicly beautiful Vespa was the only way to go.

    Regarding breakfast at Mickey’s… give me a call.

    SGP: While it would be possible to ride the GTS in the Winter, I’m afraid I just couldn’t make myself do it. Road salt would not be kind to my beautiful Rose, and she would probably have that same drivetrain inertia problem in slippery conditions which made me stop riding Scarlet O’Baron.

    The fact that she weighs considerably more than either of my Barons would also discourage Winter riding. I’m going to explore other options for riding in Winter.

    joe: I know exactly what you mean. I make frequent trips to the window overlooking the parking lot during the day, whenever she is parked out there.

    Susan: Glamour shots! What a great idea! I’ll have to do that with my little Emily Rose sometime. At seven years old, her life’s ambition is to be a “fashion modeller”.

    Ride well,

  13. Moped Says:

    You hit the nail right on the head with your great write-up and, in my experience, you may have underestimated the effect on finding detours during your commute, just to enjoy it more. That’s how I got over 7000 miles on my GTS in less than 6 months of daily commute (okay, commute and lots of fun rides thrown in after).

    Another positive effect here in road-rage prone Southern California: I have yet to experience the first angry cager during my lane splits at stop lights or in dense traffic. I call it the Vespa bonus.

    Now I’ve got to get ready for my first commute with new rollers installed. It’s going to be so smooth…

    Vespa. Most fun outside of bed.

  14. Eurastus Says:

    Love the review. Love the pictures.

    But because of guys like you, it’s getting progressively harder to keep my money in the pocket and not buy the Vespa GTV I’ve had my eye on. With the good words you and others have said about the GTS scoots, I finding it more difficult to keep from spending the money now while the outside riding climate is improving.

    The wife wants to wait, but if I go by her time-line, we’ll have missed out on all the good riding weather this year.

    I do so envy your fine ride.

  15. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Moped: That’s what Rush Hour Rambling is all about; riding to work is all well and good, but it’s on the ride home where you have your adventures. Rose and I are going to enjoy many miles of this together, and I plan to share them all with my readers.

    Eurastus: While I don’t know what your financial situation is, I know that I certainly wasn’t ready to purchase my GTS. But the season was here, and waiting would have meant missing out on that gorgeous Vintage Red color. So I did some creative financing, and made it happen. Time’s a-wastin’, you’re burnin’ daylight, and Life is Short… You know what to do. ;^)

    Ride well,

  16. Guymon Says:

    Nice write up. Great pictures (especially the one of Mickey’s Diner). Put 222 miles on my GTS250ie last weekend, Winona to Lanesboro to LeCresent to Winona on Friday and western WI on Saturday.

  17. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Guymon: Wow, that sounds like a nice ride. Give me a shout sometime, maybe we can do that together…

    Ride well,

  18. Nick G Says:

    OK, I am looking at a GTS 250ie, I like tradition and I tend (and dare) to say Vespa’s are the HD’s of the scooter world. Is that what makes them so expensive? Do they hold their value? Also how do their other Piaggio brothern stack up against them? Aprilia and Piaggio scooters. I would like to own one, but I wonder is it will be fast enough for the highway, I would like to tour on it because I think it would be cool. I am looking at the bigger maxi-scooters Yamaha Majesty, Suzuki Burgman (650), & Honda Silverwing, which I have rode and liked. BUT! I do own a Moto Guzzi Jackal and love it more than my Buell, so maybe my Jackal is telling me to get it’s cousin. I do like being able to stretch my legs forward on the Japanese scooters, something I notice that I won’t be able to do on the Vespa. Anyway I would appreciate any opinions and comments. Thanks

  19. lairdcrispin Says:

    Thanks for the write-up Monsieur Charpentier.

    I too have a GTS250. It is the most recent scoot I’ve purchased. I love many things about it in comparison to the others that I have experienced — Burgman, Vino125, BWS, Passport, Honda Elite 150, Aprilia SR50, Vespa LX150, Derbi Atlantis, etc. I don’t want to sound negative but I think this bike deserves a much longer review than you have given it. As well as rush hour rambling, this scoot is capable of long-distance trips, such is its level of comfort. I would qualify your comments on the handling though. The suspension, especially the front is very plush. It works amazingly well on rough-surfaced roads, but the feedback and handling from the front are not superior in my experience to the Vino 125 which has ordinary telescopic forks. I could be leaned over on the Vino in a corner and know exactly what was happening. The GTS is much more vague and sloppy-feeling in a corner. However, the Vino would bounce almost you out of the seat hammering your spine in the process if you hit any kind of bump. The Vespa has the most comfortable suspension of any scoot I have tried. I ride motorcycles quite frequently and my perceptions regarding the Vespa’a front-end characteristics must be seen in the light of that experience. What I would like to know is what kind of change one could expect by switching to the Bitubo shocks. Anyone tried them?

    With the addition of the front rack this baby’s load carrying capacity makes it a serious touring option. I wouldn’t mind a bit more power in the brakes to go with that. BTW, my bike has a strange trait when I brake hard for a quick stop, namely the engine chugs and coughs and seems to want to stall. Does this happen to anyone else? Also, when hard on the throttle there is a sound similar to knocking or pinging that engines sometimes make when using too low an octane rating — a slight rattle. It only occurs under heavier throttle settings. I will have to try another one to verify that it’s not just mine that’s doing this.

    Hey Nick G, the legroom options and the many possible seat positions are also superior to any scooter I’ve tried. On a Burgman your feet are forward but try getting them back underneath your bum — not so easy. With the GTS you have many options: on the passenger pegs for sport (kind of like rearsets), in their usual spot which is roomier than most, and for the feet forward position just move back on the seat and you can straight-leg at an outward diagonal angle. I also love riding standing up!

    Speaking of which, IMHO, all the maxi-scooters have lost the essence of the scooter: agility. You can’t move around on them or stand up. Their wheelbases are too long, like GoldWings with small wheels. There’s nothing time-honoured about such a design.

    As for reliability, time will tell. I have only put 4000km on the GTS. The dealers so far have left something to be desired. The whole exhaust clamp issue has left a sour taste in the mouths of many. It’s not like Piaggio is a small company. The difference in parts prices between the two dealers nearest me are quite large at times. There isn’t a lot of experience or knowledge on the part of the mechanics but if these bikes sell well enough that should improve over time.

    I don’t understand why more people haven’t discovered the joy of flying these things. Such a great way to blow away the blahs while running errands.

    Cheers all.

  20. Christian Says:

    Hi Gary –

    I’m planning to pick up a Vespa this summer and have a couple simple questions I’d like to ask you. Could you please email me at your earliest convenience? Thanks much…

  21. p-ah-ge-o Says:

    I just got my GTS and have been riding it for a few day prior to reading your review. You nailed it! the hard fact, opinions and especially the emotions. Good work :)

  22. Kathleen Says:

    Hello! Last month I purchased a Vespa GTV. I saw her in the showroom of a BMW dealership. I can’t explain the feeling I had when I first laid eyes on this little beauty! It was unconditional love at first sight. So, out came the checkbook and she was mine! In the past (20 years ago) I rode motorcycles so riding my Vespa is an entirely new experience. Handles very differently than a machine that you can hang onto with your knees. The sensation of riding my scooter feels like I’m zooming down the road on a kitchen chair. But I love it! I do have a question….is it safe to ride this scooter at 65mph on the freeway? The front-end feels a bit unstable at speeds exceeding 50mph. It may be my imagination but I need to know for sure. I’d like to take some trips that will involve riding on some freeways. Thank you so much…I really enjoyed your Vespa review. Best wishes, Kathleen

  23. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Folks: I have just noticed that people are still commenting on this review. Watch this space for a reply soon, though things are a bit hectic right now. Next weekend, for sure.

    Ride well,

  24. Sarah Says:

    Excellent review. Thank you. Just wondering if you have compared it to the Aprilia Scarebeo 250? Other than larger wheels on the Aprilia, they look similar but imagine they might ride very differently.

  25. Gary Charpentier Says:

    NickG: You actually can stretch your legs forward on the GTS, if you are not too tall. At 5′9″, I find the GTS all-day comfortable, as long as I keep shifting my riding position, and the GTS’ seat makes that pretty easy. As for holding their value, I haven’t found any used ones for sale, locally. You might check eBay or whatever… (I don’t.)

    Mr. Crispin: It appears that your scooter experience is more extensive than my own. You have filled in any blanks I left quite nicely. Since writing this, I have indeed taken a couple of long trips on the GTS, and my experience agrees with yours.

    Christian: If you have been keeping up with this blog, then you know things have been rather hectic. If not, then I’m sorry I never got back to you. That little medical problem I had came shortly after this entry was written.

    P-ah-ge-o: Thanks. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’m enjoying mine.

    Kathleen: Your safety on the highway depends entirely upon your confidence in your own riding abilities. The GTS will manage it just fine.

    Sarah: I haven’t ridden a Scarebeo yet. The larger wheels will make a difference, however. Once you get bigger than a 13″ wheel, you are into small motorcycle territory, and the gyroscopic effect increases dramatically. This effects your riding technique, and the scooter’s agility.

    I hope that answers your questions.

    Ride well,

  26. mark Pickett Says:

    Hi, good reviews, am currently running an ‘85 px125 for commuting in London, plus a Harley 883 sportster 2005 custom. I am thinking about swapping the hd for a gts250, as cruising speed seems to be similar, I need motorway, (interstate for you non, English speakers, lol!) capability, plus good fuel economy, as the scumbag government here seem to be intent on us having to pay £5, or around 9? dollars per imperial gallon for fuel!!!!!(They are about to raise fuel tax again, plus the oil prices have gone up!!!!!)

  27. Tom in Chicago Says:

    I just purchased a yellow 2007 GTS and will take delivery in the Spring. In the meantime I have my ET4 with 11,000 plus miles that I use as long as the temperature stays above 40 degrees.

    I have never experienced the front end oscillation on my ET4 that you mention Gary. In fact, I can ride no hands when slowing down… just like a bike… I wonder of the GTS will be different.

    Any ideas why the GTS is not really peced any different as far as top speed than the GT200? Is it the catalytic converter?

    I’m curious about the fule injection, I am thinking that this will be more reliable than a carb… autos should start better with fuel injection thant carbs.

    Any recommendations about a wind screen?

    Finally, looks like this site has become a bulletin board of sorts… what about establishing a yahoo group site for GTS250ie’s… ????

    Tom in Chicago

  28. Ben Norris Says:

    I too am a proud owner of a Vintage Reg Vespa GTS. I’ve had it since March 06 and have nearly 10,000 kms on the clock. I love every minute I’m on it. I have accessorised a little with a small fly screen (adds 7KPH to top speed), I also have front mudguard chrome crash bar, front fold down rack and side protection chrome bars…. looks awesome.
    Even though I got knocked off it last year and broke my arm, nothing would stop me from the sheer pleasure of riding this modern-retro beast on a daily basis.
    I live in London but ride the bike on business trips of up to 150 miles.
    Ben Norris

  29. Tom in Chicago Says:

    Sold my ET4 today and will pick up my yellow GTS on Friday. I’m pretty excited about that, but unfortunately the weather is starting to get a little cold in Chi-town.

    Anyone interested in a yahoo group devoted to GTS’s?

  30. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Tom, look up the Modern Vespa forum. It has a huge following, worldwide, and it is a wonderful resource for the MV enthusiast.

    Ride well,

  31. Andrew V Says:

    I have two GTS 250s. They are great little scoots but I had a heap of initial problems that had to be sorted out. Warped disk, intermittent indicators, blown oil seal, front tyre out of round, oscillating speedometer. My wife and I have done 6000ks on one and 4000Ks on the other. All the probs have been sorted out but I don’t like the handlebar oscillations on deceleration. They both do it. I tried replacing the front tyre with a metzeler on one – still does it. Seems to be worse when tyre cold and improves a bit when tyre warms up. I put it down to the left hand weight bias of the trailing link single sided front suspension. Apart from that they are comfortable, powerful, economical, easy to keep clean and capable of touring – I have done a couple of trips covering 600Ks per day. I agree that the services are a bit pricey – about the same as my car but twice as often. Hopefully with Haynes GT200 manual and original Vespa GTS250 manual I might have a go at doing my own servicing. If I can get my head around the steering oscillatins I could be completely satisfied. Appreciate if anyone has any ideas on a fix or why?

  32. Jim Eckes Says:

    Just won a contest which will provide me with a nice new Vespa LX50 which I am in the process of trading up to a GTV250. I’m very much looking forward to this scooter. The reviews all look promising. Thanks everybody.

  33. Mish Says:

    Great story. Now I hope to experience the same with my ‘07 GTS Red Rocket – nicknamed “Romanza”. Ciao, Mish

  34. Terry Says:

    Today I mailed a deposit to an individual seller from Atlanta for a 2007 GTS250 with 270 miles. I also own a Morphous. To say the least I am excited. I will pick it up on the 19th of this month. Dragon Red with a top box.

  35. Mish Says:

    Terry, Good luck. Best money I’ve spent and I hope you love it as much as I do. Cheers, M

  36. Dave Bentley Says:

    I test drove a GT today, being a Burgman 650 and Honda Silverwing owner, it is difficult to impress me, but, it did, bigtime. I am buying one, they are FUN!!! I felt no steering oscillation, very stable even at 72 MPH. One falls i love with this machine. You “ride” it, not on it, it is a driving “experience” not a ride. I am so excited!

  37. Dustin Says:

    I’m currently debating with myself on whether or not to buy a GTV 250. I’ve never ridden a scooter, but everything I read about them makes me want one badly. Plus, the great gas mileage and the joy of riding it to work would make it well worth the money.

    Thanks for the great review. You’re making my choice a bit easier to make.

  38. Bill Says:

    I so agree on the steering oscillation. It drives me crazy. I never had that issue on my ET150. Don’t get me wrong. I love the 250 GTS. Plenty of room for both the passenger and driver. And the pick up is to die for. However I have other complaints. Does anyone out the there get a spedometer bounce at lover speeds. Say up to about 35-40 MPH. And if so how did you correct it. And I guess my other complaint would be tire wear. I live in Florida and drive as much as I can. In fact it’s less than a year old and already I have 4500 miles of bliss. I had to change out the rear tire at aprox 3000 miles. NOT CHEAP I might add….. Any thoughts. Oh yeah, I have the Excalibur gray and unfortunately have not named it.

  39. James Chavez Says:

    I just bought my GTS 250 about a week ago and have 138 miles on it so far. It is the most enjoyable experience I have had drivign to work in a long, long time. So much so that I look forward to getting up every morning for the comute which I use to hate.

    I live in Phoenix, AZ and the heat here just plain sucks. think 112 degrees at mid day. In the morning at say around 6 am it’s a pleasant 80 degrees and I couldnt be any happier. Luckily I only live 15-20 mins away via my scoot.

    Although I have a couple of teeny tiny scratches on it already I am lovign every minute of it. Just being on it makes much of the heat an after thought. If you’ve never ridden before then start with a vespa automatic, if you have, switch to one now.

    Not only will people stop you to ask about it ALL THE TIME, but it iIS a looker. Coming up alongside harleys always gets a good long look and a wave from these hardcore riders. Coming up alongside plastic scooters makes them look away in disgust, or is that “shame”, in either case, once you ride one, you’ll never go back to the regular same ole same ole. I can tell my Honda accord in the garage is getting jealous. But the high gass prices just “force” me to want to take the scooter out for “any” excuse I can think of these days.

    Honey we need milk, “I’ll go get it”. We need to check the mail, “I’ll run to the post office”. Let’s go rent a movie, “I’ll drive”..

    For the record, I have a black GTS 250 with the top case and seat back and the flyscreen. I just looove this thing.. brings back memories of my 1974 Primavera in my youth.. I am 38 yrs old now and feel 18 all over again!
    Get one, you won’t be sorry, neither will your wallet. Do yourself a favor though, GET THE MAINT PLAN!. It will cover your 3k tuneups and your oil changes in between. It’s a smart buy and pays for itself even if it adds $ at the offset cus the first break in service can be $250 or more, usually only a few weeks after getting it. Avoid the costs, get it up front and just drop it in for visits…

  40. James Vibbert Says:

    I am considering a 2008 Vespa GTS scooter, but need some help with the maintenance items, i.e., how often does the oil need to be changed and what weight and viscosity of oil does this machine require? Anyone out there know? Local dealer want about $150 every 2000 miles. Is this reasonable?

    Jim from Stanwood, Washington

  41. Nick G Says:

    Okay, still haven’t bought one yet, but has anyone rode an MP3 250, 400, or 500? I would appreciate any comments about the Aprilia Atlantic 500 – 200 scoots and the Scarabeo and Beverly scooters. I am seriously getting close to getting a scoot in the next 30 days. Thanks.

  42. Brian F Says:

    I went and test rode the Vespa 250 ie at a Los Angeles Vespa dealer. I currently am riding a 2001 Honda Reflex 250cc Maxi. The powerband on the Vespa 250 is so much better than the Honda, the Vespa is really zippy compared to my Reflex. The riding position is much more upright on the Vespa also, felt different for sure. If $$$ were no object I would plop down the money and buy a Vespa right away. It looks nice, the quality looks good and the ride quality is even better. I am going to figure out a way to get a Vespa 250 as I think it will be a great machine

  43. Thomas J Says:

    Thanks for a great review!
    I own a GT 125 L, and I’m considering exchanging it for a GTV. I live in Vietnam, and I really dread having to once again drive a brand new Vespa around this paint scratching chaos of a city. Last time I had to go through a lot of trouble to get the side and front crashbars, but it definately made me a more relaxed person.

    Anyway, I am pretty convinced that the upgrade is worth the money, as I was/am absolutely crazy about the GT. The GTV is quite new down here, and so is the price obviously. It’s currently at 7.800usd …

    It seems that it only comes with a tan seat? I’m going for the black paint, like my 125L, and I would really have liked a black seat also. Anyone have some recommendations as to where a new seat cover can be bought?

    Also, can someone tell me the best way of breaking in a new scooter like this? Gary mention ‘break-in constraints’ …

    Thanks again for a good read!


  44. Lou La Salle Says:


    Great piece of writing!

    My Dragon Red 250ie was a Christmas gift from my wife two years ago. I love riding it around our Bucks County, PA countryside and, like you, i also love to find spots to stop at and photograph my baby.

    I find that it will accelerate on par with our Guzzi Nevada, up to 70-75 mph, and I also had that slight front end vibration, but it disappeared with the switch to Pirelli tires, and the ride got better and quieter.

    I am most comfortable on it, at speeds below 55, but it takes 65 in stride when asked to. I am always looking for an excuse to run to the dairy for milk, or whatever. It is that enjoyable to ride, and pleasing to the eye.

    My wife Patty and I live on a fly-in community, and our Vespa resides under the wing of our vintage Cessna 170B. As often as not, it gets the nod when I want to spend some enjoyable time alone. It is some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

    Keep up the good work!