ProsThe Vespa GTS looks really stylish and is a comfortable ride. Its handling is pretty secure and confident. Its engine runs smoothly and although it isn't too fast on the takeoff, once it gets up to speed it has more than enough power for city riding.
I really like the fact that it has so much storage space beneath the seat and in the box on the back.
It is big enough for long-legged riders and also has a very wide and comfortable saddle that is great for long rides. It also has plenty of space for a passenger riding pillion.
ConsThe major detraction of this bike is its cost. It costs more than many others in the Vespa range as well as a lot of other similar scooters out there.
The second criticism I have is its weight and centre of gravity. I'm tall enough to ride it happily but some people do complain that it is a bit top heavy in comparison with the slightly smaller Vespa's in the 125cc range. It is also a bit wider which makes it slightly less easy to handle or get around cars in tight traffic.
Full ReviewVespa is probably one of the most well-known and iconic scooter-makers in the world. Its scooters are more than mere instruments of trasnport for getting from point A to point B. They have also become statements of style and cool.
The roots of Vespa, which means wasp in Italian, date back to just after the second world war when an exhausted and ruined Italy tried to rebuild. The original engineers involved in designing the first Vespa had initially worked in aircraft design so they carried some of that knowledge with them when making the Vesap. You can see its aeronautical roots in the unique form of suspension that Vespa uses on its front wheel which is a design that would not look out of place on an airplane.
Since their introduction 60 years ago, Vespa scooters and Vespa mopeds have gone on to dominate the market in Italy and they have developed a cult following in many other parts of the world.
The Vespa GTS is the largest, and most expensive, of their line of 125cc scooters. It differs from others, such as the Vespa LX 125 and Vespa PX 125 in that it is bigger, giving more space for a second passenger, as well as heavier. Its motor is liquid-cooled whereas the others have air cooled engines which are slightly less powerful. As a result the GTS has a slightly better power-to-weight ratio than its smaller brothers and sisters.
It also has disk brakes on front and rear wheels, whereas the others usually have drum brakes on the back.
The GTS also has a roomy box under the seat. This gives enough space to store two open-faced motorcycle helmets in addition to rain gear and a few other odds and ends. It doesn't have enough space, however, to store a full-faced helmet but you can install a rear box on the bike that has enough space for one.
In ClosingAll in all this is a great bike, but one could probably go for a slightly cheaper option and still get the same utillity. That said, the Vespa is just beautiful and is a joy to ride. They also seem to hold their value well in the second-hand market.