My GTV 300 is past its break-in period, so I took it out for its first long ride. I headed from my home in Santa Fe down highway 14 - the Turquoise Trail - to Albuquerque. I grabbed a quick bite to eat, and then thought I would explore the roads through the Pueblos along the Rio Grande.
Rio Grande Blvd from Old Town in Albuquerque to the outskirts of the city is lovely, as is the paved part of route 313.
At San Filipe Pueblo, the road turns to dirt for about ten miles.
Now I'm not one to shy away from dirt, but that was ten miles of some of the worst washboards I've ever driven over. At one point it was washboards AND loose sand, and I could feel the Vespa drifting from side to side.
It may have originally been designed for the crappy post WWII streets of Italy, but I don't think the Vespa is the best two wheeled vehicle for handling dirt. I was shaking so much my eyes where jiggling to the extent I could barely see.
It was an adventure, and I consider the bike well broken in at this point. I don't think I'll take it back down that particular road again.
I was pleased that speed was never an issue with the GTV 300. Even on the interstate, with the speed limit at 75 mph, I didn't feel so slow that I felt I was endangering myself.
That GTV seat is a killer though. I don't think I'm going to be heading off for the coast on it any time soon.