Hi I'm new here, but been riding a Vespa for 8 years. In the summer my precious GTV250 was stolen. I was staying with friends, and someone took a shine and it was gone.
I assumed it got lifted into a truck - I was upset the insurance was a pittance and thought I would wait to replace it.
So 6 months later, I finally bought a new GTS300, but this time I installed a tracker. 3 days later, stolen! The tracker didn't give a motion alert - but the police were able to recover it 12 hours later with broken lock and missing ECU.
SO THIS IS WHERE I GET ANNOYED AT VESPA... AND THE TRACKER COMPANY.
It turns out everyone knows (apart from me) that you you can easily pick up an ecu with keys on eBay - AND, the ecu on a Vespa is just below the seat, so it's like a 2 minute job to smash the lock, open the seat, remove the ecu and then put your new one in... What the heck? Vespa, why isn't the ecu in a place far more awkward to tamper with? Why is it so easy to just buy one on eBay and replace it? This just makes me sick! Why, why, why?
I also find the tracker company disappointing In this respect too - how can you modify an electrical component In a bike and not have some tamper detection mechanism? That's also pretty bogus.
Of course, I need to educate my wife to put a lock through the wheels, but Vespa hasn't made this easy either as the new disk breaks leave very little space to put a chain through a shell, and even a dlock is a very tight fit.
This whole experience has left me feeling very flat about the bike my wife and I love.
I think Vespa,should step up far more on this.