GTV or GTS for long-term purchase
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Primavera 150
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:38 pm quote
Iím considering a new GTS Super Sport or a slightly used GTV. What do you folks think about the differences between the two? Which one will I be happier with long-term? Are there any real advantages to one over the other?
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:46 pm quote
Differences:

1. Seat style - one piece vs. split
2. Instrument panel
3. Headlight location.
4. Exposed handlebars on GTV (ability to mount stuff there)

Most who have issues with the GTV have issues (it seems) with the split seat. For some, it is just not as comfortable as the GTS seat.

Personally, I prefer the light position of the GTS and the instrument panel as well.

I would also assume resale value may be better with the GTS as it is the more popular style.

If you're able to, ride them both. For most it comes down to styling and seat comfort.

Good luck and hope to see you again soon!
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:38 am quote
Mostly what JP said. Really it's up to you as to which one you prefer. I'm 5' 11" and find the seat comfortable but do at times wish it was a little longer where the rider sits. One advantage of the headlight position is you can stack things higher up on the front rack as the headlight does not get in the way.

I think the GTV is a good looking scoot, here's mine and a pick with a few GTV's with different windscreens. Actually about the only 2 you can get for it. The GTS has more screen options.

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Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:03 am quote
There's no difference between the GTS and the GTV regarding long term ownership. They are both brilliant. Just make sure to service it according to the factory recommendations and you won't get any problems at all. The engines are good for very large mileages before needing work doing to them (servicing aside of course). Would recommend using proper motorcycle oil of the correct spec (not car oil) if you want best long term reliability and maximum engine life.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:14 pm quote
Most of the parts that are unique to the GTV will be more expensive than the same part on the GTS, and often require a longer wait, moreso as time goes on.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:24 pm quote
Itís the saddle. Longer distances may prove limiting and ultimately pain inducing. If you like the overall look of the GTV, you can get the best of both worlds by picking up a GTS saddle and swapping it out for longer rides.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:10 pm quote
David Masse wrote:
Itís the saddle. Longer distances may prove limiting and ultimately pain inducing. If you like the overall look of the GTV, you can get the best of both worlds by picking up a GTS saddle and swapping it out for longer rides.
That's what I do. Have a solo gel seat that I swap out for longer trips and just to change things up. I am 6'2" and both seats are comfortable. Just a matter of taste and if you want the FASTER GTV!
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:12 pm quote
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:24 pm quote
rosscooter wrote:
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That makes the GTV devilishly fast
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:59 am quote
rosscooter wrote:
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