I haven't started a thread in.....no idea; many years. But i'm going to dip into the well of knowledge and opinion and ask a question.
I'm tempted to get another Vespa to compliment the V-Strom 650. MC for longer / off-pavement duty, Vespa for general mucking about and errands. Plus, I feel I need something Italian back in my life, now that my Fiat 500 is gone (oops, off topic already in my own thread).
So, one local dealer has 2018 GTS's in red, black and a SS in the matte grigio titanium. 2019 GTS in white as well. SS is only $100.00 more as 2018's & 2019 are the same price. There is also a 2018 Sei Giorni in a soft matte vintage green but I'm not really fond of the fender mounted headlight, or the smaller, vintage-style instrument panel. Good price though, and the color is tres cool. I know there is no mechanical difference.
I don't feel the need to get the 2020 HPE; I like the multi-year testing already done on the current engine. Besides, I think Scooterwest has taken the global supply of 2020's already.
I had a red 2006 GTS 250 years ago. I'm not likely to buy black, so I'm looking at the red or matte grigo 2018 or the white 2019. I like the matte color, and the SS is appealing, but I'm reading only cautionary tales about matte paint.
Can I ask matte paint Vespa owners to offer some advice and opinions based on experience? Seems that touch up is virtually impossible, that few body shops can do matte paint and that it may even be difficult to get. Granted, shinny red or white is no picnic to touch up either, so that point may be moot. I'm not totally neurotic about cosmetics, but I do try and keep things looking good and I take good care of them. But first hand experience is extremely valuable, so here I am.
Thanks all for your time and assistance.