After foolishly selling my GTS300 a few years ago, I was off in motorcycle land for a while. First on a 1976 BMW R75/6 which I loved to look at, but hated to ride, then on a 2013 Honda CB1100, which was stylish and smooth, but weighted a ton and made no sense for puttering around in the city.
All the easy playfulness of a scooter was lost, and I realized that I'm a Vespa guy at heart. So last week I sold the Honda, and bought a red 2010 GTS300, and promised myself that for the money I had left over from selling the Honda I would get to do some lovely upgrades.
First, shocks! In the premium sector of aftermarket shocks there seems to be two major players - Bitubo and Malossi (with their RS24), and Zelioni perhaps representing the ultra premium.
But now there is a wildcard - RacingBros, with their spring-less air Bazooka air suspension. They have four varieties of front shocks, 1.0-4.0, progressively with additional features. They are pricy - their 2.0 level shock comes in at $302 (at SIP), but it's at least less than a Zelioni.
So the question is, does anybody here have any feedback on these, or for that matter, any air shocks, for any vehicle? I'm pretty curious, and the equally expensive Fournales brand shocks for vintage Vespas often get rave reviews.
You set the preload by pumping the appropriate amount of air into them, around 50-70psi. They recommend using their specialized pump, but at first glance it looks like you could just use a bicycle foot pump.
For $540 I can get a front/rear set of Bitubos, tried and true, or if I feel experimental, for $563 I COULD get a 2.0 Bazooka in the front, and a pair of Malossis for the rear. (getting all Bazookas is too expensive)
Or I could go the "cheap" route, and get all Malossis for $440. People seem to like them about as much as Bitubos, but durability doesn't seem as good.
And finally, another wildcard I don't hear much about is YSS. They are a strong suspension maker for all kinds of vehicles, but I don't hear much about them for Vespas. A set of the nicest ones on SIP runs about $508, splitting the difference between Malossi and Bitubo. I'd love to hear opinions of these, if anyone has any.
Just like most of us, I'm looking for a responsive, planted ride, while keeping things nice and comfy.
Anyway, I'm excited to be back on a Vespa, and to be back in the community!
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