Stock Shocks
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09 GTS 250ie
Joined: 22 May 2019
Posts: 8
Location: SFBay
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:49 pm quote
My GTS250 is now 10 years old with 10k miles, though I just recently purchased it.

Iím sure itís still riding on the original shocks front and rear. Is there a time/mileage when they are considered ready for replacement?

This is the only Vespa Iíve put any real miles on, so I donít have any basis for comparison as to what good vs bad shocks feel like.

Thanks!
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2009 LX 150, 2008 GTS 250
Joined: 19 Jun 2011
Posts: 688
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:07 am quote
Generally, the shocks last a long time unless you drive on terribly rough roads. Start by correctly adjusting the rear shocks to your weight requirements (see the owners manual). If your shocks are not bottoming out, bouncing excessively, or leaking oil, then they are good. I have over 40K miles and 10 years on my OEM shocks.

Bill
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09 GTS 250ie
Joined: 22 May 2019
Posts: 8
Location: SFBay
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:12 am quote
Oh yes, shock adjustment! I keep forgetting to check it. Will do so today.... thanks!
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2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:58 am quote
You will know when they go bad.

The rear will bottom out on every bump.

The front will rock freely with no damping.

Change them quickly when either happens.

Bill
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BV 350
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 305
Location: Nebraska
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:15 pm quote
Oily?
Are either of them leaking oil? That is another failure point.
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GTS300 Super Blue Gaiola
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:03 pm quote
10k? Start worrying about it after 100k.
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09 GTS 250ie
Joined: 22 May 2019
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Location: SFBay
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:02 pm quote
I gave them a closer look and they seem fine- clean, dry, etc. Even already adjusted to preload setting #2. Perfect.
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