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Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:04 pm quote
Hi, just joined MV.
Don't have a Vespa yet but am on here to learn more.
Toying with the idea of switching from my current 650 bike to a GTS300 HPE.
There will be questions, please be patient.....
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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:07 pm quote
Patience is our middle name.

Or is it Patients...

Anyway, let me be the first to welcome you to MV.
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2016 Sprint S 150 (his), 2016 Sprint 150 Blu Gaiola (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Excalibur Gray (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Black (his), 2012 Kymco Downtown 200
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 727
Location: Vermont
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:13 pm quote
Welcome! And one thing about this forum is we love pics. So as soon as you get your Vespa pics! In meantime, post a pic of your current PTW!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 6063
Location: Downtown Toronto
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:34 pm quote
Hello and welcome aboard. While it will not have the same amount of power as a 650 you will be pleasantly surprised by the performance. There will be a few things to get used to but for an experienced rider it really is no issue.

I'm surprised your handle hasn't already been taken... I like it actually and good job picking one.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 8895
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:41 pm quote
Welcome to MV. You found a great place to get information and support.

Good luck on your transition. Expecting you'll be quite satisfied.
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2012 Kymco Like 200i (Sold), 2018 FLSL
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Location: San Jose, CA
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:16 pm quote
Welcome aboard! Glad you joined us.
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GTS250
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Location: Tempe, AZ
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:20 pm quote
Welcome to Modern Vespa, Yespa, from the Arizona desert.

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Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:03 pm quote
Thanks all for the welcomes.
I've been riding for forty years or thereabouts, have had a variety of bikes and scooters over the years.
Never had a Vespa though, but that might be about to change.
Current bike not meeting my needs for practical commuting hence thoughts of changing.
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2017 GTV 300
Joined: 20 May 2019
Posts: 27
Location: Willcox, AZ
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:20 pm quote
Welcome, lots of good people and help here.
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Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:37 pm quote
Another warm welcome from the Oven State, AKA Arizona.

I have a 750cc, a 300cc, and a 49cc. The 300cc gets ridden the most!
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:36 pm quote
Welcome from Agro Pontino (Latina - Italy)
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2019 Vespa GTS300 Super; 2004 Vespa GT200
Joined: 15 Sep 2018
Posts: 45
Location: Herriman, UT
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:04 pm quote
Welcome from the Salt Lake Valley in Utah! A Vespa can bring a lot of joy, in my opinion. Good luck on your decision.
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portofino green GTV 300
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Location: w.ma. Northampton
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:31 am quote
Welcome from New England
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Vespa GTS Kymco AK550
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Location: London UK
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:01 am quote
Welcome from Old England!
Hooked
2015 Vespa GTS300 Super
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Posts: 290
Location: Connecticut
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:27 am quote
Welcome from CT.
Ossessionato
2016 Vespa GTS 300 i.e. ABS, 2010 Vespa GTS 300 ie Super (sold) & 2003 Honda Shadow VT750 ACE (sold) & 2006 Vespa LX150 (sold)
Joined: 18 Oct 2009
Posts: 3078
Location: Toronto (formerly Montreal)
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:54 am quote
Welcome to MV from the Great White North!
eeee-bip
Benelli TNT 125/Kymco AK550 I don't care. You can quote me.
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Location: South East Great England of Britishland
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:58 am quote
Prime
Welcome form the Beautiful South.

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Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:55 am quote
Well, today went to local Vespa shop for a looky and to get an idea of trade-in value of my bike, but sales manager wasn't in.
My fault, should've phoned ahead.
Still it was a fabulous day for a pleasant run on the bike.
Had a quick nosey at the scooters (mmm shiny) on display and will be going back next chance I get.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Typhoon 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 10965
Location: Oregon City, OR
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:01 am quote
Glad to have you on MV. Happy hunting for your new ride.

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saggezza di scala
2009 'Burma Shave' Red GTS 250ie
Joined: 13 Mar 2010
Posts: 6911
Location: Israel
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:21 pm quote
Shalom and welcome to MV from Israel.
Hooked
Vespa GTV250:: Et4 150
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Posts: 237
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca.
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:57 pm quote
Aloha and welcome to the world or Vespa's
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2016 LXV 150 ie, 1978 Vespa P125, 2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 06 Jul 2016
Posts: 531
Location: central Illinois USA
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:38 am quote
Welcome from central Illinois and if I don’t see photos, I might not believe that scooter exists. And with area scenery makes it even better. But my scooters will all be spending some time locked up this coming week. Silly old woman is going camping at a fiber arts festival and taking her car. Not because of the distance from home, but hey, venders, yarns, knitting and weaving tools......
Ride safe and I hope you’re finding a great ride at a very good price.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
'07 LX150 (Sold), '17 GTS300, '16 BV350, '15 EN650, '09 FXDF
Joined: 26 Jul 2017
Posts: 5365
Location: Home of the Alamo
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:57 am quote
Re: Hello
Yespa wrote:
Hi, just joined MV.
Don't have a Vespa yet but am on here to learn more.
Toying with the idea of switching from my current 650 bike to a GTS300 HPE.
There will be questions, please be patient.....
Welcome to MV! Catchy name indeed.

Just curious, what make/model of 650 do you currently ride?
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Buddy 125, Scarabeo 150, Scarabeo 500ie, Triumphs, Vespa Sprint 150
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Posts: 665
Location: Charleston,SC-Knoxville, TN- Sanibel, Florida
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:12 pm quote
Welcome.....just curious.....what kinda 650cc bike you got?

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'14 Piaggio BV 350
Joined: 14 Jul 2014
Posts: 913
Location: Seacoast New Hampshire (USA)
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:55 pm quote
Another greeting from New England - if you're looking to be talked into buying a Vespa or Piaggio, you've come to the right place...
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
Joined: 22 Apr 2015
Posts: 2374
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:21 am quote
Howdy, Yespa, abd welcome, from the middle of the Jersey Shore!

As far as choosing a scoot, all I can tell you is that I've been mighty pleased with my GTS since buying it nearly four years (and the better part of 10k miles) ago. I think I can safely say you'll likely be quite pleased with the latest version.
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2013 Vespa LX150ie, 1968 Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 20 Feb 2011
Posts: 4041
Location: Ogden, UT U.S.A.
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:30 pm quote
Welcome aboard.
Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:09 pm quote
Well I've finally reached a decision, sadly no Vespa for me yet.

I live close to the sea so fighting the rust would be an endless war fuel tank isn't big enough and can't get full face helmet under seat.

Maybe when I retire I'll get one but for now while I'm still working and commuting 56 miles a day, I'm afraid it has to be something else.
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 2206
Location: Latina (Italy)
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:36 pm quote
Yespa wrote:
Well I've finally reached a decision, sadly no Vespa for me yet.

I live close to the sea so fighting the rust would be an endless war fuel tank isn't big enough and can't get full face helmet under seat.

Maybe when I retire I'll get one but for now while I'm still working and commuting 56 miles a day, I'm afraid it has to be something else.
You can buy a Yamaha Tricity 155, the frame is powder-coated and the other steel parts are few and well protected, in addition there is a full-face helmet under the saddle. The new scooter costs less than a Vespa 150. Try it ...
Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:21 am quote
Attila wrote:
You can buy a Yamaha Tricity 155, the frame is powder-coated and the other steel parts are few and well protected, in addition there is a full-face helmet under the saddle. The new scooter costs less than a Vespa 150. Try it ...
Only 125 available in UK and sadly like all 125s its nowhere near fast enough.
Definitely a quirky and fun design, would like to see the Blue Core 300 motor from the Xmax fitted in a Tricity, now that would be something.
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 2206
Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:30 am quote
Yespa wrote:
Attila wrote:
You can buy a Yamaha Tricity 155, the frame is powder-coated and the other steel parts are few and well protected, in addition there is a full-face helmet under the saddle. The new scooter costs less than a Vespa 150. Try it ...
Only 125 available in UK and sadly like all 125s its nowhere near fast enough.
Definitely a quirky and fun design, would like to see the Blue Core 300 motor from the Xmax fitted in a Tricity, now that would be something.
... is coming ... for the year 2020. The prototype was presented in 2018.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 8895
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:06 am quote
Feel free to hang around regardless. As you can see, a lot of non-Italian scooters and motorcycles here....and sometimes none at all.
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2010 Vespa 300 Super
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
Posts: 698
Location: NYC
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:12 am quote
Welcome and as someone mentioned patience, I'd say don't think about it. I moved over from GSXR 750 then a Bonneville 900 to now a GTS 300.
I have no regrets, I would say that you will enjoy it as much or more as any other PTW you have had maybe more as you are more likely to ride it more.
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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
Joined: 29 Apr 2011
Posts: 2637
Location: Springboro, OH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:48 am quote
Welcome to our little corner of the net!

The Vespa is an excellent commuter vehicle, especially when equipped with a top case and windscreen. You'll be able to handle inclement weather and room for storage when needed.
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GTS 300 Super
Joined: 13 Sep 2017
Posts: 949
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:14 am quote
Re: Hello
Yespa wrote:
Hi, just joined MV.
Don't have a Vespa yet but am on here to learn more.
Toying with the idea of switching from my current 650 bike to a GTS300 HPE.
There will be questions, please be patient.....
Welcome!

Out of curiosity, why not keep the 650? Or is it that you need to sell it to fund the 300 HPE? (I totally get it if this is the case or if finances dictate only having one ride.)

If you haven't ridden a modern vespa, the tires are smaller. Advantages and disadvantages from switching from the 650. Overall that HPE model has me excited and it seems those who are getting it are loving the additional HP and Torque compared to even the 2019/19 model 300cc from Vespa.

Keep us updated and pictures!
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 2206
Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:24 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Feel free to hang around regardless. As you can see, a lot of non-Italian scooters and motorcycles here....and sometimes none at all.
I think he fears rust based on the fact that the Vespa is almost all iron ... (plastic free); however, Piaggio also produces other scooters, mostly in plastic. Also a Beverly 300/350.
Hooked
2018 XMAX
Joined: 10 Feb 2012
Posts: 442
Location: Philadelphia, USA
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:51 pm quote
Had Vespa et4 and recently switched to Yamaha Xmax. Love them both for different reasons. Xmax is a really smooth and fun ride. Also storage space is awesome.
Enthusiast
Joined: 09 Aug 2019
Posts: 94
Location: Aberdeenshire Scotland
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:39 am quote
Re: Hello
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
Out of curiosity, why not keep the 650?
Don't like it any longer and have no need of it.
Scooter format gives me everything I need.
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport 1951
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:09 am quote
Re: Hello
Yespa wrote:
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
Out of curiosity, why not keep the 650?
Don't like it any longer and have no need of it.
Scooter format gives me everything I need.
Obviously ... many of us have chosen a scooter for those reasons ... even those who have the same bike to alternate.
But I think there are scooters that don't regret the bike (The X Max is one of those) and the Vespa is the classic scooter (like other setting equals)
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