GTS 300 hpe
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:05 am quote
Hello

I am thinking about buying a new Vespa GTS 300 HPE.

I understand there are problems with poor quality paint and corrosion. Is this widespread or not?

What is a realistic range before you have to refuel?

many thanks

Mike Smith
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:03 am quote
I have heard about that as well- you would have thought that after all these years of selling the GTS, Piaggio could have sorted out the rust problems!
Maybe it's just a UK problem being the weather being so damp!

Graham
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Location: San Francisco
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:42 am quote
I usually go at least 100 miles between fill-ups. Farthest I've got is 140mi.

I've averaged 65mpg. There are 2.2G in the tank (inc half a gallon of "reserve").
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:20 am quote
My current HPE 300 is doing just over 90mpg whilst keeping the speeds down to under 60 as itís running in. My previous 300 did around 80 on a run. I had it 4 years and it was used in most conditions, it was rust free when I sold it. The mpg figures are with Imperial gallons, not US.
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Location: Ventura, CA
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:42 am quote
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Hi MJS --- I just bought a Navy Blue (Blu Energia) last week and am loving it -- so new no problems I can tell. But the paint is brilliant IRL.

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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:23 am quote
Hey ... what a beautiful "vespiste" there are on this forum!
Welcome from Latina, Italy.
Welcome also to mjs.
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:25 am quote
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Grazie, bella! I frequently work in Napoli, Italy (live in Ventura, CA). Hope you are safe and well!
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 am quote
BellO...i am a male...
The americans who work in Naples are generally military, in that chaotic city i go by train and then i use the buses because it scares me as they drive.
Mr. Bob Copeland, vespista excellent of the forum, has been there of base for some years.
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:51 am quote
Mi dispiace

That is good to know re: Napoli -- I've had all overwhelmingly positive experiences there!
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:39 pm quote
A number of Brits have expressed concern on MV about the durability of Vespa paint. Maybe it is the combination of dampness, sea air, and salted roads. I've owned 4 Vespas myself, and the Northwest US is known for its wet weather. I don't live near the ocean however, and roads around here are never salted (sometimes sprayed with magnesium chloride before a bad winter storm). I have had no trouble at all with the durability of Vespa paint. And the finish on my GTS still looks great!
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:30 pm quote
pammieellen wrote:
Mi dispiace

Hahaha... It happens, nicknames can be confusing.
Dooglas wrote:
A number of Brits have expressed concern on MV about the durability of Vespa paint. Maybe it is the combination of dampness, sea air, and salted roads. I've owned 4 Vespas myself, and the Northwest US is known for its wet weather. I don't live near the ocean however, and roads around here are never salted (sometimes sprayed with magnesium chloride before a bad winter storm). I have had no trouble at all with the durability of Vespa paint. And the finish on my GTS still looks great!
A friend who lives in Abruzzo (cold Italian region) told me that the type of salt is sometimes with very corrosive additives; I think it depends on who spreads it and what it spreads.
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Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:41 am quote
Re: GTS 300 hpe
mjs wrote:
Hello

I am thinking about buying a new Vespa GTS 300 HPE.

I understand there are problems with poor quality paint and corrosion. Is this widespread or not?

What is a realistic range before you have to refuel?

many thanks

Mike Smith
You don't need to worry about corrosion or bad paint on these bikes. The fit and finish is brilliant. I own a 2016 bike and there are no stone chips, no rust, paint has remained very glossy. The main reason some people have issues with rust are folks not checking under their bikes to check for stone chips, and if they do see a stone chip they never touch it up.

The range of the bike will vary according to how you ride it. The new HPE has a smaller fuel tank than previous models, but is suppose to be capable of more mpg. My own 2016 bike easily manages over 90mpg (UK) and with it's 9.5ltr tank can cover a lot of miles.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:17 pm quote
I live by the sea in a humid country and my 3yrs old gts has no sign of rust. Range is 210 kms more or less. You can buy one quietly.
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