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Vino 125
Joined: 05 Oct 2020
Posts: 2
Location: Montreal, QC Canada
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:55 pm quote
Just wanted to say hi to all the forum members. I'm a life long motorcyclist who just recently bought a Vino 125 scooter on a whim. I live in Montreal, a great city but unfortunately suffers from constant traffic, construction and parking problems. The scooter has been giving me some big smiles as I rip along through traffic and find parking wherever I go. I've had so much fun, I'm thinking about a bigger scooter in the spring.

I would really like to get a used GTS 300 and would like to know what are the issues I should look for buying a used 300 and which years are known to be the most reliable.

Hope to hear from you guys,

Thanks,
Maurice
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2018 Vespa 300 GTS Touring
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
Posts: 778
Location: NYC
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:20 pm quote
Welcome to the club mate. Seems like Montreal isn't any better than f'ed up NYC .
Vespa GTS 300 are wonderful machines. Basic maintenance follow "greasy's" guideline instead of the Vespa maintenance schedule and you will be fine.
You can find it here http://modernvespa.com/forum/wiki-service-intervals
As for which years to avoid or go for, I'd avoid the first year of when the GTS 300 came out i.e. 2007 I believe. Up to 2014 the GTS 300 had no ABS or traction control. 2015 onwards they have ABS and traction control plus a newer instrument panel.
You can find something you like and then do 99% of all maintenance work yourself if you are willing to do some wrenching.
Hopefully you shall find something and tell us about it.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 8953
Location: KS USA
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:26 am quote
^^^
Agree 100%
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 8953
Location: KS USA
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:27 am quote
Oh, and welcome!
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Vino 125
Joined: 05 Oct 2020
Posts: 2
Location: Montreal, QC Canada
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:36 pm quote
Big thanks
Thanks for the info on the GTS 300 and maintenance schedule. Hope to keep more posts going.
Ossessionato
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 4190
Location: Latina (Italy)
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:12 am quote
Welcome in Modern Vespa from Latina, Italy.
Oh yes ... the scooter can become a vice.
saggezza di scala
2009 'Burma Shave' Red GTS 250ie
Joined: 13 Mar 2010
Posts: 6942
Location: Israel
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 am quote
Shalom and welcome from Israel.

I have a GTS 250 from 2009. I know there was a fuel pump issue (recall) back then, not sure if that extended to the 300s, but if you are looking at a used scoot from that era, double check to see that if the fuel pump was under recall that the original owner got it replaced.

Good luck. You'll love the GTS.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 11509
Location: Oregon City, OR
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:54 pm quote
I owned a Vino 125 a dozen or so years ago. It was a good looking and reliable scooter, though hardly a speed demon. I have since owned 2 GTS, a 250 and a 300. The GTS is a major step up from the Vino, and has the power for most situations in town and out on rural roads and highways. I'm sure you would enjoy one.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Kitted Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2019 K1600GT Sport, Ural 2019 Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 7634
Location: Downtown Toronto
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:30 am quote
For someone coming from the motorcycle world you will be pleasantly surprised by a GTS. It has enough power to get the job done including of you have to hop on the interstate. Personally I have no problems riding one for hours at highway speeds. It is fast enough to get you there and flickable enough to be a lot of fun.

As far as issues make surest check that proper maintenance has been done on the used scoot. If it's been properly maintained the Vespa 300 engine is a well tested machine and not a lot has changed to it meaning the bugs have been worked out. Beyond that just the usual buying a used motorbike advice. Both FortNine and RevZilla have good videos on YouTube with advice but you probably already know the basics.
Molto Verboso
portofino green GTV 300
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 1219
Location: w.ma. Northampton
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:59 am quote
Welcome from New England
Molto Verboso
GTS 250i.e.
Joined: 12 Jun 2008
Posts: 1460
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:01 pm quote
Don't overlook the GTS 250 and the GT 200. Both are awesome bikes.
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