ON THE HIGHWAY
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gts 250
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Location: new fairfield ct.
Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:53 am quote
IS ANY ONE REALLY DOING A LOT OF HIGHWAY [SPEEDS OF 65]ON THERE VESPAS, IM NOT TALKING 500CC SCOOTERS.
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GTS250 Gilera Runner SP180
Joined: 27 Jan 2006
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Location: Kent,England
Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:54 am quote
Yep,most of the time I go on rallies or rideouts.Not too many at the moment,but generally cruise along the motorway at 65-70.
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05 Vespa GT200 & 02 Honda Reflex
Joined: 14 Dec 2005
Posts: 315
Location: Richardson, Texas
Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:57 am quote
Not a lot of highway riding but a little. I've had my GT200 on the highway for 65-75mph. A few weeks ago was our longest highway trip, 30 min. non-stop at speeds up to 65mph. (My husband was leading me on the Honda Reflex which doesn't handle wind as well as our GT, IMHO. Last time I was in the lead on a different part of the same highway I was going 75 for 10-15 minutes on the GT.)

I don't like being on a scooter for more than an hour at a time. After that my butt hurts, shoulders and back can ache a little. I see my husband shaking out his arms and wiggling his fingers at stops sometimes.

Lisa
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GTS250 Gilera Runner SP180
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Posts: 5209
Location: Kent,England
Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:06 am quote
Even get a sore bum (sorry,can't say "butt",I'm English!! ) on the GT? That's all stopped for me,since I got the GTS...
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'06 GTS, '06 GT, '79 P200, '80 Sport 100
Joined: 14 Nov 2005
Posts: 290
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:35 am quote
Re: ON THE HIGHWAY
michaelsvespa wrote:
IS ANY ONE REALLY DOING A LOT OF HIGHWAY [SPEEDS OF 65]ON THERE VESPAS, IM NOT TALKING 500CC SCOOTERS.
Yes. The majority of the miles on both my GTs are highway miles. I commute and it is all highway - 70+ miles roundtrip daily. It handles fine.

Karen
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gts 250
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Location: new fairfield ct.
Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:43 am quote
on the higway
what happens with tractor trailers flying by, you dont get blown around
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01 ET2 - 01 ET4 -- 05 GT200L / 05 PX150 / 1986? Honda CH150 Deluxe.
Joined: 27 Nov 2005
Posts: 2999
Location: SoCal OC
Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:51 am quote
Highway Riding
I commute 60 miles round trip everyday on a major freeway here in SoCal, it is 5 lanes wide and I normally cruise at 60-65 mph. I can keep up with traffic even at 75 mph. I will pass big rigs with no ill effects. My GT has a full sized windscreen and I have a topcase also. I weigh in at 275+, so that helps with keeping my GT stable at speed.... LOL. Bear.
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GTS250 Gilera Runner SP180
Joined: 27 Jan 2006
Posts: 5209
Location: Kent,England
Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:53 am quote
I find that if you keep an eye in the mirror,so you KNOW when you're going to be overtaken,it's not so bad..
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Location: San Diego, Ca
Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:06 pm quote
I hold 70 on my P200 and don't have much trouble. But it's not too windy here in San Diego.
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Joined: 17 Nov 2005
Posts: 2521
Location: Olympia, WA
Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:12 pm quote
Cruising Speed....
Usually keep the GTS at 70 indicated, but it's really gotta be around 65 to 66 actual. When my speedo says 70 mph I'm in the slow lane most of the time. In my Pontiac I'm in the fast lane at 70 mph indicated. A GPS would solve the problem, looks like I need to get one.

Is this fast for the 250 engine?
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Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:10 pm quote
Portland To Seattle, full throttle on a GT200.
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Vespa GT250ie/L, Honda Ruckus 50, Honda NT700V, Honda CB125
Joined: 03 Nov 2005
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Location: Bee eff eee.
Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:15 pm quote
Rode down to LA at probably an average of 63mph, top of ~80 or so on the GT.

people have complained about wind from semis, honestly I never really noticed the wash, even with my windshield.
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GTS 250ie
Joined: 28 Mar 2006
Posts: 160
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:26 pm quote
We ride all type of roads over here on the GTS's. Dont have a problem on the freeway our speed limit is 110k - usually we can be the ones doing the overtaking. On the twisties the GTS keeps the speed through the corners too. Usually we keep rides under 2 hour then need a refueling break anyway.
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2007 Vespa LX150 (Yellow)
Joined: 06 Jan 2006
Posts: 443
Location: Oklahoma City
Thu Apr 06, 2006 1:33 pm quote
I feel comfortable taking my GTS on the highway here in OKC (I-44). I don't go out of my way to do it, but if it will make a crosstown trip a bit shorter, sure!
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GT200
Joined: 08 Nov 2005
Posts: 130
Location: Florida
Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:39 am quote
I ride my GT200 at 60-70 actual miles per hour on a constant basis, including trips down I-95. I ussually start to get a bit uncomfortable in the seat after 2 hours, but the freeway driving doesn't bother me one bit as I can go fast enough to keep the semi-trucks from passing constantly. When I am passed by a big vehicle I move to the outside a bit. Amazing enough the GT is really well suited for almost anything.
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Black Vespa GTS 250cc
Joined: 10 Mar 2006
Posts: 102
Location: New York City
Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:42 am quote
I've gone from NYC to Philly a NUMBER of times on the Jersey Turnpike - NO TROUBLE - I've got a GT 200 - and nothing happens when a tractor trailer passes by - try not to run into them...

It's a comfort level thing - your GT can deal w/ it - it's the operator that might not feel comfortable - but if that's the case you're encouraged to get comfortable - it'll open up limitless opportunities on the bike if you're not afraid of the Highway - I assure you, your bike can take it.....

Get out and ride.

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Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:04 pm quote
I notice your avatar looks like a 150cc scoot. If that is what you have...

I am one person who is not riding my scooter on the highway. I have an ET4, and while it is technically fast enough to hang in there, it still is a white-knuckle ride. I figure if I don't enjoy riding, what's the point.

The posted speed limit of 55 MPH on the interstates around here is almost universally ignored. Most traffic is going 65 to 75. When you get away from the cities, the posted speed limit of 65 is out of the ET4's range as it is unless you like riding all out, and keeping up is impossible.

On a GT, fine. On a 150cc scoot...just depends on how you like it.

Personally, I ride long distances, I just don't ride them on the interstates.

BTW, I was considering upgrading to a GT to ride the highways, but I just bought a new car (the old one was getting close to 150,000 miles...I drive a lot, too.) If I bought a new scooter right now, riding down the highway would involve my wife kicking my butt all the way to wherever I wanted to go. And then some.
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gts 250
Joined: 17 Nov 2005
Posts: 327
Location: new fairfield ct.
Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:23 pm quote
on the hihway
i just bougt a gts, my lx was just a little to twitchy to use on the highway. once the new one is broken in, off i go.
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X-9 500 Evo, GT200
Joined: 12 Jan 2006
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Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:50 pm quote
Maybe my GT200 is slow, or maybe my X9 is fast, or maybe people in Northern CA drive too fast, or maybe my expectations are too high, or maybe my driving style is too aggressive, or....

I've ridden the GT200 on the "slow" freeways in Northern CA: Highway 17 and Highway 1 from Santa Cruz to Monterey, and to be completely honest, it's tough. You're right laning it with the Winnebagos, overloaded gardening pickups, smoking diesels, and noisy air-cooled VW Vanagons. Even when you can go faster then them, you're not passing because you can't really go fast enough for the next lane's flow of traffic. It feels dangerous at times. I can't imagine it on an LX.

Now from Carmel to Cambria on Hwy 1 is another story entirely. The GT does just great on the mostly 50 MPH limit 2-lane road.

But like I said: "Maybe......."
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