New Vespa Advice needed
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1978 Vespa P-200
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
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Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:09 pm quote
I need advice from new Vespa owners.
I am waiting for the GTS-250 to become available, but I am beginning to worry about service issues. Do these scooteres require alot of service? I would like to know before I purchase because my closest dealer is about 250 miles away. I do alot of work on my own right now on my current Vespa P-200 so I am confident I can do regular maintenance myself, but I need help when it comes to valve adjustments and complicated things like that. Are there any issues with these scooteres or can I expect to be able to ride it pretty much trouble free?
My second choice would be the Yamaha Morphous followed by a Honda Reflex or Big Ruckus.
Any advice would be welcome.
Thanks in advance.
Joined: 11 Nov 2005
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Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:30 pm quote
Service is not a big concern. Most riders take it to Vespa for the 1st service, due at 600 mi. After that, it's just oil/filter changes every 3000 miles or once per year. Vespa dealers often charge quite a bit for this, so many of us do these services ourselves. I personally do the oil and also clean/re-oil the air filter element at the one year mark. It's all pretty easy and shouldn't be a factor in the purchase decision, IMO.

The Big Ruckus is certainly interesting. But for the money (they are similarly priced) I'll take the more technologically advanced Vespa GTS in a heartbeat. It's a lot more machine for the money I think. As for the Morphous and Reflex, those are very nice scoots but they compete more directly with the Piggio BVs and the big Kymcos, or the Aprilia Atlantic. I think most Vespa riders prefer retro and don't cross shop those to the Vespa. But they are all good choices if you like the style.
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Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:24 pm quote
The norm is you'll be riding trouble-free by just following the prescribed regular maintenance schedule. You can expect the same quality from the GTS250, as is currently enjoyed by its predecessors.
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Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:04 pm quote
The Vespa brand has been very reliable. In our club of 138 members, none of the Piaggio/Vespa bikes are hardly ever in the shop. It always seems to be the other brands having problems. The two Vespas I have owned have run great for 2 years now. I expect the GTS 250 to be another reliable service free scooter.
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