i ride my vespa GTS 125 ie since 2009.
a good friend of me bought the vespa because i was looking to buy one, i infected him with the vespa virus.
his adventure came to a abrupt stop because he has a allergie for pollen.
i was still looking to buy one and the day i said to myself ""now i'm getting a black GTS(like my friend)!!"" and i called him to say that i was getting to my car to ride to the dealer and order one.
a few moment later he called me, are you at the dealer ?
and i said : no, almost... why ?
he :come over to my place and let's talk...
long story short, i left his house with a black GTS 125 IE with 850km on the odometer for a nice price.
this is a short writeup from the past 3 years :
then the madnes began, i loved riding it so much, the ride itself, the attention, the looks and so on, i started riding more and more(note i already had allot of experience on 2 wheels), i started to customize but my tye of customization is always subtle but i have some ideas that are maybe a bit daring but we'll see...
my customiation in the beginning was a GPR exhaust, i rode it for half i year and took it of, it was to noisy at higher speeds, i liked the sound but not for 3h in a row.
i traded the GPR for a malossi variator and it was good, not super but good...
a few thousand km further i started looking for more types of variators because i have some experiance already from my other scooters(50/70/125cc) i had in the past.
i knew a polini would be better in terms of revs and that is what the little 125 engine needs.
i loved it but again on long straight roads the polini was a bit to nervous on the throttle, or you where accelerating or you where engine braking, nothing in between, or so it seemed...
i saw allot of people here using the Dr Pulley's so i took the plunge and put in the stock variator with the sliders, it blew my mind !!
i had all the advantages of te sports variators AND from the stock variator without any downsides !!
+ for a fraction of the price of a sports variator !!
(you can find a short writeup and explanation somewhere on this forum about the tests i did with the variators)
the other mod i'm very happy with is the front shock from "malossi", very nice piece of suspension !!
in the meanwhile i did some little mods, Mike's airbox mod for example.
yes it works, especially with a sportsvariator and i'm also convinced with other types of engine tuning but i'll come back to this later...
the springs in the clutch are the red ones from malossi...
i also changed the light bulbs in the tail lights for LED's, i installed a voltage meter, a 12V socket for my iphone and a cradle for the iphone to use my tomtom gps and i also installed heated grips for winter riding !
then i have 2 screens, a winter screen(medium heigth from the 200GTS) and a small clear screen for the summer when it's 30+° celcius.
i also have a 'classic racks' bend rack on the rear of the GTS,
my new plans are already ordered and it's a Akrapovic 'black edition' and a "rapid bike easy" module to give some more juice to compensate for the open airbox and open pipe !
someday i hope to put in a malossi 209cc setup with V4 head and i want to do something with the color sheme on the GTS...
here you can see one of the first photo's i made back in '09 :
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