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So I'm ready to purchase a scooter. I've wanted a big Vespa for several years but now that I have the room and the cash to buy one I have fallen for the new Honda Forza.

I've sat "in" the Forza and I fit but barely. I'm just over 6' tall and when I buy Levis the 34" legs fit me.

The lone Vespa boutique is closed for the holidays until the 13th. I am dying to find out how I fit on the GTS.

Does anyone close to my height have a picture of themselves sitting on their GTS?

Much appreciated.

Me sitting on a Forza:
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I am 6' 0" and my heels are just on the ground when I sit on the 300 GTS. It is a perfect fit for me. The comfort level was excellent on a 140 mile day trip I took this summer. Good luck on the purchase!
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Thanks for the quick response. That looks hopeful.
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I am 6' and ride a 250gts.
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you make due with most bikes. shorter people just dip the bike slightly to make it work, but you'll be fine. you can also lower a bike with a couple mods if you look into it.
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I sit in the middle of the saddle, so can't get my feet flat on the ground. No problem with seat or handlebar height when riding.

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Iam 6ft 3" and the wife is 6ft and we,v done some 100 mile plus runs on a GTS 250 with out any issues, apart from me moaning about the amount of shoes she takes for a weekend away , buster.
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Dunno about your measuring system but over here I am 1,90 meter and I fit on my Vespa perfectly.

Ggrr it will not let me add pictures from my asus tablet.

But it will let me copy it from another thread Razz emoticon
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Thanks everyone.

The store opens again on the 13th. I hope to get a test ride then.
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A useful tool. (apologies if this has already been posted)

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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You will find that the GTS and even the LX150 have more legroom than the Forza which is known as the Reflex here in the US.
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I'm 6 foot exactly and find it very comfy

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EDIT:I cut and pasted this post from another forum. I did not realize until now that it did not specify which scooter I was referring to. I picked up a HONDA FORZA 300. This post is referring to that bike. I am very happy with the Honda but still have a huge admiration for the Vespa GTS.

My first impressions are pretty well all good.

The engine is smooth (once off idle) and the power is delivered in a consistent manner. It pulls strongly up to 110 km/hr and possibly faster (I've not gone there yet).

The comfort/legroom was my main worry. When I sat on the scooter in the showroom, I put my feet so the toes touched the end of the flat area and it felt confining. However, when riding I find myself starting off and not even taking all the available room. I realize that I have another 6 inches and move the feet forward. I am 6' tall with a 34" inseam and I have 3 comfortable places to put my feet. Legroom is not an issue and I find the bike very comfortable.

The brakes feel very, very good. (Although my last two bikes are not known for their braking abilities, KLR and Moto Guzzi Stone, so I may have set a low bar).

It handles at speed like it is on rails while still being flickable. At walking speed and while moving it in the garage it feels much lighter than its weight.

The two negatives are that the rear suspension feels harsh over sharp bumps and while stopped at idle there is a sound coming from the rear that sounds like a loose part. (The Honda guys checked it out and found nothing amiss).

I am loving this ride and am very happy with the purchase.
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I am glad you bought it, you wont regret it.. 8)
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If you check out my ride report Cape Town to port Elizabeth, the guy in the red jacket is 6'9" tall... And he does not look out of place on a GTS.

I would recommend upgrading the shocks to Malossi, as it makes the Vespa considerably higher....
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guzziman wrote:
The comfort/legroom was my main worry. When I sat on the scooter in the showroom, I put my feet so the toes touched the end of the flat area and it felt confining. However, when riding I find myself starting off and not even taking all the available room. I realize that I have another 6 inches and move the feet forward. I am 6' tall with a 34" inseam and I have 3 comfortable places to put my feet. Legroom is not an issue and I find the bike very comfortable.

This is the kind of thing I was hoping to hear about the Forza as I'm thinking of buying one but here on Vancouver Island they're currently hard to find and while I can get a good deal on a 2014 model from the dealer in Nanaimo, I'd have to order it in with a 1000 dollar non-refundable deposit. As there are none here I can test drive this seems like a big risk as I'm also 6' with a 32-34" inseam...

Seems like we're almost identical in size so I'm glad to hear that you feel it's comfortable and that you have three leg positions. I just wanted to ask what position you find you use most, and if one of those positions is with your feet forward on the "vertical" portion of the floorboards? Because I have chronic knee problems I can't keep my knee bent at an acute angle for any prolonged length of time so I'm hoping I can ride in this "forward" position most often. Just wondering if you find this a viable position with your height and leg length. Cheers.
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