Sat May 30, 2015 1:24 pm

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2016 GTV
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Sat May 30, 2015 1:24 pm linkquote
Did not see an intro section so........ 1st post.

I am in transition; my last motorcycle sold 5 weeks ago, bike-less, on the north-side of 60. Not putting the helmet away yet. Looking at scooters; less hip pressure=no leg over. Less to take on, take off=bags, side case etc. Built in storage. I only put 3000+ miles on my bike in 2 years. Rode it at least once a week, to the store, hardware, post office and 4-5 times out of town (75-miles round trip). This all screams scooter to me and maybe more fire in the belly.

The Piaggio BV350ie ABS is on my short list. So is the Vespa GTV/S 300 Series and not so much on the list but looked at the Honda Forza and Yamaha S-max. My dealer of choice. (50 miles away) caries the Vespa Piaggio line. The Honda and Yamaha dealer are in the same town.

On Paper the Honda and Yamaha look good, IRL not so much. Kinda of like a Ski-Doo out of water. The Vespa looks great. I have not seen the BV IRL at all. I have seen the Piaggio Fly. I am assuming the BV looks like a big fly (sounds worse when you type it then read it). If the Vespa came with the 350cc my garage space would not be empty. A 2016 BV will be on the floor and hopefully out the door in 2-3 weeks.

I am sure a few of you have been down transition road. What made you stop at Scooter Boulevard and especially at the intersection of Piaggio/Vespa Street?
Sat May 30, 2015 2:00 pm

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2009 GTV 250
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Posts: 2533
Location: Olympia, WA
 
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2009 GTV 250
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Location: Olympia, WA
Sat May 30, 2015 2:00 pm linkquote
BMW & VESPA
....now just have a '07 GTS250 with 30k on it. Love it, great for around town and long trips. So new you'd be looking at a GTS300. Plenty of really low mile 250's/300's out there.....if you are interested in used.

Gave my BMW to my younger brother, was having a little trouble with balance issues. Now have only the GTS, which I rode way more then the beemer anyway! Fun factor is extremely high on the Vespa!


My dealer, Vespa of Seattle is a nice ride 70 miles north of me.
Sat May 30, 2015 2:04 pm

Enthusiast
2015 GTS Super
Joined: 25 Oct 2013
Posts: 83
Location: Portland, OR
 
Enthusiast
2015 GTS Super
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Posts: 83
Location: Portland, OR
Sat May 30, 2015 2:04 pm linkquote
For me it was the classic Vespa style. All the other benefits you named were sort of pleasant surprises really.
Sat May 30, 2015 2:25 pm

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2015 Vespa Primavera Marrone Crete Senesi
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Posts: 191
Location: Carlisle, OH
 
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2015 Vespa Primavera Marrone Crete Senesi
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Posts: 191
Location: Carlisle, OH
Sat May 30, 2015 2:25 pm linkquote
Welcome; you'll find a lot of information in the MV family.

For me, I've loved vintage vehicles of any kind which drew me to the Vespa styling. Practicality won over and I went new rather than vintage and love it so much I just bought a second Vespa so my wife and I can ride together.

I think with any vehicle, you pick what matches your tastes and desired function. I wanted something lightweight and fun to use casually but would support a 28mile round trip commute. The Primavera 150 fit the bill and here I am a year later.
Sat May 30, 2015 7:18 pm

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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Posts: 4298
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
 
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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Posts: 4298
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Sat May 30, 2015 7:18 pm linkquote
Re: Looking at Scooters in the Muddle of California
Duck Dodgers wrote:
I have not seen the BV IRL at all. I have seen the Piaggio Fly. I am assuming the BV looks like a big fly (sounds worse when you type it then read it).
Yes, the BV 350 looks somewhat like a big fly, but not very much like a wasp.

Sat May 30, 2015 8:21 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat May 30, 2015 8:21 pm linkquote
Welcome to MV. You're in the right spot.

I found Vespa when I unsuspectingly sat on my LX150.

I think you'd love either the BV or GTS. Seems to come down a lot to personal choice. BV wins for the highway by most estimates, and GTS for style and city-ish leanings, but both can do the job, and one can argue indefinitely about which is superior overall. Best thing is to meet them personally and then decide what moves you.
Sat May 30, 2015 10:25 pm

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Vespa LX 150 "Zaporog"
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Posts: 918
Location: LaLaLand
 
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Vespa LX 150 "Zaporog"
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Location: LaLaLand
Sat May 30, 2015 10:25 pm linkquote
Re: Looking at Scooters in the Muddle of California
Duck Dodgers wrote:
....I am sure a few of you have been down transition road. What made you stop at Scooter Boulevard and especially at the intersection of Piaggio/Vespa Street?
My first motorcycle was a new '64 Honda Sport 50, no step through Cub for me. Last a '00 Suzuki LS650 that I bought in '04, abused when I was having medical problems, killed it, looking at replacement. Looked a new LS650, considered a scooter. Rented an LX150, got comfortable on it, took it on the freeway, not bad, stopped at NoHo to look at a SYM Wolf 150. And all that I did was look -- after riding the scoot I didn't want to swing a leg over the saddle. So I bought one. The Vespa doesn't have a frame, it has a monocoque body, like an old E-Jag.
Sun May 31, 2015 8:34 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Posts: 12217
Location: Oregon City, OR
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Sun May 31, 2015 8:34 am linkquote
There are several comparison threads here discussing the GTS 300 and the BV 350. I'd suggest you read them for some perspective. In my opinion they are both good scooters but fill a different niche. Part of the answer will depend on how you want to use the scooter.
Sun May 31, 2015 9:17 am

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Vespa GTS Super ABS
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Location: Oceanside
 
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Vespa GTS Super ABS
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Location: Oceanside
Sun May 31, 2015 9:17 am linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
Welcome to MV. You're in the right spot.

I found Vespa when I unsuspectingly sat on my LX150.

I think you'd love either the BV or GTS. Seems to come down a lot to personal choice. BV wins for the highway by most estimates, and GTS for style and city-ish leanings, but both can do the job, and one can argue indefinitely about which is superior overall. Best thing is to meet them personally and then decide what moves you.
+1
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:20 pm

Hooked
2016 GTV
Joined: 10 Apr 2015
Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:20 pm linkquote
Open Deposit Down
I have a deposit down. Open ended on Vespa and BV. Decision pending second round of test rides. A damn new MP3 snuck in there, them's a little weird.
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:03 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:03 pm linkquote
Getting closer. 8) I'd say there are no bad decisions to be made.

Yeah, MP3s are a bit different. That's why they get to play in their own corner on MV

Keep us posted....and pictures once you commit!
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:24 am

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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
Joined: 29 Apr 2011
Posts: 2938
Location: Springboro, OH
 
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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
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Location: Springboro, OH
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:24 am linkquote
The BV350 will feel very familiar with it's larger wheels and greater grunt with 33hp.

The Vespa is plenty fast and will feel very nimble on 12" wheels. And you get great classic styling (although I think the BV350 looks great too).

You might look for a low mileage GTS locally to save yourself some serious $$$. If well maintained and in good shape, there is great deal of value in a used GTS.
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Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:06 am

Hooked
2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:06 am linkquote
Re: Open Deposit Down
Duck Dodgers wrote:
I have a deposit down. Open ended on Vespa and BV. Decision pending second round of test rides. A damn new MP3 snuck in there, them's a little weird.
I showed SWMBO pictures of all 3.

"I need to see pictures with riders."

"OK"

"I like the BV350."

"See, I had that as #1"

"No, it does not come in red."

"You don't shift those?"

"No, sort of an automatic."

"Maybe, I could learn to "drive" it?


(I thought of correcting her on drive vs. ride)

"Yes, you could."



I guess "I" have made up my mind.
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:14 am

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2016 Honda NC750XD, 2007 GTS (sold),
Joined: 12 Nov 2006
Posts: 3518
Location: Canada
 
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2016 Honda NC750XD, 2007 GTS (sold),
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Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:14 am linkquote
Sorry I'm late to the discussion- I noticed some scooters with their foot forward style really does a number on my hip. The Vespa with it's more sit up position doesn't bother me. So I'd suggest a test ride, or at least a long sit on in the showroom.
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:24 am

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:24 am linkquote
Harvey wrote:
Sorry I'm late to the discussion- I noticed some scooters with their foot forward style really does a number on my hip. The Vespa with it's more sit up position doesn't bother me. So I'd suggest a test ride, or at least a long sit on in the showroom.
To be fair - all scooters that have a possible 'foot-forward' position also allow for 'shoulders, hips and feet in line'. They allow both, instead of constraining you to one.
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:26 am

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2016 Honda NC750XD, 2007 GTS (sold),
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Posts: 3518
Location: Canada
 
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2016 Honda NC750XD, 2007 GTS (sold),
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Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:26 am linkquote
From practical experience, I could not get comfortable on a KYMCO maxi scoot, no matter how I moved about. I suspect the positioning of the low seat meant my knees were higher than my hips. That's my reasoning to check out the sitting position before buying.
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:53 pm

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LX150
Joined: 04 Mar 2015
Posts: 67
Location: New Zealand
 
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LX150
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Posts: 67
Location: New Zealand
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:53 pm linkquote
Come on over to the dark side, land of the little wheels!
Sold the DR650 and have already put more kms on the LX150 in 4 months than I did on the DR in the last year!! I too was finding the getting on and off a bike a bit more of an effort. No such problem with the Vespa.

Scooters are so much fun to ride and also have plenty of lockable storage, so great for errands around town. The Vespa is functional and stylish!

Love not having to put on bike boots, I still wear all my bike gear, just not the ugly clunky boots.

Did I mention fun to ride, yippppeeeeee.
Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:05 pm

Hooked
2016 GTV
Joined: 10 Apr 2015
Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:05 pm linkquote
2016 BV350 ABS/ASR


Just got this in the garage.
Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:44 pm

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BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
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Posts: 3469
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
 
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BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:44 pm linkquote
Re: 2016 BV350 ABS/ASR
Duck Dodgers wrote:
Just got this in the garage.
Congrats! That's a good-looking scooter!
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:04 pm

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bv350, Brutale 910
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Posts: 477
Location: LA CA
 
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bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA CA
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:04 pm linkquote
damn that is a LOVELY lovely color of the bv350.

and your SWMBO is a fierce one.
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:14 am

Molto Verboso
Mia Dolce II 2017 GTV 300, Ragazzo Vespa 946, Il Pazzo BV 350, & Mia Dolce GTV 250 -sold-
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Location: Oak Island NC
 
Molto Verboso
Mia Dolce II 2017 GTV 300, Ragazzo Vespa 946, Il Pazzo BV 350, & Mia Dolce GTV 250 -sold-
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Location: Oak Island NC
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:14 am linkquote
That white looks great. I had a silver one for about 6,000 miles and miss it still. Keep your eyes peeled for footboards to mount foot pegs. Made a huge difference on long trips to be able to change position. You may find them used or they may someday be available new again. http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic113019?highlight=350
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Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:09 pm

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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
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Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:09 pm linkquote
Duck Dodgers wrote:


Just got this in the garage.
So long old friend.



Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:14 pm

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2016 GTV
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Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:14 pm linkquote
New to me GTV headed home.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:46 am

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Piaggio Bevery 300 ie - 2012
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Posts: 232
Location: Belgium
 
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Location: Belgium
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:46 am linkquote
What made you decide to switch from the BV to the GTV?
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