Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:11 am

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:11 am linkquote
Hey guys, I just sold my vintage smallframe and am planning to buy the Gt200 or the GTS250. Im really looking towards the GT200. I was wondering if the scoot will give me any problems if I use it as my main ride....back and forth from my work everyday and for pleasure riding. Im planning to put alot of milage on it...I want keep the car parked and avoid public transportation as much as possible. What problems..if any will crop up?

thanks
Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:26 am

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:26 am linkquote
Biggest problem, or at least shock, will be the service costs (after a traditional 2-stroke) if you're doing high miles...
Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:27 am

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Derbi Atlantis
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:27 am linkquote
Hi all- I too am considering the GT200. Wondering what sort of dealings Pac NW people have had with Vespa Seattle? Thanks!
Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:32 am

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:32 am linkquote
Service is expensive, but so far I have found my GT to be very reliable (16 months old, 2800 miles). I do mostly city riding in all kinds of weather (except snow & ice). It is running great.

I really have no complaints and while the GT is a pricey ride, I believe is is nonetheless a good value.

Kevin
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:05 am

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"Between Scooters"
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:05 am linkquote
I have 5400 plus miles on mine and have had next to no problems. It has been surprisingly reliable.
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:37 am

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:37 am linkquote
Semi-related comment: For what's it worth, I have had great experiences with Vespa Washington. I think they are top notch. I've seen on other boards complaints about some Vespa dealers, so I thought I'd toss that out there.

For us consumers it's important to reward good business practices...and to punish bad ones.

Kevin
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:42 am

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GT250
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:42 am linkquote
Vespa Seattle
have 6500 miles on my GT - bought new in July 2004. So far no problems whatsoever except one flat tire. Use it to commute almost on a daily basis from Seattle to the East side (for non Seattleites - 13 miles, across the floating bridge over Lake WA on a freeway).

Happy with Vespa Seattle, although the service is somewhat expensive.

cheers,

berndt
Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:39 pm

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:39 pm linkquote
I only have 1400 miles on mine and haven't had a single problem (knocks on wood). I drive it on good weather days to work and back (44 miles RT) and as often as I can on weekends. It's a great ride!
Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:24 pm

Molto Verboso
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:24 pm linkquote
Re: Vespa Seattle
Berndts wrote:
have 6500 miles on my GT - bought new in July 2004. So far no problems whatsoever...

Happy with Vespa Seattle, although the service is somewhat expensive.
My experience, exactly, except with Vespa Charlottesville. Same miles and lack of troubles. Got mine in April 2004. I rode mine across the USA in 11 days last year, too. All fun, no aggrevation.
Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:36 pm

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GT250
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:36 pm linkquote
that said, I do have a bit of the clutch/belt slippage that's discussed in another thread. It hasn't really annoyed me enough to do something about it, but my service is coming up, so will mention it.
Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:42 pm

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:42 pm linkquote
solid bike. recently doing alot of freeway... i've even estimated i've gone as fast as 95 mph full throttle downhill.

'em 12" wheels haven't fallen off yet! 2000 miles strong.
Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:18 pm

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None! I sold it :(
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None! I sold it :(
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:18 pm linkquote
GT 200 daily rider.
Got mine june 2005. Now at 3500 miles, and going strong. No issues, good scooter, Beale.
Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:54 pm

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Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:54 pm linkquote
only issues i've seen crop up are from not servicing the bike regularly or properly. also, i have a few clients that expect their GT to perform like a motorcycle and ride it as such. that's when the expensive repairs come in.

if you ride it properly and maintain it religiously you can roll it till the wheels fall off.

service is expensive.

sometimes you'll find a GT with a few teething problems. once ironed out they're nearly flawless.

best,
-greasy
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:18 pm

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Vespa GT250ie/L, Honda Ruckus 50, Honda NT700V, Honda CB125
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:18 pm linkquote
greasy125 wrote:
only issues i've seen crop up are from not servicing the bike regularly or properly. also, i have a few clients that expect their GT to perform like a motorcycle and ride it as such. that's when the expensive repairs come in.

if you ride it properly and maintain it religiously you can roll it till the wheels fall off.

service is expensive.

sometimes you'll find a GT with a few teething problems. once ironed out they're nearly flawless.

best,
-greasy
What do you define as "riding properly"? I try to maintain it pretty well... try to treat it right But "riding properly"... what does this mean?
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:31 pm

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Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:31 pm linkquote
not running it against the stops all the time.
whacking the throttle open at every possible chance.
doing the "stop light eliminator" drag-strip show all day long.
big on the gas big on the brakes over and over again all herky jerky style.

you know, basically riding like an ass.

if you ride it like it's expensive it'll treat you better...
*laughs*

all kidding aside, if your expectation is that a GT is going to perform like a motorcycle and you ride it as such it will break.

i have two clients that thought their bikes were motorcycles and rode them like it. both have roughly 7500mi and one has a stripped crank and the other melted his rear brake like, over heated the motor, stripped his waterpump and blew out the exhaust. i have other clients that have roughly 12K on their bikes without anything more than regular service.

take it for what it's worth...

best,
-greasy
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:33 pm

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Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:33 pm linkquote
yay I do none of those things

come on GT last baby last.
Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:37 pm

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Piaggio BV 200
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Piaggio BV 200
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Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:37 pm linkquote
BV 200
I ride mine almost daily (except in snow) and I have quite a few miles on a 2005 BV 200. We have a Wednesday lunch ride that usually at least 200 mi. round trip So far no problems at all. Southwest Sports in Salina, KS are great, but like all a little pricy. $ 65. per hour bottom price. Ride safe
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:26 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:26 pm linkquote
I'm riding my GT daily, including rain days, and love it. 1700 miles, and no problems so far. That little seat cover thing that is tucked under the front of the seat is actually pretty handy. When I get to work, I cover the seat on days it might rain, and then when I go home, I can quickly remove it, and I have a dry seat. Very practical.
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:34 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:34 pm linkquote
The previous two posts remind me of the movie, "Groundhog Day".
The previous two posts remind me of the movie, "Groundhog Day".
The previous two posts remind me of the movie, "Groundhog Day".
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:42 pm

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1964 Lambretta 200 Racer/2002 Bajaj Legend
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Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:42 pm linkquote
I ride mine almost daily 60 miles round trip. 6 months and 5000 miles later, no problems except the belt slipping thing. If you have a short commute, it's probably overkill. I plan on getting rid of mine in the spring if a get a job closer to home.
Ed
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:49 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:49 pm linkquote
GT is a great commuter
I bought my GT with the intention to use it as a commuter bike for many years to come. My husband steered me away from a motorcycle and towards the GT and I'm glad he did.

I have ridden it to work 31 of the possible 35 days since I bought it. It's a 52 km round trip on both residential and main artery roads. I skipped bad weather days at first since I am a new rider, but I'm very comfortable with it now. In the last souple of days I have ridden through a significant squall line (which spawned an F1 tornado not far away) and some wet snow flurries. The GT handled great in all that heavy rain, gusty wind and slushy roads.

Once I get all the proper rain and cold gear no one will be able to pry me off the thing. I just wish I could figure out a way to ride in snow, ice and salt without risking scraping up my nice pearlized white paint!
Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:14 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:14 pm linkquote
I bought my GT 200 a year ago and now have over 10,000 miles on it. I took it in for the first service at 600 miles and was charged a whopping 150.00 so I did my own service from that point on. I even recently changed my transmission belt after making a clutch removal tool with parts I bought at Home Depot. Changing the oil and filter is easy, just don't do it while it is on the stand, it makes a mess. I get my oil from Scooter Parts Direct and also my tires. I have found that motorcycle dealers tend to change the tire for much cheaper if I take it off myself and bring it to them. I really love maintaining the bike myself it is a great part of the experience.

Right now at 10,000 my Gt200 runs almost better than when I bought it, what a ride!
Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:55 pm

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2006 GTS 250 and 2002 PX200
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Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:55 pm linkquote
Hi.
I live in Norway and have just passed 11.000 km on my GT 200 2004 model. The only problems I had so fare is a new rear tire after 10.000 km and a new belt for the transmission. I also had to change the transmitter for the gas odometer. I am planning to order a red GTS 250 next spring.
I am also the owner of a PX 200 2002 model. I am a member of a norwegian scooterclub called Restless Scooter Club. The GT 200 is a very good scoot in my opinion.
Bernie.
Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:26 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:26 pm linkquote
marvin the martian wrote:
I ride mine almost daily 60 miles round trip. 6 months and 5000 miles later, no problems except the belt slipping thing. If you have a short commute, it's probably overkill. I plan on getting rid of mine in the spring if a get a job closer to home.
That doesn't quite make sense to me; why would a shorter commute make the GT "overkill"? What are you going to do if you get a job closer than 30 miles away -- take the bus? Drive? Get a smaller scooter? Jog?

I ride mine to work every day I can (barring pouring rain, snow or ice on the ground); it's about 11-12 miles one way in city driving of varying density (including a short stretch of highway riding) and it takes me about 35 minutes each way, compared to about an hour under normal conditions via mass transit (often up to an hour and fifteen minutes).

I guess it boils down to what prompted you to get a GT in the first place. I weighed getting the GT over a smaller scooter like the ET4, and what tipped the scales for me (literally) is the fact that I'm 6'2" tall and 230 lbs. The ET4 was just too tiny for me. I also appreciate the GT's smoothness and dual disc brakes, and have taken it on the highway up to 75mph (on the speedo) with no problems.

To me it's the perfect union of a scooter's nimbleness around town and curb-parkability and a larger motorcycle's power.

I would get a GT250 if (a) I didn't already have a GT I'm perfectly happy with and have customized to my liking, and (b) if I didn't detest that new digital cluster so much. WHY WHY WHY?
Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:05 pm

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Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:05 pm linkquote
Bought two of 'em in June '04. One is a 2005 with 1400 miles, zero problems. The other is a 2004, 2600 miles now, ridden almost daily. Carburetor replaced under warranty due to a gas leak they couldn't fix. It's an early 2004 built in October 2003 and had a Dellorto but Vespa USA shipped a Keihin as a replacement. First service is expensive but after that it's mostly oil changes & spark plugs & air filter cleaning, which can be done yourself if you're handy. I imagine major services which involve the belt are probably expensive too.

Also the fuel lines on both developed lots of small cracks in them after six months. Maybe this is from the winter fuel they use here in Denver. No one has figured that one out yet.

Excellent urban assault vehicle. Handles great, lots of suspension and very forgiving aside from that once-in-a-great-while wierd shimmy at the handlebars when I let off the throttle at around 30 MPH.
Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:37 pm

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GT200
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Location: Redmond, WA
Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:37 pm linkquote
Mike Clam wrote:
Hi all- I too am considering the GT200. Wondering what sort of dealings Pac NW people have had with Vespa Seattle? Thanks!
I just bought mine, so my service needs have been minimal. I will say that for the few issues that I have had, they take great care of you. They try to solve the problem, not just play the CSI game.
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