Sat Jun 18, 2022 5:53 pm

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Location: Kent, UK
 
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Sat Jun 18, 2022 5:53 pm linkquote
Hey everyone,

I've built/modified a number of motorbikes and worked on my own cars over the years, I'd describe myself as a competent DIY mechanic.

I've been considering a Vespa as a do it all fun bike, having recently tried a scooter on holiday with my wife and we both loved it. I'd use it for local bimbles, an occasional commute of 35 miles (30 mins 70mph dual carriageway and 15 mins city roads), and hopefully getting my wife and young daughters into joining me on 2 wheels (they are all keen). I've had much faster modern classic bikes but I've realised I had the most fun on smaller capacity bikes where I can smell the scenery!

With my bikes, working on them and making them mine is as much fun as riding them.

I'm after a 200cc+ and this project has appeared not too far from me: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255580259080

My questions are:

- Is the oil leak likely something simple like a new gasket (and does the engine need to be removed for replacement) or could it be symptomatic of a head gasket failure (if that happens?)

- It may have some modified malossi parts on it - how do I find out what these are to insure them correctly?

- Is there any real reason to get a GTS300 over a 250 (other than the fact the 300 is newer)? I've read they are about the same in performance.

- Are there common issues that can be present in bikes that have stood for years at a time (this one is 3 years+)

- Is there anything specific (I've read corrosion underneath) that I should look out for when viewing/purchasing

- Has anyone transported a Vespa in the back of an estate car 😂

- Any other tips or feedback on the above are welcome!

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:01 pm

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:01 pm linkquote
Here are some of my old bikes









Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:45 pm

Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 4257
Location: Tempe, AZ
 
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 4257
Location: Tempe, AZ
Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:45 pm linkquote
This https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255580259080 looks just like my first Vespa, but black. Enjoy!
Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:23 pm

Addicted
2018 GTS300 & 2015 GTS300 Super [sold]
Joined: 26 Sep 2017
Posts: 748
Location: Connecticut, USA
 
Addicted
2018 GTS300 & 2015 GTS300 Super [sold]
Joined: 26 Sep 2017
Posts: 748
Location: Connecticut, USA
Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:23 pm linkquote
If working on motorbikes is your hobby and you enjoy doing it, yes, buy this Vespa. You'll even get to ride it when it's not broken. And you'll get to fix it when it breaks. I like the riding part of my Vespa ownership experience… I'm not big fan of the fixing part.
Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:33 pm

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 41203
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 41203
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:33 pm linkquote
I like both the riding and the fixing - and this one is eminently fixable.

A small oil leak could be from the drain plug or filter O-rings, or the head gasket. The head gasket is pretty straightforward, but the engine has to come out.

Seeing as how you'll be replacing the oil, oil filter, coolant, brake fluid, air filter, belt, rollers and tyres anyway, removing the engine and swapping out the head gasket will hardly hold you up in the middle of all that.

Don't worry about the Malossi bits for insurance, just remove all the stickers.

The 250 is a great bike - the only real downside over the 300 is the digital display which can go dark over time.

Manuals here:
https://manuals.wotmeworry.org.uk/Vespa/GTS250/
Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:28 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
GT 2.4
Joined: 04 Feb 2013
Posts: 7597
Location: NWAOK
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GT 2.4
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Location: NWAOK
Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:28 pm linkquote
I feel like I want to send you a box of stuff and have you put it together. That's some nice work. Nothing about this particular listing screams out, "run away." You know your way around a garage. Go for it. I'll send you new Malossi stickers once you pass the MOT.
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:21 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa GTS300ie
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Posts: 1261
Location: essex united kingdom
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa GTS300ie
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Location: essex united kingdom
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:21 am linkquote
Scooter relisted I guess the buyer had a change of mind

Looking at the old MOT's it has loads of fails including serious damage to bodywork .
Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:34 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 12783
Location: Oregon City, OR
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 12783
Location: Oregon City, OR
Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:34 pm linkquote
super-fly wrote:
Looking at the old MOT's it has loads of fails including serious damage to bodywork .
Good thing you took a pass on this one. "Serious damage" to the monocoque metal frame of a modern Vespa is not something you want to take on.
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