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GTS 250ie
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GTS 250ie
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Picked up my 2009 250ie Super last night. Slight hitch because the selling dealer transferred it to a more local dealer and forgot to put a temporary tag on it. That sorted out, I left the dealer and started my 30 mile home ride. I found nice country roads and the 30 mile trip turned into 60. Having come from a hyper naked sport bike, it was a different experience. Not having to shift threw me for the first few miles. I felt like I should have been doing more. The 250 is no world beater but gets you around. On the highway, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel like it was screaming at 70 mph. I was planning on getting some sort of exhaust but I scrapped that idea. It's a scooter. I rode it to work today and I'm very glad I purchased it. A big thanks to countless posters here, although I may not have commented, I read 1000 posts before deciding on this bike. The Vespa community is the best.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
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johnnytwowheels wrote:
..... the 30 mile trip turned into 60.
That sure seems to be a common occurrence.

Glad it's going well!
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GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
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GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
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I'm glad your first experience of owning a Vespa is a positive one.
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Enjoy the ride!
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2018 LIBERTY 150S, 2013 Kymco LIKE200iLX
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2018 LIBERTY 150S, 2013 Kymco LIKE200iLX
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Good for you!
And I agree with you about not going to an aftermarket exhaust.
"It's a scooter!".....making it louder gains 0, except for people going, "oh, it's that moped making that noise" Facepalm emoticon
O.S.
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Addicted
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
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Location: Oxford, UK
 
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2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
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I love new bike day, better than Christmas and Birthday combined.

Congrats and welcome.
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Hooked
GTS super 300
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Location: Montreal Canada
 
Hooked
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GTS super 300
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Enjoy!!!
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Molto Verboso
2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Location: south Texas
 
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Congrats! I enjoyed my 2009 GTS 250 - it just did everything I wanted in a very competent manner. Take it to some tight twisties, and you may find that it is every bit as fun, if not more fun, than your previous "hyper naked sport bike."

I enjoy hearing from motorcycle riders who get some Vespa time and say, "I had no idea..."

Enjoy!
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Hooked
2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
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Location: Upstate SC
 
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2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
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Welcome Johnny. I think you will come to love the Vespa. Enjoy the ride. We love pictures.
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody: 2015-2021, RIP), 2022 GTS SuperTech (Thelonica; bit the dust 02-22-23)
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody: 2015-2021, RIP), 2022 GTS SuperTech (Thelonica; bit the dust 02-22-23)
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Welcome to MV, and congrats on the new-to-you ride. By "The Jerz", I'm assuming you're here in Joisey – lots of interesting roads all over, particularly by the Shore, so I totally get the "30-becomes-60" thing. Safe travels!
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Hooked
2016 GTS300 ABS
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Location: FL and VA
 
Hooked
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2016 GTS300 ABS
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Location: FL and VA
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Congrats and welcome. Many of us made the switch. Vespas are just fun.
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GTS 250ie
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GTS 250ie
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amateriat wrote:
Welcome to MV, and congrats on the new-to-you ride. By "The Jerz", I'm assuming you're here in Joisey – lots of interesting roads all over, particularly by the Shore, so I totally get the "30-becomes-60" thing. Safe travels!
I picked the bike up at Flemington Power Sports and drove through all of that glorious farm country between there and Princeton. Last night I went to Point Pleasant for a burger. I forgot it is colder down there and only had a mesh riding jacket. Saturday the Monmouth Scooter Club is going from Long Branch to Robbinsville to see a Hindu Temple and a winery. Not sure if I can make that, I'm on call for my job. Do you have people to ride with?
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Triumph Bonneville 2022, Triumph Street Scrambler 2018 (sold), Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
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Sounds good!

This - ' Not having to shift threw me for the first few miles. I felt like I should have been doing more.' - must be a common from anyone coming from motorcycles.

At first it feels funny to, well, just sit on the scoot, almost like a passanger. Twisties are fun though: you don't have gears to finesse the progress, but small wheels and agile geometry creates a go-kart -like feeling and enables surprisingly fast pace😎
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