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Hi everyone, I am new here though I've been reading various topics of MV for many years now.

I am looking to buy a Vespa (OK looked for other scooters too). I live in Athens, Greece and I will be doing commuting to work (30Km both ways) once a week 1up in heavy city traffic and a couple of errands and rides during the weekend sometimes 2up. Not planning to go trips, but you never know.

I am not new to bikes, I owned several and currently I ride a Yamaha Bulldog 1100. I am not a stranger to Vespas too, I owned a P125X about 10 years ago (so much fun).

I am between LX150 (around 2008 models, ~1800EUR) and GTS300 (2008 ~2800 EUR or could stretch it up to the later 2017 model with ABS ~3800 Eur). I read the technical specs, and I've only ridden a 2008 GTS300, but I would like your opinion on the more practical stuff. I appreciate a plush, comfortable ride.

What are some practical differences between the LX and GTS? I think the LX will be better in the traffic, but worse for 2up. Does the wheel size or the weight make a big difference? Thanks!
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the gts is great in traffic and better at 2up.
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Is there a big difference between the two comfort-wise?
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The 150 is significantly lighter than the 300.

Should your trip keep you off the highways the 150 is more than adequate.

The 300 would make a better touring scooter two up, but the 150 can be a good choice too.

I was part of a group that toured the Peloponnese last year where most of the riders rode 125cc scooters.

They proved to be just fine for that trip.

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I have found the GTS to be the better alround scooter, i.e. it does most everything pretty well. It is a larger scooter, and in that sense more comfortable to ride. Also, as you have a history of riding larger bikes, I would think the additional acceleration and speed of the 300 would be more to your liking.
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