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Purchased 2007 GT 200 recently.There have been comments about its reliability especially as measured against that of a the GTS 300. Would appreciate your feedback
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There have been several threads on the GT 200 in the past year. I think the gist of it were that parts availability could be an issue. A quick search would get you more details though.
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It's a horrible scooter and for a small fee, I would be happy to take it off your hands.

The GT 200 is a good choice if you like to do your own work, and want something with a carburetor. There are a lot of people who have put tens of thousands of miles on one.
The only drawback is that it is an older model and there are parts that are going out of production.
That said, I would buy another one.
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I think "unreliable" is overstating it. It's a solid machine. It's getting old now, though, and (as mentioned above) parts are getting scarce.
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I had one for 8,000 miles. I enjoyed it. Easy to work on. I wouldn't buy another one. Put some miles on a 250 or 300. Once you've tried fuel injection, it's hard to go back. If you can do your own work, and you enjoy it, the 200 will probably suit you fine. Bill will be along shortly I imagine to chime in with his 100,000 mile+ endorsement of the 200.
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Very reliable it's a mechanical bike so it's easy to work on and blast to ride surprisingly quick even before all the performance parts you can put on it of which the list is endless and overall cost of keeping running is relatively affordable compared to a computer controlled fuel injected model there are parts that are going out of production but you can cross reference and source them from other bikes.
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Solid, Reliable, Simple.

Buy it.
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Nitro200 wrote:
... there are parts that are going out of production but you can cross reference and source them from other bikes.
No, you can't.
There are parts that are GT exclusive, that aren't the same as on the GTS, and weren't used on any other models. Many of those are out of production, and unlike the ET models, which were sold from 1996 to 2005, or the LX, which started in 2005 and is still in production, which is why you can get pretty complete aftermarket sets of plastics as well as aftermarket lighting for it, there's not a big push in the aftermarket to produce them. Compared to every other model of metal body modern Vespa, the GT had a very short production run, and for most of it, Piaggio also sold the GTS.
The GT 200 is a great bike until you need a tail light.
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Bill will be along shortly I imagine to chime in with his 100,000 mile+ endorsement of the 200.
I guess it is getting to the point where I am the voice for the venerable Vespa GT200 scooters, mostly because I have held onto mine for so long.

I keep them because they are so good, but nothing is perfect.

I have three, purchased in order, 2006 (Rocket), 2005 (Razzo) and 2007 (Vanessa). They currently have 107,000 miles, 41,000 miles and around 30,000 miles. Interestingly, I bought Razzo 9 years ago yesterday.

I have used them for rides, long and short, including big club rides and three Scooter Cannonball Runs.

While they are great scooters, so fun to ride, they have had to be repaired a few times. Rocket had a camshaft issue at around 40,000 miles and a carburetor problem at 50,000 miles. It ran a Cannonball at 60,000 miles. Luckily, I had Boris to make the repairs. It got an engine from a wrecked GT at 76,000 miles.

Razzo has had some vacuum and fueling issues, all repaired, and currently has no spark. It is at my mechanic, Alex's shop getting fixed, but he is stumped at the moment, calling Scooterwest for ideas.

Poor Vanessa has had a few too, the worst when the oil dipstick came out on a run on the highway, allowing most of the oil to blow out, requiring a new engine. She is now kept at our son's house in Asheville, NC, and is used for rides on our frequent visits.

Luckily, regular maintenance items are readily available, filters, belts, variator parts, steering head bearings, brake pads, etc., but Scooter Parts Co used to have almost every body part available. Now they have none.

Because I needed the engine for Vanessa, I bought a wrecked scooter for $850 several years ago. So far I have used it's engine, inner leg shield panel, headlight, taillight, wheels and other pieces. It has been good for me.

I am riding Rocket today. It remains a great scooter even with the big mileage. It has always been a fast scooter, leading the 2014 SCR after 8 days. When riding with Ken on his GTS250 (Big Red), when he would race with me, I could usually pass him at our top speeds.

Today it is smooth, comfortable and fast enough to take me anywhere I want. I keep it close to home as I have an Xmax and 2023 GTS300 for the long rides.

Among my scooters, and I truly like all of them, I still find a soft spot in my heart for the GTs.

Bill
Rocket has taken me many places, started many new friendships and made my life so much better.
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I have an '03 reg GT200 in the UK, and it's still going strong - original exhaust too!
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Look at it this way - it is a leader engine with more displacement , 12 inch wheels, disc brakes front and back, water cooled and still has the carb. For me that is a win - win. Don't get me wrong, FI is superior in most aspects, but the lowly carb is great for a home wrencher like me.
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I have an '06 GT200 with ~10k miles that was my first actual Vespa. It is Verde Vintage, looks like nicely patinaed copper, and has a matched top case. It didn't cost me a truckload of $$, even with recent repairs to sort some intermittent stalling issues.

Now, it has it's share of quirks, for certain, and is currently being tended to by my local Vespa wrench dude for those pesky stalling issues. Scarce availability of some parts has been noted by others, and I hope to never need one of those.

However, I would say without hesitation that it is my favorite for no other reason than it is a beautiful green color and is a ton of fun to ride when it's all working properly.

Your mileage may vary, as we have all heard, but I would endorse it as a solid choice.

Cheers,

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WLeuthold wrote:
Razzo has had some vacuum and fueling issues, all repaired, and currently has no spark.
voltage regulator or stator most likely. The tech should be able to switch parts out with one of your others to see what it is. It could be the CDI, but most of what we see replaced is the voltage regulator and stator on those models.
Now the Italian distributors call the parts catalogs for the GT 200 Cataloghi Storici, or Historical Catalogs.
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voltage regulator or stator most likely. The tech should be able to switch parts out with one of your others to see what it is. It could be the CDI, but most of what we see replaced is the voltage regulator and stator on those models.
Now the Italian distributors call the parts catalogs for the GT 200 Cataloghi Storici, or Historical Catalogs.
Thank you, George
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The gilera runner vxr models has the same engine as the gt and parts seem to be more available new or second hand than piaggio parts..I've found a 180cc cylinder head that isn't cracked by the spark plug for £25 ..piaggio equivalent is £150 to nearly £400 on ebay..not sure if vxr made it to the US though..
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The GT 200 is a great bike until you need a tail light.
Coolest, most attractive tail light on any modern Vespa .. A++
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Coolest, most attractive tail light on any modern Vespa .. A++
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