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2009 Vespa GTS 300 Scooter US Debut

Friday, January 16, 2009
2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super scooter
Upping displacement to 278cc the Vespa GTS 300 Super is now the fastest Vespa scooter on the road.
Vespa makes its fastest scooter a little more zippy with the debut of its GTS 300 Super. The replacement model for the GTS 250, the new Italian ‘wasp’ packs a bigger sting, upping displacement to 278cc.

The latest generation of the 4-stroke, 4-valve Quasar (QUArter liter Smooth Augmented Range) Single remains liquid-cooled and fuel injected. A 75mm bore and 63mm stroke deliver an extra 34cc, with peak power claims of 22 horsepower and 16.5 lb-ft torque (the 250 predecessor claimed 22 hp with 14.9 lb-ft torque).

We know firsthand the admirable performance capabilities of the GTS 250, which allowed for casual freeway treks and rigorous backroad enjoyment. The new GTS 300 Super promises more of the same, retaining much of its predecessor's highlights, including a more stable and confident ride delivered by the large (for a scooter) 12-inch wheels.

The latest GTS also incorporates the rigid Vespa-trademark sheetmetal frame. A single shock front suspension is non-adjustable, with the dual rear shocks adjustable for preload. Braking is dual disc, with a single 220mm rotor with dual-piston caliper configuration in both the front and rear.

2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super scooter
With 12-inch wheels give the Vespa GTS 300 Super a more solid feel than its smaller rivals.
Most of the changes on the GTS 300 are cosmetic, meant to enhance the Vespa’s more sporting nature. Perhaps the most noticeable is the side grill on the rear engine panel. Or perhaps the red spring on the front shock, especially noticeable against the Optic White paint scheme – the new GTS is also available in Shiny Black. Other styling changes include two-tone alloy rims, black-rimmed headlight and new chrome air intake.

Storage capacity according to Vespa PR is “sufficient for storing helmets, groceries – you name it!” Okay, we name a full-face helmet! The lack of storage was one of our few gripes testing the GTS 250. We hope the new 300 can store one, but we’re not holding our breath. If not, a rear top case and soft luggage are available as accessories.

The new GTS 300 Super will hit US dealerships beginning in March, with an MSRP of $6199.

If you like the looks of the new Vespa GTS 300 Super, check out our review of the Vespa GTS 250 Scooter.

2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super scooter
Yes, two up travel is possible on the Vespa GTS 300 Super.
2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super
Engine: 4-stroke, 4-valve SOHC Single
Displacement: 278cc
Bore and Stroke: 75 x 63mm
Claimed Power: 22 hp @ 7500rpm
Claimed Torque: 16.5 lb-ft @ 5000rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Transmission: CVT
Clutch: Automatic centrifugal dry
Frame: Sheetmetal with welded reinforcements
Front Suspension: Single arm, dual chamber hydraulic shock
Rear Suspension: Dual shocks, adjustable for preload
Front Brake: 220mm disc
Rear Brake: 220mm disc
Front Tire: 120/70-12
Rear Tire: 130/70-12
Wheelbase: 53.9 in
Seat Height: 31.1 in
Weight: 326 lbs
Fuel Tank: 2.4 gallon
Colors: Shiny Black, Optic White
MSRP: $6199
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Comments
AJ.PIT   May 8, 2011 12:18 PM
I BOUGHT A 2009 VESPA 250 GTS SUPER FOR WHAT YOU GAIN GOING TO A 300 THAT IS REALLY A 280CC IM VERY HAPPY WITH MY 250 I HAVE TOPPED OUT AT OVER 80 MPH I ALSO LIKE THE DIGITAL DASH OVER THE CONVENTIONAL THAT THE 300'S HAVE
Peter Tuchscherer -peteandjimmy@gmail.com  June 17, 2010 10:53 PM
Just bought a new 300 GTS Super in black and I love it.Outruns my previous bike,a 2009 Harley Davidson FLHT.I have ridden other disposable scooters before and you can tell from your first ride on a Vespa that you're riding quality,the super of the scooter industry.Sure,you're paying about the same as a small displacement "motorcycle",but you're getting a top of the line,get your money back in ten years,scooter.I don't know why I ever rode motorcycles before.
ryandude -vespa  December 26, 2009 12:40 PM
buy a real thing!


go vespa go....
Reynolds Johnson -Vespa GTS 300 ie  October 2, 2009 09:11 PM
Received my GTS 300 and I love it. The name says it all.Vespa
The Scoot'n Yinzer -Vespa value?  September 19, 2009 07:39 PM
I am in the process of trading a 1979 Vespa P200 for a 2005 Vespa GT200 because I need the 70+ mph highway speed to get to work. At the end of the day, if you were to buy a cheap scooter and a Vespa on the same day, and sell both scooters 5 years later, you would find that the real cost of owning a Vespa is more or less the same as a cheap scooter. I do get annoyed by these twits who spout "I can buy a brand-x scooter for X-dollars, nah, nah, nah." Man, dude, you know the price of everything, you ought to be on The Price Is Right! Why do I ride a Vespa? Style is important because I have good taste, I appreciate quality, I want, what I want and I can afford it.
Reynolds Johnson -GTS 300  August 17, 2009 03:36 PM
My wife Has the Vespa S 150, I have the GTS 250, Our daughter has a S 150, her husband has a GTS 250. I ordered a GTS 300 that will arrive 1 September 2009. We have owned Hondas and other brands, but nothing beats the Vespa. Install a Greenlight changer and enjoy your ride.
Cheryl C -Vespa GT 200  July 23, 2009 12:08 PM
I have the vintage green version of this bike with a top case. The top case easily holds my full face AGV TiTech helmet. I have no problem going to the grocery store on my vespa and shopping. There is plenty of storage between the under seat bin, top case and bag hook. I bought the scooter used with 350 miles on it for under $4K. I wanted something to zip around the neighborhood and down to the beach, where parking a car is a real bitch. The scooter fills the bill perfectly, in vespa style to boot. There are cheaper scooters, but I wouldn't trade my vespa for anything on 2 wheels.
Husbie -GTS 300 super paint issues  July 20, 2009 02:27 AM
I am considering the 300 in white but have heard about quick rusting. Any confirmations or ways to prevent this. Is this a normal Vespa issue.
Faster pussycat kill kill -Italy  May 15, 2009 08:20 AM
XRman as the old saying goes "take a crap or get off the pot". Not everyone has 6200.00 laying around its called credit. I assume you have none to your name. Maybe you and ruckus man over there can ride nuts to butts....as I pass you both by on my Vespa, ciao suckers
Jerry Miles -GTS300  May 12, 2009 12:01 AM
This is by far the best Vespa to date. I just picked mine up last week and have nearly 500 miles!! The handle and power is just enough on the freeway and best in inner city riding. I hope to ride up to Amerivespa this year from Texas! This scoot zooms!! Very well worth the $$$. Jerry
Lam -Vespa  May 8, 2009 02:55 PM
I got a GTS 250 from my wife on my birthday. Best present ever. I get more compliments and questions on my Vespa than on my Ducati, Aprilia, or Harley. Dollar for Dollar, I think it is the best investment when it comes to bikes. You could buy a cheaper Japanese model that is just as reliable, but if you can afford it and love scooters, why bother? If I decide to keep it for 10+ years, I'm confident that the Vespa's resale value would be higher than anything else I buy. Ultimately, it comes down to whether you want to spend the money on something you love. In my opinion, if you see a scooter as everyday transportation and don't see the value of spending a bit more on the scooter, then any reliable scooter will do, regardless of the brand. Why spend money on a Rolex when you could buy Seiko for much less: because you can and you see your watch as more than just a device to tell time. As for the pompous comment earlier: I don't think that's true. I'm a pretty modest person. That's like saying people who buy japanese scooters are cheap bastards. We are all entitled to our opinions. Be safe riding.
Vespafan -sorry  May 8, 2009 01:33 AM
I mean years ago...
Vespafan -NO CHINA AT ALL  May 8, 2009 01:32 AM
Sorry Ruckus, but it is not true, Vespa is made here in Italy, near Pisa, u know the tower... :) Maybe some pieces come from China, but the factory is in Italy and eventually years later was made in India too (I mean older models, and only for Far East market). Pay attention on what you buy, if u really want save money, coz Vespa have great value in time, neither other bikes... I bought a Yamaha scooter in 2000 and now is junk, my Vespa of 1978 value is 4000 $..... kisses from Rome!! F.
Ruckusman -Vespa = china now  March 28, 2009 10:00 AM
Carmelo, yea, vespa used to be all italian, but now they are made in china. i have had honda scoots last just as long as your vespas. i find that most vespa owners are pompous people. LOL have fun with your $6k bike while the rest of us money savvy people buy other bikes
Carmelo -Italian quality  March 10, 2009 08:44 PM
For XRman .... "XRman - Lota-moolah January 17, 2009 09:49 AM I've had the pleasure of owning all sorts of bikes and some scooters too. Scooters are cool because they are twist and go. For running errands around town etc.. they are hard to beat. However, $6200.00 is a lot of cash to lay down on 300cc's. One can get a heck of a lot more bike on Craigslist or from the local paper for the buy-in price of this Vespa. You could buy a cheap dual-purpose bike and still get as good as if not better mileage than this expensive scooter. If saving money on gas is the key factor then buy in cheap and let it pay you back quicker rather than years down the road!"... Well I guess this is the typical american mentality... buy cheap.. and then spend the money to fix it. WAY sooner than any Italian vespa. Yes they might be more expensive, but they last a lifetime. For example we got the cleanest burning and best 4strokein the category; and a manufacturing process in the making of the chassis that is unsurpassed. You buy american or cheap japanese products, and you will put a hole in your wallet much bigger than you imagine. No comparison: quality-wise the italian manufacturing and engineering has no equals in this case. I bought a used 1981 P200 vespa with 1400 miles on it: six years later I sold it for the same amount with 66 thousand miles. Had one major accident but the bike never stopped working for me, not even to take me home that day with a broken shoulder. Had also a ET4 for 5 years and 14 thousand miles: Never let me down once. I have upgraded last year to a GTS250, Love it and get tons of compliments on it every single day. You know you're riding history on one of these bikes, and people recognize that. Smart people at least. I am Italian, grew up on these bikes and still ride them today, 43 years later.
XRman -Lota-moolah  January 17, 2009 09:49 AM
I've had the pleasure of owning all sorts of bikes and some scooters too. Scooters are cool because they are twist and go. For running errands around town etc.. they are hard to beat. However, $6200.00 is a lot of cash to lay down on 300cc's. One can get a heck of a lot more bike on Craigslist or from the local paper for the buy-in price of this Vespa. You could buy a cheap dual-purpose bike and still get as good as if not better mileage than this expensive scooter. If saving money on gas is the key factor then buy in cheap and let it pay you back quicker rather than years down the road!