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Vespa GTS 250 ie

Submitted by on September 15, 2012 – 6:51 amOne Comment

Vespa GTS 250 ie – What this scooter has in spades is style. Almost everything has little touch of Italian flair. There is a tasteful use of chrome harking back to Vespa’s origins; the chrome accents include the mirrors, badges, and a few small trim parts. The 21st century however has not been forgotten; many modern touches such as, the digital tachometer, fuel gauge and the engine have been subtly integrated into the retro design and were created using the latest technology. One detail that truly stands out is the pillion passenger foot pegs, these are works of art, even the action of extending them has style, it has to seen.

On the road you know you’re on a big scooter, although compared to the average maxi scooter it’s quite light at around 150kg. The weight settled it nicely on the open road, only when weaving through traffic did it feel a little cumbersome in comparison to a smaller bodied machine.

You’ll notice the weight compared with the smaller cc scooters, but you will also notice another thing. THE POWER! While reviewing this scooter, we ran our 0-50kph test. The GTS performed very well, with a time of only 3.9sec, that is fast currently the fastest we have tested to date (12/2007), and it will do these numbers all day long thanks to the CVT automatic transmission.

The most important test for a traffic weapon is the 50km/h to 80km/h time. Thanks to the powerful 250cc engine 4.2 seconds was the recorded time. This time correlates to easy overtaking of all the other sheep… sorry cars. There aren’t many scooters that can match that time. The only downside to this powerful machine may a slightly lighter pocket after a visit to the fuel pump, however considering the admirable fuel efficiency of this Vespa your wallet won’t be all that empty.

The storage was great, unfortunately though the under seat compartment will not take a full-face helmet. If you prefer the full-face option Vespa will sell you a 42 litre top box to store it in when you stop for coffee. A full-face helmet is obviously a far safer option, and tends to make open road travelling more comfortable. Assuming you prefer the open face variety you can squeeze two into the storage area, and fit a few other bits and pieces as well. There is also a small, lockable glove box which is a very useful size and gives quick access to smaller items without having to access the under seat storage.

Manufacturer Specifications
Max power at shaft 22hp @ 8,250 rpm
Max torque -20.2Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Engine Type Single-cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected 4 valve, 4 stroke
Cylinder Capacity 244cc
Seat height 790mm
Dry weight 138kg
Kerb weight —
Fuel tank capacity 9.2L (including 2.0L reserve)
Starting Electric only
Transmission CVT “Twist and Go”
Storage volume —
Cooling Liquid cooled
Bore X stroke 72 x 60mm
Compression ratio —
Chassis Load-bearing steel chassis with welded structural supports
Front suspension Single-arm with dual-acting hydraulic shock absorber and co-axial spring
Rear suspension Twin dual action shock absorbers with adjustable pre-load
Front brake 220mm disc floating caliper with twin pistons
Rear brake 220mm disc floating caliper with two opposed pistons
Front wheel/tyre Die cast aluminium alloy 12″ x 3.00″ Tubeless 120/70-12
Rear wheel/tyre Die cast aluminium alloy 12″ x 3.00″ Tubeless 130/70-12
Length 1940mm
Width 755mm
Wheelbase 1395mm
Max speed (km/hr) 122kph
Type approval —
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle) 29km/L (ECE + EUDC test cycle)
Consumption @km/h – km/l 39km/l @60km/h
Audible Indicator yes
Full helmet storage With optional top-box only
Glove box yes
Fuel Guage yes
Trip Meter yes
Seat release (via remote control) no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) yes
Alarm no

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