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I bought my GT200 for long distance touring as i had heard that they offered more comfort and security than my PX200 along with stability due to the heavier body. The scooter cruises at approximately 65mph and is very responsive when riding through towns. At almost 17000 miles i have had no problems.
At first i wasnt sure about the look of the scooter however its other attributes make up for this. Saying that the design does incorporate the classic Vespa shape and i have grown to like the design and shape over time just like the T5 and Cosa before them had. I am told that the machine that is loved throughout the world including in the far east.
It has under seat storage which can store a large bag or rucksack or a crash helmet. Foldaway pillion pegs and both a centre stand and side stand. I am impressed with instrument display which is modern and easy to ride. For everyday commuting the handling and engine are perfect.
At the time of buying I also had the 250 and 300cc models to choose from however due to the prices of these slightly larger engine sizes i decided to buy the older GT200. The difference in speed is quite slight. Fuel consupmtion again is superb approximately 70 MPG. Servicing apart from the first service can be done by the owner with a reasonable ammount of mechanical knowledge. Tax is approximately £37 per year in the UK however the 125 version is a lot less. An Mot at my local bike garage cost me £29 and she sailed through.
I am very pleased with this scooter.
Her name is Claudia Cardinale, and 2 years and 12 thousand km down the track and I still love her. I bought her on the day I arrived in Berlin from New Zealand and have used her most days since - weather and snow ( or lack of ) permitting.
She was always my first choice of motor scooters - chosen because of style, history, as well as more profane reasons such as power, exhaust emissions etc. The other choice was a Gilera Runner - no contest on the style stakes.
Reliability - never, ever have I had a problem. She always starts on the first or second push of the starter - even after she has been stored for 6 weeks in a garage through minus 19deg. temperatures.
Riding her is a blast - she can accelerate enough to beat most cars - although I had a spot of bother once with a BMW - probably could have won the 100m dash but I braked to avoid the parked truck ( also to give his ego a boost - some German drivers need this ). Cruising at 80 - 110km/hr is no problem, and up to about 120km/h is relatively easy. I have taken her out onto the autobahn ( with some trepidation ) and found her stable at speed, and able to withstand with reasonable aplomb the trucks and mercedes.
I have had older 2 stroke Vespas in the past, and the combination of larger wheels, longer wheelbase, and a better weight balance makes a huge difference.
The front and rear disk brakes are very efficient, and several times have saved my bacon in emergency stops.
The only 2 hassles are the inability to fit a full-face or even relatively decent open-face helmet under the seat.
Also the petrol gauge/reserve is hideously inaccurate - I've twice run out of petrol. Bugger.
The other hassle is that the petrol tank is very easy to overflow. Nothing beats riding with a petrol soaked helmet and gloves.
Despite these small gripes - and in the big picture they are small, I love her.
I wonder what the new GT250 is like??
I bought this scooter 2 weeks ago today. What a blast. I looked at scooters on line for over 6 months. I had come down to basically 2 models the kymco People 250, and the Vespa GT200. In the end I went with the Vespa.
Reasons I chose the Vespa were a few. I much prefered the retro look, the reputation, and the seat. I sat on both I am 6'3" tall and on the people because of the stepped seat I could not slide far enough back. I felt close to the steering.
I have 692 miles on this scooter in 2 weeks so I am really enjoying it. I take it out daily to work and back, and also for nice long rides of at least an hour. It handles very good, the automatic works well, and the dual disk brakes will bring it to a stop in a hurry.
I ahve had the bike up to 75 mph, and cruise at a constent 55-60. At that speed the bike rides very well and is comfortable. It takes turns with ease, and does well on main and back roads.
I am very happy with this scooter, and look foward to many years of riding, Beale.