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Test Ride: Vespa GTS150 Super

Test Ride: Vespa GTS150 Super

The one thing that keeps vehicle manufacturers going, is the constant upgrade and improvements made to its winning model.

In Vespa’s case, the iconic scooter has gone the full circle. In fact, so strong is its icon that it cannot do away with the ‘Super’ tag. Hence the first Super (more accurately Super Sports) back in 60s has now evolved into the GTS150 i.e 3v Super of the current era.

Primarily a single cylinder, SOHC, 4-stroke 3valve engine, the CVT ‘Twist and Go’ automatic scooter is just a commuter’s dream. Vespa’s GT series is their premium scooter and basically stands for ‘Grantourismo Super’. One can say this is a super-super scooter!
The ‘wasp’like rear end of the Vespa hasn’t changed much, and the wide seat design doesn’t really give any discomfort, no matter the distance.

Naturally, with a scooter, the ride to the shops and to the train station will be ideal rather than the 45 minute ride into the city. In fact, we found the GTS extremely fun to ride, and we did do that 30 minute journey to the city from Subang Jaya without any hassle. The 9 litre fuel tank is sufficient for daily commute, not to mention the maintenance cost which is minimum at 10,000kms intervals!

Vespa has certainly researched their rider profiles well, so much so that it has included an ‘O’ hook which opens to accommodate that quintessential ‘take away’ bag which is too fragile to fit into the under-seat compartment. The large underseat compartment naturally holds that spare helmet ever so well, and during rides, can also store away that bag of yours. It does however, get heated up easily due to the proximity to the engine.

The front ‘glove’ compartment just below the handlebar gives the rider that extra additional space for the odd loose item which doesn’t quite fit. It also holds the fuse box and is as the ideal place to get your road tax stuck onto!

Perhaps the only thing we find cumbersome is to manually turn on the low light, or riding light as we start up. The rounded headlamp of the Super GTS suits the bike better than the trapezoidal design of the Primavera, we think.

The digital clock at the base of the speedometer does remind one that this is after all the modern day Vespa. Not too odd, eventhough it comes with the analog kilometre counter complete with analog tachometer that doesn’t complicate the ride. A digital meter just doesn’t fit in.

The little things that reflects the legendary scooter is ever present, such as the chromed stocks of the handle bar, the hub, brakes , chromed trims along the body as well as the slidable passenger foot peg. The passenger holding bar at the rear is nicely designed and fits in really well.

Its never too dull on a Vespa, and with the looks and stares from the general public, there is always time and space for a bike lover to fit in a Vespa into his or her collection.

Specifications
Engine Type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, 3 valve with electronic injection
Cylinder Capacity 154.8 cc
Bore X stroke 58 mm x 58.6 mm
Max power at crank 8.7 kW at 7500 rpm
Max torque 12 Nm at 5000 rpm
Starting Electric
Clutch Automatic dry centrifugal clutch with vibration dampers
Load Bearing Structure Pressed Steel Frame with welded reinforcements
Front suspensions Single arm design with coil spring and dual action mono shock absorber
Rear suspensions Twin Coil spring with adjustable preload (4 settings), and hydraulic dual action
Front brake Hydraulically operated 200 mm ø stainless steel disc
Rear brake Mechanically operated 140 mm ø drum
Front tyre/rear tyre Tubeless 120/70-12” / Tubeless 130/70-12″
Length 1950 mm
Width 740 mm
Wheelbase 1350 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel tank capacity 9 litres
RRP RM16,800.00 (including GST)

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About Tony Yew

Tony Yew has been a motoring contributor to CBT since 2009 and took up a full time position in Oct 2015, as Web editor, Head of Digital Media. His role is to expand the reach of cbt.com.my and hope that the readers of CBT will continue to support this media.

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