Vespa GTS 300 SUPER – Iconic with surprising performance

Vespa GTS 300

The Vespa GTS 300 Super is another affordable motorcycle you can buy in 2018. Note that the did say is it a motorcycle and for a very simple reason. We all call certain styles of motorcycle by a class name, Cruiser motorcycle, Super Sports motorcycle and so forth. Each of the different classes are quite different visually. So as far as I’m concerned in 2018, this belongs to the Scooter motorcycle class. The Vespa GTS 300 Super is priced around $9500 AUD which is expensive for a scooter but reasonable  for the LAMS due to it’s performance.  Regardless of classification is the Vespa GTS 300 a special motorcycle?

In terms of brand recognition Vespa is arguably one of most recognisable. Everyone knows basically what it means, even in the US. Vespa is always described as a Scooter, small engine, iconic design and Italian. Of cause the company name is actually called Piaggio so Piaggio Vespa GTS 300 is the model’s full name. Now how did I end up picking the GTS 300 as the model to feature? read on.

There are many different models in the Vespa model range, from the entry level Sprint to the top range 946. The engines are the main differentiation  between the various models, ranging from 50cc , 125cc 150cc and 300cc. The GTS 300 is basically the top end model in terms of engine capacity but not in price. The GTS 300 is design is iconic and I liken it to the Porchse 911. While the Vespa GTS design is not a replica for the original, it resembles the original having to be updated for the sake of modernity and design rules. Although updated it still has all the Vespa utility. The underseat storage  is still there and the front ‘glove box’ now has USB charging.

In terms of tech specs, it has the traditional suspension setup, powerful single cylinder engine. Relative light weight to the engine the GTS 300 means that it is just as fast as regular 250-300c motorcycles. These tiny wheels means it powers off quicker too albeit hampered by the CVT. If 300cc is too much for you then you can the get the identical look in the 150cc version.

The Vespa GTS 300 is definitely a special motorcycle because not only is it LAMS compatible so anyone one ride one, it looks good, easy way to attract a date, iconic and it’s fast. Combined with a relatively cheap price for the the brand, performance, everyday usability the 300 GTS in particular is a great choice.  However there is one flaw and that is perception, enjoying icon status it is boxed in as a strictly city ride and percieved slowness. Of course the GTS 300 transcends that and hence a special scooter motorcycle.

Vespa GTS 300  Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 278cc
Power/Torque: 15.8 Kw @ 7,500 RPM 22 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Gearbox: CVT speed 
Kerb Weight: 162 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 9 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 790 mm
Dimensions: L1930 x W755 x H1370
Recommended Retail Price: $9.290 (2018)

 

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 – The cheapest Ducati Desmodromic

Ducati Scrambler

Anyone you talk to even those who don’t care about motorcycles will probably know what the Ducati brand means.  It represents a world class Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer and MotoGP competitor. The Ducati brand has been around since the 1950’s and is only less compared to the other Italian motorcycle brand, the Vespa in terms of brand recognition.

The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is the cheapest modern Ducati you can buy, replacing the Ducati Monster as the brand’s entry level model. The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is priced starting from $11,990 in Australia and goes up,  dependent on accessories and other spec or colour schemes e.g. ICON, Cafe Racer, Classic, Full Throttle and so forth. The entry price alone is one of the reasons the Scrambler is on my list for affordable motorcycles. But is the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 a special motorcycle?

The Scrambler class is of course based on the road motorcycle class that has been given raised ride height and more trail style off dual purpose tyres. In fact it is probably the reverse of thee Supermotard class. Scrambler = road bike with raise ride height and the Supermotard = lowered off road bike with road tyres.

Defining what makes the Scrambler Sixty2 a special motorcycle is clear when you seen one. High build quality, USD front forks, blacked out features with well matched shiny highlights, a gorgeous rear swing arm with genuine art inspired pipe work. Since it shares the frame with the full power 800cc and 1100cc engines means it looks bigger than it really is. The Sixty2 is also LAMS approved so it can be purchased and ridden by anyone.  One final word on the design, it looks like the Yamaha MT series of similar bikes which where first to the market.

With the L shaped Twin, Italian styling, Ducati branding and an affordable price tag, clearly a special motorcycle what more needs to be said? It even looks like the original 250cc Scrambler if you look hard enough. That said the Scrambler is reportedly built up in Thailand but the parts are made in Italy so there’s no reason to not consider it based on the country of manufacture.

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: 2 Cylinder Desmodromic L-Twin 
Capacity: 399cc
Power/Torque: 30 Kw @ 8750 RPM
34.6 Nm @ 8000 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed manual
Kerb Weight: Approx 183kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 14 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 790mm
Dimensions: L2150 X W790 X H1165 mm
Tyres: 110-80-17F 160-60-18R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $11,990 AUD (2018)