Vespa GTS 125 Super

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa 125

Year

2009

Engine

Four strike, single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valve, electronic injection

Capacity

124.8 cc 7.6 cub in
Bore x Stroke 57 x 48.6 mm
Fuel system Port injected Alfa/N type with lambda closed loop control
Cooling Liquid cooled

Lubrication

Wet sump

Ignition 

Electronic inductive discharge
Battery 6V AC
Starting Electric
Clutch Automatic dry clutch with dampers

Max Power

11  kW / 15 hp @ 9750 rpm

Max Torque

12.2 Nm / 1.24 kgf-m / 9 lb/ft @ 7500 rpm

Max

Automatic
Gears CVT transmission with torque support, "twist and go"
Final Drive Belt drive

Frame

Sheet metal with welded reinforcements

Front Suspension

Single arm 2-chamber hydraulic shock absorber

Rear Suspension

2 x shock absorbers with adjustable preload

Front Brakes

Disc, 220 mm

Rear Brakes

Disc, 220 mm
Wheels Alloy, two tone

Front Tyre

120/70-12"

Rear Tyre

130/70-12"

Dimensions

Length:  1940 mm / 76.4 in

Width:      755 mm / 29.7 in

Wheelbase 1395 mm / 54.9 in
Seat Height 790 mm / 31.1 in

Dry Weight

148 kg / 326 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

9.2 L / 2.4 US gal

Consumption  average

2.6 L/100 km / 38.3 km/l / 90 US mpg

Top Speed

105 km/h / 65 mph

Colours

Red, Black, Orange

Sources

Kevin Ash - The Telegraph 2009

Vespa was the first and most enduring of the breed: even the new, 2009 Vespas are recognisable descendants of the 63-year lineage, although there's some confusion about what the various models are.

The new, GTS 125 Super, for example, might look superfluous as there are plenty of 125 Vespas already. The S125, the LX125 and the LXV125 are based on the LX platform, a small chassis designed for more compact engines from 50cc to 150cc, and more compact riders. Vespa's GT series platform underpins larger machines with more powerful engines from 125cc to 300cc, so although there's a choice of GT-type 125 or LX, the GTs are better suited to taller riders.

There's further choice: the GTV is a retro-styled version with its headlight mounted on the front mudguard, the GTS is the standard version and the latest GTS 125 Super is the most sporting. Usually, at this level, that's reflected only in some styling details and, to those in the know (all Italians), the cachet of the "Super" badge.

But the GTS Super also differs from the other 125s in featuring fuel injection and electronically pumped coolant for improved efficiency. The new engine also offers much longer service intervals, up from 4,000 to 6,000 miles. With better economy of up to 90mpg being claimed (although no meaningful figures are available), this will mean usefully reduced running costs.

Cosmetically, the Super is distinguished by its cooling grille in the right-side panel beneath the seat (a homage to older, air-cooled Vespas), unique two-tone alloy wheels, a different seat and touches such as a black headlight surround and red front-suspension spring. Not a lot, but enough for the Vespisti it seems, while more casual users will still appreciate the solidity and better handling. It's beautifully balanced and therefore very easy to ride and wriggle through traffic, with high-quality suspension and exceptional stability at speed.

The smooth, 15bhp engine is one of the best performers in the class, giving a top speed of 65mph.

There's less storage space beneath the seat than on many scooters – you can fit a couple of small open-faced helmets in there, though I'd never recommend wearing those anyway – and the luggage rack is an option rather than standard