I love Italy. I love Italian food, Italian drinks, Italian people, Italian cities, Italian bikes and Italian riding. Now I can add Italian scooters to the list, because Vespa’s GTS 300 is bloody brilliant. Yes, I might spend most of my time riding motorcycles – but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the simple, stylish beauty of a scooter; especially if it’s one as capable as Vespa’s GTS 300 Super Racing Sixties.

Firstly, just look at the thing. Vespa’s not reinvented the wheel, or anything. In fact, it’s changed very little in years and years. But then again, why should it? It works – and you don’t fix what’s not broken. Ok, so it’s not quite the same shape as the original, sharper-edged machines of the past – but it’s immediately identifiable and turns heads wherever you go. That’s particularly true when you’re riding the Super Racing Sixties model. I don’t recall ever getting so much attention when riding through town. And it’s easy to see why… that red and white paint scheme with gold rims looks fantastic. Don’t you think?

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Vespa’s GTS has long been the top of the crop of the scooter market. It’s stylish and capable in equal measure – and although the design hasn’t really changed in years, the factory continues to make subtle but significant enough tweaks to ensure the latest scooter is the best yet. That’s exactly what’s happened with the Super Racing Sixties variant; alongside a swathe of the GTS 300 range it gets a new high performance engine (HPE), subtly reshaped leg shields and bodywork, even more underseat storage, a new headlight and LED lights all round.

You’ve got 23.5bhp of power and 19.2 lb-ft of torque available to play with from its 278cc single cylinder liquid-cooled, four-stroke. That might sound a little meagre – but it’s not. The Vespa GTS 300 delivers its punch quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get up to A-road speeds without any trouble at all. Overtakes do take some serious planning, but with a little room for a run up, you’ll have no issues cutti