One of the recent developments in the scooter world is the advent of the 300cc class which is slowly replacing the 250cc class. In the grand scheme of things, this is very much to be welcomed, however here in WA, our licensing rules limit first time motorbike license holders to a maximum of 250cc, and this is starting to create some problems as the number of 250cc models is starting to dwindle.
As recently as 2 years ago, we were able to offer customer a selection of no less than eight 250cc models. Currently we are down to two, and this may fall further as some of those models are replaced by 300cc ones, or are being discontinued either here or worldwide. The good thing is that in the short-to-medium this maintains the value of your 250cc!
What the 250cc class offers that the 125/150cc one does not, is true freeway capability. These vehicles are easily capable of freeway speeds, and doing it all day. And the reason for this is the motor. Both of our 250cc scooters use the same engine, the Quasar from Piaggio. In our opinion its the best scooter engine in the world. Smooth, quiet, dependable with a 10,000km service interval and over 30km per litre efficiency. A modern classic. The Quasar engine is highly sophisticated, being liquid coolled and fuel injected, but unfortunately this does bump the price up quite a bit from the much simpler engines in the lower class. But if you want to come close to scooter perfection, this is where to look for it.
And whilst the list may now be small, its pretty much perfect. The Vespa GTS is without doubt the benchmark scooter against which all others are compared. It is probably the best all round scooter on the market, scoring highly on every attribute. But if you don't like the classic look, then our other 250cc is the Derbi GP1 250. Same engine, completely different styling. It's the Yin and Yang of the scooter world. Both deserve checking out. We love them.