The X7 300 is a real sports scooter. It's faster off the mark, has better acceleration up hills and has a higher top speed than the Vespa GTS 250. The bigger wheels on the X7 give it more stability on the road. Its very well balanced with the petrol tank under the floor and a low centre of gravity. It also has great ground clearance and you can really put it hard into corners. It was real delight to ride and I just felt like racing it all the time. A lot of the extra acceleration is because of the Quaser 300 (278cc) engine and a GTS 300 might be closer in grunt. I think the X7 looks sharp in a sports bike style and it has great storage. but the bottom line is that its such FUN to ride.The X7 has got some minor flaws like lack of a trip meter, or side stand, the mirrors are a bit wide especially when filtering and the seat a little small. Also your feet are quite high compared to the Vespa but as I said, these are really minor and I soon adjusted to them. I only figured out how to adjust the clock on the last day so I cant tell you if it kept good time.
I thought I was going to be spoiled when I went back to the Vespa but surprisingly I wasn't. The GTS is still sharp off the mark, good enough for any Sydney riding. The small wheels are very responsive and you can duck and weave so easily. Although the GTS won't beat the X7 in a drag it will get there, just a little slower but still quick enough to be fun. I like the seat and the brakes on the GTS better, and I still love the classic design of the Vespa. The difference wasn't enough to sell the GTS and buy an X7. The real comparison would probably come if I was trying to decide between an X7 300 or a GTS 300. Then it would be hard to go past the X7 especially when the cost difference is nearly $2000.
Both Allen and I were really impressed with the X7. When I test rode the 250 18 months ago I didn't like it, but my few days on the X7 300 recently really changed my mind. I cant work out why they were so different so maybe Ive changed over the last year and a half. Anyway I dont think many people will be disapointed with owning one.
Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.