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Old 04-21-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Vespa GTS300 with 13" Wheels

There's a guy on the Modern Vespa forum who swapped his 12" wheels for 13" wheels! I think it looks awesome and I also think it makes sense to go to a bigger wheel size. He got the wheels from a Piaggio Yourban.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:24 AM   #2
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Yeah but the gearings altered surely it will be slower off the mark now!
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:53 AM   #3
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Yes it looks nice! But also the speedometer/odometer will now be off...
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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Yes it looks nice! But also the speedometer/odometer will now be off...

As a Vespa owner I can tell you the speedo is merely to get you in the ballpark....it's already off!

They are routinely 5% to 8% optimistic....larger wheels will probably bring it closer to being accurate.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:42 AM   #5
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Oooh that is a sweet looking scooter. It looks like the tires are lower profile than stock, it's possible the overall diameter is no bigger than the 12" tires with a taller sidewall. I don't like low profile tires. Not only do they give you a rough ride due to the fact that the sidewalls don't flex as much, they are also more likely to allow wheel damage. A lot of cars I see around here with 24" wheels and tires with a 1" wide sidewall have rim damage to the wheels.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #6
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Oooh that is a sweet looking scooter. It looks like the tires are lower profile than stock, it's possible the overall diameter is no bigger than the 12" tires with a taller sidewall. I don't like low profile tires. Not only do they give you a rough ride due to the fact that the sidewalls don't flex as much, they are also more likely to allow wheel damage. A lot of cars I see around here with 24" wheels and tires with a 1" wide sidewall have rim damage to the wheels.
That's right! The guy put some lower profile tires 13"/60 instead of 12"/70 so the overall diameter of the wheel wouldn't change. It's not all that dramatic though. He put on low profile radial tires. I think it's a good mod.
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