Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Very comfortable ride I've just picked it up and took it for a spin today. Upgraded from a 50 cc scooter. Had it up to 55 mph on a rough country road and it handled beautifully.
Dislikes: It wasn't my first choice in style. I prefer the Italian scooter look, but couldn't find what I wanted at a good price.

Review: So far it's really great. Good solid handling and a blast to ride. Previous owner is a large rider and reported 60 mpg. All the gauges work even though it's had outside storage.

Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Comfy, very quick side to!... 55 mpg, extremely large trunk , handsome, Electric mirrors
Dislikes: The seat could use a little more cushion

Review: I love this bike. It is a wonderful combination of around town and freeway capacity. It's under seat storage is magnificent. It's just a great fun bike! If you're looking for a bike of the size find one of these.”

Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Wide comfortable seat
Dislikes: Handling, looks, rear view mirrors always come loose

Review: ”After a year and 10,000 miles, my Grand Vista 250 developed an electrical problem the mechanic couldn't fix. The problem was that the starter would stay on after the engine turned over and the only way to shut it off was disconnect the battery, a big pain in the ass. In an 8 month time it was in and out of the dealership for this warranty claim and they couldn't figure out what was causing it. I got fed-up and placed it on Craigslist for $700 and completely explained the problem. A guy with a motorcycle mechanic friend bought it from me and they just re-wired the whole starting relay. He said that took care of the problem.

After that, I stay away from ALL Taiwanese scooters and motorcycles. I don’t trust them. Buy Japanese!!!!”

Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Everything about it.
Dislikes: Because I'm 6'1", the somewhat cramped seating position.

Review: I've been riding Honda Helix 250’s and Elite 250’s for years in addition to my BMW R100RT. Compared to the Helix, the Grandvista has a much more conventional upright seating position, cramped for taller riders like me. I removed the wedge-shaped butt bumper from off of the seat, allowing me to sit further back, which solved the cramped seating issue. Although they are both 250s, the Grandvista seems to accelerate much faster than the Helix (although I have never confirmed that other than by the seat of my pants). My Helix gets about 70 mpg (city or hwy), the last tank in the Grandvista was 100 mpg!

I recommend a Grandvista to anyone looking for a scooter that can handle anything from touring (I had it up to an indicated 92 mph on the interstate), to running around town. It has a comprehensive digital dash which includes a bar graph tach. The headlight is bright and the other running and turn signal lights are large and highly visible. The mirrors power fold in with a push of the button on the grip. Good for lane splitting, or anytime you just want to impress any onlooker. My full face Shoei Qwest helmet fits nicely in the under seat storage area, with lots of room to spare. Twist the ignition key one way, and the seat pops up (and the under-seat light lights up) - twist it the other way, and the gas cap pops open.”

Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Powerful, economical scooter with decent handling and good reliability
Dislikes: Suspension is mediocre, seating position not good for taller than 6' riders.

Review: The first Grand Vista (G/V) I bought for a song with 13,000 miles on the clock, and it needed some TLC. The second G/V I bought with 1500 miles on the odo and it definitely runs stronger than the first one. I truly like the G/V except that the seating is a bit cramped for longer rides (also removed the back support like someone other did to get more space [I am 5'10"]. Power for a 250cc is very good, gas mileage is depending how hard you are on the throttle, but in reality it settles anywhere between 55-70mpg. I do also ride quite often interstates, and it has no problem to keep up with traffic.

I wished that the 300i Downtown that I test drove had more leg room, but it hasn't. It is IMO even a bit worse than the G/V, so I stick to my G/V. Mechanically it has not given me any problems, and the fellow who posted a starter problem just had plain bad luck that one can have with ANY other vehicle. I give the G/V a 9.5 out of 10 and wished that a modern 300i + ABS step-through G/V would be brought on the market by KYMCO.”

Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Reliable, strong, good weather protection
Dislikes: Thin seat padding, not the nicest looking bike

Review: ”Reliable bike - 13k miles and never a problem. I live near sea level, and it's plenty powerful enough. Most of my riding is 55-65 mph. Good, solid transportation. The styling is sort of 80s crotch rocket,and the seat is horrible. 100 miles and I walk funny for days (I’m 5'10, 200 lbs). If my butt could handle it, I'd trust it on a sea to shining sea cross country ride. The folding mirrors are a good feature,and the GIVI windshield I added makes it a pretty good rainy weather bike too. I love mine.”

Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Great first bike,light weight,fun ride,great on gas
Dislikes: -

Review: The Grand Vista is a great around town scooter. I had one problem with starter got it fixed no problems since.I don't think you can find a better scooter at the price.”

Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Great acceleration and handles well; great in the city or at highway speeds; weighs less than my husbands honda reflex so it is easy to handle
Dislikes: The stock windshield gave a noisy ride, but if you upgrade to a tall windshield it helps a lot.

Review: ”I upgraded from the Yamaha Vino 125 to the Grand Vista and I am very happy with this scooter. The scooter has a smaller profile so if you are tall it may feel like the handle bars are too close; the smaller profile works well for me. It is not shaky when traveling at highway speeds. I have had it up to 70 mph and which is not full throttle, I do not see a need to go faster. It is comfortable up to 100 mile rides, but you may want to look into the luxury seat if you take longer trips. Great scooter - I love it!”


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