The Vieste 300 is not a big scooter considering its displacement but it has the right kind of cuts, creases, and contours to boast oodles of road presence. The front looks sporty and menacing with a small yet angular twin-pod headlamp. This is surrounded by a wide and muscular apron which adjoins the dual-tone centre spine, culminating into a sculpted and sharp tail section. During our stint with the scooter, we attracted quite a lot of attention from the onlookers on the road.
Powering the Vieste is a 278.2cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve engine mated to a CVT gearbox. It churns out 18.4bhp at 6,500rpm and 22Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Out on the road, the engine performs exactly how the numbers suggest. It’s profoundly quick off the line and the build-up of pace is equally brisk — almost until 100-110kmph. Even while cruising on the highway at around 80-90kmph, the engine feels unrestrained and allows you to execute quick overtakes. Interestingly, on a wide open and empty stretch of road, we could ride it up to a maximum speed of 125kmph.
The Vieste 300 weighs 147kg (kerb) which isn’t light for a scooter. However, on the go, the weight is seamlessly masked by its impressive agility. The scooter feels pretty light on its feet while zipping your way through tight gaps in traffic. It’s a similar story around corners where it’s reasonably easy to lean and sticks to the desired line. It’s only when you take on the long sweeping corners at high speeds that you feel the scooter getting slightly unstable.
Large fuel tank
Typical of a maxi-scooter, the Vieste 300 boasts a decently large fuel tank of 12-litre. Although it’s not very generous in terms of fuel efficiency, which stands at around 30kmpl, the larger capacity of the tank means lesser fuel stops and an impressive riding range of nearly 354km.