The stock rack of the GT200 is a matte silver plastic duckbill. It’s not cute. I don’t know what Piaggio was thinking, but plastic where we are used to seeing metal is not the Vespa aesthetic. People who have GT200s tend to love this scoot, but I’ve encountered mixed opinions about the rack. People either hate it or don’t care, no one really likes the thing. The OEM solution for the GT200 owners who want a more classic chrome rear rack is a piece that mounts on top of the duckbill. It costs a pretty penny – as most OEM parts do – and I think it looks a little weird just perched on top of the stock rack. Luckily, the sleek, traditionally lovely chrome rear racks made for the GT200’s descendants, the GTS and GTV, can fit the GT if you just add one extra piece.
The duckbill is a single piece that includes the rear rack, the grab bars and the fuel tank cover. You can remove it and replace it with most GTS racks quite easily if you purchase a new fuel tank cover.
Here’s what I ordered from Scooterpartsco for this project:
As usual, no instructions. The install required a hex wrench and no other tools.
- Remove the four screws that hold the grab bars down. This will also loosen the top of the frame.
- Lift the black plastic cover at the rear of the seat to access the last two screws, and remove those. The duckbill is now free!
- Throw the duckbill in the trash.
- Hold the new rear rack in place and then place the fuel tank cover on top of it, so the plastic covers the metal. It won’t sit right if you put the metal on top. The Faco rack I used came with spacers to sit between the metal and the plastic.
- Get all six screws to catch, then work your way around tightening them one by one and keeping the rack level as you go.
- All done!
As usual, the hardest part was getting the old piece off. The previous owner had drilled into the duckbill to mount a universal top box, and the stripped screws were proving very difficult to remove. I figured I’d just leave it and remove the whole rack. Unfortunately, that base plate made it impossible for me to fully open the back plastic piece that hides those final two screws. I pried it halfway open and worked the screws out a quarter turn at a time. Tedious, but it was easier than messing with the stripped mounting screws again.
I love the way the new rack looks – clean and shiny, with more than a nod to classic Vespa styling. It’s a pretty straightforward install even without instructions in English.