Claude Bottom, thank you for your reply and welcome to the forums! The Vespa 300 GTS and BMW C400X are indeed a different league. They will both be too expensive for my pockets, also I promised myself to never buy any designed/engineered in Italy ever again. The way I see it the one that best competes with SH300i is the Kymco people 300 GTI so I will try to find a dealer that will let me test ride it and then decide. The Kymco seems very good on paper and the price is lower, I have driven Kymco before and I trust the Taiwanese brand a lot.