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quasigentrified 04-06-2013 07:15 PM

wife looking for a scoot, very narrow parameters
so the wife completed her msf training and got her endorsement. right now, she is rocking my old '04 vespa et4, which she kinda hates. (haha, EVERY rider should hate their first ride.)

she wants a new scoot in may. she's been eying the new piaggio fly 150 and the pcx 150, but worries a bit about the seat height in the former and the weight of the latter. specifically, she wants:

- a seat height of less or equal to 30"
- a weight under 300 lbs
- 125-200cc
- 12" or larger tires (she HATES the 10" tires on the et4)
- no drum brakes

she tried the buddy 170i and liked the perf and seat height, but the 10" wheels pissed her off. (for the record, we live on a steep hill with a really poorly maintained street network in our part of seattle. potholes and grooves abound.) she's 5'4" and about 130 lbs.

also she asks: are there any good riding boots that will boost her an inch or so so she can flatfoot better?

any ideas, or is she just being too dang picky? does this combination come up with ANYTHING reliable?

thanks for any advice!

JerryH 04-06-2013 07:24 PM

I can't think of any scooters that fit that description, Kymco People 150 and SYM HD200 might come close. Boots with sticky soles is what she wants. Even if you have to tip toe it (or lean it to one side and use one foot) knowing that your feet are not going to slip is a big help. They give you a much better sense of control. Such boots allowed me to ride a Honda XR650L on the street when I could barely touch the ground.

Foot dragger 04-06-2013 07:24 PM

When I first got a bike,ANY bike would do,if it ran I rode it.

Not saying its happening here but the "princess and the pea" syndrome can get out of hand sometimes.

quasigentrified 04-06-2013 07:28 PM

oh, i think it's happening here. i think she should get some good boots and get the fly 150, BUT i thought i'd ask nonetheless :*sip*

quasigentrified 04-06-2013 07:38 PM

hm, zuma 125 looks decent.

JerryH 04-06-2013 08:46 PM

The Zuma 125 has a tall seat. When I sit far enough back to be comfortable, I can barely touch the ground. Sliding forward helps, but I've just gotten used to it. But I have a 34" inseam. It also has stiff suspension and fairly small wheels. I like the suspension, it works for my 220+ pounds, but might be to much for a lighter person.

quasigentrified 04-06-2013 08:53 PM

ah, good to know. thanks!

blugg1 04-06-2013 08:57 PM

Check out the SYM HD 200. I've only got a 30" inseam and heels are on the ground. 16" wheels in the bargain.

cbolling 04-06-2013 10:27 PM

PCX 150 meets all your specs.

14" wheels
29.9" seat height
Front disc brakes
286 lbs. ready to ride.

cbolling 04-06-2013 10:31 PM

As for boots, Icon makes some woman's boots with a pretty big heel.

travelsized 04-06-2013 11:38 PM


Originally Posted by cbolling (Post 21127052)
As for boots, Icon makes some woman's boots with a pretty big heel.

I have a pair of the short boot version and while I initially mocked them, they aren't all that bad. Pros: Relatively good looking, ankle protection, okay rubber sole, more comfortable than technical riding boots, and a little height. The thin toe makes shifting easy when you're a beginner. Cons: Cheap-o leather and zero protection around the toe area.

The short version (easier to get on/off, but to each her own) are on sale at a price that is far more reasonable:

The alternative:

CaptnJim 04-07-2013 07:17 AM

We looked at a bunch of scooters, found that the Honda PCX 150 is a real good blend of performance, comfort, and ease. Take her to a dealer for a "sit test" (since most of 'em don't allow test rides). The weight is low, the bike is easy to move around, and it's peppy enough to blend with traffic, while still stable feeling (thanks to the 14" wheels).

zookiemike 04-07-2013 07:28 AM

Honda rebel.
Low seat, Large wheels, Dead reliable

quasigentrified 04-07-2013 07:50 AM

i think she's down with the pcx150 after worrying it was TOO BUKU. :evil as i told her, "after you've gone down on it once, you'll get over your fears." (it isn't as big in person as she thinks, anyhow; it's a "nice size".)

oh, she has opened a floodgate of terrible innuendo. :lol3 not even gonna ask if she wants the "red or the black one".

DOUBLE-O G 04-07-2013 08:32 AM


Originally Posted by cbolling (Post 21127044)
PCX 150 meets all your specs.

14" wheels
29.9" seat height
Front disc brakes
286 lbs. ready to ride.


That's what my wife got. She loves it. Fast enough too. 14" wheels are a real plus.

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