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JohnBryer 08-17-2005 10:13 AM

I want a Scooter
 
How do I pick one?

I don't want a 400+ pound scooter...already have the KLR.

I want something light, but will keep up with city traffic, so it's got to go at least 60.

DoctorIt 08-17-2005 10:14 AM

this belongs in the scooter forum...


:hide :lol3

JohnBryer 08-17-2005 10:15 AM

There's a scooter forum???

DoctorIt 08-17-2005 10:19 AM

Sorry newb, couldn't resist, it's the running joke around here :D

Spode 08-17-2005 10:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnBryer
There's a scooter forum???

Yup: www.ymca.com :ymca

Photog 08-17-2005 10:34 AM

Any 150cc (automatic) will do the trick. The quality varies by brand, of course, but the 150cc 4 strokes are good for a top end of 60-65 and can easily hang with urban traffic.

One of the import (Chinese/Taiwanese) brands that has good parts and online support is Vento. Vento Yahoo Forum

Kymco makes an excellent 250-class scooter called the Bet & Win. It's cheaper than the Yamaha/Honda/Suzuki offerings and has a 2 year warranty. I have a Kymco Super 9 and it's gem-like in quality. I like it more than their Grand Vista (and other maxi scoots) because it keeps the shorter wheelbase that allows you to sneak it into any parking place, vs. being relegated to standard parking that the maxi-scooters need.

If you are looking for something that's more than just economical transportation--i.e., you want some retro appeal, long-term durabilty, and the ability to do some hot-rodding, check out the Stella which is a LML-built Vespa PX series with a 150cc 2-stroke reed valve engine and 4 speed transmission. If you have any gear-head leanings and want something that's a genuine piece of history that evolved into one hell of a commuter that can actually do some touring, it's the way to go. $2900 new, about $2200-$2500 used. There's a good deal on one in Macon GA for $1900.

For a combo of the two--4 stroke 150cc bulletproof motor 4spd tranny and PX-series Vespa appearance, the Bajaj Chetak is a winner.

If you are looking to get into this cheap, look for the old Honda Helix and Honda Elite 250.

Money no object? Big Ruckus. :evil

For cheapo transportation, try the Vento Phantom (150cc). I think it would be a one-year purchase, however--you'll want to move up or around after trying this. I started out with a 50cc Vento to see if I liked scootering, and went from there.

For the cost-of-entry and long-term useage I'd recommend the Stella, Chetak, or used Elite. That way you recoup your purchase price fairly quickly with the gas savings.

If you're doing a lot of freeway travel, I'd look at the 250 class 4-strokes and the maxi-scoots (250/400/500/650cc). Check with Ilmostro on his commuting experiences on a 500cc Aprilia.

DoctorIt 08-17-2005 10:37 AM

Leave it to photog to be all nice and quick to reply :rolleyes


BTW, if you are just toying with the idea, DO NOT LISTEN TO PHOTOG!!! You will have a new scooter in your garage by the end of the week! :D

http://doctorit.smugmug.com/photos/31663014-M.jpg

JohnBryer 08-17-2005 10:42 AM

Oh, forgot to mention...

My commute to work (once I get another job) will be about 8 miles and I can do it without hitting the highway.

A place to store my Roadcrafter and possibly my helmet would be useful too.

Zodiac 08-17-2005 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnBryer
Oh, forgot to mention...

My commute to work (once I get another job) will be about 8 miles and I can do it without hitting the highway.

A place to store my Roadcrafter and possibly my helmet would be useful too.



Dude.... yer gettin a scooter......no Stich required......isn't that the point of gettin a scooter. Just wear business attire and cool Seer helmet.

(SEE ABOVE PICTURE FOR PROPER SCOOTER ATTIRE APPLICATION)

JohnBryer 08-17-2005 10:48 AM

I gotta wear my 'Stich especially since I'll be splitting lanes where it's technically illegal!

Linzi 08-17-2005 10:50 AM

There's nothing wrong with ATGATT on a scooter.

http://ilmostro.smugmug.com/photos/10838024-M.jpg

Photog 08-17-2005 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnBryer
Oh, forgot to mention...

My commute to work (once I get another job) will be about 8 miles and I can do it without hitting the highway.

A place to store my Roadcrafter and possibly my helmet would be useful too.

You might be a candidate for a 50 like DoctorIt has. :nod

If so, ask him about the Vento Triton.

My blog also has a lot of stuff about what it's like to commute on a 50.

Caffeind 08-17-2005 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Linzi
There's nothing wrong with ATGATT on a scooter.

http://ilmostro.smugmug.com/photos/10838024-M.jpg

:razor Dork.



:lol3

Photog 08-17-2005 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Linzi
There's nothing wrong with ATGATT on a scooter.

http://ilmostro.smugmug.com/photos/10838024-M.jpg

I think about that photo whenever I'm teaching MSF and tell the class that they will have to run the course in reverse. :lol3

JohnBryer 08-17-2005 10:54 AM

No 2 strokes! I prefer 4 strokes.


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