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Forum: Battle scooters 04-15-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By approachbears
I sat on a Qlink Commuter in one of the local...

I sat on a Qlink Commuter in one of the local scooter shops a year or so ago. I was shocked how chintzy the plastic was even knowing how brittle some of the Chinese plastic scooters are (ie. Baja for...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-13-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,824
Posted By approachbears
The scooter can certainly do the trip, but I'm...

The scooter can certainly do the trip, but I'm not sure what's the attraction of 200 miles per day for three days if you also want to camp and see the sites. If the trip was just the ride maybe, but...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-09-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,753
Posted By approachbears
The Cali Classic looks sort of like those...

The Cali Classic looks sort of like those 150cc/GY6 Joker clones you linked to, but its not at all the same once you look close. The Cali Classic actually has SYM stamped on a lot of its parts....
Forum: Battle scooters 04-06-2011, 07:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,577
Posted By approachbears
The Hurt report is 30 years old and based on...

The Hurt report is 30 years old and based on results that range back to 34 years ago. It simply isn't relevant for the kind of comparisons you're wanting to make. Frankly, any use of the Hurt report...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-05-2011, 05:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,577
Posted By approachbears
Meaning what? Image as safer by whom? The public...

Meaning what? Image as safer by whom? The public at large? By riders themselves?



You need to get better data than the woefully out of date Hurt report or this whole article is junk science
Forum: Battle scooters 03-30-2011, 05:25 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 15,034
Posted By approachbears
http://shop.cafepress.com/100mpg I was given...

http://shop.cafepress.com/100mpg

I was given a 100mpg oval sticker to put on my Ruckus. I don't consider it bragging because the first or second questions I get asked while riding around is always...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-29-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,659
Posted By approachbears
The Met II is a horrible choice because its...

The Met II is a horrible choice because its severely restricted to below 30mph. Its not a washer removal derestriction kind of thing. Plus, your advice about avoiding pre-'06's doesn't make any...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-29-2011, 08:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,659
Posted By approachbears
OK, so your friend should know the actual Georgia...

OK, so your friend should know the actual Georgia statutes as opposed to the random speculation based on other states.

From the Georgia Motor Vehicle Code:
Mopeds and Motor Scooters
40-1-1(30)...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,577
Posted By approachbears
I do have to ask what your base line is for...

I do have to ask what your base line is for motorcyclists. I live in a state without helmet laws and with warm weather. So few bikers of any type wear much gear. I do notice one thing in particular...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2011, 07:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,087
Posted By approachbears
Modern Vespa seems to always being doing its best...

Modern Vespa seems to always being doing its best define "constipated rider". But don't let that get you down because the Vespa 250 and 300's are far better highway backs than many maxi riders will...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-25-2011, 05:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,659
Posted By approachbears
OK, so her budget slightly changes my...

OK, so her budget slightly changes my suggestions. Her $1500-2000 budget will get her a 3 year old or less, extremely reliable Japanese scooter. In fact, around my area NEW Honda Metropolitans...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,659
Posted By approachbears
Do ask your friend why they want a 50cc. Frankly,...

Do ask your friend why they want a 50cc. Frankly, I love 50cc 4 strokes and they do great for certain things. But not everyone is up to regularly commuting on them (as I do) and the like without a...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2011, 07:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,928
Posted By approachbears
So that's what WMI stands for in the form. Good...

So that's what WMI stands for in the form. Good to know.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,928
Posted By approachbears
I'm not an employee of PennDot, nor a resident of...

I'm not an employee of PennDot, nor a resident of PA, and I don't know what specific database they use. My knowledge comes from reading the general public and dealer specific news reports and PennDot...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-24-2011, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,928
Posted By approachbears
The "federal database" you linked to is the...

The "federal database" you linked to is the Environmental Protection Agency list. It isn't an approval from the Department of Transportation or, more properly, the National Highway Transportation...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-23-2011, 09:53 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 31,426
Posted By approachbears
It started life as a Chariot brand bicycle...

It started life as a Chariot brand bicycle sidecar with a home built articulating bracket for the scooter.
http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/sidecarrier.php

Then I decided to build...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-23-2011, 05:41 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 31,426
Posted By approachbears
The Chinese scooters with GY6's often top out...

The Chinese scooters with GY6's often top out around 55-60mph. That's pretty low for a 150cc's in comparison to better made scooters. The fact that you and the big dog are maybe only 7mph under isn't...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-09-2011, 05:16 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 21,768
Posted By approachbears
Perhaps you really are ignorant and you should...

Perhaps you really are ignorant and you should take this like a person given a heads up about that piece of cabbage stuck between your front teeth just as you're about to saunter over to that nice...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-09-2011, 06:03 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 21,768
Posted By approachbears
Can TheReaper! spell hyperbole?...

Can TheReaper! spell hyperbole? H-Y-P-E-R-B-O-L-E.

Your "bet" about people modifying scooters is one you'd likely lose. I've found that the swappers on TotalRuckus are especially knowledgeable...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-08-2011, 10:52 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 88,094
Posted By approachbears
Was the SH150i actually "cut" for good or is this...

Was the SH150i actually "cut" for good or is this another case of Honda just not or not yet releasing a 2011 model or putting it off for a 2012 model until they get through the back log of older ones...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-08-2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 76,734
Posted By approachbears
I'd be more pro China scooters is this was...

I'd be more pro China scooters is this was actually the case. I personally know 5 people who bought a Chinese scooter as a first scoot and gave up on scooting altogether because of the near constant...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-08-2011, 06:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,775
Posted By approachbears
Don't trust your dealer about the law. It...

Don't trust your dealer about the law. It surprises many how ill-informed the dealers are about vehicles they sell. The definitions you put up, which you indicate came from the dealer, aren't...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,502
Posted By approachbears
Since you mentioned a second engine for your C70...

Since you mentioned a second engine for your C70 I was figuring an electric conversion might be in order. It should be significantly less than the now defunct Vectrix sold for. Or even consider an...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,502
Posted By approachbears
2 miles commutes are perfect for bicycles. If its...

2 miles commutes are perfect for bicycles. If its snowy you can always go for homemade chains or factory made snow tires....
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 76,734
Posted By approachbears
Similar except that it was a couple hundred/...

Similar except that it was a couple hundred/ maybe a thousand scooters in a single shipment that got held back at customs versus a quarter million scooters, bikes and engines actually sold to...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 09:28 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,212
Posted By approachbears
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Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,919
Posted By approachbears
The Honda has a 4 stroke, 50cc motor. So, yes,...

The Honda has a 4 stroke, 50cc motor. So, yes, its slow up steep hills. But its far from subpar for that class of scooter. If you really need to haul up steep inclines, then you need to move to a...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 08:53 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 76,734
Posted By approachbears
Its telling that they didn't care about meeting...

Its telling that they didn't care about meeting the small standards for something that would cost them pennies at most. They are a big company who knew the easy to meet standards, but they chose to...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 08:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,212
Posted By approachbears
Your hep cat jargon is almost unintelligible. I...

Your hep cat jargon is almost unintelligible. I guess you're saying that in your girlfriend's search for a scooter she sat on an E-ton of some random model and seemed to like it, but that you prefer...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-07-2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 76,734
Posted By approachbears
Why anyone would willingly buy a Baja scooter...

Why anyone would willingly buy a Baja scooter from Pep Boys is beyond me. I can truly say that I've never seen a scooter in their store that was assembled in a road worthy manner. But that actually...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-06-2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 31,426
Posted By approachbears
You already ordered the parts for the swap, so...

You already ordered the parts for the swap, so this is probably not an option. But if you're really only going short distances with the pup, you could've gone with a sidecar:
...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-06-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 15,034
Posted By approachbears
Maybe the "wee beasties" thing applied in the...

Maybe the "wee beasties" thing applied in the past when this section got started and a few people apparently had fainting spells because scooters were included in their good ol' boy's club riding...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-06-2011, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,550
Posted By approachbears
We're at a point where the old SLA batteries are...

We're at a point where the old SLA batteries are apparently the biggest thing holding back the electrics from another plateau of use. There are already many different types of batteries available...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-06-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 15,034
Posted By approachbears
No offense, but the answer is No, not on this...

No offense, but the answer is No, not on this forum. There is an entire section of Advrider entitled thumpers that caters to your motobike. Engine size means nothing...think some kind of step through...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-05-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,550
Posted By approachbears
I disagree. Honda and Vespa gas scooters already...

I disagree. Honda and Vespa gas scooters already cost the same as several of the gas scooters available at Pep Boys. Yet Pep Boys hasn't put them out of business. There's a reason for that and even...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-04-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 33,468
Posted By approachbears
Or this Suzuki with a hub electric motor??? ...

Or this Suzuki with a hub electric motor???
http://www.enertrac.net/images/MHM602/CustomerGallery/images/20_502.gif
Forum: Battle scooters 03-04-2011, 06:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,238
Posted By approachbears
Nah. A 1 percenter would just ride dirty and...

Nah. A 1 percenter would just ride dirty and tempt the law or, if they were on a moped, beat it to shit to cover for it not being a big bike. All those tassles and lights on this model are sign of...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-04-2011, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 33,468
Posted By approachbears
Unfortunately, I know several people that can...

Unfortunately, I know several people that can attest that their unreliable, junky Chinese scooters were not fun.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-04-2011, 05:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,550
Posted By approachbears
Don't give up on cost just yet. Research your...

Don't give up on cost just yet. Research your state and the fed's tax rebates. Some states give enough tax incentives that electric motos could cost half the list price.
Forum: Battle scooters 03-03-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,404
Posted By approachbears
I test rode a lightly used (~1000 miles) Fiddle...

I test rode a lightly used (~1000 miles) Fiddle II 125 last week. I wanted to find a reason to buy it, but, sadly, I was really unimpressed. It looks nice and the seat and under storage are bigger...
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