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Old 05-31-2011, 06:03 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Quigg View Post
I owned one of these for a year. I used it for daily commuting on a mix of freeway, expressway, and city streets. I did a couple of long trips and a couple of two-up rides. Here are my observations:

1. If you want a freeway commuter, it is excellent.
2. In town, it's easier than a motorcycle due to the automatic transmission, but not as easy as s smaller scooter or motorcycle (say, a 250) due to the extra weight. If your commute is only on city streets, it's more than you need.
3. If you want to ride the twisties, it is not ideal. It handles fine. The problem is the automatic transmission.
So, it doesn't do everything well. It is a decent scooter (once you fix the fuel clamp issue mentioned above) if you don't need something sporty. I ended up selling mine because my Vespa 250 is a better in-town vehicle, and buying a used Suzuki 650 V-Strom for longer trips and mountain riding.
Which model did you have, the 500i or 500GT? That's the first time I've heard of any lag being a problem on these.
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