Originally Posted by Qaz
Wew- that was a lot of advice, some good, some bad and a lot to sift through. The best advice I read was to keep your BMW until you find a scooter you can live with because after you live with one for awhile, you may find out you like the bike better. Scooters are about compromises, they do everything pretty well, where most motorcycles are focused at a particular task. You already own one of the best universal motorcycles ever made, so you already ride a bike that does everything pretty well. Now if shifting gears is tireing you out, then you need to quit riding altogether. But my guess is that you are riding over your head trying to keep up with the rest of the bikes. When I ride with my friends that race in either WERA or AMA and try to keep their pace I am pooped at the end of the day! A scooter is not going to help that, it didn't for me.
Here are some facts;
Where a scooter really shines is around town and in that domain the small ones excell; 50-150cc.
The 500cc T-max is known as the best handling scooter, yet a 250 Ninja will run away from it anywhere.
When riding the twisty's, the CVT transmission is always in the wrong gear.
The tires wear out far too quickly and replacment choices are limited and expensive.
All that plastic is expensive when dropped and comes in big pieces.
They are more maintanence intensive than most motorcycle.
With that said, I will always own a small scooter, they are just too convenient and useful. Although I put alot of miles on my Burgman 400, I wouldn't get rid of my motorcycle because of it. It is a nice addition to the motorcycles and complements them well. I spent a 3 day weekend this past fall riding the roads down around Mt. Airey, NC. and loved every minute of it, simply beautiful. I rode 800+ miles on the Burgman 400 that weekend and it handled everything I threw at it.
It's not shifting gears tiring me out by a long shot . If I had any sense I would stop riding for a bunch of valid reason though, actually tried to stop and it lasted less than a month. That's when I bought the Airhead.
I figured I would still enjoy tinkering with an old nail. I don't enjoy the tinkering bit as much as i thought i would. From what i had previously read I thought scooters were not very maintenance intensive, guess i was mistaken.
As for riding over my head; I got that out of my system as both an AMA & a WERRA racer a long time ago. Do I still occasionally go quicker than i probably should ?
Like most , I am guilty of that, but it's rare more than frequent these days.
I have as of yet no experience on a modern scooter or a maxi so the engine braking question was valid on my part. My scooter experience comes from the late 50's and early 60's on Lambretta's, Vespa's, Cushman's and that stuff. My family had no money to buy me anything so i found a way to get seat time by fixing the scooters of those kids more fortunate than me. My regular ride at the time was a co-owned Whizzer Sportsman.
I would like to keep the BMW , but the reality of my retirement and my wife's impending retirement dictate that financially it will probably not be possible to have more than one toy at a time. I was considering a Maxi as a replacement that could do everything I want as a two wheeled vehicle , and be less maintenance intensive than a 28 year old BMW.
As the weather cools I plan to take as many scooter & maxi test rides as i can find. I would only then make a decision.