Originally Posted by Dabears
Something to be aware of since you're already a motorcyclist- Scooter maintenance needs seem to occur with more frequency than cycles. I'm not talking reliability, but rather service intervals and replacement of wear out parts- Tires is the biggest one.
Small scooter tires are always a topic of discussion. Next big maintenance point- drive belts; typical replacement in the 6-12k range. Drive pulley sliders are another thing which get lots of focus as well. None of these are high dollar items mind you, but they do require service, and therefore can be a problem for high mile riders. Oil changes/valve adjustments depending on model can be a frequent concern.
Not trying to put you off on scooters- they are great, but if you like to do big miles on your bikes, you should just be aware of some of the differences that you'll find coming from a motorcycle background....
Bigger scoots have bigger intervals, up to 10.000km (Integra 700 for
example, 6k miles).
I've got a 13" rear tire with 6k+ mile on it, it's still good for another
2-3k at least, and at 400lbs+200lbs rider, and ~25rwhp, it's not that
light and/or slow.
That's about the same usable mileage out of a tire I got on a 72hp
The only difference is that for the price of the FRONT tire on my Ninja,
I can get top of the line tires for the scoot (14 and 13"), that's BOTH,
and still have $20 left over.
At 6k miles, my belt was fine, it'll probably be fine for 10k miles.
That's more then most get out of a chain/sprocket set on a "big bike",
and the belt will cost 1/3 or 1/2 of the price of that set.
Tire issues are really down to those Vespa 150 scoots with 11"/10" tires,
and 125-150cc GY6 based engines need new oil every 1500 miles or so.
Bigger scoots are 3k miles and up.