Aprilia - should I be afraid?
Ok, heres my story. Some of you whom have followed me know that I was bitten by the scooter bug 2 years ago after renting a Chinese 50cc 4 stroke scooter while at the beach on vacation. I promptly followed that up by purchasing a newly new Yamaha Zuma 125. I loved everything about the zuma and scootering with the exception of the 55 mph topspeed. That was fine most of the time, but I needed more to feel a little safer on my commute. I thought I was ready to buy an 08 Aprilia Sportcity 250 that was about 120 miles away from me so I sold my zuma for a low price so I could purchase the sc250. After getting the money from the zuma in my hand I got cold feet on the zuma for a couple of reasons.
1. I tend to get rid of my bikes fairly quick after purchasing, usually a year after buying and the aprilia has been for sale a while. I am pretty sure I would have trouble selling it also and take a bad beating financially as compared to a more common scooter for my area.
2. As far as I know there is no Aprilia dealer in my state (Alabama). The closest Vespa/Piaggio dealer is dropping Vespa at the first of 2013 and going Kymco only. While they would work on the Aprilia if needed no parts will be stocked for the Vespa family of scooters. I would have to oder all parts online. I have a SYM and Genuine dealer in my hometown along with Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha. I can do basic wrenching, but not sure if I would want to tackle the valves on the sc.
3. As mentioned, I change bikes like underware and if I get the aprilia now, no telling what I will want by Spring, but I also get caught up in the "buy it now" mentality and tend to strike while the irons hot.
4. I really like riding with a full windscreen, my zuma had a great set-up with the oem windscreen and handguards. I have not really seen a great windscreen set-up for the sc250. The puig looks good, but is not tall enough. I would have to try one of the Slipstreamer Scoot series to get the coverage I desire.
Do any of you think any of my reasons for not pursuing the sc250 are valid?
My scooter budget is in the $2500 range which permits me from just plonking down $5K on a new Kymco 300GTi or for that matter a used Tmax. True, there are used burgmans and silverwings out there that are close to my budget and plenty fast, but I am not really into the maxi look and still want a nimble handy scoot. Maybe a used reflex would suit me?
wannabe1 screwed with this post 12-27-2012 at 04:56 PM