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Old 07-18-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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why the scooter CC race?

Why are so many companies upping the CC of scooters? BMW might bring out an 800cc scooter . At what point does it just become something like the automatic honda of the 1978-82?

If it goes 69 MPH LIKE a good lady , sorry I mean scooter what's the point?
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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Fat people need fat scooters...

It's following the trends of the last 30 years or so as to what is considered a full-size bike.

30 years ago, my 1200cc Sportster would have been considered huge.

Now we have Triumphs with the engine displacement that matches my wife's old Nissan Altima...
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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I love both my bike and my scooter (650cc bike, 125cc scooter), but more
and more the bike gets on my nerves when I need to be smooth 2up
around town, and the scooter when I need to be fast outside of the town.

The solution would be a big scooter, since I've got no reason to go beyond
70hp that I got now in my bike (more then enough), I would gladly swap
both my bikes for a single Gilera GP800 with ABS.

Who knows, maybe even a T-max would do.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:04 PM   #4
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Depends on your need.

If I could have many bikes one would be something in the 175/200 cc range and one would be my Burgman 650. However I can't afford a third bike (I also have a Royal Enfield) so I have a maxi-scoot. That is what I use when I tour and I need a bike over 300CCs to haul me and my luggage on the superhighways and over the mountains. It is more than I need for commuting or running errands but that's the compromize.

Personally I don't see why people need more that about 650ccs for anybike unless you are hauling a trailer or a sidecar. I can load up the 650 and cruise at 70.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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I love scoots, little ones, big ones, doesn't matter. But the 50cc daughter's bike took me 43mins to travel out to the farm where I used to work from town where I live (40km). I also dragrace the Vmax, coz I love dragracing.

I'd love a maxiscoot coz then I could ride the thing on highways, keep up with the trucks out here, and still have the scoot benefits of very low CofG, excellent steering, ease of operation, and amazing storage space, something bikes don't have.

I even figured out how to tow a 80kg dragbike (2stroke, methanol, alloy, etc) on a trailer behind a maxiscoot down to the drags..........then I have the perfect set-up!
Who the hell would drag race a Ducati?!?!?!?!
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:53 AM   #6
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In my perfect garage of 2 or 3 bikes, one would without a doubt always be a scoot. In a garage of 4 or 5 bikes, I'd have 2 scooters. Something in the 200cc
fuel injected ballpark, and something at 500cc+ for touring, when/if I want
to tour on a scoot, and not on a geared bike.

Just today I spoke with a guy who's got a Kymco Xciting 500 (2007) with
like 3k miles on it and is selling it. I could see myself selling both my Agility
125 and my Kawa ER6F and getting that bike as a replacement for both.

I know I would miss the agility of the Agility around town, and the thrill
of the ER6F when not in town, but I would NOT miss a lot of things that
those 2 bikes don't do well.

Since I need my small scoot for courier work, I can't get rid of it now, but
in the end, this just might be the route I'll take. I could probably be happy
with a scoot at anything above 400cc (I've ridden a lot of them), but I'd
want ABS.

Anyone want a 650R abs + agility 125 for a T-max?
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