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Old 04-04-2005, 02:16 PM   #16
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I'm pondering a ruckus myself, gonna hafta see how fast the commute to school is.
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:10 PM   #17
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Sunday I bought a used Honda Forza (Reflex) to use as my daily commuter/city runner. Good power, excellent suspension, quick handling, damn good brakes, armchair comfort, cheap to run


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Old 04-04-2005, 10:26 PM   #18
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I'm pondering a ruckus myself, gonna hafta see how fast the commute to school is.
The Ruckus is cool, no doubt. However it lacks one very important feature that most all scooters have, lockable storage. Storage is important for a practical city ride.
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:28 PM   #19
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Sunday I bought a used Honda Forza (Reflex) to use as my daily commuter/city runner. Good power, excellent suspension, quick handling, damn good brakes, armchair comfort, cheap to run


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Old 04-05-2005, 06:36 AM   #20
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I have one criteria for a vehicle to be fun. It has to have two wheels. Scooters meet this criteria and the fact that many of them will now cruise comfortably at hwy speeds make them a worthy motorcycle alternative IMO.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:03 AM   #21
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I was a motorcycle snob once...

...I thought scooters were for girls and geeks. Then I visited Italy. Everybody and their mother was scootering all over like a mofo.

Here is an email I wrote that was published in CityBike:
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Feedback to John D'India's: What's the Difference?

Hello there CityBike folks,

I just got back from the Milan motorcycle show and Italian model
extravaganza. The show was great and the fresh hardware was very
stimulating. The bikes were nice too.

While in Rome a couple weeks prior to the show I rented a scooter to
tour the sites with my American scooter babe on the back. I can second
John's words regarding the typical Italian driver's undeniable skill
and total disregard for the rules of the road. I must add, however,
that Italian cagers actually see motorcycles and scooters and even
make way for them to split lanes and filter up to red lights. They
will then hold back a second after the red turns green so the horde of
two wheelers can buzz safely away at WOT. How civilized.

It seemed that if I put my scooter in front of one car and behind
another I was somehow screwing with the system, wasting much needed
space, and cage drivers would look at me like I was insane. Only when
I split lanes aggressively, did drag-racing starts away from green
lights and generally ride like I've always wanted to, was I able to
flow through traffic with the Romans.

Of course, as a pedestrian in Italy, a red light means that if you
step off the curb you must have a death wish. A green light means you
are only slightly less likely to become a hood ornament.

Ciao,
David Rivers
Moraga, CA

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Old 04-05-2005, 12:43 PM   #22
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I ride my wife's Aprilia Scarabeo 150 scooter to work nearly every day. The commute, including errands and going home for lunch most days, works out to about 200 - 300 miles per month. I gassed it up yesterday and it took 1.88 gallons (it holds 2.2 gal.) and cost $4.19. Not bad for 3 weeks worth of daily commuting.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:15 PM   #23
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...I thought scooters were for girls and geeks. Then I visited Italy. Everybody and their mother was scootering all over like a mofo.

Here is an email I wrote that was published in CityBike:
Nice post. Bet a scoot would make a great stablemate for your FZ1
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:50 PM   #24
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Nice post. Bet a scoot would make a great stablemate for your FZ1
You betcha!

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Old 07-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #25
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I've ridden scooters for a few years now, including the Zuma, and now the Vino 125. They have practical advantages that make them the best way to get around a city. They're much easier to park, they're better on gas and the trunk under the seat sort of brings it all together. The 125 directly led to the purchase of my '01 GS.
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Old 07-24-2005, 08:51 PM   #26
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...I thought scooters were for girls and geeks. Then I visited Italy. Everybody and their mother was scootering all over like a mofo.

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Yeah, where men kiss eachother on both sides of the face to greet, people take 3 hour lunches on a workday, and they have roads as narrow as my manhattan apartment's bathroom door-
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Old 07-31-2005, 02:09 PM   #27
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Scooters are wonderful around town. Yes, there are scooters that handle the highway just fine, but I think that there are better bikes to look into such a thing. Alot of people are doing what I plan on doing; get a scooter for around town and then a large bike (Goldwing or whatnot) for the open roads. Or dirtbikes, whatever. Scooters are just a great way to get around the city. If the people that think it's a girly ride or for gays take a spin on a good scooter I'll bet they will have a different outlook on scooters.

Don't limit yourself on any vehicle just because of the stereo-type people try to pin with it. You'll be missing out on a good thing.
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Old 08-01-2005, 02:05 AM   #28
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Yeah, where men kiss eachother on both sides of the face to greet, people take 3 hour lunches on a workday, and they have roads as narrow as my manhattan apartment's bathroom door-
What the hell is wrong with 3 hour lunches?
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:13 AM   #29
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What the hell is wrong with 3 hour lunches?

Oh that's right, you live in California, we don't get those over here
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:14 PM   #30
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Oh that's right, you live in California, we don't get those over here
There is nothing so fine as a quicky after lunch followed by an hour nap. Makes your afternoon just that much better.
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