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Old 01-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #61
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... They go the speed limit, so Full face helmet, gloves, boots, pants and jacket are just as important on these as they are on a sport bike or DP bike on the road. so if you really are ATGATT, then they really aren't that much more convenient....and if you're not ATGATT on a scooter - why not?

The gear isn't what makes them convenient. The practicality of the trunk, the great handling and the twist-n-go ease of operation is.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:07 PM   #62
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so if you really are ATGATT, then they really aren't that much more convenient....
Sure they are, when you take all that gear off, where do you put yours?

I put ALL mine under my seat. I do not have to lug a helmet, gloves, and a jacket around anywhere with me when I ride my scooter, that is a big PITA with my MC.

I use less gear on the MC just so I don't have to worry about it being stolen or lost.

And when I come out of the store with a 12 pack and 2 full grocery bags, what do I do? I put them in my storage and scoot home. :)
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:07 PM   #63
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This thread was started back in 2005? this is some bump.

I ride a 250cc Chinese scooter.. it has been reliable for 6400+ miles since I received it back in March 2008.

It cost $1699 shipped to my door.
It's amazing how cheaply bikes can be built under in an authoritarian society where technology is pirated, workers are paid next to nothing and quality control doesn't exist.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:11 PM   #64
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It's amazing how cheaply bikes can be built under in an authoritarian society where technology is pirated, workers are paid next to nothing and quality control doesn't exist.
What is even more amazing is, they work! :)

Takes a bit of work to get them to work, and stay working, but for the cost, it is a pretty good deal for anyone that can turn a wrench and work on electronics.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:42 PM   #65
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(Aside from Vespas having become "cool" in the past couple years.)
Dude... Vespas have always been cool.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:55 PM   #66
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How is something like a Burgman 650 considered a scooter and not just a motorcycle with an automatic transmission? Because that's all it is. A very heavy, very ugly motorcycle with an AT.

What makes a scooter a scooter is that they are tiny, light and mount the engine on the rear swingarm.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:06 AM   #67
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I've noticed an increase in the level of acceptance of scooters around here lately. (Aside from Vespas having become "cool" in the past couple years.) Now this morning I read a thread where someone recommended one as an alternative to a Suzuki DL650.



Lemme think... two wheels, a motor, handlebars, twist throttle, brakes... sounds a bit familiar.

Now if it comes down to the transmission, Honda even screwed up that difference with the CB400/450/750A.

Scooters are just another variant of motorcycles in general, like pit bikes and mini motorcycles.

If they really bother anyone on either side of the "fence" it is those individuals' problem and prejudice. Wave to any rider, talk to any rider, we're all a lot alike... but individuals at the same time. Such is life.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:25 AM   #68
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only thing 'girly' about a scoot is the step through design. why? step through designs were made for women so they can wear dresses and ride through the city. and you'll see them use scooter skirts europe to cover their legs.

i wish there were more mana 850s and DN-01s with the traditional horseback riding and auto trans. i feel safer being able to hug the ride with your legs or stand on it like a dual sport.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:10 AM   #69
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only thing 'girly' about a scoot is the step through design. why? step through designs were made for women so they can wear dresses and ride through the city. and you'll see them use scooter skirts europe to cover their legs.

i wish there were more mana 850s and DN-01s with the traditional horseback riding and auto trans. i feel safer being able to hug the ride with your legs or stand on it like a dual sport.
You're wrong about your history of women and skirts. Most motorcycles weren't/aren't step through because the engineers failed to come up with innovative designs able to accommodate both engine and rider comfortably. Step through designs simply provide better ease of use, but they took awhile to get a handle on. The least imaginative way to solve the structural dilemma was--similar to bicycles--to put a big bar between the seat post and front tube (which later became an easy place to hang a fuel tank).

Step through designs were all about making the bike useful, not just dual gender friendly. For example, they allow protection from the elements. Consider that the Ner-A-Car advertised that the rider arrived "with clothing and shoes neat and clean." Similarly, scooter skirts are nothing more than a different version of the fairings on motorcycles. People just don't like the word "skirt" and get all macho about their idealized conception of motorbiking. But the best selling bike in history--the Honda Cub and its underbone variants--is an attempt at including step through design and protective fairings.

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:37 AM   #70
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i was stating opinion not fact

you got me on that one
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:46 AM   #71
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i was stating opinion not fact

you got me on that one
Sorry if I can across kind of harsh, but I do really enjoy riding scooters and occasionally drag out the fine point sledgehammer.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:55 AM   #72
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im a scooterist too. 1985 honda elite ch150D to be exact. no matter how hard i try i can't win the battle against my friend who drives a ducati. we'll go back and forth all day with the auto trans, horseback vs chair, skirt, wheel size, horsepower, V vs thumper etc...

im happy with my scoot.
new tire: $20

his new tire: $100+
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:35 PM   #73
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I let Harley riders make fun of me on my scooter!

If they can catch me!!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:06 PM   #74
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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-
You say that like it's all bad?
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #75
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Sure they are, when you take all that gear off, where do you put yours?

I put ALL mine under my seat. I do not have to lug a helmet, gloves, and a jacket around anywhere with me when I ride my scooter, that is a big PITA with my MC.

I use less gear on the MC just so I don't have to worry about it being stolen or lost.

And when I come out of the store with a 12 pack and 2 full grocery bags, what do I do? I put them in my storage and scoot home. :)
How comfortable is the seat on your Kymco People s 250? That scooter is on my short list. Thanks!
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