A big change

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Paul Mihalka, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

    May 9, 2009
    Collinsville Va
    My primary ride is a scooter and I have a motorcycle to use as a toy for weekend rides in the mountains. For commuting purposes it's hard to beat the weather protection, gas mileage, integrated storage and flickability around town the scooter provides. About the only advantage the motorcycle has is that it's faster and has better high speed stability. If I could have only one it would be the scooter. I'm 47 and have been scooter commuting for 14 years now.
  2. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

    Jul 4, 2009
    Chandler, AZ
    I am 53, but have severe arthritis and fibromyalgia, which not only cause me a great deal of pain while shifting, but makes it difficult to swing my leg over a motorcycle seat as well. I will never give up motorcycles completely until I have no choice. I have a Vulcan 750 that is the most comfortable thing on 2 wheels, and light enough and low enough that I am not afraid of dropping it. I ride it mostly on the highway, where shifting is not required. I have 3 small scooters, Zuma 125, Vino 125, and Genuine Stella. The Stella requires shifting as well, but is so much fun it's actually worth the pain. But I would still like to have a freeway capable scooter. I tried the Burgmans, the Majesty, and the Silverwing. The Silverwing came closest to fitting me, because it has cutouts in the floorboards, so I can put my feet on the ground at stops and parking lot maneuvers. The others have such wide floorboards that even with a 34" inseam, they feel awkward at stops and low speeds. I can just barely touch the ground, and the edge of the floorboards hurt my legs when I try to put my feet on the ground. So for Japanese scooters, it would have to be the Silverwing. I also found the Piaggio BV500 and Kymco Exiting 500 to be a good fit, but not sure about parts availability. In any event, I will be buying used. I am planning to retire at 55, and can't afford to drop $10,000+ on a new scooter. Really nice scooter BTW, hope you enjoy it. I couldn't even get on that BMW.
  3. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

    Oct 27, 2010
    Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
    Never had any serious problem getting parts for either the BV 500 or the Scarabeo 500 (cousin scoots). I find both more comfortable than the Xciting. The only part that took more than a couple days was the speedo for the BV but it wasn't a problem that prevented me from riding it. Using a gps or staying with traffic flow pretty much compensated for the speedo not working. Especially since bike speedos aren't particularly accurate anyway. (Neither is the one in my BMW car for that matter, all are optimistic.) It took just as long for parts with the Burgman we used to have since they were rarely in stock at the Houston dealership either.

    I know a lot of people with Kymcos and they have had no parts issues either. If they fit you I wouldn't worry about availability of parts.
  4. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

    Oct 26, 2009
    Southeast Michigan
    I sat on one of these at my local dealership, and it felt pretty good. I think if I went this big though, I'd go with the new Wee Strom. I've got a pair of nice KLR250's right now, and they're both pretty comfortable. As long as I can keep kick starting them I think I'll keep 'em.
  5. max57

    max57 Adventurer

    Sep 2, 2012
    Calais, Vermont

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

    Jun 5, 2012
    central valley, california
    Great reading and very inspirational. I'm 39 and just passed the Basic Rider Course this weekend on a Honda Elite, provided by the course. The Battle Scooters thread is what changed my mind from originally wanting a motorcycle to realizing a scooter is the way to go.

    I tried to explain to everyone who asked over the past two days, "Why a scooter?" But I don't know how many of them believed me. If they took some time to look at the scooters next time they're in the motorcycle shop, they might put 2 and 2 together and see what I mean.

    Nobody was disrespectful but they busted my balls everytime they could. I didn't mind, it was all good natured and I'm sure it lightened the atmosphere quite a bit.
  7. MORT666

    MORT666 Been here awhile

    Aug 2, 2009
    Hi all just reading your write up on changing down to a scooter.I have similar thoughts on changing my Yamaha xt660z ten.its a bit tall and heavy,after spending a week in Sorrento Italy where 9 out of ten bikes are scooters.And there fast:wink: i like the T MAX.O yes i am over 65.:rofl
  8. BigCanoe

    BigCanoe Been here awhile

    May 1, 2005
    Located in Moncure, NC
    $10+ gas would do a lot to change our attitudes and bias against small cars and scooters :)
  9. kpie

    kpie Been here awhile

    Feb 20, 2007
    Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Hell.....I'm 48 yrs old.....feeling the aches and pains.... Just got a '12 R1200GS Triple Black..... and now I want one of the new BMW Scooters as well. They are bad ass. Sales rep said he had it up to 100mph without even realizing it on the freeway! You could ride that thing around the world.:wink:
    [​IMG]C 650 GT
  10. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

    Nov 30, 2007
    Lewisville, NC
    You might want to wait until BMW gets the bugs worked out of the Maxi's, there is already a recall and an investigation by the NTHSA . Fairing parts flying off at speed !!

    Over on the BMWMOA forum there are some reported driveability issues and no fix from BMW so far .
  11. go.duesouth

    go.duesouth Lord of the geeks

    Feb 8, 2012
    It just makes me want it even more! Who would've thought we'd be saying this about scooters...I mean urban mobility. ;)

    I'm 39 and I already made the switch. Still have a WR450. I bought my scoot one year too early, as these BMW's, even with parts flying off from speed, sure make be drool.
  12. bountybuddy44

    bountybuddy44 Adventurer

    Apr 1, 2014
    Philippines and Michigan
    You sure are doing good Paul. I pray I do as well when I am your age. I hope our paths cross sometime. May all your paths be bright ones my friend. Ride safe.
  13. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

    Sep 25, 2003
    Hide Away Hills, Ohio
    Unfortunately Paul passed away a year ago.


    I'd ridden with him some over the years and conversed with him on various forums. He was a great guy and is definitely missed!
  14. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

    Nov 27, 2010
    here, there, everywhere
    well rip, paul. or not so peacefully if they have motorcycles wherever you are

    i can only hope to live and ride as long