Best Maxi-Scooter for Longer Legs?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Superstar, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Superstar

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    I am ~200lb, 6'3" and have a 35" inseam. (14.2 stone, 190.5cm, inseam = 89cm).

    Any suggestions on the most comfortable scoot for a tall guy like me? I'm partial to the looks and reviews of the Tmax, but I have read one or two reviews stating the legroom might be a problem for me. My uses will be for an occasional 15 mile highway commute and short trips inside my 5 mile bubble.
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  2. alicethomas

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    Tmax and Xciting (the old modell, not the Evo) and probably the BMW scooters provide the most legroom.
    But 15 miles is not enough to worry about paroxysm oder decubitus.
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  3. klaviator

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    I'm 6-2 with 34" inseam. I did a test ride of the T max. Although the bars did hit my knees while doing a tight low speed turn, I did not notice a lack of legroom when riding at speed. I did not find the T max all that comfortable but that is more due to the fact that I prefer a more upright seating position. The feet forward position of the maxi scoots is hard on my back. If you are a cruiser rider then the Maxi scoot riding position probably won't bother you. The only way you will know for sure is to test ride, or at least sit on any scooter you are considering.
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  4. mrnoitall

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    I don't think you will like the ergonomics of the Tmax. I'm 5'9"and I sat on one a few times and found it to be more cramped than I expected. This seems to be a Yamaha thing. My Morphous was a great scooter but too cramped for me.

    The Honda Silver Wing I owned had plenty of room for me. The guy that bought it was around your size... He previously owned a Silver-wing and wanted another one.. When he took mine for a ride he said something about his knees. Either his knees were bent a lot or there was a lack of space for his knees. I forget. He still bought it. I would say the big Burgman had the most room of any scoot I've ridden or sat on.

    The Tmax is definitely on the cramped side compared to others but it depends on your build, You can be on the tall side but be comfortable.. No substitute for sitting on one.

    Now that I think about it, I would say with regards to the tmax, the issue is more high floor boards which put my knees higher and at more of an angle than I expected. I've been used to riding motorcycles where your legs are in a more natural position as opposed to scooters where you have to lift up and off,, on a motorcycle, you just drop your legs which I prefer. That's not to say I don't like my scooters. I like them all and I plan to get a Tmax sooner or later.
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  5. bbishoppcm

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    Have you considered a Kymco Grand Vista? Those look pretty long in comparison to my Helix, and most other scooters I've seen.
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  6. klaviator

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    The Grand Vista is one of the most cramped scooters out there. Are you sure you're not thinking about the Xciting?
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  7. Superstar

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    The Downtown300 looks really nice, but I am concerned about the lack of dealer support and the overall quality of the Taiwanese scooters. The closest dealer to me is ~40 miles.
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    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    I might be... I know I sat on some Kymco and it was too large even for me!
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  9. klaviator

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    Based on what I have read on the forums and my own experience, Kymco makes excellent scooters and back it with the best warrantee (2 yrs) in the business. Their dealer network is pretty extensive but that doesn't help you if there isn't a dealer near you. 40 miles doesn't sound too bad. I bought an Aprilia from a dealer 80 miles away. What I would do before buying anything, is to check out the dealer in your area. It doesn't help to have a dealer down the street if it's a crappy dealer.

    Also consider this; Kymco is the 5th largest scooter manufacturer in the world. They wouldn't have gotten that big if they made crap.

    One drawback to the Kymcos is that maintenance intervals are more frequent than many others (oil changes and valve adjustments). On my Super 8 at least, the maintenance has been easy to do.

    As for the DT300, at 6-3 you probably won't fit on it. You might want to consider the 300GT.
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  10. soboy

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    I own a Tmax, have ridden both Burgmans (400 and 650) and sat on just about every maxi-scooter sold in the US. The Burgman 650 has the most legroom, by a large margin.
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  11. klaviator

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    For what you are using it for, mostly short trips, why are you looking at a Maxi scoot? I would think a midsize scooter would be better for you're intended use. Personally I would probably put the Kymco 300GT at the top of the list but just about any 250 should also work. Actually, for the shorter trips you could probably go even smaller but you'll need 250 or larger for the occasional highway commute.
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  12. Superstar

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    Honestly, I would love something this size, but I am concerned that at my size, I would look like a monkey humping a football while riding it. ;)
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  13. klaviator

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    I'm only slightly smaller than you and have a Kymco 150 as well as an Aprilia 250. I fit well on both but prefer the riding position of the kymco. The Kymco 300GTS is larger than either of my scooters but still smaller than the maxi scoots. There are also still some leftover Kymco people 250s left out there for great prices. It's also larger than my Aprilia. The local dealer has one for $3999 plus tax.

    For short trips, you just can't beat a small to mid sized scooter. Both of mine get 75MPG and are a blast to ride.

    If there's a Sym dealer nearby I'd check them out. They have a 250 as well as a 300.
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  14. Superstar

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    Is there a link to the Kymco 300GTS? I don't see it on their website...
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    You could be comfortable on almost anything for 15 miles.
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  17. Scootervillain

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    You could feel comfortable, but the OP is also concerned about looks.

    I just purchased a leftover 2009 SYM Citycom. It is fairly comparable to the Kymco 250s, except it's about 30 pounds heavier, has fuel injection, a few more cc's (it's a 263cc engine) and a whole heck of a lot more under seat storage.

    My '09 Citycom was about $900 less OTD than a 2010 People 250s and about 50% less than the price of a new 2012 People 300GTi (or GT 300i? whatever).

    It rides like a dream, maintenance is really easy (nice access panels for routine stuff), and it's FAST (for a scooter) - maybe not quite as fast as that new 300GT, but at half the price, I'm a pretty happy camper.

    Of course, finding one could be an issue - I understand SYM is bringing in a few new models this Summer, so hopefully we'll see a 2012/3 Citycom :)
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  18. klaviator

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    True, but once he realizes how fun scooters can be, he'll soon be taking longer rides:p3rry
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  19. Superstar

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    That's a really good point.

    Also, with no 2012 TMAX in the USA dealers still have tons of new 09, 10, and 2011s they are willing to deal on. I got quoted $5499 for a NEW 09 TMAX. I really didn't want to buy new, but that is hard to pass up.
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  20. klaviator

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    That is a great price.......if you fit on it. There are still a lot of great deals out there on leftover scooters. I got my 09 Sport City 250 for 3744 OTD. I recently saw one with minor cosmetic damage (one scratch) for 2799 new!
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