Best Scooter for newbie daughter in SF

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by jazzer, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

    Jul 31, 2009
    Although there are lots of two wheelers about in SF and car drivers there are at least somewhat aware of bikes/scooters/motorcycles a MSF course probably isn't enough training for getting to be profcient on SF streets, but what are you going to do?

    A rite of newbie passage in SF for any two wheel rider is the process of going down because of inappropriately hitting/crossing the Muni/cable car tracks, especially when wet.

    As far as a particular scooter in SF, I've had a S90, a CT110, and some Passports, none of which is a scooter, but are indeed pretty ideal for SF. Any hill a Passport can't go up is too steep for a new rider on a CVT scooter.

    All makes of scooters and bikes get stolen there, with old Vespa's/Lamretta's maybe at the top of the list. Get a cover (lots of salt air with the fog) and make the cover ugly, and lock the bike to something, if you can, with a heavy duty lock where/whenever its parked. For some reason there is a 15+ year plague with sparkplugs being bashed/stolen in SF. Something that has a cover for that is a help, too.

    Bicycles are pretty handy in SF, but are really not much safer than scooters, if at all.
  2. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

    Mar 2, 2007
    Plus several thousand.

    It' a great city but no way a newbie should be riding in SF.

    Steep hills, bonzai taxi drivers, rough pavement, cable car track traps. heavy traffic, fog, two up, you gotta be kidding.
  3. btcn

    btcn Long timer

    Jul 1, 2010
    Morgan Hill CA
    Yea, I am agreeing with you guys now. I remember the last time I was in SF, it is crazy the way people drive with the traffic, small streets and crappy uneven pavement and much more. She should really learn to ride somewhere else before she rides SF. Because when it comes to 2 wheelers, it is not if you go down, it's when if you have never ridden before. If you learn in a good place, that fall will be very minor, and not cause any injuries. In SF, it would be much worse. Any CVT scooter should make it up SF hills. 50 cc would struggle, a 125 to 150+ wouldn't have much trouble.

    Overall I would have to say SF is not exactly a beginner friendly city for motorcycles. It also requires experience and knowing how to handle the scooter or motorcycle, not just knowing how to shift or brake. Good luck!