Buying / Selling

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JerseyBiker, May 17, 2012.

  1. 2Wheelz

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    Thanks JerseyBiker. You may be able to find a rare PCX 125cc in your area, but I can understand if you want to wait for a 150cc.
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  2. 2Wheelz

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    That's what I thought at first too until I did some searching in my local area to see who could rework the seat for me. When I got that sorted, it gave me so much more room to move around and stay comfortable on longer rides. I should have added I had the seat re-upholsterer add some more dense foam under the original seat to give me about an inch and a half of height too. That really worked well. When I decided to sell my Yamaha WR250R and only have one bike, the PCX 125cc was not legal for Interstate travel and that was the deal killer for me. Overall, switching to the Vespa GTS 250ie was a great move and I've very pleased with it and will probably keep it for many years. But, if Piaggio ever gets their stuff together on what they are going to do with their MP3 line up, I may be tempted with a MP3 City 350cc (that great new engine and power train from the BV 350 Sport Touring which has a much beefier clutch and very long service intervals that I felt so cramped on when I sat on one) if and when they bring it here to America. :evil
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  3. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    So, the GTS 250 and TU250 are still both for sale. Some nibbles but no bites yet.

    Meanwhile, the "scooter itch" has been too great to resist. Thursday I'm driving down the European Motorsports to pick up a NOS 2009 Sport City 250. This has the same engine as my Vespa but larger wheels. I'm hoping to have the smooth engine and performance of the Vespa minus the wobble of the Vespa.

    I considered a BV250 or BV350 but the hump in the middle isn't something I like and several owners have mentioned it forces the rider to kick the glovebox while getting on and off. I had a SYM 200 with the flat floorboard and really liked it but wanted use a bit more HP. I think the Sport City will fit the bill nicely.
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  4. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    And the saga continues...


    :lol3
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  5. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    Good choice. Hope you like it. Klaviator sure gets a lot of use out of his.
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  6. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Thanks. I'll post some pics and what not once I get it.
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  7. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    I picked up the new scoot - Sport City 250 - at European Motorsports on Wed afternoon. Left the dealer and returned the next day to pick up my car. During that time I put over 325 miles on it!

    It's a very nice, well riding scoot. Thanks to Klaviator for giving me directions about great roads to ride around there.

    [​IMG]
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  8. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    Now thats a nice looking scooter.:D
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  9. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Gawd luv ya. I, too, love the buying part...and occasionally come out ahead on the selling part.

    Not often. Scooters...let's just say, in general, used is a buyer's market.
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  10. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Have you started composing your for sale ad yet?




    :lol3


    Just kidding...nice scoot. I am also looking and plan on getting a new motorcycle in the next month.:wink:
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  11. Dabears

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    Looks great- congrats!
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  12. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Got any updates on the new scoot?
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  13. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Last week my retina detached and I had to have surgery. No riding since then or for at lead the next few weeks. :(

    I had ordered a new wind screen and a side stand. Hopefully I can put those on and get some scoot time that way.
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  14. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    The Sport City is a great machine. Very well made, rides very smoothly on the big wheels too.

    Tried to lower the seat but cutting the pan. Didn't work too well so now I need to buy a new seat! LOL It's ok, I planned for that possibility.
    Riding it yesterday I really enjoyed the quick pickup it has and how light and flickable it is. If I were a bit taller it would be perfect for me.

    A couple of weeks back picked up a used Burgman 400. Impressed by the quality of the scoot. Nice touches like 4 way flashers, mirrors that show more than your shoulders and tons of storage under the seat.

    Pickup from a stop isn't the best but acceptable. Cruising at 75 is very smooth. Overall an excellent scoot. Once I sell one of my other 2, it will be time to start looking again.

    Local dealer is selling new Stella's for $2695. Wish I could pick one up and play around with it but no more room in the garage.

    Here she is.
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  15. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Wow, another scooter.:eek1

    Didn't see that one coming.:lol3





    Congrats on the new ride. I really like the Burgman 400. Hope to own one someday.
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  16. Dabears

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    Um, didn't you have a couple Burgmans (Burgmen?) already??

    Or is this a case that you're exhausted all the brands around and you've circled back around to the start of the list:rofl

    Ok. Kidding. Looks nice. I've always thought the 400 was the nicer model. That said you must have a really understanding wife.
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  17. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Yes, I had both Burgmans a few years back but I've also had several Silverwings and Refexes.
    All depends on my riding needs/wants at the time and deals I might come across.

    Yes, my wife is very understanding! :rofl
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  18. tastroman

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    What's the down side of the Vespa 250-300's you have owned.
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  19. JerseyBiker

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    Downside is this model can have problems with a front end wobble at low speeds. It gets worse if you add a top case. Since all my scoots have top cases, it became too annoying for me to live with. If you go to Modern Vespa you will see most owners have the issue to some degree. Some less, some more. A few state no wobble at all.

    Upsides are the motor is smooth and powerful (for a 250). The one piece metal frame makes for a very nice ride. You can ride all day on the highway and feel comfortable.

    The classic staying (IMO) is unsurpassed. The scoot gets a lot of attention. Bike owners who have scoffed at my riding other scoots have praised and asked about the Vespas. The red one especially brings many positive comments from women. People just love the look.
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  20. tastroman

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    Front wheel wobble, you would think for such an iconic brand they would solve that problem on their top of the line retro model that is years into production. The fact that you have had the problem with more than one is enough to keep me away as I'm a top box/basket guy myself. . And I do agree, they are some of the nicest looking scooters made.
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