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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by LarryRickenbacker, Apr 19, 2011.
My scooter gets ridden every weekday. My big bikes come out once or twice a month on the weekends.
doesn't matter if you own other bikes and your an experienced rider for 20 years, (I also own a Yamaha FZ6) if you ride a scooter you will be judged by other motorcycle riders as a total loser, a beginner, a person that can't ride a real bike with a clutch, a nerd, stupid for owning one, a person that makes real bikers look bad, a girls scooter, mommy's boy.
Really? Where the hell do you live? Everyone says I look cute on my scootah.
Back to the thread: I commute on the scoot and take the "big" bike on weekend rides and vacation. I can't get 50 lbs of cat litter on the DRZ.
Not at the gas pump! Filling their 5 gallon Harley tanks only good for 200 something more miles!
But this holds true in some situations, but MAINLY depending on the area and the locals.
Around here, most bikers will return the wave, and there is an increasing number of scooters on the road in my town!
Sure, if your trying to impress a girl or just the type of guy looking to impress people in general, well then a scooter will be a problem for your weak ego. Theres nothing cooler than pulling up on a Harley or all new R1, but scooters rock at the pump! And their overall a blast! Automatic, etc.
Hell, I wish I lived in Vancouver! Toronto has snow from november right through to march! IT SUCKS! I would totally put up with the cold if I knew I didnt have to deal with the snowbanks and stupid drivers!
I think what actually matters is one's attitude and how one carries him (or her) self. I know of many scooter pilots who share your view but I've had no issues with other riders or drivers giving me crap. Could be the gear I wear but I like to think it's because of how I ride. Which is, in a word, aggressively. I don't flaunt the law and I don't act like a squid, hooligan or a fool, I'm too old and have been riding far too many years to take senseless risks. But, I think I look like someone who knows what he's doing and others tend to maybe respect that. Of course, Denver has a big scooter community and, for many of us, the scoot is only one bike in the stable.
As far as the OP my scoot is my daily commuter. For my commute, which is about 4 miles one way through neighborhoods, nothing is better. My Buddy 125 goes thru a tank of gas every 2 weeks or so and a fill up costs me around $4. By contrast, my Hyper isn't even warmed up after 4 miles and it also has no place to carry my lunch. So yeah, the scooter every day if there's no snow or ice and the Hyper gets to stretch it legs on the weekend.
I have a rat Elite 250. Body was rough, so I painted it all bedliner black. Threw a knock off GIVI top case on it and it gets ridden daily during the non snowy months. I commute, run errands, and just screw off on the thing. It will carry me at 65 mph + speeds easily and has been netting 55 ish MPG.
On the weekends I am usually on longer rides with either the KTM or Tiger.
Got a chuckle. That must be a shock. Nice that you have the 3 rides to choose from and each so different.
I have scoots - wifey has a car. When she works of if we're going separate places I'm scooting. When we are together I drive her car.
Lucky here in NC, tho about 2 months can be kinda tough, you can scoot all year.
Actually, I have 4 choices. A fire-breathing V4 Honda Magna resides in my garage also. That motor really sings to me above 7000 rpms. It is my son's also and I have made him a lowball offer to purchase it but he ain't biting.
I have a Zuma 125, a Shadow 750, and a Toyota Camry that I switch between. The wife has a Suburban if I need something big.
I have owned all types of motorcycles for years from crotch rockets to big cruisers, never had a problem of anybody making fun of what I ride.
That all changed since I got my scooter!
Owning a scooter changed me , I am not longer a nice guy to anybody that walks up to look at my scooter, I have learned from past experiences to get the first word out to them before they open their mouth and cut down and make fun of me or my scooter! When some stranger walks up with a grin on his face I simply tell him "GET THE F*#K AWAY FROM ME", or when they ask "what kind of gas mileage does it get" I just ignore them and pretend they are not there!
People don't understand I didn't buy my scooter to impress them!
I can't tell if you are joking, or serious or if you are a troll trying to bait people.
I've had tons of folks come up to me with grins on their faces - often to tell me stories of scoots they used to own, or ask enviously of how it is to ride a scoot or just to say what a great idea a scooter is to own and wish they could do it. Folks never did that when I rode a motorcycle. In 10 years of scooter riding I can't even recall the 1-3 times someone said negative to me about my scoot. I know it must have happened but I can't bring it to mind. My scoot makes me and others smile!
You really need to sell that scoot - for your own peace of mind and so you can start enjoying life instead of being so angry at people who haven't even said a word to you. It's bad for your health always being so angry.
In the meantime, how about knocking off the constant complaining on here. It's gotten to the point where, when I see your name on a post, I think "here he goes again". Shouldn't be that way man. You've got lots more to add to this group than bitching about your scoot every post. Seems like you have lots of riding experience and surely have lots of positive info to contribute.
For the most part I get nothing but positive comments about the scoot and I don't mind the what kind of milage questions I answer with a sh*t eating grin Those that give me crap I tell them 1 I am a confident heterosexual & 2 that I don't have to make up for having other personal short comings. When I tell them the places that my daughert and I ride it they are usual envious or know for sure I am bat sh*t crazy.
Of course it might be different if my cage wasn't a hearse
I ride as much as I can. Just got a new 2009 TMAX to supplement my currently dead Elite 150 and I'll ride it until the snow falls. Longer rides are now possible on the weekends, but I use it to commute as well. As the saying goes, if you have a new hammer, the whole world becomes a nail!
While waiting for my food at a local Chinese take-out place, a friendly middle aged man noticed my scooter/bike attire and asked what kind of bike I rode.
After telling him a little about my Honda Sh150i and how I commuted daily with it, he politely responded with "Oh, I'm afraid I'll need something better than that, If i get a motorcycle". I quickly replied: "Better?" He then clarified that he wanted a large cruiser for weekend cruising and only then in the Spring!
I couldn't help myself, ya'll. I simply had to restate back to him this info he'd just given me. So I said: "You mean..you want to spend $10,000 or more on a cruiser so you can dress like Dennis Hopper and ride it around town on weekends in April and May?" He laughed and admitted that it sounded a bit ..silly.
No less polite in my tone of voice, I said: "I'm in the minority here in the U.S., because for me my scooter is used as daily transportation. Good luck with your new toy and ride safe". I'm not making this up, so help me.
I'm not a 'daily' scooter rider, but not because I have to drive my cage to work, I don't commute daily, I fly into work. But if I don't have to bring someone with me, I riding the scoot.
Went on another group ride this weekend with the locals, and the only other guy that was on the previous ride with me was the guy with the Big Ruckus. That having been said here is the list of bikes on the ride: My p200e, the Big Ruckus, a BV 250, a PX150 (ridden by a girl who kicked my ass in the twisties, but I blame that on her having disk brakes :)), a S150 hoped up to 190, an LX150, and an Elite 150. Pretty different, but a lot of Piaggios. I want more diverse scoots, but I'll give you an example of what the used scoot sales are like around here. The Elite 150 was purchased buy a guy that had to drive 5 hours to get it. There just isn't any selections around here at all.
Anyway, we waved at every bike we passed, and every one waved back, including the Harley riders. May be because it's early in the season, or the fact that we were riding in a group, but there was no one not waving at us.
Every place I've lived you can get either a vehicle specific license or endorsements to the car license for other vehicle types. My son's first license in Texas was a motorcycle license. He had a car permit at the same time since you can get a restricted motorcycle license at 15 but you can't get a car license until 16 (at which time you can get the 250cc or less restriction removed from the motorcycle endorsement that will be put on your Class C license.)
Under 18 your license expires every year on your birthday and you have to go into the DPS to get it renewed which is why he went from a motorcycle only license to a Class C with motorcycle endorsement.
Moped licenses is the same way (under 50cc), available at 15 separately or if you are older than 16 you can get it added as an endorsement on whatever type license you have.