Help me pick a the smallest scoot that will interstate, for the Mrs.

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by doogiepooch, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Let's face it, unless you are ready to step up to the 300cc range you are going to be running pretty much wide open on the freeway. Hit a long grade and you my drop back in the 50-55mph range. I ride my 250 on the freeway from exit to exit but I consider it an any road but the freeway vehicle.
    But I look at it like this, what fun is the freeway. I avoid it like a plague on my motorcycle also.
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  2. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    The Zuma 125 is an excellent choice. She and you will love it. Spend a day out riding the back roads, stopping for B'fast or Lunch, checking out the dirt side roads, looking at the farm animals - she'll love it!

    Sounds like you've got a great wife and you aren't one of those "I ride to get away from her" macho guys. My guess is, before too long, she is gonna have a scoot and you are gonna have one of your own too! lol
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  3. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I just bought a Kymco People 150. Its one of the smaller 150s out there. I bought it for around town and 55 MPH roads. It rides really smooth, has good power and will run 60 to 65 if needed for short bursts, but 50 to 55 works best.

    The build quality is right there with Honda and there are some good prices on them..Also has a two year warranty.

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  4. klaviator

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    The local dealer here in Huntsville was selling People 150s for $2350 OTD. And Kymco's come with a 2 year warrantee. Not sure how long those prices will last with spring coming and gas prices rising.
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  5. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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    I would suggest you look at the Grand Vista by Kymco. I know a gal that is about the same height and she has no problem riding the GV. I think the Downtown is similar but it is a 300. I just looked and both have a seat height of about 30.5" but I think they are lower when you are on the bike. The weights are almost the same at 359(gv) vs 367(d300) pounds.

    You can find a good GV on the used market. Downtowns are new so they are harder to find and you are likely to only find new ones.

    I personally would stay away from any clones or chinascoots. I know some are good but many others are money pits.
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  6. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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    A Helix or Morphous will work nicely for her; a Genuine Buddy will also work well.
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  7. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Just remember to keep enough money in the budget for a second scooter, the one you'll want to get for you after you ride your wife's a few times:D
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  8. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Nonsense!!! Real Men don't ride scooters.
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  9. btcn

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    i think everyones right. You gave us some nice further detail, so we can now help you find the ideal scooter, of corse with her making the finial choice of what fits her the best.

    I am thinking a 125-150 cc will be great for right now. Why get a 250 for much more when the 150 will get her ready and you'll have the money to get a 300-400 which will be a real freeway scoot unlike a 250?


    I would suggest a good 125 cc or 150 cc scooter. An older Honda Elite 150, Riva 125, Kymco People 150, Super 8, Agility 125, Hd 125, etc will all do just great.

    Some have more power than others, but most 125 cc scooter will top 55+ MPH, and most 150 cc scooters 60+ MPH. Water cooled scooters seem to offer a little more performance than the air cooled models, with my Elite 150 hitting 70 MPH on GPS along with Aprilia's Scarabeo 150 topping 75 MPH.

    There is some great advice. STAY AWAY from no name chinese scoots if you don't already know.

    I think the Helix is alright, but its slow and long. The Morphous is really too long if you ask me, although the seat height is only like 26 inches or something like that. Its extremely heavy at over 450 pounds [YES, not to far below a Sportster!] with a 250 cc motor its slow off the line and takes its damn sweet time up steep hills. It will however hit 80+ MPH if your a very patient rider.

    THe Reflex is fast for a 250 scoot. It WILL actually do 80-85 MPH flat out, and is happy cruising along at 65 MPH, making it an okay interstate scoot.

    But I think you'll be impressed with the performance of even a 150, especially the water cooled models. They accelerate real well until about 50-55 MPH, where they hit their dead spot in acceleration, with 250s doing this at 60-65 MPH. They will beat slow cars off the line, fly past heavy traffic, pass slow cars with ease, and are hard to beat getting 85+ MPG.
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  10. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    One thing is seat hight is taken care of on any bike by shaving the seat foam. A helix , elite 150 or 250. Riva 180 or 200. Helix is my choose but everyone knows I m nuts about them anyway. Woops a female corrected me and Say nope he s just nuts.
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  11. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    I'll toss my 2 cents into the ring and suggest you look at the Genuine Buddy 125, Buddy International 150 or Blur 220i.
    http://www.genuinescooters.com/

    They're lightweight, you can probably find a used one, have decent storage, very reliable, and the Buddy in particular has a gentle look.

    I've taken my Buddy 150 on I-195 for a couple of exits to get from one local road to another. It'll run at 60-65mph with no issues but the wind buffeting requires some skill; well, maybe not skill, just a head that won't freak out.

    If most of the riding is on 45-50 mph roads, you can't go wrong with a 125-150. If she wants to step it up eventually, get another bike. You've probably gone through multiple bikes, why shouldn't she? I've got 4 scoots and 3 bikes of my own.

    On a side note, I'm sorry for you guys who want a girl who rides and yet can't seem to find one. I've gotten more women into riding than I can count; I am trying to help you out!
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  12. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    >>I've gotten more women into riding than I can count
    funny..That's because you're beautiful! :norton
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