Here's my beef.

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by R1150GSA, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    Why aren't there more manual transmission scooters? Bajaj, Stella, Vespa PX. That's about it. I've looked through two 2006 buyers guides and as far as I can see everything's a twist & go, V-belt, CVT automatic.

    Is there no demand for a more "motorcycle-like" experience from modern scooters?
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  2. KaminoChiizu

    KaminoChiizu Been here awhile

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    I guess if there was, Stella's sales would be a lot higher.
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  3. Ngorongoro

    Ngorongoro boon

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    There is still barely a demand for scooters.

    In general, if someone wants the satisfaction that comes with shifting gears, they will go to a motorcycle.

    Anyway, twist-and-go is superior for urban commuting. :1drink
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  4. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    I think the Boss Hoss has a two speed automatic. You might try that for a compromise.:D
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  5. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    Why?

    Are you going to buy another?

    Did Stella die?
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  6. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Modern scooters are designed for ease of use, commuting, etc. Basically anyone who can balance a two-wheeled vehicle should be able to ride one.

    Having said that, I'm surprised you aren't riding a twis & go :lol3
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  7. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    Well, here's a classic example of me starting a terrific thread filled from the most ample reservoir of my great spirit and intellect, only to be intercepted by Breadman and Bueller.

    I shall make a point of doing donuts on their front lawns. Then, as they are weeping like the two soggy-pants babies that they are, I shall career about their towns with a broad-faced grin.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some whitewalls to wash.
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  8. wickedsprint

    wickedsprint Banned

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    Most people who drive scooters don't have the knowhow or the inclination to deal with changing trans oil or adjusting a clutch or other stuff related to a typical bike trans, I kinda like the idea of a simple belt cvt setup for a commuter.
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  9. kres

    kres Arrrrrrrrr!

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    :lol3 :rofl:lol3
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  10. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Mmm, donuts :dg
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  11. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    Supply and demand
    Law that cannot be broken
    Take what you can get.
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  12. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    The heart of the matter is - limiting the rider to only throttle input also limits their connection with the machine. No relationship, no real understanding of self, can develop when only the right hand is involved (unless, of course, you're Breadman or Bueller).

    C'mon scooter manufacturers! Get hip. Be bold, and start introducing alternatives to the twist and go line-up.
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  13. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

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    Only if you live in North America. That said... in Asia and Europe there is HUGE DEMAND.... in the hundred's of millions of units sold.... so the shifting is IRRELEVENT
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  14. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    What are you saying 'bout us?

    We have an understanding with out right hand that others don't? :evil
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  15. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    I fail to see the point of a manushift scooter. If I want a clutch I can go buy a 50cc chainsaw with wheels like the Sachs MadAss or one of the myriad Minarelli/Morini-powered offerings (Malaguti Drakon, Aprilia RS 50, Yammy TZR 50, Peugeot XR6, Rieju/Motorhispania something-or-other etc.). Oh, yeah, I forgot; you live in the US. Sorry mate :waysad
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  16. jimh

    jimh Adventurer

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    I'm not sure if you have ever riden a scooter, I find your statement to be pants! People, i would think, who choose to ride Mopeds MAYBE lacking with mechanical knowledge. But i along with 93 members of my scooter club would tend to disagree. Oh! Just to throw the dog a bone, Stellas are shite.:puke1
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  17. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    Are you left-handed?
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  18. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    I agree. Furthermore I have trouble understanding how you manage to breathe and regulate heartbeat at the same time, not to mention clutching and shifting.
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  19. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    It's called a brain stem, you wheezing invertebrate!
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  20. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    :rofl

    Dammit, I am glad you're back.
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