alright, i know this is a potential troll/flame/jo momma topic, but i gotta get this one out of my system: i don't understand why you'd get a kymco scooter relative to the competition. quick context: i have a 2009 kymco people 250s as a generous loaner while some farkle work is done to one of my bikes. i'm using it to run errands today as the work completes. also, i'll acknowledge that many folks consider them to have a great reliability/price ratio. they're definitely a huge cut above chinese scoots. that said: they're uniformly ugly. they don't appear to offer anything but basic-to-average performance in my experience. the three i've ridden: the agility 125, the like 200i, and now the people 250s, feel really sluggish to get up to speed, the instrument clusters are dog-fugly, the plastic is pervasive and ill-fitted, and the style just screams cheap. i could tolerate this if they had SOME kind of personality or characteristic: an early bump off the line, or a unique exhaust note, or a even a pretty piece of styling. i have enjoyed all the piaggio brand scoots i've ridden and owned. even when strapped with plastic, like the fly and the sportcity, they have a cohesive visual style and a good finish that creates a strong identity. the piaggio engines, from the leader and quasar engines to the new 3v in the fly/vespa lx and the bv's crazy 330cc, always have a certain feel and character that makes them clearly italian and piaggio. alternatively, honda cvt engines seem more advanced and performant all-around, even if they lack a distinctive feel or note. i really do understand that kymco crams a good amount of modern features into their bikes at a good price range, and that the overall reliability is there. but is getting a good deal overall really worth such a boring riding experience, in my never humble opinion? i was reading the justgottascoot reviews and i couldn't find ANY quantifiable reason for the dude's enthusiam for the people 250 and 250s -- these bikes are heavy, slow off the line, ugly, and generally uninspiring to ride. compared to the sportcity 250 that runs the same price and is way quicker off the line (and has better midrange to boot), and ALSO has dual discs up front and much better fit-and-finish and style, why would folks be so enthusiastic for a similar price but triply blander experience? well, besides piaggio's godawful parts/service. (go ahad, quote that. :-() anyway, all my opinion, and lookin' to hear yours! i'm not looking to be convinced; i just like arguing scoots.