I want a Scooter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JohnBryer, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. JohnBryer

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    How do I pick one?

    I don't want a 400+ pound scooter...already have the KLR.

    I want something light, but will keep up with city traffic, so it's got to go at least 60.
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  2. DoctorIt

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    this belongs in the scooter forum...


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  3. JohnBryer

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    There's a scooter forum???
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    Sorry newb, couldn't resist, it's the running joke around here :D
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  5. Spode

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    Yup: www.ymca.com :ymca
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  6. Photog

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    Any 150cc (automatic) will do the trick. The quality varies by brand, of course, but the 150cc 4 strokes are good for a top end of 60-65 and can easily hang with urban traffic.

    One of the import (Chinese/Taiwanese) brands that has good parts and online support is Vento. Vento Yahoo Forum

    Kymco makes an excellent 250-class scooter called the Bet & Win. It's cheaper than the Yamaha/Honda/Suzuki offerings and has a 2 year warranty. I have a Kymco Super 9 and it's gem-like in quality. I like it more than their Grand Vista (and other maxi scoots) because it keeps the shorter wheelbase that allows you to sneak it into any parking place, vs. being relegated to standard parking that the maxi-scooters need.

    If you are looking for something that's more than just economical transportation--i.e., you want some retro appeal, long-term durabilty, and the ability to do some hot-rodding, check out the Stella which is a LML-built Vespa PX series with a 150cc 2-stroke reed valve engine and 4 speed transmission. If you have any gear-head leanings and want something that's a genuine piece of history that evolved into one hell of a commuter that can actually do some touring, it's the way to go. $2900 new, about $2200-$2500 used. There's a good deal on one in Macon GA for $1900.

    For a combo of the two--4 stroke 150cc bulletproof motor 4spd tranny and PX-series Vespa appearance, the Bajaj Chetak is a winner.

    If you are looking to get into this cheap, look for the old Honda Helix and Honda Elite 250.

    Money no object? Big Ruckus. :evil

    For cheapo transportation, try the Vento Phantom (150cc). I think it would be a one-year purchase, however--you'll want to move up or around after trying this. I started out with a 50cc Vento to see if I liked scootering, and went from there.

    For the cost-of-entry and long-term useage I'd recommend the Stella, Chetak, or used Elite. That way you recoup your purchase price fairly quickly with the gas savings.

    If you're doing a lot of freeway travel, I'd look at the 250 class 4-strokes and the maxi-scoots (250/400/500/650cc). Check with Ilmostro on his commuting experiences on a 500cc Aprilia.
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  7. DoctorIt

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    Leave it to photog to be all nice and quick to reply :rolleyes


    BTW, if you are just toying with the idea, DO NOT LISTEN TO PHOTOG!!! You will have a new scooter in your garage by the end of the week! :D

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  8. JohnBryer

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    Oh, forgot to mention...

    My commute to work (once I get another job) will be about 8 miles and I can do it without hitting the highway.

    A place to store my Roadcrafter and possibly my helmet would be useful too.
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    Dude.... yer gettin a scooter......no Stich required......isn't that the point of gettin a scooter. Just wear business attire and cool Seer helmet.

    (SEE ABOVE PICTURE FOR PROPER SCOOTER ATTIRE APPLICATION)
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  10. JohnBryer

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    I gotta wear my 'Stich especially since I'll be splitting lanes where it's technically illegal!
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  11. Linzi

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    There's nothing wrong with ATGATT on a scooter.

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  12. Photog

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    You might be a candidate for a 50 like DoctorIt has. :nod

    If so, ask him about the Vento Triton.

    My blog also has a lot of stuff about what it's like to commute on a 50.
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    :razor Dork.



    :lol3
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  14. Photog

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    I think about that photo whenever I'm teaching MSF and tell the class that they will have to run the course in reverse. :lol3
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  15. JohnBryer

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    No 2 strokes! I prefer 4 strokes.
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  16. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    It didn't work out so well for me! :lol3

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  17. Photog

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    I remember a particularly nasty get-off on my little Z-50 as a kid. My parents asked "well, what were you doing when you fell"

    My options were

    A. Riding standing on the seat, standing up Evil Kneivel style
    B. A deer ran out in front of me
    C. "nothin'"

    I chose C. Backtracked to B. Never told them A. :lol3
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  18. Linzi

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    :rofl
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    Nice. If they were anything like my parents, they knew the truth even if you didn't tell and they didn't let on. :D I usually found out years later that they knew what was up all along.

    Linzi, how bad did it hurt to go down with your arms stretched out behind you like that? I don't recall you separating a shoulder or anything. :ear
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  20. Linzi

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    I wasn't going very fast and hopped off when I realized that disaster was imminent. :thumb
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