I'm totally hooked on scooters and my

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by kdude, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,024
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada, Cancun Mexico
    new 05 GS with all the farkles just sits in the garage unless I want or need to take a blast out of the city....

    Am I crazy or do other scooterista's also feel the way i do...


    especially my super nine, its just amazing.....

    great on gas
    easy to jump on and off and as or more confortable than my GS :D
    the leg protection in foul weather is way better :D
    reliable... but so has my GS and it already has 60,000kms :D
    super easy to park :D
    so easy to cut through traffic :D
    insurance is peanuts :D
    maintanence is a cinch :D
    underseat storage holds my helmet gloves and more...... :clap
    mini front compartment hld's wallet or a cold beer :clap
    and its doing about 60 - 80 mpg's :lol3
    It only cost me two fingers unlike my GS which cost an arm and a leg :lol3


    ANyone else want to share there love for the scooter let me hear what you say about your scooter...
    #1
  2. Nd2Roam

    Nd2Roam Charleston, WV

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    385
    Location:
    Charleston, WV
    Amen! :clap

    I have a 70cc kit for my Aprilia that I haven't installed yet for fear of making my big boxer even less viable for trips that involve long uphill grades, 60mph traffic, etc...

    I've said it before but why use a jumbo jet when a Piper Cub is more fun and gets the job done.
    #2
  3. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    57,500
    Location:
    Toronto
    So... Howard, let's see what scooter/s you have :lurk
    #3
  4. familyman

    familyman I have bad ideas

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    268
    Location:
    New Caney, Texas
    I had a 600 sporty bike a few years ago and I just could't have fun with it. There was always so much more bike than I would ever use. My stella is much more like the small bore dirt bikes I rode as a kid. Wind them out. Pin the throttle. Just let her fly. On my stella I can ride it turned to the throttle stop in 4th gear and I still can't break the speed limit. I can drag race cars off a stop light winding out the motor for all it's worth (and then never know I'm racing them :rofl) Riding is fun. Just plain fun.
    #4
  5. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    11,988
    Location:
    Embassy of the Nation of South Carolina
    That's it. The "Grin Factor". You can do so much on this bike under the legal speed limit and it's a blast.

    It's just plain fun.

    And all the people that make fun of scooters are fags.
    #5
  6. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,024
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada, Cancun Mexico

    Hey Rick here you go..... The grin factor is off the hook ! :nod


    [​IMG]
    #6
  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2003
    Oddometer:
    46,308
    Location:
    Cackalacky
    [​IMG]

    :ricky

    This was my first scoot:

    [​IMG]

    150 miles through the countryside on a sunday morning

    well...actually...all day...:lol3

    Wish I had kept it but had to raise funds for the Stella. I loved that little Vento. :thumb That little sucker would corner and stop so hard it was like the commute was my personal GP race. :D
    #7
  8. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    57,500
    Location:
    Toronto
    Very nice Howard and Photog!! :thumb

    Not long ago, I was coming home with scooter brochures.. and mrs. gadget looks at me and says: You're not THINKING of getting a scooter, are you??!! :annie.... um.. no, but I was hoping to get YOU on a scooter so I can ride it too..:D foiled again.. :(:
    #8
  9. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,024
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada, Cancun Mexico
    Rick that was too funny... my wife also pulled that on me.

    Photog.... is the real inspiration for me, breadman too, but he went way out there with the Vespa purchase. Photog got me into the Kymco super 9 ... and i gotta say this is the best bang for the buck going....

    See all you guys on the road someday.... :D
    #9
  10. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    57,500
    Location:
    Toronto
    So what does a Kymco 9 go for in CAD $$?? I still haven't given up on the idea of a scooter.. I've always wanted one!
    #10
  11. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,024
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada, Cancun Mexico
    Because my scooter dealer is a very small shop I didn't haggle on the price however I did get him to throw in a full face helmet and some 2 stroke oil. I paid (if my memory serves me correct) about $3,700 tax in. Another scoot you may want to look at is the Aprillia SR50 Factory. That was the one I really wanted but the dealer network in Montreal is bad to say the least and I was afraid getting parts would be an issue. The SR50 also was about 25% more expensive than the Super 9. Oh, one more thing you will be able to appreciate is that you can change a lot of parts on the super 9 giving you more performance. The parts are not that expensive if your choose to do the mods. Check out Moped Hospital. They are located in the Florida Keys for info. on the upgrades.

    I took the Super 9 to the Formula 1 races this summer. I parked on Creasant Street right at a Ste. Catherine which is very busy with tourists and locals alike. If I tell you how many people came over to look at the scoot and ask me questions about her, you prob. would't believe me. The Scoot is "HOT" thats 4sure.

    hp
    #11
  12. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    57,500
    Location:
    Toronto
    Thanks Howard.. sounds like a bargain! I'm going to keep it on the backburner!
    #12
  13. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2003
    Oddometer:
    3,820
    Location:
    KC
    Lots of fun for sure, here is my scooter, 05 Zuma.

    [​IMG]
    #13
  14. kdude

    kdude orgasmatron engineer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,024
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada, Cancun Mexico
    You picked a real Hot scoot too..... as a matter of fact thats the scoot that is most popular around my parts. I see about 10 Zuma's (around these parts its called BWS or BEEWEE) to any other scooters. Its the GS of scooters... a real winner ! :clap
    #14
  15. Oni

    Oni Ronin

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,839
    Location:
    Pasadena - Californistan
    I have an 05 Zuma as well. I took off that hideous rear fender extension and added a Leo Vince ZX pipe with the carbon fiber silencer. Not much louder than stock...a little more zip...and much better looking IMHO.

    I try to ride it once or twice a week to work. 50 mile round trip. Only one stretch of 50 MPH speed limit road where I can't keep up with the flow of traffic...but it has two lanes and always has very light traffic on it. The rest of the time I get the holeshot and either stay in front of traffic or the faster cars slowly filter past after 1/4 mile or so.

    1/3 of that commute is through very twisty streets where it is like my own mini Moto GP race. Suspension wobbling, rpm fluctuating as I get on the side of the tires, nice little bumblebee bzzzzzzz eminating from the silencer.

    Riding it just makes me grin and giggle inside of my helmet. I get all the fun and thrills of riding my street bikes and never go over 47-48 MPH.

    I even caught up to and slowly passed a police cruiser all tucked in behind the little number plate looking mini fairing and waved to the cop who just looked at me and grinned. I was still a few MPH under the speed limit. :rofl

    It rules for running errands as well. Stuff groceries under the seat, 40lb bag of dog food on the floor board...can't do that with my other bikes.

    For safety and visibility, I wired the headlights so they are both on at the same time...and run the high beams during the day. Seems to get me noticed.

    Mark
    #15
  16. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2003
    Oddometer:
    3,820
    Location:
    KC
    Oni, did you just install the pipe or did you do a new variator also?

    I would like a bit more power but, I don't want a hand grenade. been lookig at the Team Calamari website, Arrow has a nice exhaust also.
    #16
  17. Oni

    Oni Ronin

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,839
    Location:
    Pasadena - Californistan
    Ktmryder

    I bought the pipe from Team Calamari. It came with different roller weights and stiffer springs for the clutch which raised the stall speed. It feels like it takes off faster with about the same or maybe slightly higher top speed...seat of the pants only. I have not regretted the purchase.

    I have not tried a different variator. I too don't want a highly tuned hand grenade and my bike has been totally reliable so far...2500 miles or so.

    I didn't want to piss off the neighborhood sounding like a YZ80 coming down the road and the ZX is supposed to be about the quietest aftermarket pipe.

    From reading different posts...it seems the Super 9 is a little faster...but I have not run into one of them on the street to compare either. Did run into an Aprillia and the rider said he used to have a Zuma. He said the Aprillia was fun but required a lot more maintainance to keep running than the Zuma. He did say it got really good mileage though...probably due to the fuel injection. It sure was pretty with the Spiderman graphics!

    We were in heavy traffic so didn't get an opportunity to compare performance. :cry Have to say it was about the best looking scooter I have run across though.
    #17
  18. svizzerams

    svizzerams Rx Rangerette

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,923
    Location:
    Chelanistan, PNW: the arid edition.
    I'm very keen on my 2006 Piaggio BV 500 - awesome city bike. I just sold my Aprilia Scarabeo 150cc. The automatic transmission is really nice in the heavier traffic - I opted both times for machines that have larger tires (16") - bike just handles better and with the ratty roads we have here its an advantage when dealing with pot holes. I use it to commute to work almost exclusively now. I have the top box and it can hold enough groceries, work stuff etc to keep me happy.

    Do you find your scoots don't get the respect they deserve - I get the "its OK for a girl" kind of look. Obviously they've never been out of the country. :-) I'm quite thrilled with mine and its serious good transportation and a lot of fun.

    I'm looking to get going with a dual sport bike. Favoring the V-Strom 650 or FS650GS at the moment.

    Attached Files:

    #18
  19. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2003
    Oddometer:
    3,820
    Location:
    KC
    Oni, thanks for the info, seems like everybody likes the Leo Vince set up that I have talked to.
    that is what I will get probably this winter.

    my new KTM 450 EXC is supposed to be in next month and that is going to eat up my bling budget for a while, handguards, skidplate,oil cooler, etc.

    I ride my Zuma to work quite a bit, only three miles to work for me and I have good place to park it undercover.

    Really fun to ride around the neighborhood and run small errands on.
    #19
  20. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2003
    Oddometer:
    3,820
    Location:
    KC
    Buy the Strom, you won't be sorry.
    here's mine.
    [​IMG]
    #20