Is this a good deal?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Blue Ridge Wheeltor, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. tastroman

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  2. ddarkone7

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    Same scooter here in texas, maybe a scam, i could be wrong though
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  3. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Lot of Navy people in the area. No answer to the phone though.
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  5. JerryH

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    The Vespa is almost certainly a scam. They are nearly $10K OTD new. I bought a 2006 Vespa GT200 for $2200, with 1900 miles on it, in near new condition. It came with a new windshield and matching top box, never installed, and the seller threw in a new Bilt mesh jacket in my size, a battery tender, and 3 cans of Seafoam. I thought that was a good deal, and over a year and 3000 miles later still do. For some reason modern Vespas don't seem to hold their value well. But a one year old top of the line model for 1/4 what it cost new is just too good to be true.
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  6. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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  7. oldroadie

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  8. Dabears

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    That's not bad money for a Stella at least anywhere within 200 miles of Atlanta; they typically are asking 2000-$2500 for similar here. It has a couple of advantages- low miles, and hasn't been crapped up with a lot of junk bling.

    Bigger question is what is your purpose in buying a scooter, and I say that respectfully. If you want something to tinker with and ride around town, a Stella would be a great option. If you want inexpensive reliable transportation, find a 150-300cc twist and go scooter that suits your visual and physical wants (you have to fit on whatever you get or you will be miserable).

    Some of us have found compromise in owning multiple scooters. Were it me and I had no scooter I would look for a PCX, a 250-350 Piaggio BV or Kymco or save your money and pick up a solid Vespa GTS 250 for under $3k. Just my opinion, for what it's worth.
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  9. andyman7931

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    If you wanted to travel down to Charlotte and we're willing to get your hands a little dirty, I'd possibly part with my 2005 Stella that's been sitting in the garage for the past 4 years and needs some TLC. Would let it go for a song to the right person.
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  10. JerryH

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    A Stella and a modern twist and go scooter serve two different purposes. If you need reliable transportation, want a smooth, comfortable, quiet ride, with little interaction between you and the scooter, then you definitely want a twist and go type scooter.

    A Stella is much more of a toy, for those who love and appreciate mechanical things. It is not as reliable as a new name brand twist and go scooter, but it's not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. You can't ride it at full throttle for more than a few minutes at the time. it is not smooth, quiet, or comfortable. It requires a lot more rider interaction, it has a manual clutch and transmission, and it's handling is not nearly as precise as a modern scooter. But because of all those things, it is anything but boring. It is a tinkerers delight, though it doesn't require nearly as much work and maintenance as I've heard it did. Jut put gas in it, keep oil in the tank, change the final drive oil once in a while, and it will be just fine. Yes, you need to lube and adjust the clutch and shifter cables every couple of years, but that is also true of a modern motorcycle.

    In the end, it basically comes down to whether you are a machine person or not. In the past, almost anyone who rode a motorcycle or scooter was. Most did all their own work on their bikes, and loved it. They wore black leather jackets because they didn't show grease stains. But many of today's riders are completely different. They are looking for exactly the opposite. They want a bike that will take them places, but they want nothing to do with the bike itself. Many take their bikes to a shop for service.

    Soon I will be putting away 4 of my bikes for the summer. I will keep out one motorcycle and one scooter. Of course I've been trying to decide which ones, but I believe I will keep the Stella out to ride. I won't likely be going for long rides during the summer, and for me the Stella is more fun. With it's low geared manual transmission it climbs just fine, and can be ridden up north into the mountains where it is cooler.
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  11. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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  12. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Well Jerry, I am no great mechanic, and I never stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, but I have kept an Iron Barrel Royal Enfield and a Ural running for a while.
    Andyman: I am living on the outer banks now. Charlotte is about 6 hours from here via old Jeep and measured in days via Ural.
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  13. JerryH

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    I thought about keeping out both the Stella and the Royal Enfield, but decided I need one 2 wheeler capable of being ridden for long distances and high speeds without worry. Might head up into Colorado during the summer. So I'll probably keep the Vulcan 750 and Stella to ride for the summer. I stay at Motel 6 exclusively. I hope to get a Ural when I can no longer safely ride a 2 wheeler. I want a 2013 or older with carbs.
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  14. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

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    I'd grab that 150 in a second. Go!
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  16. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Found out the warranty is not transferrable, and the 150 has been discontinued.
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    I love Colorado in the summer. I will be there for 3 weeks in late June and early July.
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  19. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Thank you very much for the offer. We are renting a condo in Crested Butte.
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