photog made me do it

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by DoctorIt, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    40-45 derestricted.

    cruises 35-40

    some hit 50 after break-in.

    will scoot past most cages in traffic pretty easily.

    real super dooper fast with a 70cc kit
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  2. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    What does it take to derestrict one? :ear
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  3. Metal Doc

    Metal Doc Duc addicted

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    behold the future of scooters


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  4. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Sweeter than YooHoo

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    i think hes got the bug.
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  5. DoctorIt

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    Let me get the front tire balanced and I'll get back to you. Taking it off and heading to the local moto shop this afternoon (they do ATV's and tractor tires for cheap, they should be able to handle the scoot too).
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  6. Photog

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    Most of the time they are restricted by putting a bushing in the CVT which keeps it from reaching a higher gear; some brands also throw in a rev limiter and restrictor plate in the exhaust.

    Some brands ship derestricted.

    Ain't no way you're gonna want a restricted scoot. 30mph is insanely slow and a safety issue--it's not fast enough to mingle with real traffic. 35, though, is actually a decent scootering speed. Sounds slow but it's fine. 40-45 is gravy.

    The process is usually 20 minutes or less to uncork 'em. Replace the bushing, cut the rev limiter wire, remove the restrictor plate, that sort of thing.

    Running them restricted means they are "mopeds" in most states, which typically define mopeds as <30mph, <3 hp, and no gears (that varies but it's the ballpark). As such you can ride them without tags or license or insurance. Again, that varies, but that's the idea.

    However, it's pretty common for owners to derestrict them and run them untagged, and that's what makes them outstanding commuter vehicles--cheap to run, and can typically take advantage of free parking.

    It depends on how hard local jurisdictions are cracking down on scoots. Around here, if they see a college student or commuter wearing a lid and riding sanely, there's no hassle. You definately don't want to be wheelieing past the Nice Officer, though, or doing much over 35.

    I ran both of ours untagged and derestricted. The 50cc kymco Super9 will easy hit 55mph and cruise at 50 all day long.
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  7. Zanotti

    Zanotti Been here awhile

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    Where did you get it? Online?
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  8. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    I need to test ride a few different types, but they look fun. :dunno Not sure about battling the ATL SUV's.
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  9. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    Thanks for the info, that makes sense. :thumb
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  10. DoctorIt

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    See, another reason you have to hand deliver the top-secret goods...
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  11. Charlie Brown

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    i test rode a vstrom today. i want one. but i think it will be a scooter sooner than a bike.


    charlie
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  12. Photog

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    If you've got 45mph roads, you're okay. If these are 4-lane 45mph roads with flow of traffic around 50-55, then it's gonna be frustrating and you'd be better off with a 125/150 or more.

    However, in the 35/40/45 streets around here, I keep up with traffic just fine on a 50 (Vento Zip R3i). In rush hour, even on 45mph roads, I'm typically passing traffic. Downtown, there's not a car that can keep up with me.

    On the Super 9, I can harass cars and motorcycles up to 50-55mph. :evil
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  13. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    Hmmmmnnn. :evil
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  14. DoctorIt

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    Sorta, there's a local "shop" very close to me. They don't have an official storefront yet, currently making deliveries all over the state out of their small warehouse space. I called and setup a time to meet, they cut me a deal for skipping the delivery, and they'll take care of me with parts, etc.

    chicopee scooters

    Photog pointed me here:

    qualityscooters4less.com
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  15. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    So many Scoots, so little time.


    Skooter Forum NOW! :lol3
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  16. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    BTW, I was getting 70-75mpg outta the Zip and that was before it was fully broken-in. And that was running it WFO and generally behaving badly.
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    Does the Zip have a gas gauge? I think the one on the Triton is nearly useless, unless I'm getting 10 mpg... :scratch
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  18. Charlie Brown

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    did you look at all of them? or just the vento triton?
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    I am surrounded by 4 lane very fast slab and only a mile from the twelve lane supper slab. :puke1 So I would need something with a little get up and go. I'm just waiting to buy Rider's ST when he moves to the Big Ruckus. :deal :lol3
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    define all?

    I went to the local shops, was underimpressed with the Honda and Yamaha 50cc offerings (way too much $$$, way too slow). I did my online homework, and in the cheap corner, the Vento's win on quality and support. When I went down to look at the Vento, they had a Zip and a couple of the other models listed on their website. After all the online searching, i was pretty sure the Triton was for me, errr, us.
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