Stella. Stella!! STELLLLLLAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Marc, Sep 20, 2005.

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Scoot.

  1. Big Ruckus

  2. Stella

  3. Vespa (not Fizz)

  4. Something Else

  5. Fuck Loaded

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  1. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    Get this - I read this in today's Wall Street Journal!
    A new Stella this coming February. I'm thinking 4-stroke Bajaj Chetak clone. :nod

    The amazing thing is that more and more people are starting to buy these things - including the mainstream consumer. Guess it's now only a matter of time 'till ADVrider gives this phenomena the space its' proponents have been so long demanding. :dunno
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  2. Logan Black

    Logan Black Team Bacon

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  3. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    A Big Ruckus for a big man ...


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  4. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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    Make it an open poll and make it where you can pick more than one scooter.


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  5. Sgt.Floyd

    Sgt.Floyd delinquent

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    I'm goin for the cheapest option and banking on my wrenchin skillz yo-

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  6. Caribou Aqua Buddha

    Caribou Aqua Buddha Long timer

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    Atlantic 200, or PX 180/Stella. :freaky
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  7. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    I bought a new Yamaha Zuma, pick it up Friday.
    I figured what the hell it will be fun to ride to work and be a neighborhood menace at the same time.

    a good winter hop up project too. :evil
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  8. Caribou Aqua Buddha

    Caribou Aqua Buddha Long timer

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    Saw a Zuma and a Ruckus in town today. They are popping up all over. I think we are approaching gas prices that are causing a further review of commuting methods. :deal
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  9. Sgt.Floyd

    Sgt.Floyd delinquent

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    Gas prices and rethinking commuting options is what landed me w/ mine.

    I left one I was selling at the commuter rail parking lot w/ a sign on it for an hour after work and had someone call on it.....



    change is comin.
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  10. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    I like the Ruckus but the Zuma being a two stroke will be much easier to hop up.

    55+ mph looks like a big bore kit and a pipe away. :deal
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  11. Caribou Aqua Buddha

    Caribou Aqua Buddha Long timer

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    The Aprilia has lot's of room for guns in the underseat storage. In Oregon if you ride a Scooter you should be heavily armed. :freaky
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  12. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    I'm waaaayyyyy happy with the Stella. I'm getting 65 mph indicated consistently and easily on flat ground. I should get 70+ when its done breaking in. I've checked the speedo for accuracy and it isn't very far off.

    It keeps running better and better with each passing day. The only thing that has gone wrong (that I can blame on the manufacturer) is the fuel gauge sending unit is only working intermittently. A new one is on order.

    A big Ruckus would be cool to own also, but I would be a road pancake around here if I tried to commute on the baby Ruckus. It just isn't fast enough, even with mods.
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  13. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    I have a short commute with only 35 mph speed limits so the 50cc will be fine for my use.
    but a 70cc kit can't hurt either. :evil
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  14. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    It's all good. Photog would not lead you astray.

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  15. FriedDuck

    FriedDuck Why die all tensed up?

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    Stella.

    Business 2.0 had a great article on Stella. Though I've always been a vespa fan after reading it I'm sold on the idea of getting one. Motobravo in Atlanta buys container-loads of vespas and ships 'em over and restore em if you haveta have the real thing.

    What's more, they'll do engine-swaps so you can have your very own sleeper. :evil I understand they're pricey but I've seen their work and it's the bees knees.

    Ruckuses (Ruckii?) are the orthopedic shoe of scootery :rofl


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  16. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I wanted a Vespa, then discovered the Stella back in '03. Conventional wisdom out there in scooterland pretty much agrees that if you want the classic geared scoot/Vespa experience, the Stella is a great way to get your feet wet. Then you can dive into a restoration with a better feel for what to expect.

    I've seen a level of mechanical proficiency amongst the old school Vespa/Lammy people that rivals what I see on many motorcycle boards. :bow The art of maintaining these things is amazing--one of the draws to the genre, for me...but I figured kitting a Stella would be a good first step.

    Even as a new bike, they've got enough wackiness to keep you occupied. :lol3

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  17. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I was just about to pull the trigger on a Bajaj Cheetak, but backed off.

    Reason: 55 mph top speed. There are a lot of other 150cc 4 strokes that will do more out of the box than that.

    Now. I'm no scooterista. One could perhaps tune the Bajaj to run like a bat out of hell. I dunno.
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  18. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Can I just have one of each? :tb
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  19. BMWBard

    BMWBard Mystic Rider

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    Speaking as someone who started riding in a place where there were about an equal number of motorcycles and scooters, and who has never had the slightest wish to "chair ride" nor attraction to either scooters or the now big fad of teeny motorcycles called "pocket" bikes....

    someone explain to me why :confused you would rather have a scooter than a motorcycle...? I really don't get it...

    (This is a serious question.)
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  20. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I think it's a personal thing.

    From an earlier, pre-forum JM post by me.

    It is not serious.

    much.

    From what I can tell, scooterists fall into one or more of these categories

    1. Econowonks. These are people who abhor vehicles only slightly less than they abhor paying money for anything. They ride scooters because they get good gas mileage, didn't cost much, and get free parking. They couldn't care less about performance or for that matter, comfort. For them, life is a sufferfest made better by pocket protectors and OMB circulars. If someone put a 1-cylinder Onan diesel engine on a Big Wheel and sold it for $399, they'd be on it.

    2. Squids. Kids who put a 70cc kit on a Yamaha Zuma and ride it to school for about a week before the cops catch them and confiscate it because they were wearing a skateboard helmet and doing a 65mph stoppie in a school zone while blatting out 163db of 2-stroke noise.

    3. Adult Hooligans. These are people who justified it to themselves by combining both 1 and 2. "It'll get great gas mileage, dear," they tell their spouses, and "But it does a 1/4 mile in 12 seconds, d00d," they tell their skeptical motorcycle friends. The real reason they're riding is that it reminds them of the first time they snuck out onto a public road on their Z-50 when they were a kid, and it rails around a corner better than their R1. That, and commuting on it during the week enables them to afford to put gas in their Suburban on weekends so they can tow the boat.

    4. Drunks. If the damn thing is only going 30 and the guy is giving everyone the finger, it's because it's restricted to 30mph to be classified as a moped so that the driver doesn't need tags or insurance. Which is good because the finger-waving driver can't get tags and insurance. These folks are easy to spot because they look really pissed that they are on a scooter and are weaving a bit as they struggle to tuck a 12-pack of PBR under their left arm while balancing a keg on the floorboard. See also, "Liquor-sickle"

    5. Greenies. These folks ride 4 stroke scooters to save the whales from harmful emissions coming from those nasty 2T bikes and evil SUV's driven by uncaring capitalists. They are usually seen on Honda Metropolitans that, ironically, share the same motor as the fiesty Ruckus (typically ridden by groups 3 and 8). Note: if rider not wearing a Che T-shirt, you may have mis-id'd the rider. See category 7.

    6. Dorks. Okay, I'm not gonna disparage anyone, but really--what else are you going to call someone in Members Only jacket, plaid shorts, white socks, and loafers, on a Silverwing? These folks run the gamut from 100 mile/year Snowbirds to the hardcore 40,000 mile Helix riders. They look like GL1200 riders, and as such, beware--they have iron butts in their wrinkly little hides.

    7. Girliebikes. They're sooooo cute! They're, like, soooooo much cuter than motorcycles! Note: play your cards right, and you can get your wife on one of these scoots and it becomes a GATEWAY DRUG to bigger motorcycles. This is the first step to a 135-lb weight drop on your bike, transforming it back into the sport bike you once remembered. You can bear the Hibiscus Edition Metropolitan for this, especially if she starts getting excited about buying Bike Stuff on weekends. It's not a scooter, it's a strategy.

    8. The Hardcore. This is group #3 that has evolved, transcending all rational thought and spending all their spare time ordering parts from Europe, dremeling ports to creamy smoothness. They can prounounce "Bajaj Cheetak" without sounding like they have a mouth full of novocaine, and are currently using their GS as a parts runabout for their scooter.
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