What do you love about scooters /scootering?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Domromer, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Kamzilla

    Kamzilla Adventurer

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    I got my 02 Zuma for $300 about a year and a half ago. Between gas, some maintenance, and insurance, it's still way cheaper as an around the city commuter than public transportation. I ride it to work almost every day, no matter what the weather or temperature, and it ALWAYS beats taking the car in. On off days, I take it around to explore the city, and it lets me go to areas I wouldn't take the car because of lack of parking or crappy roads. Riding it at its limits is a hoot, and people stop me to ask about it all the time.

    In terms of versatility, you can't beat it. I put groceries under the seat and on the floor board, take packages to the post office, and run all sorts of errand with it. 95% of the time, if I'm going local (within 20 miles of home), the scooter is what I'm taking.

    Now, I couldn't imagine life without a scooter.
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  2. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    Well said. +1.
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  3. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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    Scooters are very comfortable
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    And Fun!!
    As Long as you ride responsibly and always wear a helmet.[​IMG]
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  4. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    For me the best thing about a scooter is convenience. Gear up, hop on and go. Not limited to just staying local, you can go as far as you like and the sense of fun, the feedback the scooter gives as you ride is just exhilarating and fun. You can go places on a scoot that people would tell you is insane or impossible. On sand, snow and ice, on dirt back roads and on high speed 60mph roads. Scooters show bikers and cagers alike that you don't need 500+ cc engines to go far or have fun!
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  5. scootrboi

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  6. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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  7. greg531

    greg531 greg531

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    I like scooters because they are different, you wave at people, they wave back....you ride through a neighborhood with twenty other scoots, and people smile, and don't feel threaten, and think how fun that must be.....
    I like them, because they are light and easy and fun to ride, and nimble....and on the open road, with a sense of freedom, and can park almost anywhere......
    Strangers ask at gas station, red lights, and when stopped, how much was it....is it for sale......do you need a motorcycle endorsement, how fast does it go, and what kind of gas mileage does it get? With my 63, they ask who made it, what year is it, and say how neat is it......
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  8. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Took a ride today up into the mountains. I made a turn onto a newly paved stretch of blacktop and the rode was empty but for a random cars here and there; so I had 11 miles of 55mph mountain scenery to myself. This is a "backdoor" rode to a poplular destination so the road was quite open. Anyway, after about 3 miles of grinning and enjoyment, I rounded a bend and behold up ahead, a stretch of high speed "S" curves with no oncoming traffic. I suddenly realized my grin had become a genuine smile as a instinctively rolled on more throttle. I don't know what else to say, those of you who know what I mean, there really aren't words to express it.
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  9. klaviator

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    I know exactly what you mean.
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  10. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Interesting thread. I have made some observations on scootering on the "Old Dog" thread I started here when we first considered a couple scooters. I think there are quite a few here who came to this from a lengthy time on motorcycles... and are surprised at the enjoyment found on scooters.

    For now, I don't feel the need for more horsepower, weight, or complexities. I enjoy the ease on the scooters. The light weight. And, I think some of the attraction is the fact that this is something I would not have even considered a few years ago. It takes some of us a while to catch on. :evil

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  11. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    You're not alone, CaptJim...it takes awhile to make the adjustment...at least it did for me...but very happy about it now.

    I sometimes catch a bit of hooey from some of the Patriot Guard Rider guys when I show up on my machine, but I've figured out that at least for them, if you have to explain it, they'll never get it.

    It doesn't really matter, anyway...we know what the bikes can do and how they move us...so best thing is to ride and be happy...:D
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  12. ride4321

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    Passing Ford 350 P/U's on the 3 lane.:lol3

    Smoke break on my 60 mile ride home with my new to me 2nd scoot...Aprilia Mojito.

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    and back home after a little TLC...

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    Can anyone possibly smile this much on a full size bike???? I think not.
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  13. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    What do I love? Being on two wheels.

    Being in the open air.

    I'd ridden a cycle for a couple of years in my twenties; wiped out; in hospital a month and in and out of courtrooms for five years...some airhead twit ran me off the road. I tried to get back into it, and couldn't - gun-shy with every butt-head running recklessly around me.

    Decades go by, and the price of gas launches into the stratosphere. I'm with no dependents and out of work...okay financially but not rich...and figure, it's all downhill from here. If I die in a crash tomorrow...I've had a good life.

    I got a cycle.

    I had to re-learn to ride the damn thing.

    AND...I'm old enough to really want to belong to the Shiftless Society. I had just gotten the first car I ever had with an automatic...and here I am, counting gears and worrying about power bands in traffic on this bike.

    Meantime...with employment, came cycle ambitions. Got a good deal on an R1200GS. GREAT bike...but my back ain't what it used to be. And, had a minor medical emergency on a long road trip...I was outside Joplin, Missouri, a week after the tornado. No room at the ER for me...it was press on or die.

    I made it. It scared me.

    I could barely get my leg over the tippy-tall GS.

    I'd dabbled in a Burgman 400 before; dismissed it as girly. Even though I liked how it rode. Now, with my old-man's back...I thought again. And bought my Xingyue Burgman clone.

    From that...my Burgman 650. And, yes, a backrest. Like going biking in an easy chair....:clap

    And from THAT...the offbeat. A BigRuckus clone. Which got me interested in finding a real Big Ruckus; which I did.

    I'm hooked.

    What do scooters do for me? Twist-and-go. No worry about power bands. No crunching down...sit upright. Enjoy the ride; no worries about missing gears.

    That's the sometimes-biker in old age. Never got far enough along in The Life to inflate the ego; which meant stepping down to a step-through was easier.
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  14. Domindart

    Domindart Scoot'in on......

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    I love everything about it! Not fast enough to get me killed... I think lol

    Easy to drive and comfortable

    Fast enough to keep up in traffic

    Easy maintenance (so far)

    Fun to scoot around town and explore!

    :bubba
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  15. WECSOG

    WECSOG Been here awhile

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    Fastest scooter in the world: 11.90 second 1/4 mile. Fastest Harley Sportster in the world: 9.93 second 1/4 mile.
    Plus, it is no mean feat to make a street-legal Sportster run in the mid-11 second range while still turning in 45-50 mpg on the street.

    I do enjoy the Honda Cub series bikes. While not truly scooters, they still possess most of their advantages while getting over 100 mpg. Something that I suspect would be difficult to match with a belt drive. In fact, Honda rated them as high as 188 mpg at a steady 25 mph. So that is definitely one point in favor of the Cub series. I also like their maneuverability and the fact that I can lift one in and out of my truck without bothering with a ramp.
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  16. scootrboi

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    That's a pretty scooter.
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  17. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    I don't think of it as scooters vs motorcycles. There is enough derision in the two wheel world. Someone riding a Harley or a sportbike (I've owned plenty of both) doesn't diminish my experience. I'd like to think I never looked down my nose at anyone on two wheels, but I'm sure I shook my head at some squid riding dangerously through traffic, or the dumbass whose pipes are SO loud that there is no way they are escaping hearing loss. But, that is the person, and what they do WITH the bike, not the bike.

    I was a poor kid. I lusted after the mini-bikes I saw as a kid. A neighbor behind our house was an odd sort who rode scooters and occasionally motorcycles (not odd because of what he rode - HE was odd)... I watched him leave every morning and dreamed of the freedom those conveyances provided. I didn't want to be like him, but I wanted to experience that two wheel stuff.

    Not meaning to get all introspective here, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every motorcycle I've owned. The skill sets required to be safe on a motorcycle or a scooter are more alike than they are different. I got my first well-used motorcycle back in the 60s, when I was 14. From there on, it was a series of increasing size and complexities. 9 Harleys, 4 Goldwings, a couple BMWs, a Triumph Bonneville, and some other Hondas and Yamahas. I really thought the Suzuki V-Strom I just sold was going to be "my last bike" and bought it for the light weight, torque, and reliability. When I didn't ride it as much as I had anticipated, I thought I just might be done riding.

    Then, my wife said, "Let's get a couple scooters!" Oh, I had ridden a couple scooters over the years... I bought our daughter a scooter when we moved from out in the canyon, where she could ride her dirtbike, into town. She didn't much like it, because I insisted on ATGATT. We rented scooters when in Hawaii and the Cayman Islands... they drive on the wrong side of the road in the Caymans, for goodness sake! :eek1 I thought I "knew" scooters.

    I guess I didn't know enough. These Honda PCX scoots have rekindled something in me. Oh, I don't want to run coast to coast (done that), but I do want to ride more. To the store. Out to lunch. By the beach. I look forward to some winding two lanes. My Honey on her own scoot, sharing the lane. I don't think of this as "winding down" riding... rather, I have pushed the "Restart" button. Easy. Fun.

    Maybe that Harley shirt I outgrew was right: If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand.

    :evil

    :ricky

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  18. klaviator

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    Well said.

    Personally, I think my motorcycles are more fun to ride than my scooters. However, I rode less than 3,000 miles on my two motorcycles last year and well over 12,000 on my two scooters:huh

    The difference is that scooters are more practical so I ride them all the time to commute and run errands around town. For the type of riding I do most of the time, they are more fun.:ricky Interesting enough, my Aprilia is also more comfortable than either of my two motorcycles so it is the bike I ride on long trips or when carrying a passenger.

    I don't see giving up motorcycles or scooters as long as I'm still breathing. I really don't see much distinction between the two. For me, 2 wheels + motor = fun

    Jim, like you I have owned numerous bikes of various types. Additionally I have had the opportunity to ride probably 200 different bikes of most types and brands. I enjoyed every one of them.

    As for that Harley shirt slogan, you don't have to explain it because I do understand.
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  19. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    Yesterday I rode my Burgman 650 along with two guys one a BMW RT and the other Honda ST1300 . We went to a Euro bike show over in Raleigh , NC.
    It was about 2 hours on the freeway and i gotta say the Burgman held it's own in cross winds, varying degrees of traffic congestion and I felt comfortable all the way.

    Felt a bit out of place at the show at first with all the cool vintage and modern Euro bikes around. Then I noticed a small crowd around my Burgman , wandered over and was pleasantly surprised by the questions and comments from the folks.

    On the way back , we stopped for gas and the guy on the ST ( he has a stable of bikes) says to me, "if I were in the market for a new machine right now I'd buy one just like yours " .
    Sort of made my day :D
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  20. ramblerdrver

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    The best part about riding a scooter, verses a motorcycle, is that they are so RELAXING! Most of this comes from having the automatic CVt transmission. Even if you like the sport/art of shifting (which I do), not having to ever think about shifting is a liberating experience...you are always in the right gear, never cuss yourself out for a poorly executed shift, never stall it at stop lights because you forgot to shift back into low, etc. Other positives are the ease of getting on it, good weather protection, comfortable riding position, light weight feel, good useable storage. Wonderful way to ride on two wheels!
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