What do you love about scooters /scootering?

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

  1. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Short runs at moderate speed are the most fun. I have gone long distances on scooters and a motorcycle. After an hour or two the point of diminishing returns is reached. And high speed is only enjoyable for brief periods.
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  2. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Great point. After many thousands of miles on a variety of motorcycles, the lure of long distance riding has worn off for me. Kudos to those who enjoy that, but it is important to understand one's desires. Some of the happiest people are those who live comfortably within their means. Same thing applies to riding on two wheels: get the right conveyance for what you intend to do. For several years before getting these scoots, the riding I enjoyed most was tooling through a National Park or enjoying a relaxed pace on a quiet two-lane... 45 mph or so.

    I felt invincible on my last Harley dresser. Riding the BMW R1100RT felt best when I was "a tad bit over" those posted speed limits through the corners. :evil I absolutely detested city driving on a bike. The scooters changed my opinion of that - they are an easy, efficient way to get around in town. And plenty enough for those twisty roads, too.

    The right tool for the job.

    On another thread, I mentioned that before getting the scoots, I was about ready to be done riding. Now, I'm like a kid again, enjoying the experience and finding any excuse to get out on the scooter.

    These days, I don't have much desire to go highway speeds on two wheels... if that were to change (and I learned a long time ago to never say, "Never"), I think I would be more inclined to look at a maxi-scooter instead of a full dress touring bike. For right now, the PCX is definitely the right tool for the job.
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  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I first became interested in motorcycles.....well actually minibikes, when I was around 10 or so. My first dream bikes were bikes like the Honda trail 50/70 and then later the CB125. I didn't get my first bike until I was 22 and it was a 400. Then I moved up the displacement ladder and then back down. I enjoyed those big bikes but I never lost my appreciation for the really small ones.

    I think that maybe part of the reason I got my Kymco 150 was a desire to experience one of those tiny bikes that I never had the chance to get when I was young. That and the fact that I don't ever want to grow up:D

    All my years of riding some of the best roads all over the country had somewhat spoiled me and I had lost some of that pleasure of just getting on a bike and going for a short and simple ride. My 150 brought that back. I don't have to go for an epic ride to have a blast on my 150. Doing a long, epic adventurous ride around the country is still on my bucket list but until that happens my small scooters keep a smile on my face on a day to day basis.

    It is nice to have a forum like this where there are others with similar experiences and who "get it"
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  4. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    All true; and I'm going through the same changes you guys are. Aren't we all? Old-fartdom is what separates the hard-ass from his Harley.

    That said; and with the "novelty" of long-distance riding gone...trips to Banff, Dallas, Four Corners...I still enjoy touring. I just make it a series of short trips.

    Up with the dawn...the bracing, cool air. Pack and ride; find a diner and stop for a trucker-size breakfast. Another shortish stint, and lunch; and around three or four in the afternoon, start looking for a place to pack it in for the day. I've done my share of camping, but these days a mid-level hotel, with clean bed, hot bath, ice machine for my bourbon...it appeals more.

    I will say this: While it was fun to make the dash at 135 mph...just to DO it...higher speeds, at base, are pure terror masquerading as exhilaration.

    Forty-five on a secondary road, is a good compromise between the need to move and the desire to take it easy. If traffic backs up, you're not on a road secondary enough!
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  5. wildmagna

    wildmagna Adventurer

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    Calm :)
    And relaxing ...
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    "I can't get a read on that thing" when I asked a leo how fast I registered coming up to the stop.

    that's enough for me.
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    MPG vs Smile per Mile . Really Get tired of seening motorcycle mags going the New Higher CC what ever because once your at 65 mpg and age it doesn't matter. At least on scooter that gets 60 to 120 MPG you can say out on the road longer.
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  8. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Sold my scooter a few months ago, now I have a 30 mile commute in mostly congested surface streets. The vstrom gets the job done but it would be so much nicer on a scooter. I gotta find a little 250 scoot that I can zing around in traffic.
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  9. John Fabian

    John Fabian Fabe

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    • Automatic transmission.
    • Hand operation.
    • Slow pace - low horsepower.
    • Low cost.

    I like scooters 200cc or less with 16" wheels.
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  10. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Scooters are cool and everyone knows it.
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  11. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    I was first exposed to motorcycles and motorcycling at age 11 back in the early 60's. My uncle had a Harley Bagger and a little Vespa. He let us kids ride that Vespa up and down in the alley behind his house. I rode that thing probably a thousand miles in that one block length of alley that summer. I was hooked after that.

    I have always thought that scooters were art as well as transportation. Getting to live for a year in Italy in my mid 20's made that impression even stronger for me.

    I have ridden motorcycles all my life (after age 11). I have also owned a scooter (50-250cc) the last ten years. Now into my 62 year, I have found that I have difficulty getting onto my Wee-Strom as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then last summer I found that I was having trouble pulling my clutch due to my thumbs hurting - the docs wanted to fuse the base joints on my thumbs. My answer was to let the joints rest over the winter and to ride my Honda Helix in town. Last weekend, I traded my Helix on a Burgman 650 Executive. The Wee-Strom is just sitting in the motorcycle shed not being ridden at this time.

    Do I love scooters? I have always loved them. As I said above, I think they are art. I also love them as transportation. I love the little scooters for a lot of the reasons you guys have already said. I love my big scooter because it allows me to still do motorcycle stuff too. The best of both worlds...
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  12. SgtNapalm

    SgtNapalm ADV'er

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    Nice pic Scootrboi,

    The Girls at the Bank Drive Thru ask me "Are you Bringing Sexy Back?" when i'm on the Scoot, ha.
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  13. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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  14. Houndguy

    Houndguy super noob!!!

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    When asked what I like about riding...I said the following "I think it's something primitive. Just you, the machine...no distractions. Your fully committed to keeping yourself and the bike safe...because the road below you is unforgiving. It's being on that edge...not being stupid, not being foolish...but connecting to the world around you. Smelling the flowers as you pass, feeling a stone as it kicks up and strikes you. Your fully alive. Your fully engaged."

    I have only ridden scooters. Well I've considered getting a "real bike" :wink: I just don't think it's me. I'm a scooter guy in my heart.
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  15. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I just bookmarked your blog and will be following your adventures.
    We lived in Tamps for a long time , moved back to central NC. about 7 years ago. Next time i am down there I'll try and look you up.
    Doug
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  16. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Long timer

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    Well said.
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  17. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Long timer

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    I have owned bikes and scooters over the course of 20 + years. Love them all. What I like most about scooters is their ease of use, simplicity, the slower pace, the ability to jump on, jump off, stopping more frequently to smell the roses and snap pictures. I like the low cost of ownership, the smiles from on-lookers and the ones that come from simply riding the damn things.

    I have several right now, all special in their own ways.

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