What is your next scooter?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Domromer, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I've been thinking of either getting a smaller scooter in the 250-400 range of keeping my Wing and getting a Zuma 50. If you were getting a scooter now what would be on your short list?
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  2. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    I am ordering a 2013 Piaggio BV350 today!



    (unfortunately something's gotta go....see my for sale...in my sig-line!)
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  3. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    BV-350, or a remainder or slightly used TMAX. I have a BV250 which is so nice and probably similar enough to the BV350 that I think I should first wear out the BV250 before trading up.
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  4. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I have no idea. Just depends on what else I have at the time.

    I would love a Stella but I hear so many horror stories about them. They are super cool though.

    If not going for the cool factor they probably something big enough to do everything. So at least a 300cc.
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  5. go.duesouth

    go.duesouth Lord of the geeks

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    I have a Kymco Downtown 300i. Awesomeness almost all the way around. Average of 70 MPG, 77 if I'm easy on it. Light weight, great all around bike. The seat/legroom being the big downside. Had the BMW c600 been out when I jumped to scoots a year and a half ago, that most likely would be gracing my garage now. Although... you can get 2 Downtowns for the price of one BMW, so I'd have to drive one first.
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  6. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I have a 34" inseam so leg room is very important to me.
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  7. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    since I have a 100 cc i will go for 200-300 and the vespas are so pretty@@!! if I could muster the money a bman 650 or silver wing! but I am more likely to buy a 125 honda or zuma.

    Damasovi
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  8. tastroman

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    If I had to buy tomorrow it would be either the SYM Citycom 300 or the KYMCO People 300i. Hopefully that decision is another 20,000 miles or so later.
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Did'ga do it????

    I'm close to pullin the trigger on a SYM City300. Now you just gave me something else to look at. Can you clue me in on $$$. What made you go with the BV? What dealership? Did you consider SYM/Kymco or anything else.:ear
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  11. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    Just got the thing ("Yes, we know!!!!" sighs everybody!)..........

    http://www.scootersales.com.au/News-880-piaggio-x8-250-ie.aspx

    The 400cc models are a couple of inches longer in the wheelbase, allowing you to stretch out a bit more (I'm 6ft1 and 33" inseam), but the 250s are not cramped by any means.

    Burgman 400s and Majesty 400s weigh in around 200kg dry, and have an extra inch or so again. All the 400 maxi's will sit on 80mph true speed easily for hours on end and return 25km/L or better average on the highway, have 60L of storage, and a cruise range of at least 200miles. Good downsize from a Goldy.
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  12. Domromer

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    I'm thinking more and more a Burgman 400 might do it for me. More storage than the Silverwing, more legroom, and better mpg, and it weighs 100lbs less than the wing.
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  13. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    The Burgman 400 seems to be the sweet spot.
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  14. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I would love to have a brand new Vespa GTS 300 super but I don't see that being my "next" due to lack of funds. More realistically it will be something used in the 150 to 250cc range. Maybe a elite 250 would be cool.
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  15. vader1701

    vader1701 Adventurer

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    Buying a Burgman 650 E, looking at the 2013 model buying it in 2014 if it comes here.
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  16. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    I saw a matte silver BV 350 today. That would be it for me. That scooter really is nice. :clap
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  17. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Hard to give up on the power, touring capability and reliability of the Silverwing, but if I was going to replace it, I think I'd probably go for a Burgman 400 for the following reasons:

    1. Better ergonomics...more legroom and the seating position is very comfortable for me.
    2. Good reliability
    3. Ease of service, good service point access
    4. Reasonable power ( not as good as the SWing, but I only tour once or twice a year. That said, I am aware that people use the B400 for that purpose all the time...)
    5. Good fuel economy
    6. Good storage space.
    7. Availability of aftermarket racks and top boxes, like Givi

    I would actually prefer the Burgman 650 because of the more powerful engine, but I simply don't trust that fancy electronic transmission...

    The TMax might also be a good choice, but I think it's pretty complex to service and doesn't have as much storage.

    I also would prefer a touring scooter with larger wheels, like the Piaggio BV350 or 500. I'm intrigued by the Kymco GT300i, but not sure it would tour very well or haul me around (I ain't small), storage space is minimal and there are few dealers around here.
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  18. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Well...I just bought my first ever scooter so nothing new for awhile. But, I know it would be bigger than the Sportcity 250 if I spend lots of time on the open road or if my wife starts coming with me. The Burgman 400 seems great, but I'm not fond of the looks. I'd like to see the Kymco 500Xciting in person. Also, I think I'd want to stay under 500lbs.
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  19. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    I'd actually been thinking of coming down and buying your Swing. I'd also considered the SYM RV200 but decided that was too small. So, my "next" scooter (purchased just a few days ago) is the Burgman 400. I think it will be the perfect scoot for the riding I do - about 80% in town and 20% highway.

    I've put about 100 miles on it so far and, as I remembered, the 400 is slower than the Silverwing (and my Aprilia 250 Sport City) and the big single cylinder makes for a lot of vibration and noise. Still, everything is a compromise and I'm hoping to get used to these very minor issues and enjoy all the great features of the 400 - lighter, great storage, fuel economy and very, very solid ride.
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  20. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    I was seriously excited when the Downtown first came out until I sat on one. It didn't fit my six four 1/2 and 34 inch inseam at all. The SYM Citycom fit me perfectly and is very comfy if not quite as fast as what you have. Still it's more than sufficient although most scooter types I talk to wouldn't even consider the Citycom because it's only 263.

    Methinks they are missing the point and joy of a midsize scoot.

    I am impressed though with the BMW650 GT and it also fits me very well.
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