whats the most your really going to pay for a scooter?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by fullmetalscooter, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    I don't know what my limit would be so far it has been $5200 which is what I paid OTD for a new GTS 250 and a bit less for the Scarabeo & BV 500s that were also left over stock.

    Last year I put double the miles on the scoots than I did on the car. I don't ride every day but I don't drive every day either. I also do a fair bit of touring on my 500cc scooters. Last year just on the multi-day rides I put 5,000 miles on the BV. Next, week I leave for a 3,000 mile round trip on my Scarabeo. If I weren't taking the scoot I'd most likely fly not drive. Though I'm not sure it will cost me less to take the scoot than the car since I'll take longer to ride - I'm not a fan of 600+ miles days on two wheels though I routinely do them in a car. Besides I'm not taking interstates on the scoot - too boring but will spend extra time on fun roads.
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  2. SteveZTV

    SteveZTV BeenThereDoneThat

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    I wish that I could say that practicality really influenced any bike-buying decision I've ever made. The closest to practicality I come is to make sure I'm not going to be ripped off. After that, it's a "Goldilocks" thing - which fits best and which offers me something unique and fun. The beauty of riding is there is always another bike out there, and the two best are the one you have now and the next one that you crave.

    I find that most new bikes are woefully overpriced and the sales folk pushing new bikes expect their customers to be more into labels and image than "ride-ability." There are many, many bikes out there with less than 3,000 miles (a lot with less than 1,000 on the clock) whose most-common reason for being on-the-market is that the previous owner bought too much bike for him/her and sold/traded the bike because of that. Under that criteria, finding a fun bike for less than $6K should be no problem, and if you have a decently-maintained trade, out-of-pocket cash can be limited per budget. Also, dealing with a decent bike shop which only has previously-owned machines and services what it sells can result in better buys as well.

    My last two bikes (a VStar 650S for which I traded in a Majesty, and a TMAX which I ride now) are from the same bike shop which has serviced all three. There definitely is a more-favored customer treatment for the repeat customer. I still stop by the new bike dealers, but only to see what's out there so I'm ready for the next opportunity which doesn't have obscene markups.
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  3. LarryRickenbacker

    LarryRickenbacker Been here awhile

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    Howdy,

    $5,000. My next bike, like my current Sh150i will be used. My Sh150i I bought used at a Honda dealer with just 30 miles on it for an $800 discounted price of $3300. I've little interest in maxi scoots, so 250cc is my limit and there aren't any available here in the Shreveport area, anyway.

    PS: Heck, $5,000 is too much!
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  4. btcn

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    For one really depends if its new or used.

    And just for fun I reckon we's gonna go by displacement and whats I got for money at now.

    Well, for 50 cc, I wouldn't pay no more than $1,000 new, and no more than $600 used, BUT that would change if I had a DUI!:rofl

    For 80-100 cc, about the same as 50 cc maybe ~$200 more.

    For 125-150 cc, I'd pay about $1,800-$2,000 new if it was a very nice model with liquid cooling, and around $1,200-$1,500 used depending on model and condition.

    For 250 cc, I'd say up to about $2,500-$3,000 new if its nice like a Helix or a RV 250. If used, I'd say about $1,000-$2,000 depending on model and condition of course. MAYBE slightly more or less.

    For a Maxi Scooter, I'd say for 400-500 cc, maybe $4,000 for a really nice new one, and $2,500 used, and maybe for a 600 cc+ about $5,000 new and about about $3,500 used.

    Now this may sound like it wont never gonna happen right! Maybe if I had the money a bit more. But for one I'd never buy a new scooter, UNLESS it was the prices I meantioned [and it NOT chinese]. So I think my used prices is somewhat reasonable, I mean you can get a Sportster 883 for $2,800 in good condition clean title if you look hard enough. Used prices varies place to place and also how hard you look+how much patience you got.
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  5. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Just an addendum to my earlier post - riding today I was thinking about the cost of a new 2011 Silverwing and realized it is more than I paid for my 2011 Sportster....a LOT more.

    Now some of you may feel the value of a Silverwing is more than the HD and I won't argue that point but somehow I think an 883cc motorcycle shouldn't be so much cheaper than a 600cc scoot. And, if you check out the NC700 due out this spring for $6999 vs the $9200 or so for the Swing, things are even more wacky.

    Just sayin'
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  6. knucklehead90

    knucklehead90 Been here awhile

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    Well I took a test ride on the Silver Wing earlier - gotta say I'm a bit disappointed. I expected the SW to be smoother than the Majesty. It wasn't. It vibrates at anything slower than about 50mph where the Majesty only really vibrates at takeoff and becomes quite smooth even in town at 25-35mph. The big Burgman seemed much smoother than either the SW or the Majesty. The Burgman is definitely faster than the SW by quite a bit. The only real plus on the SW was the Givi windshield which offers a very nice wind shadow vs the stock Burgman and Majesty shields. My impression is the SW isn't all that much faster than the Majesty. Since its the only one I've ever rode it could be it has problems. I don't know. Handling is good with the SW - as is braking (ABS) - I just don't care for the level of vibration at less than highway speeds. Much of my riding will be at highway speed but I'm not ready for something that has the same level of vibration as my Harley at in-town speed if it isn't going to sound like it!

    I think its best if I bide my time and wait for the right big Burgman to come along. In the meantime I'll 'suffer' along with the Majesty. It runs perfect. I might even get a Givi windshield for it - you never know it might just grow on me. It has the Yamaha trunk so its ready for some long distance travel.

    I was hoping the SW would be 'just right'. It wasn't.
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  7. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    50cc - shopping, quick coffee trips in the city.......$1200
    200cc - as above, short freeways, under 1 hr trips.........$3000
    300c up - 70mph cruise, comfy and fuel for 200miles, 0-60mph in 6secs, carries 40-50L of useless crap you don't need, capable on bumpy roads, no buffeting, scratches well............$10G

    I just wish someone would make one!
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  8. Creation

    Creation Been here awhile

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    Nothing of mine has costed over 3,000 overall.

    Never has a scooter costed over a 1,000; 1989 elite 250, 1985/86 Honda gyros, 2003 reflex (moms now), and a 1985 elite 250
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  9. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Could be that particular one. We've had some reports here of very "Buzzy" Swings and mine have varied from quite smooth to a bit buzzy.

    I've never been able to stand any of my scoots (except the 250cc Hondas) with the stock screens. The Givi screens make a huge difference. Get the Givi for your Majesty. You might just find that then it is "just right"!
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  10. Cheshire

    Cheshire Anachronistic rideby

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    My current limit is $5k. I paid $3k for my 125cc, $3.3k for my Vulcan 900. A Blur 220 should run about $4.5k.
    I ride between 500 and 1500 miles/month...around 10k/year.

    Initial cost isn't as important as cost of upkeep to me.
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