wife looking for a scoot, very narrow parameters

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  1. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    so the wife completed her msf training and got her endorsement. right now, she is rocking my old '04 vespa et4, which she kinda hates. (haha, EVERY rider should hate their first ride.)

    she wants a new scoot in may. she's been eying the new piaggio fly 150 and the pcx 150, but worries a bit about the seat height in the former and the weight of the latter. specifically, she wants:

    - a seat height of less or equal to 30"
    - a weight under 300 lbs
    - 125-200cc
    - 12" or larger tires (she HATES the 10" tires on the et4)
    - no drum brakes

    she tried the buddy 170i and liked the perf and seat height, but the 10" wheels pissed her off. (for the record, we live on a steep hill with a really poorly maintained street network in our part of seattle. potholes and grooves abound.) she's 5'4" and about 130 lbs.

    also she asks: are there any good riding boots that will boost her an inch or so so she can flatfoot better?

    any ideas, or is she just being too dang picky? does this combination come up with ANYTHING reliable?

    thanks for any advice!
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  2. JerryH

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    I can't think of any scooters that fit that description, Kymco People 150 and SYM HD200 might come close. Boots with sticky soles is what she wants. Even if you have to tip toe it (or lean it to one side and use one foot) knowing that your feet are not going to slip is a big help. They give you a much better sense of control. Such boots allowed me to ride a Honda XR650L on the street when I could barely touch the ground.
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  3. Foot dragger

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    When I first got a bike,ANY bike would do,if it ran I rode it.

    Not saying its happening here but the "princess and the pea" syndrome can get out of hand sometimes.
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  4. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    oh, i think it's happening here. i think she should get some good boots and get the fly 150, BUT i thought i'd ask nonetheless :*sip*
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  5. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    hm, zuma 125 looks decent.
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  6. JerryH

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    The Zuma 125 has a tall seat. When I sit far enough back to be comfortable, I can barely touch the ground. Sliding forward helps, but I've just gotten used to it. But I have a 34" inseam. It also has stiff suspension and fairly small wheels. I like the suspension, it works for my 220+ pounds, but might be to much for a lighter person.
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  7. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    ah, good to know. thanks!
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  8. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    Check out the SYM HD 200. I've only got a 30" inseam and heels are on the ground. 16" wheels in the bargain.
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    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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  11. travelsized

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    I have a pair of the short boot version and while I initially mocked them, they aren't all that bad. Pros: Relatively good looking, ankle protection, okay rubber sole, more comfortable than technical riding boots, and a little height. The thin toe makes shifting easy when you're a beginner. Cons: Cheap-o leather and zero protection around the toe area.

    The short version (easier to get on/off, but to each her own) are on sale at a price that is far more reasonable: http://www.bikebandit.com/icon-wome...campaign=pla&gclid=CKCXkqL4t7YCFW7hQgodOx8AWA

    The alternative: http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=857
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  12. CaptnJim

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    We looked at a bunch of scooters, found that the Honda PCX 150 is a real good blend of performance, comfort, and ease. Take her to a dealer for a "sit test" (since most of 'em don't allow test rides). The weight is low, the bike is easy to move around, and it's peppy enough to blend with traffic, while still stable feeling (thanks to the 14" wheels).
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    Low seat, Large wheels, Dead reliable
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  14. quasigentrified

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    i think she's down with the pcx150 after worrying it was TOO BUKU. :evil as i told her, "after you've gone down on it once, you'll get over your fears." (it isn't as big in person as she thinks, anyhow; it's a "nice size".)

    oh, she has opened a floodgate of terrible innuendo. :lol3 not even gonna ask if she wants the "red or the black one".
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  16. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Have her go to the Honda shop without you to look at the colors and the machine itself. You take care of the wheelin' and dealin' if she wants, but stay out of the pickin' and choosin'.

    I've been married almost 38 years, and I still am married to the same woman. Sometimes to only way to stay together is get lost.
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    Find a good low mileage Honda Reflex. Seat's low 28.3, weight's a little higher but doesn't feel like it, prices can be real good, and color, depends on the year.
    Reliable, freeway-capable, easy maintenance( don't even need a feeler gauge or shims for valve adjust.
    Probably buy two for the price of a new 150.
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    2014 Piaggio Fly 150. It will be in showrooms in May. My wife is looking for the exact same thing as yours. My wife fits on the PCX just fine but doesn't feel comfortable with the hump in the middle. The Fly is a true step through. Supposed to have 29.9 inch seat that is narrow towards the front, 12 inch wheels, light weight, and a powerfull 3 valve engine. Disk brakes front and back. Glove compartment, huge under seat storage and a price of $2899.00. We plan on taking a look next month.

    Bob
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  19. quasigentrified

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    i took her to lake city powersports yesterday to try out the pcx150 and she LOVED it. we'll pick it up first week of may. as a spec nerd, i want her to try out the fly 150, but as a wiser poster observed: it's her decision and i need to butt the eff out. :cry it's a sweet little rig. thanks for all your help, everyone! :freaky

    edit: she's getting it in black, the faster color.
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  20. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    She won't regret the choice. Now, see if you can keep your hands off it.
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