Yammy Majesty, the perfect scoot?....for me?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sealsam, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Well this has become a good tread to read!!!

    Sorry to the OP I have never ridden this scooter or any maxi, but I will like to ADD a maxi or mid size and the yamaha looks to be there in size, price and features!

    I would like the 650 but that is just too much money and I am not saying it is not worth it, just that I can't pay it (now).

    I will continue reading

    Damasovi
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  2. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    If you are going to California late June why not continue down to San Diego for Amerivespa? Canadians are welcome, as is anyone else on a scooter.
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  3. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Ahhhhh:baldy, now you did it, another option. THANK YOU!!

    So I'm running around doing errands for work, and I end up in the Santa Monica Piaggio dealer. I find out the BV500 is no longer. Now it is the BV350. This may be the ticket. A decent mid-weight scoot with great power and a solid name. The up right sitting posistion feels like my RT(I was sitting on a used 250?, that is suppose to be similar). The dealer had 5 just a short time ago, but they were gobbled up in no time. They hope to get one at the end of the month.

    I did look at the SYM300 last week, and I suppose these two bikes are similar in ergo's.

    BTW, I did link up to your blog. Great reading, I really enjoyed it. I now realize, I'll be carrying an extra rear tire when traveling.
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  4. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    You'd think I would know better at this age, but I thought shopping for a little scoot for a little traveling would be easy:lol3.

    I'm :ear. The input I'm receiving has become very, very helpful.
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  5. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    We have two Burgmans and a Yamaha VStar 1100 and Kawasaki 900 Vulcan and another little Yamaha Vino 125. My son has a 2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200. He likes it a lot. It goes fast enough to keep up and it surprised me at how well it rode from Kelowna to Calgary, 600 miles of mountain roads, very much fun. (I was on my V-Star.) It's a very nice scooter, very capable, but it has no storage space.

    As for Aprilia = Piaggio, my experience is that it is very difficult to get parts if anything breaks. We waited fourteen months. We met a lady in a gas station who raved about her Aprila Mana (cool bike!), but she reported that it was in the shop for half the season in 2011, likewise waiting on parts. As far as we can determine, the problem lies with the North American Piaggio distributor not getting parts from Italy (or wherever they come from nowadays).

    Your mileage may vary, but ask around before you fall in love with a Piaggio motorcycle. I don't have the same problems getting parts from Suzuki or Yamaha or Kawasaki. I know there are people that really like them, but I would not own another one unless I lived in Europe. I don't believe they take the North American scooter market seriously, but then who does?

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  6. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    I still need up add the updates for my ride to Amerivespa in Lake Geneva, WI last summer. That was quite a sweep of 4,600 miles from door to door. Took the BV 500 instead of the Scarabeo on that one but this time made arrangements to switch out the rear tire during Amerivespa. Of course, it is now time for a major service before next long trip.

    Left Breckenridge, CO up through Wyoming to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse over to Sturgis (picked up a t-shirt for when I'm riding with my friends on their Harleys) through the Badlands over to Lake Geneva. Then down to Chicago where I picked up a flight out for a couple days of work leaving the BV in airport garage parking. Left Midway and went up to the Lake Express Ferry Michigan side across back to WI. Through North Dakota including Theodore Roosevelt National Park then I went down through Yellowstone and Grand Tetons back to Breckenridge.

    Oh and neither I nor my dealers have ever had a serious problem getting Piaggio parts. The only thing I ever had to wait more than a couple days for was a new speedo replaced under warrant. Even that wouldn't have taken more than a week except it was the first of August when Italy basically shuts down. Part came in first part of September but it didn't stop me from riding, just judged speed by vehicles around me or gps.
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  7. skutorr

    skutorr Torr Max

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    MY TURN!!

    First, you must be talking about the Banner Grade, up from the desert to Julian. GREAT ROAD! Did it on my 2009 Majesty with Dr. Pulley 15gm sliders, following my brother on his Burgman 650. Actually, RIDING his ASS.

    The Majesty 400 was about perfect, BUT I had upgraded to Dr. Pulley's to keep it at its torque peak, had sticky Michelin dual-compound tires, and replaced all the original ORGANIC brake pads with SINTERED...a MUST DO!!!

    The original windscreen is USELESS..I put on a BIONDI Touring Screen from Italy...could light a MATCH behind it at 80mph.

    Also, toured from San Diego to San Jose and back with my brothers on their Burgman 650's. 75-80 mph (actual) on the freeway...no problem, all day long.

    Paid $4,300 at the Dealer,used with 700 miles on it, only ridden for 4 months. Just sold it for $4,000 cash after two years and 6,000 miles.

    UNFORTUNATELY, I had to sell it because I test-rode a TMAX 500. After my brother did. He SOLD both his Burgman 650 and SYM Citycom 300; TMAX does everything they both did...BETTER.

    Found my NEW 2009 Tmax at a dealer in SJC; list was $8,400...I paid $6,300. AMAZING bike. Last month my brother and I "borrowed" a C650gt from the BMW Dealer and took turns on it while the other rode the Tmax. In almost every area the Tmax was equal to or BETTER than the $11,000 C650. (And we haven't put in the Dr. Pulley's yet!)

    My full face SyMaxII helmet WOULN"T fit under the Majesty seat until I took a HAMMER and HEAT GUN to the compartment ABS...it just drops into the Tmax. Who knew?

    (and my other brother ALSO has a Burgman 400..oil leaker, clutch problems...AVOID!!!)

    My Spin? Stay with Yamaha! Spend $3-4k for a used Majesty, or (and I REALLY MEAN THIS) get a Tmax...still one available in Costa Mesa NEW for $6,500, in Corona with 1,500 miles for $5,500.

    http://www.cycletrader.com/New-Or-U...149,T+MAX+500&state=California|CA&vrsn=hybrid

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  8. mrmgoo

    mrmgoo beemerscoot

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    I put 19,00 on a Majesty and it was awomderful Scoot! After two yeare I decided to change the color,so I bought a 650 BMW and it is also wonderful so far.I've put 1300 miles on it so far,and would recommend it to anyone! The bigger tires and beefed up frame makes it ride like any bigger bike. You will love a Majesty,but I would recommend they You look further at the C 650 GT BMW. You might as well start with the best!. Ride safe.....and often.Mrmgoo.
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  9. JerryH

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    Well, it looks like I may be getting a Majesty. I was looking at $4000 scooters, in the 200cc range. But I just sold my '95 Goldwing today, after being on the fence about it for months, and now have another $4000 to spend. I've decided that Japanese is the way to go, for parts and reliability. The Majesty may seem expensive for what it is, but I was also seriously considering a Honda CTX700N at about the same price. The Majesty would be more comfortable and no shifting. After doing some research, there is really not much else available. The Burg 650 is simply too big, not much smaller than the 'Wing, which I was having issues with in tight spots and parking lots. The 400 is a lot more expensive, and has ABS, which I DO NOT WANT.

    I checked all the maxi scooters several months ago. The Silverwing was the best fit, with it's cutouts in the floorboards for your legs. But I just checked Honda's site, the priced has not been released yet, but it is not available without ABS, something I don't want, and that would make it a lot more expensive than I want to pay.


    I considered Vespa, Piaggio, and Kymco. Vespa is simply too expensive (GTS300 Super), the Piaggio BV350 is about $1000 less, but you would lose a good part of that in additional fees because it is being sold by a Vespa/BMW dealer, it's 50cc less, and I'm not sure about parts availability. The Kymco Xciting 500 is the same price, has 100cc more, unfortunately it is not available without ABS. And while I have nothing against Kymco, I won't pay the same price for a Kymco as I would a Yamaha.


    So, the Majesty is pretty much it for a maxi. I definitely want new, because I intend to ride the wheels off it. And I will maintain it properly from the very beginning. And it would almost certainly be my last new bike. Three things I don't like about the 2013 Majesty is the dark color that shows dirt and scratches so easily, the wide floorboards, and then there is the $600+ valve adjustment, which while only needed every 26,000 miles, is a bit much. That would be about 2 years riding for me.



    Time to do some serious negotiating with the dealers, and see what I can come up with. I AM NOT paying an extra $1000 in freight and setup fees.
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  10. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    From the sounds of it, Jerry, you have considered your options well. Respect. Yamaha makes a good motorcycle, always has. The Majesty sounds like a good fit for you and I'm sure you will be happy together. It's big enough to go cross-country and small enough to scoot around town. You will have fun, no doubt. Keep us posted.

    Regards
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  11. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    I would say, if you want comfort go with the Majesty. If you want performance, go with a Tmax. There are some new leftover models for both so you should be able to find either at a discount. It's hard to believe you still can buy a brand new 2009 Yamaha Tmax...
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  12. driller

    driller Twist and Go

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    I think you will enjoy the Maj, Jerry. It has the legs to make long runs like you have out there and still be fun going to the grocery. I have enjoyed many care free miles on mine. Having kept it nearly four years says a lot considering how often I trade bikes.
    The newer ones do have adjustable shocks and an extra disc up front. The shocks are the only other upgrade I would consider on my '07.
    Good luck finding a good deal and then get on it and ride!
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  13. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    JerryH, why don't you want ABS. That is a huge selling point for me. I want ABS.:deal
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  14. JerryH

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    First it uses a computer, and I don't like computers on motor vehicles. But the main reason is because I have been riding (on and off road) for 45 years, and I have never needed it. And I don't like anything that takes away control of the bike from me. I also don't believe it is as safe as many people seem to think. I have watched several videos of bikes crashing due to a loss of front wheel traction, even with ABS. So it is definitely not a cure all, or a guarantee that you will never crash. Add to that it is ridiculously expensive, and from reading the BMW forums, failure prone as well.
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  15. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    A modern 250 can cruise faster than 60 mph. My SYM Citycom can cruise easily 65 to 70 mph. The Kymco 300 can cruise 5 mph faster. These are actual speeds not indicated. As far as valve adjustments go my Citycom has 13000 miles on it, the valves have never been touched and they are fine.

    I just treat the bike with a little restraint, I don't take it over 7000 rpm's. The go fast crowd who must run their bikes flat-out all the time, will be looking at much more frequent valve adjustments.
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  16. vader1701

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    Wanted to chime in here, reading this good postings, I own a 2008 Majesty and have added some goodies to mine including a backrest for me and I love this scoot. It has taken me many a place without a hitch and it just keeps on ticking. If anyone is interested I posted some video's on mine and the things I have done to it, you can look on my YouTube channel LordDarthVader1701.

    I was a victim of the fuel pump horror but Yamaha stood behind it and fixed it. If you do choose the Majesty you won't regret it.
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