Scooter suggestions please!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Brainsparks30, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Brainsparks30

    Brainsparks30 n00b

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    I am looking for a scooter to keep in/on a motor home.

    It must be:
    Comfortable
    Automatic
    Not have pedals
    Seat two, with room for a little grocery shopping
    Preferably two stroke for lightness (and fun)
    Above 50cc for power
    Ideally not be Chinese crap
    Parts still available
    Be step through with wide running boards
    Be no more than £1000 GBP
    Easy to maintain in the field (literally)
    Be ok on sub par roads

    I don't know what is out there, can you please advise?
    If you actually have something, I have swaps/part exchange to offer.
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  2. tortoise2

    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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    Blimey!
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH To Each Their Own Supporter

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    I could write a book on all your requirements. It won't likely be a 2 stroke. Add to that if you are in the UK, I don't know what is available there. If you want to carry a passenger it will need to be a lot bigger than 50cc. You definitely don't want Chinese, but Taiwanese is fine. All modern scooters are automatic. Scooters do not have pedals. Only mopeds have pedals. There are still scooters available with a flat floorboard. Most modern scooters would not need maintenance in the field. With only limited use they can go a long distance without maintenance. No scooter I am aware of is OK on sub par roads, depending on how sub par. I personally would not ride any scooter on a dirt road unless it is hard packed with no to VERY little dust. Piaggio and Japanese scooters have the best parts availability. Stick with name brands. Comfort is subjective. Usually the bigger the scooter the more comfortable it is. The biggest issue is finding anything decent for 1000 GBP. Most decent scooters are going to be several times that much. I'll give it some thought. The next poster may know exactly what you need.
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  4. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer Supporter

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    Two strokes have not been available new in the UK for nearly a decade and the last one I know of for certain was a Vespa PX which was not an auto. Rule out mainland Chinese and you are limited to used even with 4 stroke. God luck in finding something that meets your requirements
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  5. MJSfoto1956

    MJSfoto1956 Been here awhile

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    If you are willing to go for used, the older Yamaha Zuma/BWs 2-strokes are good machines. Even used they are not cheap though as they have a pretty good following. Might be worth restoring one if those are your firm requirements.
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  6. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    Honda Reflex.
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  7. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Older Piaggio and Aprilia 250 or 300cc scooters meet all your needs except the financial limits. That completely depends on your mechanical skill and patience. Many scooters spend years neglected in garages and sheds because of minor issues that an experienced home mechanic can fix.
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  8. JerryH

    JerryH To Each Their Own Supporter

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    I have heard (but not confirmed) that the UK will not allow you to ride an older scooter near any of the larger cities.
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  9. BigBaloo

    BigBaloo Been here awhile

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    First thing to do is decide which of your criteria are most important then ditch at least half of them.
    As things stand there isn't a scooter made which meets your criteria.
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  10. 125uCrazy

    125uCrazy Adventurer

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    Your going to struggle on a 2* with flat floorboards for a 'bag of sand' but yamaha giggle come up once in a blue moon dealers want £1500.
    Most MHs carry a Honda innova Suzuki FL address but not flat floor, gears, capable 2 up
    Flat floor Suz Address 110, Honda 110 vision but panels.
    Best bet buy a shed, build your own
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  11. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I have not a clue what one could buy or barter for in the UK that meets that list.
    Best answered by a Brit., I suppose, or see post #10:nod from Scotland.
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  12. Tromper

    Tromper Sagaciously Annoying Supporter

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    Heck I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kymco.
    They still look to be in the U.K. , & have a few flat floorboard models including the People series, which comes in both a 150ish and 300ish rivaling the Honda SH stuff.
    I think SYM has some as well, but I'm not dead sure on their lineup or how available they are vs. Kymco in the U.K..
    They're both Taiwanese marques so tend to have good bang for the buck, & in my experiences with 'em been pretty reliable.
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  13. Trucker jay

    Trucker jay Been here awhile

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    Kymco people 125/150 I'm in the states but seen parts available for them at .uk on line retailers so I'm guessing this are available to you.
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  14. BigBaloo

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    Kymco and Sym are both available in the UK but dealers are few and far between.
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  15. Steve_h

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    I ordered parts for my Kymco from the UK. Saved about 40% over US prices even after taking into account the shipping charges.
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  16. JerryH

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    Wow. I have to order parts for my Royal Enfield Bullet from the UK, and the shipping is ridiculously high. They have even emailed me a couple of times with the shipping charges, and asked if I still wanted the parts due to the high shipping charges.
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  17. Brainsparks30

    Brainsparks30 n00b

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    Thank you all for you input. Eventually managed to swap my KH125 for a Vespa Et50.
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  18. JerryH

    JerryH To Each Their Own Supporter

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    KH125? You mean a 1975-1998 Kawasaki KH125 2 stroke motorcycle? I would absolutely LOVE to have one of those.
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