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Old 05-31-2009, 09:44 PM
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looking into scooters...

can anyone shed insight?

looking at these guys:
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http://powersports.honda.com/2010/sh150i.aspx

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If I bought a scooter it would be a Vespa.
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Although nice, I think the Piaggio is horrendously over-priced. If I were buying a scooter I would go for the Honda Ruckus. I think its coo las hell.

Link --->http://powersports.honda.com/2009/ruckus.aspx
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I likes the ruckus too, cept my legs be too long lol I can't turn it at all
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:57 AM
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I had a '08 Vespa GTS.

4 valve, water cooled, tons of storage.
Comfortable and unfatiguing at 65-80 mph.
70+ mpg
Did a few 250 mi day trips with my biker buddies - no problem.

Honestly it was much more comfortable at speed than my H-D.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:59 AM
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I had a '08 Vespa GTS.

4 valve, water cooled, tons of storage.
Comfortable and unfatiguing at 65-80 mph.
70+ mpg
Did a few 250 mi day trips with my biker buddies - no problem.

Honestly it was much more comfortable at speed than my H-D.
Not kidding.
You got rid of it
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Scooters are the way to go.
Mine gets me to work back and forth here in Taipei
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You got rid of it
Yep, got an offer I couldn't refuse.
I'll prob get a Vespa LX150 this summer though.
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Yep, got an offer I couldn't refuse.
I'll prob get a Vespa LX150 this summer though.

That was a nice scooter and now you want to downgrade to a LX150 You should have kept it. I want one of those for myself here in Taipei.
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how much do used scooters go for? like.. the vespa gts? what size engine would i want? i don't want a slow poke but i'm not looking for a crotch rocket. something to just get around (most likely from home to the bridge to get into nyc).
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how much do used scooters go for? like.. the vespa gts? what size engine would i want? i don't want a slow poke but i'm not looking for a crotch rocket. something to just get around (most likely from home to the bridge to get into nyc).
The Vespa GTS 250 is probably the best for you.
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how much do used scooters go for? like.. the vespa gts? what size engine would i want? i don't want a slow poke but i'm not looking for a crotch rocket. something to just get around (most likely from home to the bridge to get into nyc).
A new GTS is $5999, LX150 $4199 (or so).
Check Craiglist though if you want to save a few bucks, tons of used stuff out there ...

People will say the Vespa cost too much, but the quality is excellent.

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what is the service like for a scooter? change oil often? suspension? any modifications so i can put a "trunk" even with 2 people?
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what is the service like for a scooter? change oil often? suspension? any modifications so i can put a "trunk" even with 2 people?
Piaggio/Vespa will be 600 'break-in' service then every 2500-5000 or so depending on model.

Y, I had a trunk on my GTS and my wife and I could ride it together. The trunk doubles as the passenger backrest.
Four rear suspension settings to preload for passenger, etc.

I used to take it to the grocery store all the time - very handy, could get 2 gal containers+ in the topcase (trunk), not to mention the underseat storage.
In addition you still have a lockable glovebox up front for small personal items.
Vespas are well thought out.
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what is the service like for a scooter? change oil often? suspension? any modifications so i can put a "trunk" even with 2 people?

Better yet, get one of these

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anyone know anything about a Prego 150cc's? there's one by me but i'm not sure where or who makes it. I see a lot of Chinese scooters on craigslist but i'm skipping out on them even though the prices aren't bad and you can always haggle the "it's a pos chinese bike" angle. lol...

but i would like something durable as i am the durability tester kind of guy.
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they seem rather pricey, but I suppose it's the norm ...
let's think about this for a sec since i too was like Hum... about the price.

4.4 gallons for some, just say 4.5

@2.50 a gallon =$11.25 to fill up to go about 60 mpg which is 270 miles... just say 250. (going on the low side here) for my 540 to go 250 miles, that's a $50 tank with a few miles left (i can get about 300 out of the 5) but we're going low on the scooters so i'm sure they can do 300 on a tank.

$38.75 savings a tank and i go though about a tank a week (sometimes more but on average). Just say here in NJ i can ride the scooter for 10 weeks out of the year, that's a $387.50 saved a year and that's assuming only 10 weeks. let's go for 20, a little spring and all of summer and fall. that's a $775.00 savings on gas per year for 20 weeks of riding. going hardcore and 30 weeks you'll break into the $1K a year savings. that's not bad but is it worth it to be in the elements for you?
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How much is not getting soaking wet in a sudden thunderstorm or being able to carry 5 bags of groceries worth?

Actually, I was only thinking back 35 years ago to what a low end bike cost then. Seems like a decent way to get around in general depending on your situation. Not sure it would work that well for me on a daily basis, but that's mine.
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How much is not getting soaking wet in a sudden thunderstorm or being able to carry 5 bags of groceries worth?

Actually, I was only thinking back 35 years ago to what a low end bike cost then. Seems like a decent way to get around in general depending on your situation. Not sure it would work that well for me on a daily basis, but that's mine.
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I wish the freeway legal ones were not so silly looking.
they look like sea doo's with wheels
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Ok so after looking around at different scooters because of this thread, I have decided I am buying a Honda Ruckus. I found a few on Atlanta CL for ~$1400 asking price. That means $1k cash. I'm doing this.

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