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have you ever sat on one? If you are over 5'8" you will likely not fit =/
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You'll be a speedbump in ATL - that thing goes 35 mph downhill with a tailwind.

Obviously you can hop it up, but 45-47 is the max I have seen posted.


Although it is durable, there is a thread on the Ruckus forums about a guy that has ridden one across the country...
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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
What's that? A crocket rocket for those with no sense of balance? It looks like it has all the disadvantages of motorcycles and cars combined into one.
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What's that? A crocket rocket for those with no sense of balance? It looks like it has all the disadvantages of motorcycles and cars combined into one.
Who are you trying to kid?

You know you want one.
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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
I rode one... not nearly as fun as a 2-wheeled bike...
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You know you want one.
I see you're doing well on your new bike. SBG must be so proud.

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I rode one... not nearly as fun as a 2-wheeled bike...
I agree (not that I rode one). The initial WOW factor is pretty high, but I then thought: it already takes up so much space, why not use a bit more metal and get a roof? Then we pretty much end up with a car anyway...
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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
I am glad you posted that...I saw one a couple of days ago and the girl asked what it was and I had no answer. She gave me the look of "what, the king of all that is powered by a motor does not know all afterall?" I just PIITB when we got home to show her, I am still a man.
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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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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
I saw one today on the highway while driving to work. At first I thought somebody was driving a motor-tricycle backwards!
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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
my local BMW dealer has one of those in their showroom!
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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.


chinese food delivery guy in NYC ride those so it must be durable but not fast. i see them zip around traffic all the time. looks cool but no wai for NJ.


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I saw the Can-Am Spyder on display at my next-door mall:



The price tag is big though, $16k - $17k. It looks awesome up close...
some guy that lives around the corner from my big brother (fraternity) has one. i drove pass it yesterday and saw it in the corner of my eye. meh... it looked ok. nothing to gauk over
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They're a lot of fun to ride, but you wouldn't want your friends to see you on one.

Kind of like that ugly girl you've been sizing up.

kidding- they do seem practical and efficient. I'd consider it if Illinois would make talking on cell phones illegal while driving.
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I'd consider it if Illinois would make talking on cell phones illegal while driving.
Talking? Its the damn texters that are the most dangerous. I'm almost got hit twice yesterday - girl starts texting while going down the highway, and hits her brakes for no reason, making the traffic scatter around her. As I passed and looked back, she was still looking at the phone. The second girl (yes, a pattern) was doing 50mph in the middle lane I-290 and wandering side-to-side like a drunk while staring down at the phone.
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I thought about the three wheels, and I think it will be really, really fun if I can change the wheels to fat ones, and drive around on the beach/dirt paths/snow. Like an ATV. Then I searched some more, and it turns out the company primarily makes ATV:



http://www.can-am.brp.com/
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I'd consider it if Illinois would make talking on cell phones illegal while driving.
or put on make-up! there was a lady recently on a bike who was rear ended because the lady behind was "driving" was actually putting on nail polish and didn't stop at the red light. full speed.
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Piaggio has a few 3 wheelers too, not as cool looking, but also not as expensive, this top MP3 500 model is $8900 MSRP, probably more stable for older or less physically capable riders


http://www.piaggiousa.com/scooters.p...io%20MP3%20500
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You'll be a speedbump in ATL - that thing goes 35 mph downhill with a tailwind.

Obviously you can hop it up, but 45-47 is the max I have seen posted.


Although it is durable, there is a thread on the Ruckus forums about a guy that has ridden one across the country...
Yeahhhh... my quest for a Ruckus ended immediately when I found out about the 40mph top speed. For some reason I was under the impression that they went 80.
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Yeahhhh... my quest for a Ruckus ended immediately when I found out about the 40mph top speed. For some reason I was under the impression that they went 80.
Obviously you have not seen one close up and in person yet.
You would NOT want to be on one at 80 mph - it is tiny.

Honda used to make a Ruckus 250 (bigger in every regard) but apparently it was discontinued. Shame, had a decent following on the ADV forum.
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heres hondas link. this one has 82 morre cc's than my ninja500. i heard that can reach 80 mph.
http://powersports.honda.com/2009/silver-wing.aspx
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Honestly, I wouldn't be messing around with those rinky-dink things. Not enough cc's/hp to get out of the way of its own shadow. You need something with ballz, especially if you're going to take it on the freeways.

You'd need something that can cruise at highway speeds without it sounding like it's going to blow up. Something that gets around 56 mpg. Something that looks cool, yet functions as a "legitimate" two-wheeler.

Something like this:



Plus, you could carry a passenger and more bags of groceries SAFELY than those Vespa-wannabes.

Then, when you have enough funds, make it look like its Gixxer brethren:



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i have no intentions on taking it on the freeway. i will use it only in pasadena, california for getting to work, getting groceries/takeout, and going to the gym.

the vespa styling is a bit retro to me. looks mildly "bubbly" as well. does anyone here own one or can shed insight on the differences between different scooters? fun/performance/reliability/cost of ownership input would be greatly appreciated. I went to a large dealership and of course the salesman was trying to get me to purchase the vespa 300 super (most expensive) scooter.
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i have no intentions on taking it on the freeway. I will use it only in pasadena, california for getting to work, getting groceries/takeout, and going to the gym.

The vespa styling is a bit retro to me. Looks mildly "bubbly" as well. Does anyone here own one or can shed insight on the differences between different scooters? Fun/performance/reliability/cost of ownership input would be greatly appreciated. I went to a large dealership and of course the salesman was trying to get me to purchase the vespa 300 super (most expensive) scooter.
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I could not recommend Vespa enough.
Anything 150cc+ is fine for around town and a jaunt on 55 mph roads.
For longer time on the highway definitely 250cc+
65-80 mph (GTS) for gas tanks (2.4g) at a time? No problem.

I plan on getting a new 150cc Vespa this summer after selling my GTS in March.
Sure it's more expensive, but....I just didn't like the look of the regular Piaggio or Silverwing stuff, sorry.
I like the retro look of the Vespas, which has very little plastic - mostly metal.
It's classic.

Just know if you are going to be riding these machines with great regularity you will go through tires much faster than a motorcycle (more rotations due to small wheel size). If you are not doing your own wrenching, service varies considerably from dealer to dealer.
THAT is where they make their money, not on selling you a scooter.

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