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Been on a Scooter lately?

  • Joined 5/31/00
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I have been lusting after old vintage scooters since forever!

After my hubbin got a motorcycle & gas prices skyrocketed my hopes of getting two wheeled transport have increased.

We looked at a Stella but it's way too big for me and I am a bit of a wimp about the manual transmission.

Anyone have any good scooter shopping advice, lustful scooter pics, scooter slang, gangs or links I should know of? Please post!

xoxo-erica

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  • Joined 3/21/04
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  • Post #1
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

I liked my Zuma when I lived in my previous apartment and could get to the local coffee shop via back roads. I pretty much stopped riding it after I moved into my house, because this neighborhood is bordered by fairly busy streets. I could have derestricted it, but that's pushing the line legally in this state, and I already had/have a motorcycle, so why bother?

If cost is not a big issue, I was impressed by the Piaggio X9 when I did a test ride.

If you prefer vintage scooters, you're pretty much going to have to learn how to operate a manual transmission.

  • Joined 11/28/00
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  • Post #2
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

I had a vintage Vespa (oh, how I miss her!). If I can learn to operate a manual transmission, I have every faith that anyone with opposable thumbs can do the same.

  • Joined 1/16/06
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  • Post #3
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

Scooter's still running his appeals out, but after that I'm sure lots of people will be riding him.

  • Joined 3/22/01
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  • Post #4
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

I saw an article about this one last year:

http://www.vespasf.com/scooterX9.html

I actually saw one on the road the other day.

Adding the corporate website link:

http://www.piaggiousa.com/pScooters/MP3.cfm

Edited to add another link. :spineyes:

  • Joined 3/13/04
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  • Post #5
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

Take the BRC and get at least a 125cc scooter or 250cc motorcycle.

A 50cc is a fun toy but it's a toy.

  • Joined 2/3/07
  • 778
  • Post #6
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

A 50cc is a fun toy that you can park anywhere free of charge at bike racks (in my state) and get about 100mpg. Plus they're swankier than their bigger brothers.

I have a 49cc Vino that I modified slightly, giving me a top speed of around 45mph. I plan on installing a 70cc kit this summer.

I'm also thinking of painting it an ironic matte black with flames of some sort.

  • Joined 4/18/01
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  • Post #7
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

OK NOW I GOT TO SHARE IT...

http://www.retrovespa.com

I ride a Vespa ET2 in NYC, but my dream vespa is there... 3,500 and you get a completely restored (think: new) vintage vespa, plus you can choose your own color and they'll ship it to you... Ah... If only I had a garage for that baby!

Enjoy! :))

  • Joined 1/23/01
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  • Post #8
  • Originally posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7 years ago)

And my GF's sister's brother works for a motorcycle shop in the DC area. They sell Genuine Scooter brand scooters. He said they're a much better investment than a Vespa, which is what my GF really wants.

  • Joined 5/31/00
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  • Post #9
  • Originally posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (7 years ago)

la sigh

I only drive stick :roll: so realy I shouldn't fear the manual scoots hu? I have thumbs!

I'd like a four stroke over 50cc so I can get the f outta the way if I need to.

Erik wants to get me a motercycle but...I'm a scooter girl at heart.

Thanks for the posts - I look forward to more!

Got someone e-mailing me pics of a Baja for 2K tonight. :dunno:

  • Joined 8/14/06
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  • Post #10
  • Originally posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Princess5342"
I only drive stick :roll: so realy I shouldn't fear the manual scoots hu? I have thumbs!

it's not so different. have someone point out the quirks the first time you ride one, know what to do if you stall it, maybe try starting in second gear. you'll pick it up pretty quick.

Quoted from "Princess5342"
I'd like a four stroke over 50cc so I can get the f outta the way if I need to.

i've got a 150cc 2-stroke that gets the f wherever i want it to... i love my two stroke. it goes 65 and does wheelies :)

if you want to stand a chance in traffic, get something 150cc or bigger. if you want to love your scooter, go with a two stroke, manual transmission, metal bodied scooter.

i ride a stella, and i love her:

and i hear the coolest scooter shop in the universe has a couple of the last new stellas in the world:

:)

  • Joined 1/23/01
  • 4505
  • Post #11
  • Originally posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Princess5342"
so really I shouldn't fear the manual scoots hu?

Take some Immodium AD, and you'll be fine.

  • Joined 1/20/03
  • 2094
  • Post #12
  • Originally posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (7 years ago)

My good friend has a blue Yamaha Vino Scooter and I have a blue Yamaha FZ-6 Motorcycle. We often times park next to each other at work. It's like big brother and little sister. I also let her park me in because I can just lift up her scooter to get out.

  • Joined 1/19/05
  • 1706
  • Post #13
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)

So, this thread is a little outdated, but does anyone own a scooter still? What is the average price for an inexpensive new scooter? What brands to stay away from and which brands are premium? Which are the best at saving on gas?

  • Joined 2/3/07
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  • Post #14
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "jlindyhopr"
So, this thread is a little outdated, but does anyone own a scooter still? What is the average price for an inexpensive new scooter? What brands to stay away from and which brands are premium? Which are the best at saving on gas?

If you don't need go on the highway and want to have more parking flexibility, I highly recommend the 49cc Yamaha Vino. It has tons of storage space under the seat, and gets about 100 mpg. MSRP for a new 2009 is 2000, but you can find earlier used models from 1000-1500.

It has cool retro styling, too. 8)

I myself have my eyes on a Vespa Granturismo.

  • Joined 1/11/06
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  • Post #15
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)

And what if you do need to get on the highway? --R

y i no haz signature? Come on people, make with the funny.

  • Joined 1/19/05
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  • Post #16
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "TheRiz"
And what if you do need to get on the highway? --R

I have a car that I plan on hanging onto, but the gas is killing me driving to work in the morning, then home, then back across the city to go dancing, then back home. It's costing me about 10 a day in gas! If I need to cross the river or get on the highway, I can use my car, but I'd like to use a fuel efficient vehicle like a scooter just going Uptown and Downtown.

Called the local scooter shop to find out about pre-owned scooters, and they are completely sold out. There's a long wait list, and it's first come first serve.

  • Joined 2/3/07
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  • Post #17
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "TheRiz"
And what if you do need to get on the highway? --R

Vino 125

My brother has one and he loves it.

  • Joined 1/19/05
  • 1706
  • Post #18
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "Trazy"
I myself have my eyes on a Vespa Granturismo.

That's the one I was looking at too, but I found this one on Craigslist which I thought was fun (and goofy at the same time).

  • Joined 12/16/06
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  • Post #19
  • Originally posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (6 years ago)

Does a Razor scooter count?? Just kiddn'

J, look up Scooter Ria in NOLA they're on Sophie Wright Pl. They have these Japanese Vespa knock-offs that are cheap brand new and a steal pre-owned. provided they're not sold out now.

I'm thinking about going the scooter route too. It's around 3.89 -4.25 up here.

  • Joined 1/19/05
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  • Post #20
  • Originally posted Sunday, July 13, 2008 (6 years ago)

Anyone own or knows someone who owns a Kymco Sting 50cc?

Right now, I'm looking at this one and the People 50cc.

  • Joined 9/14/01
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  • Post #21
  • Originally posted Sunday, July 13, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "jlindyhopr"
Anyone own or knows someone who owns a Kymco Sting 50cc? Right now, I'm looking at this one and the People 50cc.

The Kymco Sting looks a lot like the Kymco Agility 50 I just bought a month or two ago. However ... the Sting has a two stroke engine whereas the Agility has a four stroke engine. Two stroke engines put out several times the amount of pollution as four stroke engines -- some say as much as a compact car.

Anyway I am quite satisfied with my Kymco bike. The auto-transmission is the first on any vehicle I've ever owned that actually works well and the bike has a nice feel to it. The cost I paid was about 2175 but that included set up, sales tax, registration and a Wisconsin plate.

"A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having" - V

  • Joined 11/4/06
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  • Post #22
  • Originally posted Monday, July 14, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "jlindyhopr"
Anyone own or knows someone who owns a Kymco Sting 50cc? Right now, I'm looking at this one and the People 50cc.

Here's a review of the Kymco People 150. I believe KYMCO is a big Taiwanese manufacturer of scooters. And since they drive A LOT of scooters in Taiwan, I'd figure they must be pretty good at making them.

http://www.justgottascoot.com/people150.htm

  • Joined 1/19/05
  • 1706
  • Post #23
  • Originally posted Monday, July 14, 2008 (6 years ago)

Thanks for the references. I didn't realize that a 50 cc could have a 4 stroke. If anyone is familiar with NOLA, I live Uptown, work Downtown, then go home and change, then go dancing either Downtown, in the Quarter, Marigny, or Mid-City. I won't be going on the highway (only backstreets), so I don't need anything that goes more than 40 mph.

Are you happy with the Agility 50? How's the pickup?

I should be getting the bike (hopefully) in the next two weeks, but still have to acquire all the gear and take the course. Sigh...

Any cons (besides speed) about getting a 50 cc scooter?

  • Joined 9/23/99
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  • Post #24
  • Originally posted Monday, July 14, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "Trazy"
Quoted from "TheRiz"
And what if you do need to get on the highway? --R
Vino 125 My brother has one and he loves it.

96MPG...nice!

Top speed?

-Eff

  • Joined 2/3/07
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  • Post #25
  • Originally posted Monday, July 14, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "Effervescent"
Quoted from "Trazy"
Quoted from "TheRiz"
And what if you do need to get on the highway? --R
Vino 125 My brother has one and he loves it.
96MPG...nice! Top speed? -Eff

Around 60mph on a level road, no wind.

Air Air
  • Joined 12/30/04
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  • Post #26
  • Originally posted Monday, July 14, 2008 (6 years ago)

Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?

  • Joined 1/19/05
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  • Post #27
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 (6 years ago)

Don't know if this is a faux pas or not, but what are you guys paying for scooter insurance? i heard it's ridiculously cheap (like 80 a year), yet when I applied, it was close to 1,000. The lowest rate I was quoted was 530.

I have a clean record, and the reason they told me the insurance was so high is cause theft is out of control in New Orleans. I put my parents address one town over), and it was half the price?! Ridiculous!!

  • Joined 2/3/07
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  • Post #28
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "jlindyhopr"
Don't know if this is a faux pas or not, but what are you guys paying for scooter insurance? i heard it's ridiculously cheap (like 80 a year), yet when I applied, it was close to 1,000. The lowest rate I was quoted was 530. I have a clean record, and the reason they told me the insurance was so high is cause theft is out of control in New Orleans. I put my parents address one town over), and it was half the price?! Ridiculous!!

You sure you didn't say "Schooner"?

I would flip the bird to your insurance agent. I paid about 85 a year, and that's in a major metropolitan area. I can't imagine it being an order of magnitude greater in New Orleans.

  • Joined 3/21/04
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  • Post #29
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 (6 years ago)

My Zuma ran me 50-60 every six months, but that was for liability only.

For comparison, coverage for my CBR600 was just over 100 and my car was 250 (also per six months, liability only.)

  • Joined 9/23/99
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  • Post #30
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 (6 years ago)

You're getting ripped: I have a 600cc motorcycle that is 68 a year for comprehensive.

-Eff

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