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Red in Chicago
07-13-2008, 07:18 PM
I've been debating on buying a scooter to have for running errands in town and maybe for going back and forth to work a few days a week. Honestly, I've never been on one before, so I'm not even sure if I would like it or for that matter, feel safe enough on it to actually go on the road with it.

Do any of you own a scooter and if so, what's the top speed you have had it at and do you actually feel safe on it. My main concern is not my driving ability, but rather, others being able to see me and more importantly, actually acknowledging that I'm on the road.

A real motorcycle is not an option. I just started checking out Vespa's, if that gives you any idea of what I'm looking into.

Other than safety, what kind of mileage are you getting and what about reliability? Any repair issues?

Beginning stages here. Just looking for input. Thanks.

TeamSelig
07-13-2008, 07:35 PM
Same here. I think if you get one that goes about 35, you don't need to get licenses plates, etc. for it. I can't remember the actual motor size or power that you can't exceed....

I just don't want to look goofy. Not sure I've seen someone on a moped not look goofy ;) Crazy good gas mileage though.

BoxingRed
07-13-2008, 08:00 PM
[QUOTE=TeamSelig;1693305]Same here. I think if you get one that goes about 35, you don't need to get licenses plates, etc. for it. I can't remember the actual motor size or power that you can't exceed....[QUOTE]

Generally anything under a 50 cc engine will be considered a moped in most states. This will allow you to avoid a motorcycle license as well.

I have had my eye on th Yamaha C3 for about a year, but haven't been able to pull the trigger.
From what I have read, you get what you pay for. Cheap Chinese scooters, under $1000, can be impossible to find parts for and may not last very long at all.

TeamSelig
07-13-2008, 08:01 PM
You can find used ones fairly cheap I think. If you take care of it, I doubt you will have a ton of problems. Not familiar with the Yamaha's though.

Deepred05
07-13-2008, 09:38 PM
Ran into some fellas who were driving Vespa's. They told me their top speed was 80 miles an hour. No clutch or gears to mess with, just hit the throttle. Interesting little bikes, but I will stick with my Harleys.

Heath
07-13-2008, 09:45 PM
yep, I'm getting one at somepoint.

But I weigh 260, so I have to get a sturdier bike - probably a 250cc.

HumnHilghtFreel
07-13-2008, 09:51 PM
I was actually talking with my dad earlier today about looking into a scooter or cheap motorcycle to try to take the edge off these gas prices. I'm definitely starting to get serious about the idea now.

Z-Fly
07-13-2008, 11:01 PM
I have a scooter that I bought a few months ago. I love it. I ride it everyday. It gets up to about 70. It is a 150 cc and it cost around $1400 new.

Fon Duc Tow
07-14-2008, 08:15 AM
http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2006/08/segway4.jpg

Segway anyone? (As long as you don't mind looking kind of silly)

15fan
07-14-2008, 09:28 AM
There's a great joke about scooters.

The punch line is "they're both fun to ride...until your friends find out about it."

Dom Heffner
07-14-2008, 09:33 AM
After seeing my Father, Uncle, Brother-in-Law and best friend in the hospital after motorcycle crashes (no other cars were involved in all but one of them), I'd tell you if you like the way your body works currently- all limbs move cleanly, no road rash scars, you can remember where you put your car keys- I'd say suck it up and drive a car. There are other places in life to save money than to risk being roadkill over $50 a month.

Ask anyone who rides and they will tell you, it isn't if you will put it down, it's when. And forget about other drivers of cars even seeing you because they don't. And you have to check the weather report every day becuase if it rains and you're on it, it's like being pelted with a BB gun.

I rode for two Summers- in the country, even- and after a close call every week, I gave it up. I like my brain the way it currently functions.

If you want to be safe- if there is such a thing- you have to ride scared all the time and assume nobody sees you.

Real fun.

Cyclone792
07-14-2008, 12:19 PM
I passed a scooter by last night at 11:30pm driving home from my softball game. It was obviously dark with little traffic being that late on a Sunday night, and to be completely honest I barely saw the guy. In fact, my first reaction when I saw him was "what in the world is that?!" Both his headlight and tail light were rather dim too which certainly didn't help.

Z-Fly
07-14-2008, 12:47 PM
After seeing my Father, Uncle, Brother-in-Law and best friend in the hospital after motorcycle crashes (no other cars were involved in all but one of them), I'd tell you if you like the way your body works currently- all limbs move cleanly, no road rash scars, you can remember where you put your car keys- I'd say suck it up and drive a car. There are other places in life to save money than to risk being roadkill over $50 a month.

Ask anyone who rides and they will tell you, it isn't if you will put it down, it's when. And forget about other drivers of cars even seeing you because they don't. And you have to check the weather report every day becuase if it rains and you're on it, it's like being pelted with a BB gun.

I rode for two Summers- in the country, even- and after a close call every week, I gave it up. I like my brain the way it currently functions.

If you want to be safe- if there is such a thing- you have to ride scared all the time and assume nobody sees you.

Real fun.

Try $80 a week. I make sure to drive the back roads too.

OldRightHander
07-14-2008, 01:26 PM
It's all relative. I spend nearly $500-600 a week in fuel. Sometimes more if I do a lot of miles.

RedsFan75
07-14-2008, 02:38 PM
Do you get to pass that operating cost on or do you have to absorb it as operating cost?