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Postby Rockalbert on Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:20 am

Need advice to buy a scooter...
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Re: hI

Postby GizmoGal on Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:36 am

Need to know some idea of what kind of riding you’ll be doing: urban streets, country roads, campus lanes?
Is the scooter for recreation or commuting or for modifying and doing accessorizing? Do you want to ride with a passenger? Do you have any riding experience at all ? Are you familiar with licensing and insurance regulations of the state where you live? Your initial post is a little general to be able to offer focosed advice. Do some thinking and offer context to get the best advice.

Take a look at this recent thread and see if you can be helped by some of what’s included, just to give you some basics about small scooters. Obviously, you needn’t consider the specific town mentioned in the OP or buying new versus used. But you can learn a lot by viewing the included links.
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Re: hI

Postby lilpinny on Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:30 pm

That link is pretty good. But right, kinda need more context to help.
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Re: hI

Postby lilpinny on Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:37 pm

I'll bump this thread along with some very generic advice that GG also mentions in the thread she posted.

I'm a big fan of Honda scooters. They are reliable, run forever and can survive a substantial amount of neglect and abuse. If you need a scooter to commute and/or want/need it to start up every time you press the start button a stock Honda will do the trick. The 50cc variety is the Ruckus or the Metropolitan.

50cc's will only get you to 35--40mph (the less the rider weighs the faster they will go). So an important question is how fast do you want to go or need to go. Where I live the main streets have a 65mph speed limit, so only going 35-40 is kinda dangerous with other cars whizzing around you. If you are looking for a bigger scooter, look at a Vespa or one of the bigger Hondas, imo.

There are the Chinese scooters that are under $1000 on amazon or ebay. Your millage will vary with those. They have a plus and a minus... and both of those is that they consist of cheap Chinese parts -- the cheap parts will break but--- they are cheap Chinese parts, so just go buy another part. Being cheap Chinese parts is both a bad and a good thing at the same time. If I just wanted a beater scooter, I'd maybe (just maybe) look at one of those. It helps if you know how to repair these yourself.

Used bikes are different... again you kinda gotta know what to look for to see if it's a dud or if its ok. If looking at used, look for stock bikes since they will likely be in better shape than one that has some mods. Many people start out thinking they are going to mod the heck out of a bike only to find out that it's not easy and they give up. You don't want to buy someones project bike that they gave up on because it wasn't working right. You inherit all their problems.

On a used bike look for a clean title (don't buy stolen stuff, or stuff that the bank technically owns), make sure the VIN is legit (not scratched off) and make sure the frame is straight (it hasn't been crashed) and it all works. Again, look for stock parts, avoid it if you see any evidence that it's taken a hard slam (anything is bent) and avoid it if you think it's not legit (people try to sell stolen stuff all the time). Listen for noises coming from the engine and make sure it doesn't bog or gasp when you take it for a ride. You don't want to buy someone else's problem.

With modifications, I'm guessing that isn't what you are looking for just because you asked for advice. That's no problem... many people make fun of the modifications because our bikes spend a good amount of time taken apart and not working. They become more like race cars where you ride them hard and then spend a good amount of time working on them. Also, dealers and alot of mechanics won't touch a modded scooter due to liability reasons. So you gotta know how to do all the work yourself because you are on your own... but that's the fun part of the hobby.

Whatever scooter you buy, ride the heck out of it. When you get bored with it, then look at modding if that's something you are interested in.
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