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post #1 of 23 Old 07-27-2007, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Okay here's the situation. Against my better judgement, I need to find some decent transportation for an unlicensed driver. Don't ask, not worth the time or effort to explain.

This person has never driven a motorized vehicle, not even a car. So, as a favor. I've been asked to find the most "bang of the buck" scooter and teach this person how to use it properly.

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- Entry level
- 49cc or less (no need to register)
- Good quality
- Decent storage
- Somewhat chic and decent looking
- Best price possible

I've seen the Aprilla 2-cycle and love it, but too much money and faster than needed. Anyone have experience with Kymco? Piaggio, beautiful but again more than needed to spend. Vespa, the same as the Piaggo. I'm wanting to see if it gets used, before upgrading.

Side note, the Piaggio 3-wheeler is niceeeeee!!!! But, not cheap.

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post #2 of 23 Old 07-27-2007, 09:52 AM
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You should get a moped because it is easier to argue if a cop pulls them over on it. Seeing as it could be a bicycle too.

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You should get a moped because it is easier to argue if a cop pulls them over on it. Seeing as it could be a bicycle too.
Thought of that first, but this individual likes the scooter look and the storage options. I have the entry level Kymco in mind. It's about $1500 with a 6-month/3k mi warranty. It's peppy enough. Just looking for other potential options.

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I see allot of these in Manhattan:

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/pr...51/0/home.aspx

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This person has never driven a motorized vehicle, not even a car. So, as a favor. I've been asked to find the most "bang of the buck" scooter and teach this person how to use it properly.
If you don't need a license for MSF training, send them there first. My first vehicle was a moped, and it was great training. I crashed it once on a wet turn, for its stock tires were horrible. The problem with entry scooters is they come with small wheels that make it difficult to clear road hazards. Good luck! Someone is going to owe you big time!

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For good quality and decent price..why not a Honda?

http://www3.telus.net/dougsimpson/Honda50.html

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Piaggio and Aprilia are the same company. I have ridden the Aprilia 50 factory, and it's a nice ride for a scoot. Make a trip down here to NC, and i'll set you up with my dealer. He has three of them on his sales floor right now.

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I have a friend who has two of the Zumas. Nice scoots.

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Kymco is one of the biggest chinese names you can throw around when it comes to scooters. They used to be the Hyundai or Kia of the car Industry and look at them now.

Last I heard they were getting Honda engines for their scooters but rebadge with their names (this was a few years ago so this may have changed... got to add this disclaimers before the nazis attack! ), only problem you may have is trying to find a good supplier for parts but, I am sure that a good Kymco dealer is capable of maintaining normal wear and tear parts.

Stay away from Italian brands as they will cost more when you start to look for spares... seeing as the guy has never ridden a scooter he may suffer a few dirt excursions while he learns.

If that guy is you well, buy whatever you want... you won't ride it anyways!

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Piaggio and Aprilia are the same company. I have ridden the Aprilia 50 factory, and it's a nice ride for a scoot. Make a trip down here to NC, and i'll set you up with my dealer. He has three of them on his sales floor right now.
Get me the best possible deal and I will come pick it up. Remember, it has to be under 50cc.

H_Ryder, I looked at the Honda. She didn't like the styling and it wasn't cheap.

I've found a few decent looking scooters on-line by various chinese manufacturers that meet my parameters. But, as RC90 mentioned. I'm concerned about warranty issues buying on-line and potential parts availability.

It looks like I will be giving a personal one-on-one SSC (Scooter Safety Course). Literally starting off by pushing the scooter around a big open parking lot before ever turning it on.

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Boy this whole deal really smells of one of those "Hey Doc I'm fine today but my friend has this real itchy rash" conversations.

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There are a few options , the Vino from yamaha, the honda Ruckuus, Honda metro, I believe these are all 49cc. I think the Vino is a two stroker thats oil injected so its a tad faster than the metro and the ruckuus. good luck str8

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Give her your Harley, that thing with all that bling crap you got on, doesn't go past 55mph anyways...

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I was thinking more of something like this:

http://allnewsports.com/mbanda50.htm

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Man just make sure you can get parts for it. We had some off brands and they werent worth ...., few hundred more and get a yama or honda. Prob find a used one for under 1k. str8

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I was thinking more of something like this:

http://allnewsports.com/mbanda50.htm
With only 10" wheels a road hazard could take it out. They are going to be ATGATT?

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Give her your Harley, that thing with all that bling crap you got on, doesn't go past 55mph anyways...
Why you ...

She couldn't lift it off the stand! Seriously.

FYI ... The H-D you speak of has done over 130mph. It is the scariest thing though! Darn springer front end shakes violently, almost like a mild tank slapper. I don't know why I continue to do it? Takes a quarter mile to come to a stop though ... bahahahaha

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With only 10" wheels a road hazard could take it out. They are going to be ATGATT?
She likes the look and it comes with a back box.

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She likes the look and it comes with a back box.
Sounds familiar...

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Ok, I'll play... what exactly are you planning to do with it? if this is going to be a short commute and no highway or major Streets/Avenues, I'll say GO FOR IT, otherwise, stay away from it.

10" wheels (Tonka Like toys)
RR Drum brakes (Remember the 70's?)

Again, this would be a very cool scoot depending on the situation.

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She likes the look and it comes with a back box.

Check out the carnaby 124cc with 15" wheels! Of course she'd need license certification...

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Kymco is reliable and will have more parts available. Take my advice and stay away from any other deals with CN ones on-line. Ours has been a pian.

I echo the Rukus, Vino, Zuma.
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This one is military approved.

I know... it was stolen from the French.

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