General Chat Thread, What Scooter? in General; Seems there are a fair number of two-wheel experts on the forum, so perhaps you can advise. When I retire ...
19th March 2009, 08:39 AM #1
Seems there are a fair number of two-wheel experts on the forum, so perhaps you can advise. When I retire in a year or so (depending on the economic situation) we won't want to run two cars so I thought about getting a little scooter to run around on. A 125cc would be fine. Something with good stowage for the shopping and a helmet. I've looked at some of these Chinese imports but that might be false economy. Any recommedations?
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19th March 2009, 09:04 AM #2
The Piaggio's seem favourite in and around London.
Have you thought about getting a proper bike rather than a scooter. You could have a top box for storage, maybe even panniers.
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laserblazer (19th March 2009)
19th March 2009, 09:22 AM #3
I wanted to keep my legs dry I have short legs, which seems to create limitations with modern bikes.
19th March 2009, 09:50 AM #4
Gilera runner there a more grown up version of the scooters and have ample storage. Safe too, at least I was in a side on with a van and didn't hurt one bit.
They look like a snake thats eaten a goat mind but the look grows on you...
If you downgrade to a 50cc (for whatever reason), I know it will still cruise along at 55ish.
19th March 2009, 10:01 AM #5
I used to have one of the yamaha range - which they no longer make.
I hear good things about the 125cc X-Max though
19th March 2009, 10:37 AM #6
i was looking at the chinese imports aswell and got told to steer clear, jap bikes tend to be a good buy
19th March 2009, 11:16 AM #7
Agree with Gilera Runners - quality
Or you could just get one of the new Vespas
19th March 2009, 11:50 AM #8
This is my bike. Brand new it cost just over £1000, and yes, it's chinese. It's cheaply built but keep tightning the bolts and it's well worth the money.
19th March 2009, 12:09 PM #9
It would give me a bit of cred. with the kids if I rolled up the drive on one of those. It looks a bit heavy? I'll talk to you againg in a couple of years when it has gone for an MOT
19th March 2009, 12:14 PM #10
19th March 2009, 12:26 PM #11
It's not at all heavy, I'm a 8stone weakling... well, I was, now I'm an 11 stone weakling, but you get the idea.
Originally Posted by laserblazer
I can pick it up, not that I'VE dropped it, which is a long and not really interesting story!
19th March 2009, 12:55 PM #12
Myself i would recommend passing your test if not done so already and get yourself a proper bike.
I ride a VFR750 to work and back every day in rain and sun and to be honest I dont really get all that wet. Not much storage on it mind without panniers and top box. Used to ride a moped two and from work and to be honest the only difference is that i felt more vunerable on the road as cars seem to think because your on a moped its ok to cut you up and overtake at stupid points.
> my baby
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