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    What Scooter?

    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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    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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    I wanted to keep my legs dry I have short legs, which seems to create limitations with modern bikes.

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    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.

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    I used to have one of the yamaha range - which they no longer make.

    I hear good things about the 125cc X-Max though

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    i was looking at the chinese imports aswell and got told to steer clear, jap bikes tend to be a good buy

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    Agree with Gilera Runners - quality

    Or you could just get one of the new Vespas

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    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.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    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
    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.

    I can pick it up, not that I'VE dropped it, which is a long and not really interesting story!

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    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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