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Old 08-27-2008, 07:40 PM   #31
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That is awesome!!! I want one!

me, too!!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:49 PM   #32
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back in the day the 60's ... I had a Lambretta scooter. I also had a sidecar on it so my 2 sons could ride with me.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:58 PM   #33
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Whatever you do stay away from the Chinese made scooters they are impossible to get parts for. Trust me we tried, finally sold scooter for next to nothing.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:57 AM   #34
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my son just got a scooter, I'll ask him.
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:40 AM   #35
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Whatever you do stay away from the Chinese made scooters they are impossible to get parts for. Trust me we tried, finally sold scooter for next to nothing.

hrmmmm...never had a problem here, and actually, on the world market, Chinese scooters are the most abundant...
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:26 AM   #36
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Whatever you do stay away from the Chinese made scooters they are impossible to get parts for. Trust me we tried, finally sold scooter for next to nothing.
I've heard some nightmare stories about the Chinese bikes like the dual sports or offroad models. The brands using the Jongshen motors are the ones you want. And true, they are hard to get parts for so make sure you ask the salesperson where to get replacement parts before you buy one.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #37
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The same goes for their tractors, hard to get parts for.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #38
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We love our scooters! DH rides his to work everyday (excluding rain or snow) and I ride mine all summer until school starts again. I strapped a basket to the back of mine (an old metal gym locker basket) so when I go to the store, I know if it fits in the grocery carry style basket, it will all fit between my basket and backpack.

DH has a Yamaha Zuma and loves it. It's a little bigger and heavier but he thinks that makes it a little more stable. Mine is a Tank (not sure who makes it). I like it but have had problems.

As has been suggested, find a good dealer and test drive a few to find the weight and size that is good for you. If you want some extra help, find out if anyone is offering a motorcycle class near you, they might let you come for their practice day (here they have a day set aside for cones and the like outside for people to practice turning, stopping and starting).

As far as the speed, scooters are not technically supposed to be on highways. If the speed limit is 55, it is off limits to scooters. At least that's the law here ... They can't get up to speed quickly enough and most are not even capable of reaching 55 due to a lower CC value (thus the reason for not needing a cycle or other special license). Because you might not be able to find a yellow one you like, you can also look at getting an orange reflective vest. They carry them at most running stores. Even though mine is a bright, neon green, I wear a bright orange sweatshirt because they see me before they see my scooter.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:55 AM   #39
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motorcycle - Definitions from Dictionary.com

bike - Definitions from Dictionary.com

scooter - Definitions from Dictionary.com

I would never equate scooter, bike, and motorcycle.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:02 AM   #40
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What????
Half the bikers I know are scooter trash who ride motorcycles.
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