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Chris, I like the photo. Especially if my FJR sp...

2010-02-05T21:10:37.219-08:00

Chris,

I like the photo. Especially if my FJR sport tourer fits into the bottom right frame!

Take care,

Dan



Dan, I saw this photo today, and I thought it fi...

2010-02-05T20:31:55.146-08:00

Dan,

I saw this photo today, and I thought it fit perfectly

-Chris



If I am a punk for riding a scooter, then I must b...

2010-02-05T14:04:50.033-08:00

If I am a punk for riding a scooter, then I must be a daredevil punk, LOL



Combining this and your preceeding post, Google: B...

2010-02-05T07:34:56.585-08:00

Combining this and your preceeding post, Google: Burgman Scooter. Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

Suzuki have got the first Fuel Cell Bike/Scooter to market. Yes it is an urban commuter at the moment, but put the technology into a 600cc 'Super Scoot' like a Honda Silverwing and you have got something that could play in serious traffic on any Interstate/Motorway.

I agree though they still have a serious image problem with other road users other drivers don't take them seriously. Which ironically makes them more dangerous as no one gives you any room.



I always thought I looked like the meanest, cooles...

2010-02-04T20:12:58.423-08:00

I always thought I looked like the meanest, coolest SOB on two wheels astride the Vespa. Am I missing something??

Seriously though -- my scooter fills a purely utilitarian role. And so far, nothing else I have ridden comes close to it's functionality for the riding I do.

Except the MP3. And the KLR. And probably the Triumph Bonneville. Oh yeah, the Tiger was pretty good too...

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks



Orin sounds like we mite be kindred spirits. Wan...

2010-02-04T08:05:57.862-08:00

Orin sounds like we mite be kindred spirits.
Want to form a club : )

No that wouldn’t work I am suspect of any club that would
Have me as a member : )


Old F



I have four bikes: SV650, WR250R, Ural, and my Sup...

2010-02-04T07:18:37.542-08:00

I have four bikes: SV650, WR250R, Ural, and my Super 9 scooter. They all have their place and usefulness.

I like the scooter because it is easy to park anywhere and entertaining to ride. The super9 is the sport bike of 50cc scooters. It's slow speed also forces you to enjoy the ride and look around more. Great for dense urban areas.



Speaking as an Ironbutt scooterist, I must say the...

2010-02-03T18:48:22.541-08:00

Speaking as an Ironbutt scooterist, I must say the "small" wheels (the GTS sports 12-inchers, which are what my 1980 Honda Civic had) have never been an issue. The 10-inchers were never an issue on the PX, but it was slow...

I find the chair-like riding position of most scooters more comfortable than most motorcycles I've sat on--I once did think about a Kawasaki Ninja 250, which size- and weight-wise is closest to a large scooter, but the crotch-rocket ergonomics nixed it, in spite of its very attractive price. I've long lusted after an R-series BMW, but then I look at the spec sheet and go, "six HUNDRED pounds???" The GTS, at 325, is at times a bit of a handful.

Unfortunately, in the U.S. all 2-wheeled motor vehicles are so completely fetishized, people not so secure in who they are are going to sneer and guffaw at anything one might choose to ride. One kinda nice thing about the GTS is how some who sneer and guffaw look at the instrument cluster and go, "dude, does this thing REALLY go 100 mph?"

__Orin
Scootin' Old Skool



You know I'll jump on anything with two wheels...

2010-02-03T12:28:47.727-08:00

You know I'll jump on anything with two wheels and love it all to pieces.

I get a huge kick out of riding our Vespa (the little one, too). Zipping around is fun. They're awfully small for me, though. And after a week or two, I start to really miss going fast.

At the end of the day, the Triumph is "home."



Dave, A rebel non-conformist on a scooter? That&...

2010-02-03T10:41:43.109-08:00

Dave,

A rebel non-conformist on a scooter? That's right. We bad!

Seriously, I like it. Everyone should make decisions based on what works for them, not slick ad hype or peer pressure.

You rebel, you.

Take care,

Dan



Abraxas, A bar stool on wheels? Interesting pict...

2010-02-03T10:39:16.828-08:00

Abraxas,

A bar stool on wheels? Interesting picture. Could you fix me up with a pint while I'm at it?

Conchscooter,

That's exactly why I only wash Elvira's windshield and gas tank. I can't see the rest while riding.

I don't know about shooting a cager from a scooter. Not that I wouldn't. Just wondering. Is the scooter big enough to absorb the recoil?

Take care,

Dan



Chuck, You make a couple of excellent points. In...

2010-02-03T10:36:20.453-08:00

Chuck,

You make a couple of excellent points. In fact, one of the reasons you cited is what draws me to a scooter purchase.

Firstly, the comfort thing. You are absolutely correct. Comfort, and the size of the bike versus body size are a vital consideration.

Secondly, it's the town errand thing that makes perfect sense. If I lived in a place like Seattle, for example, where there are more attractions to ride to I would probably own a scooter by now. Here where I live there really isn't much to go and do.

If I want to go downtown I can walk in a half hour. Otherwise there are mostly big box stores on the other side of town. I do most of my business on the way out of town or on the way home so the big bike works best.

Personal circumstances vary and scooters work best for a lot of those.

Yes, I was talking about style and not function. I gotta have my style, you know, even if other things would be more practical!

Take care,

Dan



Dave, Must I remind you that cell phones are the ...

2010-02-03T10:29:13.385-08:00

Dave,

Must I remind you that cell phones are the only thing men brag about having the smallest of?

Although I did ride a People 150 and liked it. In downtown Salem.

Stacy,

I agree with you. The small wheels worry me, too. However, the wheel size is creeping up on some models.

No, I don't know. What do they say about people with tiny wheels, anyway?

Take care,

Dan



We are talking about personal stile. I have al...

2010-02-03T09:06:30.090-08:00

We are talking about personal
stile.

I have always been a bit well more than a bit of a none conformist .

I just don’t buy in to bigger is always better hype that big manufactures have been pushing for to many years.

Scooters have been a god send for me be it 50cc or 650 they allow me to thumb my nose at a so called establish norm.

As if riding any thing on two wheels can be called normal : )

Old F



It's all in the head, because it's iddifuc...

2010-02-03T07:03:57.560-08:00

It's all in the head, because it's iddifuclt to see what you are riding as you ride it.
I really like the NX700 Deauville, a "baby" ST1300 but it lacks what the Bonneville has which is a connection to my youth. I like the modern reliability and the old fashioned looks and weather protection is obviously not a priority for me.
However one major drawback with scooters is the lack of respect they engender on the roads, if they look like scooters. I suffered from that even on the GTS which I rode well over the speed limit much of the time. Yet the Bonneville protects me from assholes tailgating and cutting me off. Weird but true. In Key West itself locals are sued to scooters obviously but Highway is full of tourists who aren't.
And with your personality you'd end up shooting them.



Scooters feel like you're on a barstool, steer...

2010-02-03T01:25:09.249-08:00

Scooters feel like you're on a barstool, steering your way through traffic ...
*yuck*
;-)



I'm not sure what "they" say about &...

2010-02-02T22:22:03.729-08:00

I'm not sure what "they" say about "those tiny wheels", but size does matter. I can't imagine myself riding a machine I can barely keep upright with both feet on the ground standing still. like a Harley. Never-mind negotiating heavy city stop and go traffic on 30 degree hills during rush hour. Scooters have their place, in my humble opinion.

I recall a two-wheeled parking issue meeting at the Seattle City Council chambers a couple years ago when one of the attendees, a Harley dealer and rider from the area said he "envied the maneuverability and agility" of the many scooters that passed him on the city streets as he rode downtown to that meeting.

Forgive me as I do realize your post was more about style and not the actual ride ... but ... I've got to say the more comfortable you are on any given vehicle the better off you will be as well. Assuming, of course, that the mode of transportation is suitable for the given riding conditions. I agree a 50cc scoot doesn't cope well with busy arterial (read that speeding) conditions.

My 2¢ worth.



I just can't get over the tiny wheels. Really,...

2010-02-02T21:49:42.827-08:00

I just can't get over the tiny wheels. Really, I tried.

(But, you know what they say about those with tiny wheels...)



Dan size matters not come to the scooter side you ...

2010-02-02T19:55:08.176-08:00

Dan size matters not come to the scooter side you must. :)

Your really missing out.
For type of riding a Kymco people 250s would be a good fit

And you can fit all kinds of camera gear under the seat


Old F