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Does anyone on here ride a scooter?

diablo

TRIBE Member
I'm going to be buying one by the end of July. Really torn between getting a 50cc or a 125/150cc. I'll only be using it evenings/weekends, so it's essentially a toy. Will not be commuting with it or going on the highway.

I've read a bunch of stuff online from people who say to just go straight for the 125/150 because you'll get "bored" of the 50cc really fast, but TBH, they seem like people who are really into scooters/motorcycles, and I'm not sure that I would care as much. I'd rather not pay the extra purchase cost and insurance for something that may not really matter to me.

I'm 5'10, 155 pounds...so not a huge guy. Can anyone offer any insights as to whether 50cc is probably fine or not?
 

shanekingsley

TRIBE Member
Do you live in Ontario? Do you still have to get your 2 wheeled license?

If yes to both, then it might make more sense for you to get a license that is a full motorcycle license and not an LSM license (that is only good for 49cc and less bikes). If you ever decided to upgrade to a higher powered scooter your license would cover it a opposed to having to redo your license again.

That said, you could always get a 49cc scooter to start with and if you find it underpowered, then sell it and buy a bigger one. The scooter and small engine 2 wheel market is a big one and constantly a revolving door, so no harm in trying a small bike first to see if you like it. A 49 scooter can be a lot of fun to ride, especially at speeds 70km/hr and less. Personally, I really like the Honda Ruckus. I'm not sure that the insurance and cost savings would be significant enough to warrant getting a 50cc scooter over a 125.
 

cosmosuave

TRIBE Member
I do for the past 12 yrs abd a motorcycle 15 bfore that nut I m drunk in port credir right mow and will give you a rezonable reesponse rmmrw as I am noizu drunkcas the text indicates im this inebriates ressponse....
 
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cosmosuave

TRIBE Member
Wow what a post... Now on to business... I assume you have a motorcycle license or limited speed license(50cc)...

I had a Yamaha Vino 50cc for quite a few years and used it to commute and for the odd trip to Niagara fromToronto... It would take awhile but was enjoyable... I put 18 000 k's on it before I sold it and had modded it some to do 70k/hr stock it would do 60k... From what you describe a 50cc should suit your needs and if you feel a larger scooter is in order just sell it...

Currently ride a Vespa GT 200 that I have had since 2005 and travelled to Cape Breton with my wife on it when we first got it was a fun trip...

Any brand of scooter that you are looking to buy? You gonna buy new or used? Stay away from anything made in China...

As you are 5' - 11" a Scarabeo 50 may be a good choice....

 

kyfe

TRIBE Member
Wow what a post... Now on to business... I assume you have a motorcycle license or limited speed license(50cc)...

I had a Yamaha Vino 50cc for quite a few years and used it to commute and for the odd trip to Niagara fromToronto... It would take awhile but was enjoyable... I put 18 000 k's on it before I sold it and had modded it some to do 70k/hr stock it would do 60k... From what you describe a 50cc should suit your needs and if you feel a larger scooter is in order just sell it...

Currently ride a Vespa GT 200 that I have had since 2005 and travelled to Cape Breton with my wife on it when we first got it was a fun trip...

Any brand of scooter that you are looking to buy? You gonna buy new or used? Stay away from anything made in China...

As you are 5' - 11" a Scarabeo 50 may be a good choice....

you went to cape breton on a scooter? nice.
 
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litespeed

Well-Known TRIBEr
50 cc is all you need if you're in the city and not planning on doing any really long rides. I drove a 50cc scooter for about 4 years before I sold it last year. Derbi Bullet. I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs and had not problem cruising around at 70-80 km/h on flat ground. There are big bore kits available that can make it faster as well.

There is another Derbi Scooter called the GP1 which is beautiful and fast. Aprilia also makes a 50cc called the SR-50 R which is nice looking and fast. Both of those scoots are pretty expensive through.

Your insurance will likely go by how big the engine is. The more cc's, the higher your rates. Though difference between my 50cc scoot and my old 250 motorcycle was only $12 a month.
 

litespeed

Well-Known TRIBEr
FYI, you should be aware that that city is now cracking down on scooters parked on the sidewalk. It's never been legal, but they overlooked it. As of last week, they are now officially enforcing the bylaw on scooters parked on the side walk or boulevard. $60 fine.

parking at metered spots on the street is still free.
 

cosmosuave

TRIBE Member
FYI, you should be aware that that city is now cracking down on scooters parked on the sidewalk. It's never been legal, but they overlooked it. As of last week, they are now officially enforcing the bylaw on scooters parked on the side walk or boulevard. $60 fine.

parking at metered spots on the street is still free.
Yep got a ticket at the Home Depot on Gerrard... Was parked by a bench completely out of the way... How is that any different that an ebike (scooter)... I can understand the crackdown as some just park anywhere and obstruct the side walk...
 

JamesM

TRIBE Member
took the scooter on it's first real run today. runs amazing. no issues keeping with the flow of traffic. runs like a champ.

it's a PGO MAX.
 

cosmosuave

TRIBE Member
Just remember "All the cars are out to get you" Use this mantra and you should be safe... Also there is a big crackdown on sidewalk parking at the moment just use a city parking spot...
 
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JamesM

TRIBE Member
hah, this is kingston it's the opposite.. the flow of traffic is going 50-60. not crammed walking until the next light.

and people actually stop at yellow lights.
 
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