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I've tried waving to folks on scooters a few times, but I think it scared them. They don't tend to think of themselves as fellow motorcycle riders.



On the other hand, if one of them ever waved at me I'd return it (if I could get over the shock :)
 

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There are a whole bunch of folks out there who believe a "scooter" is a 50cc Vespa or equivalen. In truth, however, we have some delightful "maxi-scooters" in the marketplace with motors up to 638cc that will run well with traditional motorcycles.



My Aprilia Atlantic gets 58-62 MPG, is no slouch at the stoplight, will do 100 MPH, and is a superbly comfortable machine for this 70+ year old guy (whose most favorite MC was a Moto Guzzi 850-T3 (California Highway Patrol version).



As the American public become more aware of scooters and the price of gasoline, scooter sales are bound to increase. It would seem to me, therefore, that MO should start to talk about scooters as legimate two-wheelers, right up there with motorcycles. 150 HP crotch rockets are great, but there is another generation out here that could be interested in something more sedate, easier to climb onto, and more reasonably priced.



My bottom line to MO is to integrate some scooter stuff along the way on account of how this is where it is at these days. (apoligies for the lousy english).

 

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I second to that one. Scooters are cool and absolute hoot to ride also. Furthermore, you get more tart on a scooter than a on a bike, if you know what I mean. Try casually asking a chica if she would like a little run around on a 200cc Vespa. Next thing you know you deeply regret of not having had a shower for a week. Been there done that.



There was a wonderful, absolutely wonderful classic scooter photo article few months back. More scooter stuff pliiz! How about a retro style 175 - 350 cc comparo???



- cruiz-euro
 

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Yep, scooters are way cool! I've got a kitted to the max Stella and love it. Mine is sort of a hooligan scoot and wheelies on demand. An absolute blast to ride.



I'm glad Yosseff Schvetz writes for MO, as he is a dedicated lover of all things two (and three) wheeled. I do believe he even owns a PX200.



A bit more scooter content would be a nice thing here at MO.
 

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This may solve a serious problem that I seem to almost always have - getting stuck behind rude Harley riders while lane splitting. Unlike riders of other brands, these people will rarely move over to let you go by. Flashing my lights and honking my horn have little effect (yeah, I know - loud pipes and tiny mirrors). Maybe a scooter coming up behind will shame them into pulling over.
 

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Have two "scooters" (motorized bicycles) tucked away next to the weed wacker. Problem is the "real" motorcycles don't get ridden that much anymore...
 

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There seems to be a very distinct schism between the scooteristas, sport bike riders, and someone on any type of HD-like cruiser. Clearly it's a problem which can only be resolved in the Thunderdome.
 

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Yeah, those damn Harley riders, each and every one is no good. Also, black people need to stop talking at movies, Mexicans are lazy, and white people are the devils minions.



Personally I have a much bigger problem with the twin SUV/land yachts idling next to each other and leaving so little room between each other that you can measure the distance with a gapping tool.
 

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A scooter is tempting until I look at the pricing. The 49cc models are okay on the bank account, but 49cc in most of LA doesn't sound like fun. Then you step up to the 250s and pricing jumps into the realm of a 650 motorcycle. Unless you're absolutely terrified of shifting or having a "real" two-wheeler the cost justification seems to be tough to make.



Of course if I came across a used machine at a killer price that would be a better proposition.
 

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I've had my doubts about renewing my subscription to MO - too much macho rubbish and HP counting for my taste- if doesn't have 150 hp you'll get bored with it pretty quick the young Turks at MO tell us. Oh and the scooter prejudice in the noisy ranks! Count me as one of the few that rides a Vespa and a Suzuki 650 cruiser and who really doesn't give a damn how fast MO testers can get around a circuit or how many pegs they can scrape. That i still subscribe is a testament to the depserate hunt for interesting m/c sites during my night shifts- not the quality of the commentary on this site. I'm just one of the old farts that doesn't need to beleive that size is everything.
 
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