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Old 07-18-2002, 03:10 AM   #31
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I wish I had the extra dollars laying around to buy a scooter just for the fun of using it for my short trips around the city. I like the scooter reviews and I'd like to see more.
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Old 07-18-2002, 03:14 AM   #32
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Default Re: No scooters for this born in the USA kid.

KPaul, I actually have to agree with you on this one. Scooters are great for putt-putting around your beach house during the summer, but for the majority of roads that take you anywhere, you'd be better off on a 1978 GS550 that you could buy for $600.
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Old 07-18-2002, 03:21 AM   #33
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Hey bud, it was a fine article. I thought it was humorous, and honestly... that's what I need sometimes: to read something funny. It could've been about any scooter... didn't matter, and I don't figure that was terribly the point. The "scoot-ie" pic just floored me! (did I just coin a new term for a scooter-stoppie? HMMM!).



I think any and all two-wheeled + motor contraptions are potentially cool, so why not check 'em out. Open your mind, ya know.



The sport-bikes-or-die crowd getting all bent about this article will probably be doing just that pretty soon in their flip-flops + t-shirts.

I honestly hope not, but sadly, it happens all too often.



Anyway.. good job!



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Old 07-18-2002, 03:47 AM   #34
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If this took time away from this years test of the 600s......Bad choice.
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Old 07-18-2002, 03:54 AM   #35
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Default Re: No scooters for this born in the USA kid.

Scooters make sense in quite a few more areas than Europe, if you can actually see past your nose. Downtown Chicago comes to mind. Since I live very near the downtown area, and would certainly own a scooter if I had to commute there. Some of the advantages are lane splitting, parking on a sidewalk or bike rack, practically no gas consumption, easy to store when not riding, less chance of being stolen, cheap insurance, and on and on. I can also tell you how many times you would need that 40mph speed in downtown traffic. That would be never. I had almost taken a job in the loop last year and already determined that my inter-city travelling would be on a scooter, so I guess you could say there are people here interested.
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Old 07-18-2002, 04:01 AM   #36
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Right!! And why don't you compare the Katana to ..... Oh......How 'bout a Suzuki SV650?
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Old 07-18-2002, 04:01 AM   #37
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As the song says "I second that emotion".
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Old 07-18-2002, 04:47 AM   #38
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It didn't, because there isn't a test of this year's 600s, because they haven't changed at all from last year, other than colors. They told us this in a previous shootout/comparo, but I can't remember which one.
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Old 07-18-2002, 05:10 AM   #39
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Ah, yes, scooters. I had loads of fun in my youth riding around on a Lambretta scooter. My girlfriend liked it too.



The problem with these 50cc scooters is twofold. One, there are few places in the U.S where a 50cc scooter (or a 50cc anything) is adequate. Even an 90cc conveyance is vastly superior to a 50. In fact 50s are just so darned slow that they are downright dangerous, except in places like longride mentioned.



The other problem with 50s is that they simply wear out two or three times as fast as 90s. So buying a 50cc scooter is, IMHO, a waste of money. You get much more bang for the buck with a larger engine without giving away much fuel mileage.



When I saw the headline article this A.M. I knew the Sportbike Mafia would be out in force.
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Old 07-18-2002, 05:11 AM   #40
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I'm paying for this content? DOH!!! my bad.
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