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Old 07-17-2002, 04:07 PM   #1
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I am sure all those studly 15 years are printing off your insightful Zuma prose and drooling with envy.But for the rest of us, why don't you test something that offers a little more performance and doesn't cost a zillion? How about a naked bike comparo in the 750 range? You can always include my favorite the Katana 750! Adaquate power, yet still affordable. Pretty please???
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Old 07-17-2002, 04:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 Yamaha Zuma Reader Feedback

Have owned at Aprilia scooter for a couple of years. It gets many compliments for it's svelte looks and handles nicely. It has twin disk brakes for adequate stopping power. At $3K it is expensive but I couldn't bring myself to buy the Japanese scooters because they look like washing machines. Cycling is IMHO about performance and style - in that order.
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:13 PM   #3
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Wow, M.O. must be getting desperate for a new ride. I've got a 12 Hp. lawn tractor, but you'll have to come to NY for a test ride. Do "they" (Honda, Yamaha, Kawazuki etc...) still make dirt bikes?
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:36 PM   #4
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Hey, I've got to start my bike testing career somewhere, right?
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:38 PM   #5
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Thats EXACTLY what I was thinking as I was reading this crap.... why dont you guys just provide us with some porn if a scooter is all we have to read about?
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:40 PM   #6
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MO.... GIVE EL FLACO A NEW ZX-12 AND HAYABUSA TO DO A SHOOTOUT.... I JUST BOUGHT A NEW BUSA AND I WANNA SEE HOW IT DOES AGAINST THE "NEW 12"
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:41 PM   #7
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C'MON BABY... I'LL BRING THE BEER AND U CAN BORROW THE BUSA
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:47 PM   #8
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Toys.com or ScooterAreUs.com or GirlyScoots.com Leave the Scooters for someone else to do please.
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:49 PM   #9
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Yea Naked girlies on scooters what a hoot.
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Old 07-17-2002, 05:55 PM   #10
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Default 50cc and 60mph...How?

Kudos to MO for writing about a fun, viable, cheap, and practical form of urban transportainment.



Zumas stink. The motor design is at least 20 years old, which is why it's so slow. Also, they're made in China (if they built a plane would you fly in one?). Also, Yamaha dealerships charge WAAAAAY too much for freight and set-up- sometime $600 or more! Now that "$1699" scooter is $2300! But because the Japanese manufacturers have set up a virtual monopoly in most parts of this country, they can package this crap and sell it, because nobody thinks they have a choice!



That's not America! That's not even Canada!



I sell Derbi and Malaguti 50's in my city, and these bikes rock! Stock, they are slow, but it's because the evil DOT makes the manufacturers restrict the exhaust and inlets on them. Why? I'm not sure. Why they restrict an 8hp bike to 5.5 hp when they allow a 132 hp bike to stay at 132 hp is beyond me. With modern suspension and tires, scooters are stable and safe in all weather and road conditions at speeds up to 50+mph.



But with a 1/2 hour spent derestricting (for off-road use only, of course!) our Derbis and Malagutis will do 50+mph. The liquid cooled models will hit 60 and sometimes beyond!



But the Euro models are way more expensive, right? Wrong!!! The Derbi Atlantis (I've done 57 on my wife's) is $1899! And it has a Piaggio powerplant! And with a $600 upgrade to 70cc (off-road use only, of course) you will be terror-bombing your local burb at 70+ mph, with brakes, suspension and tires that make the Zuma look like poop!



Check out www.derbiwest.com or www.malagutiusa.com for all the details and available models.
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