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Old 11-01-2007, 06:29 AM   #11
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Bob - not really. A scooter, with the foot-forward floorboards, is pretty unique. I can't think of any bikes that have a similar setup. That said, there are some pretty hunky scooters out there, such as the Suzuki Burgman or some of the larger Honda scooters. They can easily keep up on freeways and in fact are good long distance machines. so you have some interesting options, if you look around.
Isn't the Honda SilverWing a scooterish motorcycle? Or is it a motorcyclish scooter? There was a good review of the Suzi Burgman versus the Yamaha thingy too. The MoFos rode 'em right up the coast of Callifornica if I recall correctly.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:17 AM   #12
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The problem with the bigger scooters is, you still need a motorcycle license.

Bite the bullet and take the MSF course. Get a license!
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:05 PM   #13
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The Honda PC800 is pretty much a scooter... Good luck finding one though. And it's probably not a great first bike anyway. Just get a scooter, but take the MSF course (at least) anyway.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:19 PM   #14
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Downtown where? How long of a commute? How far on the freeway/expresway? This kind of information would make it much easier to give a decent recommendation.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:22 PM   #15
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The Honda PC800 is pretty much a scooter... Good luck finding one though. And it's probably not a great first bike anyway. Just get a scooter, but take the MSF course (at least) anyway.
Yes, the PC is the MOST INOFFENSIVE Scooter ever designed by Man..........

I've a friend with the most pristine example of a '97 you've ever seen, that I keep trying to get him to sell to me.

I've almost got him worn-down.

That thing is a Chick Magnet, for sure. I can't WAIT to get laid once I take posession.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:18 PM   #16
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are there no bikes which are "scooterish" but still bikes?
Get a Ninja 250 - it's only 30 hpr or so good enough for the freeway if you ever want to use it there.

There are actually several benefits to a motorcycle over a scooter:

1. Bigger wheels handle pot holes and bumps better
2. More suspension travel again better ride over bumps.
3. Less unsprung weight vs sprung since on the scooter the engine is typically unsprung weight.
4. more even front rear weight distribution
5. better all round performance.


While many people might point out bennifits of a scooter over a bike - insurance costs, licence requirements - storage space.

Some of those can be lessed or fixed. Getting a ninja 250 and your insurance shouldn't be bad especially on a used one I was paying $85/year for my 500. For storage I think a bike with saddle bags, tank bag and rear truck can probably carry more than any scooter. Problem is you can't be afriad to do some welding or fabing to get saddle bags or a tail trunk on your race replica - my father even put a tail trunk on his RS250 2-stroke.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:10 AM   #17
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Bikes are addictive. Once you get one, you are ready to stay on it. Plan for it. I got a scooter and couldn't wait to trade up. I got an old 750 and still wanted more bike. Now I have a V Star, love it, but will probably buy a sport bike too for unwinding. Unless you are positive you won't want more bike, think about something you'll feel good about jumping on every day when you go to work. For me, it's the best part of my work day.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #18
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Bob - not really. A scooter, with the foot-forward floorboards, is pretty unique. I can't think of any bikes that have a similar setup. That said, there are some pretty hunky scooters out there, such as the Suzuki Burgman or some of the larger Honda scooters. They can easily keep up on freeways and in fact are good long distance machines. so you have some interesting options, if you look around.
If you have the dollars there are also some attractive italian scooters in the same size/class. Personally the Burgman (and similar scooters) look hideous to me.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:59 AM   #19
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The other thing you might consider (if you can wait for it) is the Aprilia Mana which has under the "tank" storage for (odd for a standard bike layout) and uses a CVT (automatic) gear box.
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:06 AM   #20
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Nothing wrong with them. Biggest issue is your budget. Personally, I'd stay with the "original" scooter- VESPA. Any number of their models will probably fit the bill. If you want modern- buy a used Honda Silverwing. Either way, go get your learner's permit and sign up for a MSF course- you'll be glad you did.

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