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Old 08-13-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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What kind of top speed did you guys get out of one of those?

I just saw one a couple days ago, pretty cool looking thing, sort of like a spaceship on wheels. Turned my fiances head backwards as she spit out "What the hell is that?" When i gave her the make model and told her it was a 250 scooter whacked me for "knowing too much stupid crap."

Hey, well you asked!
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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Eww.

Someone hit that with an ugly stick.
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In my tests, we got the Morphous going from 0-60 in 18.41 seconds.
Is that a typo? Surely you mean 8.41 seconds, yes? I've got an '82 Dodge 1/2-ton pickup truck with a 1bbl-carbed Slant Six engine that does better than the number you gave - and I get flipped-off by little old ladies in Honda Accords for "holdin' up traffic" whenever I drive it.
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Eww.

Someone hit that with an ugly stick.
Let's be honest, it was hit by an entire ugly tree, not just the stick.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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What kind of top speed did you guys get out of one of those?

I just saw one a couple days ago, pretty cool looking thing, sort of like a spaceship on wheels. Turned my fiances head backwards as she spit out "What the hell is that?" When i gave her the make model and told her it was a 250 scooter whacked me for "knowing too much stupid crap."

Hey, well you asked!
I got her up to 75 mph in my tests, but it felt like there was a little more in there. I'm impressed that you knew what it was. My wife would have smacked me too.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:06 PM   #7
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Is that a typo? Surely you mean 8.41 seconds, yes? I've got an '82 Dodge 1/2-ton pickup truck with a 1bbl-carbed Slant Six engine that does better than the number you gave - and I get flipped-off by little old ladies in Honda Accords for "holdin' up traffic" whenever I drive it.
No... I'm afraid that number is right. You know, scooters are tuned for efficiency not speed. That's why your off-the-shelf Morphous will never touch an off-the-shelf Ninja 250. Having a 4-stroke and CVT doesn't help you pop wheelies either... But when's the last time you had to pop a wheelie on your commute in to work/school?

The fastest, large scooter I've tested so far is the MP3-500, which did a 0-60 in 8.81 seconds. There are faster (see: Tuned), but I haven't tested them.
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Let's be honest, it was hit by an entire ugly tree, not just the stick.
I don't think she's ugly... but then again, my first scooter was a Honda Helix and I thought she was cute (in a retro, Star Trek kinda way).
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I don't know. I think it has potential. Some faux ray gun nozzles on the front would complete the Buck Rogers motif. It'd make an excellent second bike for Victory Vision owners.
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