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Old 11-15-2012, 09:37 PM
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Does anyone ride a scooter?

Don't laugh to hard haha I had a Honda spree when I was a teen and remembered how much fun it was so for my 40th bday this month I bought one

I found a 2012 piaggio typhoon 125 cc that has 600 miles and sold new for about $3100. The guy I bought it from realized scooting in dunwoody (atl) ga was just to scary for him so he let it go for $1800. He had its first service at 450 miles for a staggering $184 Hi dollar oil change! The bike is perfect with nary a scratch.

I have not ridden in years so I am realizing I got some work to do before I ride... Got to get a motorcycle license, insurance, tag and of course safety equipment. Luckily my neighbor wHo is 72 has a new ninja 1000. he sold me a helmet for $20 so I got 2 feet in the door now

Anyone else here ride? What you got? Any handy tips other than WATCH THE HELL OUT and don't get killed.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:40 PM
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I've never owned one, but I rented a Piaggio in France last summer, and I'm tempted to buy something vintage and Eye-talian to tool around next summer. I really don't give a damn about projecting a masculine image and think that mods are cuter than leathermen/women anyway.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:43 PM
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my experience is limited to old vespas with the left hand twist gear select and clutch action, 200cc 2 stroke.

in the US - specially in tx I would not try to ride that, too many blind drivers around
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:46 PM
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:47 PM
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I always rode motorcycles but I'd love to have a Vespa Super Sport 180. Being that there's several colleges around here, there are quite a few scooters of all sorts on the road.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:17 PM
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I've never owned one, but I rented a Piaggio in France last summer, and I'm tempted to buy something vintage and Eye-talian to tool around next summer. I really don't give a damn about projecting a masculine image and think that mods are cuter than leathermen/women anyway.

Yeah. you come across as a Vespa type.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:11 AM
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I've got a Yamaha Jog (50cc) and it is one of the most fun vehicles to ride that I own.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:16 AM
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While I'll admit to not quite getting the appeal of the scooter, it's still a two wheeled conveyance powered by an internal combustion engine. In other words, congratulations, you're a motorcyclist! Plenty of safety tips here:

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:27 AM
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I have a 49cc moped. I got it for my annual trek to the AACA Fall meet at Hershey where my camping location is 2 miles from the flea market. I have been using a bicycle for years, but I see more and more of my fellow campers going motorized.

Problem is, Maryland just re-classified mopeds. They, and scooters now require registration, insurance, and drivers must wear head and eye protection. I protested this change before it became law, as mopeds are little more than a motorized bicycle. However, some stupid scooter driver ran a red light and crashed into a MD state legislator, and had no insurance. The legislator got her revenge by lumping mopeds in with the far heavier, and more powerful scooters.
So I can use it at Hershey, but not at home unless I go thru the process.

About 30 years ago, I tried using a moped as a daily commuter vehicle. Since my office was located on US 1, ( VERY busy highway in the Baltimore area!) I had to drive that route in the predawn hours. Three days of that convinced me that it was not a good idea.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:09 AM
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Ever around a city as avant-garde (?) as Cincinnati, I've seen a few 'scooter riding clubs' ("mopedarmy"? "Scooter Mafia"?) - and they roll in big groups on a weekly or periodic basis. I'm sure that some of them are like some motorcycle groups (more posturing than riding...*some* motorcycle groups at least...) but if you are concerned about safety the group ride seems to be a better way to go. Look around your local internet/college/Hipster boards
These groups also sometimes advertise tech sessions- not sure how skilled you are with wrenching on small 2-strokes - I'd attend one of those just to see how skilled the group is (maybe you could teach them something...)

As a 750/650cc motorcyclist - I say grab that throttle and whack it ! 2 wheels is always the more fun way to go

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Old 11-16-2012, 08:35 AM
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If we're to believe the inverse peepee size:vehicle size ratio, it's a wonder those scooter folks aren't constantly running over themselves.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:46 AM
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If we're to believe the inverse peepee size:vehicle size ratio, it's a wonder those scooter folks aren't constantly running over themselves.
"Why I ride a moped"!!!
funniest line in a long time.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:03 AM
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You know what they say about scooters and fat chicks....
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:04 AM
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You know what they say about scooters and fat chicks....
WELL aware.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:22 AM
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"Why I ride a moped"!!!
funniest line in a long time.
Have I posted a pic of my bike yet?

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