Can you give me some advice on which scooter to buy?

by Ally
(Melbourne, Australia)

Hello, I am looking at purchasing a scooter and would appreciate some advice please as I am not familiar with bikes or scooters. I will be mainly using the scooter for short drives approx 20km per day with the occasional longer drive using freeways/open roads.

Am I correct in thinking that the 125-150cc will be appropriate for this?

Also is the size of the petrol tank relevant? Should I be looking for something with 6 or 7+ litre capacity? And what is a good miles/gallon ratio?

I am also looking for something with quick take off speed and that can also maintain around 90 km/p/h not to upset cars. My 6 year old daughter will be a passenger on the short trips, so I will require a scooter that enables a passenger.

Comfort and storage is also important.

Now with all this information are you able to narrow it down to 3 or 4 brands for me to continue to research?

  • Easy to ride/use would be preferred
  • Value for money: it does not have to be top of the range I am probably looking around the 5000.00 dollar range on road, with rego and insurance.

I am from Melbourne, Australia I understand the pricing will differ from country to country.

Thank you for your time, I appreciate your advice.

Kind Regards,

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Mar 09, 2012
What Scooter to Buy NEW
by: happyoldscoot

Bill is correct. Especially for highway/freeway, 250cc is the smallest you should get. I commute 27 miles daily on both freeway and surface streets. You will need the extra power. Also, the larger scoot is far more comfortable than the smaller.

If you can afford it, buy new, as Bill suggested. I would add, buy a brand that has a reputation for quality. You will save money in the long run by avoiding many costly repairs. If you have to buy used, definitely get a high-end scoot (SYM, KYMCO, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda,Vespa,etc.).

Mar 08, 2012
Get a 250cc NEW
by: Bill

A 250 cc will be better than a smaller scooter, especially with two riders. Expect about 60 mpg.

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